In addition to volunteer opportunities that help deliver your organization’s core mission, you may also want to consider opportunities where someone could assist on a specific question or challenge in such areas as technology, marketing, and fundraising. Here are some ideas:

: how to make your organization’s office accommodating for people with disabilities

Accounting Systems: what is the best software for your organization’s needs

Advocacy: effective strategies for changing the opinions of decision-makers or the public

Board Recruitment: good board recruitment practices for your organization’s specific needs

Business Planning: how to better meet your organization’s objectives

Change Management: suggestions for strategies and processes to successfully implement change management

Copywriting: how to improve your organization’s written content to better connect with its target audience

Crowdfunding: elements of an effective crowdfunding campaign

Data Collection and Analysis: questions about your organization’s data collection and analytical needs

Employment Law: a specific issue concerning HR manuals and policies

Financial Management: a specific issue regarding your organization’s financial practices or strategy

Fundraising: views on fundraising goals, tactics, and funding sources

Grants: guidance on the preparation of grant proposals

Graphic Design: editable and reusable template to be used to promote events

Healthy Environment:
questions on such topics as ergonomics, energy efficiency, and overall environmental sustainability

Human Resources: possible strategies to better link HR to organizational goals

Interior Design: ideas for possible improvements to your organization’s space to reflects its purpose and improve operations

Market Research: specific questions about gathering and analyzing information concerning an issue area, program, or operating environment

Performance Management: feedback on your organization’s performance management system, and possible improvements

Search Engine Optimization: suggestions regarding keywords, social media, and other features to make your organization’s website more popular

Strategic Planning: guidance on specific issues on how best to analyze operating environment and gather information on strengths and weaknesses

Technology: views on your organization’s technological needs (software, tools, equipment) to improve outcomes

Translation and Interpretation: translation and/or interpretation of written or verbal content

Volunteer Management: how to better manage volunteers, including how to align volunteer work with your organization’s needs

Web Analytics: how your organization can measure traffic, better understand site visitors’ needs and behaviours

TESTIMONIAL: “Older adults have a tremendous amount of knowledge that would be so sad to not pass on to the next generation. At our tool library we have many people 55+ who share their skills in meaningful ways, either as tool librarians, tool ninjas, or tool doctors. In particular, our tool ninjas like sharing their gained knowledge during our Repair Cafés.”

Bettina Vollmerhausen

Co-founder of the Ottawa Tool Library