Looking for that exciting fundraising project? Seeking innovative ways to help your orchestra? The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras has the perfect source of great ideas: The Gold Book Online, the national resource of successful volunteer projects. The Gold Book Online is jam-packed with information about tried-and-true projects, events, and services created by volunteers at orchestras nationwide. This year, the Gold Book celebrates its 35th anniversary, offering a compilation of viable plans since 1975. And it’s available for free online. “The beauty of the Gold Book is that anyone, anywhere can read all of the information about these successful projects,” says Jane Van Dyk, president of the Volunteer Council. “There are brief descriptions of a huge range of projects, and they could work for executive directors, staff, volunteers, and development people. These are projects that have proven track records, and the Gold Book Online archive now includes 400 projects over the past 5 years. Anyone can search this incredible resource, which includes such topics as audience development, community engagement, leadership, organizational structure, and so much more.” The Volunteer Council annually seeks submissions for inclusion in the Gold Book Online. All submissions are published online, and anyone can search the archives (begun in 2005). The Volunteer Council recognizes the top-rated submissions with the Awards of Excellence at the League’s National Conference every June—and now is the time to submit your project for consideration. Submissions are due September 1, 2010. To be considered for a 2011 award, your volunteer projects must have taken place between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Details and submission form can be found here.
Posted August 20, 2010