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Fundraising Volunteers

You Can Make a Difference

Alumnae volunteer involvement is an important part of the College’s fundraising outreach.  Volunteers are able to personalize the giving experience, increase the number of alumnae contacted, and provide the College with important insight regarding their classmates and other alumnae.

Not only will your efforts help Barnard continue to provide current students with a world-class education but will also give you the opportunity to connect with classmates and gain an insider’s view of the College today.

Volunteer on Giving Day 2014

Here are ways that you can help:

  1. Make your gift in support of Barnard College on Giving Day on October 29, 2014!
  2. Become a Social Media Ambassador
    The quickest way to spread Giving Day news and build Barnard pride is through social media. Volunteers can either copy and paste drafted text from the Annual Giving office onto their personal social media accounts, or write your own.  The more personalized and the more nostalgic the content – the better! Don't forget to “Share”, “Comment”, and “Like” other posts you see from the College or fellow alumnae related to Giving Day.  Visibility on social media translates into more gifts to Barnard!
  3. Help Coordinate and/or Attend a Giving Day Happy Hour Event
    Barnard hopes to host happy hour events in several cities in the United States on the evening of October 29th.  Would you be interested in helping organize an event in your city?  Here are locations where assistance is needed:
    - Boston
    - Chicago
    - Los Angeles
    - New York City
    - San Francisco
    - Washington DC
  4. Become a Giving Day Advocate
    Giving Day will have a strong focus on enlisting donors starting on October 15th.  It just takes three easy steps to become an Advocate. 
    1.    Visit the Columbia Giving Day site on October 15th and commit to make a gift on Giving Day.  You’ll receive an email reminder to make your gift on the morning of October 29th. 
    2.    Share that you made a pledge to give on October 29th on all forms of social media - you can even challenge your friends to be an Advocate as well.
    3.    Make your gift on Giving Day!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Giving Day volunteer please contact:
Julie Palmedo
Associate Director of Annual Giving

Any and all help spreading the word is greatly appreciated.  Show the world #whyBarnardmatters!

Other Ways to Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a fundraising volunteering, please e-mail development@barnard.edu or call (212) 870-2520.

The Development staff is committed to making the volunteer experience as successful and positive as possible. This comprehensive guide will assist you with your outreach.

Barnard Annual Giving Volunteer guide

The Role of Fundraising Volunteers

Annual Giving Committee

The Annual Giving Committee (AGC) is responsible for assisting in the development of the alumnae annual giving program in consultation with the Director of Annual Giving and other appropriate College staff members.

Fundraising Volunteer

This network of volunteers personally contacts donors and prospective donors throughout the year. These volunteers reach out to alumnae to ask for gifts to the College. Assignments are given out directly from annual giving office on an individual basis.

Class Fund Chair

This appointed class officer works directly with annual giving staff to help solicit unrestricted annual gifts from her class. During her five-year term she plans and implements a strategy for class initiatives in consultation with Barnard Development staff. She helps to set the pace by making her own gift to the College's annual fund.

Phonathon Caller

Phonathon is an important part of the yearly fund-raising efforts in the winter. During this time, alumnae donors are contacted to ask them to make a gift to the College's annual fund.

Planned Giving Chairs

The Planned Giving Chair is a vital member of her class’s Reunion Fundraising Committee. She works closely with the College’s Planned Giving staff and her class’s Reunion Fundraising Committee to encourage classmates to consider making a planned gift in honor of their reunion.

Special Gift Chair

The Special Gift Chair leads her class’s reunion fundraising efforts during their reunion year. She works with the Class Fund Chair in designing and implementing a strategy for achieving ambitious reunion year goals. Additionally, she helps set the pace for the class’s giving by making her own special commitment and reaches out to selected classmates for leadership gifts in honor of their reunion.

The Senior Fund

The Senior Fund helps set fundraising goals and reaches out to classmates to encourage support of the College through the Senior Fund.  If you are a senior who is interested in giving back to Barnard, helping raise contributions from your classmates, and being a part of this important Barnard tradition, please call (212) 870-2584 or e-mail seniorfund@barnard.edu.