Volunteer Webinars

Gold Book: How to Make a Stellar Submittal

Make your volunteer project shine!  Get outlines, tips, and strategies directly from the Volunteer Council on how to put your best foot forward when submitting your project to the Gold Book online compendium.

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Making Connections – Strengthening Ties Through Social Media

League of American Orchestras' Volunteer Council members, Elaine Cousins and Camille Williams, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council's webinar series. In this webinar they will introduce some of the ways you can help your organization and your orchestra connect with its constituents using social media.

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Fundraising Fundamentals: An Introduction to Grassroots Fundraising

League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council members, Margarita Contreni and Elaine Cousins, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council’s webinar series. In this webinar they will focus on the fundamentals of fundraising, and the elements required to succeed in fundraising for your home orchestra.

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Strategic Planning for Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council members, Elaine Cousins and Aaron Nurick, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council’s webinar series. In this webinar they will explain the strategic planning process and provide specific steps, as well as guide viewers to further resources, for you to use in your own organization’s strategic planning.

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The 3 R’s of Leadership: Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources

The job of a volunteer leader is multi-faceted and critical to an organization's success. The webinar, The 3 R's of Leadership focuses on 3 fundamental building blocks of good leadership: roles, responsibilities, and resources. Participants will learn about the leader's role as visionary, communicator, motivator, facilitator, mentor, manager, and steward and how to excel in these various roles. Also included are resources and activities for further leadership development.

Facilitated by Elaine Cousins, past president of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington-Normal and a member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, and Aaron Nurick, chairman of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers and a member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, this webinar is offered free to League members and available on-demand. You can register for this webinar now by clicking here.


Recruiting Your Next Generation of Volunteers

One of the most consistent challenges facing volunteer organizations is attracting and retaining volunteers who are willing to work to support their orchestras. Now help is here! The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras has designed a webinar to provide you with the tools to tackle this problem head on. In Recruiting Your Next Generation of Volunteers Part II, you will learn how to organize a membership committee and hear examples of best practices for involving and retaining volunteers.

Facilitated by Sandra Weingarten, a former member of the League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council, and a past president of the Eugene Symphony Guild in Oregon, this webinar is offered free to League members and available on-demand.

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Made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.