Volunteers Fundraising: A Mutual Investment Opportunity

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Presentation Description

Fearing the loss of a flagship children’s grief program, one organization creatively addressed the decrease in available grant funds that occurred during a national recession. Tapping into the passions, skills and networks of an organization’s volunteers can be a mutually rewarding and lucrative venture. Your best fundraisers can be your organization’s volunteers. This webinar will explore why and how an organization might engage volunteers in fundraising; key considerations educating, supporting and validating volunteers in the process; and highlight a volunteer fundraiser now in its 10th year.


  1. Participants will learn ways to communicate to volunteers the value of fundraising to the organization and their own personal growth.
  2. Participants will be able to articulate 2 ways they can incorporate volunteer fundraising into their organization’s annual giving campaign.
  3. Participants will be able to identify both hurdles and successes in the implementation of a Volunteer based Camp Fundraiser.

About the PresenterStephanie Handel

Stephanie Handel, LICSW, is child and family psycho-therapist at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing specializing in grief and trauma. She has provided more than 18 years of individual, family and group counseling at the Wendt Center. Stephanie is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR, EMDR for children, and DBT – all considered best practices for individuals who have experienced trauma. She is the coordinator and member of the Wendt Center’s RECOVER team, which provides early intervention bereavement support and crisis intervention at the DC Medical Examiner’s office. Stephanie serves as the Director of Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, the Wendt Center’s 3 day grief camp for children and teens who experienced a loss due to death. Stephanie has provided consultation to organizations and agencies throughout the United States on therapeutic camp programming for grieving children, children and trauma, vicarious trauma and self care and building a morgue based support program. She has presented, trained, lectured and published on topics of children, crisis response, and traumatic death, death notification to children, attachment, trauma, domestic violence, grief, loss, play therapy, vicarious trauma and alternative interventions. Stephanie is a part of the Washington DC Department of Behavioral Health Crisis Response Team. She has been honored for her crisis work after the Navy Yard shooting (OVS); for her outstanding dedication to victims of crime (DOJ) and as a passionate social worker of the year (NASW). Stephanie is a contributor to the published “Childhood Traumatic Grief: A Multi-Site Empirical Examination of the Construct and its Correlates" in Death Studies, co-author of “The Analyst at the Morgue: Helping Families Deal with Traumatic Bereavement at the Morgue in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, “Memory Boxes” in Robert Neimeyer’s Techniques in Grief Therapy: Creative Strategies for Counseling the Bereaved and a guest on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Webinar “Ready to Remember: Helping Children With Traumatic Grief.”

Stephanie is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Social Work.

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