Why Nonprofit Volunteers Should Carry Business Cards

You know business people need to have and use business cards, but I think nonprofit volunteers should do the same.

If you’re excited about the work you’re doing for your cause and want others to donate or volunteer, keep cards handy to hand out when you talk to new people, or even old friends who might be interested in helping. It will show your pride in the organization and have a much better chance of having your contact information remembered later.

After all, those little pieces of paper you find to jot down a number get lost or confused with the trash all too often.

How many times have you written a name and number on the back of your shopping list and forgotten it was there when you dropped the list? Or even she found a name and a number and wondered who she was and why she had it. Worse still: she finds only the number and doesn’t remember why she has it. Those things happen when people write down numbers while standing in the aisle of a grocery store!

In addition to convenience and efficiency, business cards convey the impression that yours is a well-run, professional organization.

I suggest that the organization’s phone number and address, rather than your own number, be printed on the cards. However, with board approval, you may want to include both, so people can call you with questions. If you have a title, include your title after your name; otherwise, just say “Suzie Smith, volunteer.”

In addition to the organization’s name and contact information, include a short tagline that summarizes the organization’s mission. That will help the person who sees your card next week to remember why she was interested in joining her group.

These cards don’t need to be fancy, just informative. Stores like Staples offer very cheap printing, and you can also get cardstock and print it on your own computer when you need it.

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