WID is an entirely volunteer-led organization. Our members’ commitment and enthusiasm power our programs. Volunteer participation determines our impact.
How do I volunteer? Simple. Members just apply here.
Our 2019-2020 Volunteer Chair, Shola Akintobi, will be in touch with next steps.
- Sign up – Complete the sign-up form online. Be sure to choose more than one committee/opportunity that interests you.
- Meet the Chair – If you’ve signed up to serve on a committee, the Chair of the committee will reach out to provide more information about the volunteer opportunity and to confirm that the opportunity is a good fit. Please note that there may be more volunteers than opportunities for a specific committee. For that reason, it is encouraged to select more than one volunteer opportunity.
- Get Matched – Once you are matched with a committee or volunteer opportunity, be sure to stay in communication with the Chair of that committee and be as responsive as possible.
- Get Going – The Committee Chair will provide you with your role/responsibilities. Remember that all volunteer opportunities play an important role in making WID great. Please be sure to notify your Committee Chair if you can no longer participate.
Why should you apply to volunteer at WID?
- An unparalleled opportunity to work with, learn from and network with some of the smartest women in development
- The opportunity to exercise your skills for your own benefit – and to stretch your skills
- The chance to experience what it means to be a volunteer like the ones that you work with on the job
- It is fun!
What are the volunteer opportunities?
The specific needs vary over time, but these are the general categories for which you can apply:
- Committee assignments – A list of WID’s committees, which includes expected time commitment/month for each. These positions are for one year at a time from September to June. Many of the assignments are made in the fall, but additional needs may arise over the course of the year.
- Welcome Project – WID prides itself on being a welcoming community. You know how hard it is to attend an event when you don’t know someone already. So we have established this corps whose mission is to reach out at each event to make sure that all members and guests are comfortable and connected.
- Other micro-volunteer opportunities that may arise during the year, like a resume review program, a coaching meeting, or a brainstorming session. With your name on file, we can more easily get you involved when these opportunities become available.
WID Volunteer Opportunities:
One-time volunteer opportunities include special events (such as a coaching open house), the Welcome Project (a corps of greeters at WID events) and individual coaching/mentoring.
Oversee all Women in Development communications such as the website, eNews, and social media. Create email correspondence to members, such as WID event invitations and programming communications. Social media expertise, strong writing skills, and excellent communication skills are preferred. 3-5 hours is the average monthly time commitment.
Co-Chairs: Leah Christenson, Marcela Hahn
Plan and manage the four annual luncheon series including recruitment and coordination of speakers and tactics for promotion and execution. Strong skills in project management and event planning, as well as a vast fundraising leadership network, are preferred. Less than one hour is the average monthly time commitment.
Chair: Patricia Hill
The Membership Committee strives to achieve two goals: to recruit and retain WID members and to enhance the value of WID membership. Membership committee members write solicitations, craft solicitation strategies, personally solicit and thank members, and represent membership at WID events. We are seeking writers, marketers, social strategists and solicitors, as well as outgoing people who are willing to connect with WID members at events. 1-3 hours is the average monthly time commitment.
Co-Chairs: Laura Rose, Sonal Pande
Special Programs Committee:
Provide meaningful programs to mid-level professionals. Strong skills in project management, cold call solicitation, and event planning are required. Less than 1 hour is the average monthly time commitment.
Co-Chairs: Linna Quigley, Svetlana Mostovsky
Woman of Achievement Committee:
Coordinate the annual Women of Achievement luncheon, which recognizes a woman who has contributed greatly to the field of development. This is the signature annual event of WID. Seasoned fundraisers who excel in project management, writing, and communication skills are preferred. 5 hours or more is the required monthly time commitment.
Co-Chairs: Laurie Dorf, Susan Ulin