How to advertise the support you need on thirdbridge

 

We love playing match-maker but our dream is to step back and let you find each other without our help. We’re growing steadily and we’re finally going to have our first big influx of volunteers. Yay!

This means that people are going to be looking for opportunities. So, you need to make sure you’re as appealing as possible to attract the attention you deserve.

If you’re using the thirdbridge network as a charity or social enterprise, these are the three most important things to remember when adding an opportunity for a company or volunteer to support you:

  1. Each individual opportunity should be a separate entry

There may be companies or volunteers on the network who are only able to help with one thing and you don’t want to put anybody off by sticking everything in together. Think of it this way: the more opportunities you have, the more companies or volunteers you can potentially engage with.

  1. Be clear about what is required for each opportunity

Don’t select every support category! If you select ‘money’ on a volunteering opportunity it might make people think twice about getting involved. Your overall profile is linked to every category you’ve selected, so you’ll come up in searches as an organisation.

  1. Stay on topic

We know everything you do at your charity is amazing. We know that you would benefit from all different kinds of support. However, focus on one thing at a time and showcase each opportunity properly rather than trying to cram everything into one.

The trickiest part is deciding which support category best suits your opportunity. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Have a look at these guides that explain exactly what each one means, and shows you an example for each one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your opportunity is a bit more long-term, strategic, or complex, you can also combine the support categories in any way you like. There’s two examples here:

If you have any questions, need any support, or would like us to add opportunities on your behalf, then just let us know! Contact Rose on rose@thirdbridge.co.uk.

Opportunities with multiple support categories

Part of a series of posts to clarify use of support categories, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

If your opportunity is longer-term, more strategic, or complex, it might be necessary to select multiple support categories. You’re free to select as many as you like but try to make sure they are definitely relevant.

Some examples when selecting multiple categories would make sense could include:

  • a charity of the year partnership
  • developing a new technology product together
  • multi-faceted support to implement a new project
  • volunteering on a project that requires both skilled and unskilled hours
  • funding a project through a company donation and employee fundraising

Shining examples:

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For more information about the individual categories try People, Expertise, FundraisingMoneyThings, or Other.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.

Support category #1: People

#1 in a series of posts to clarify what each support category means, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

Select the People category if you need volunteers for community or unskilled volunteering.

Some examples include:

  • mentoring young people from disadvantaged communities
  • reading with children struggling with literacy
  • putting on an event for isolated elderly people at a community centre
  • serving food at a soup kitchen
  • tidying up a community garden

Shining example:

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Not the support you’re looking for? Try Expertise, Fundraising, Money, ThingsOther, or Multiple Categories.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.

Support category #2: Expertise

#2 in a series of posts to clarify what each support category means, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

Select the Expertise category if you need volunteers to help with their professional skills.

Some examples include:

  • a lawyer reviewing a legal contract
  • a graphic designer creating some leaflets
  • a marketing professional designing a social media strategy
  • an accountant going over the organisation’s financial records
  • a management consultant helping with the creation of a business plan

Shining example:

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Not the support you’re looking for? Try People, Fundraising, Money, Things, Other, or Multiple categories.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.

Support category #3: Fundraising

#3 in a series of posts to clarify what each support category means, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

Select the Fundraising category if you need employees to raise funds for you.

Some examples include:

  • helping at a public bucket collection
  • running a sponsored marathon
  • hosting a company bake sale
  • taking part in a bag packing session at a supermarket
  • a sponsored sky dive

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Not the support you’re looking for? Try People, Expertise, Money, Things, Other, or Multiple categories.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.

Support category #4: Money

#4 in a series of posts to clarify what each support category means, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

Select the Money category if you want a monetary contribution from the company.

Some examples include:

  • a one-off donation
  • sponsorship of an event
  • committing to give you a percentage of profits from an item they sell
  • matching the amount employees raise
  • investing in a new product or service you are about to roll out

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Not the support you’re looking for? Try People, Expertise, Fundraising, Things, Other, or Multiple categories.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.

Support category #5: Things

#5 in a series of posts to clarify what each support category means, and to help our charity users create the best possible opportunities for support!

Select the Things category if you would like a donation of physical objects.

Some examples include:

  • laptops for your staff to use
  • furniture for your office
  • professional clothing for beneficiaries to wear to interviews
  • excess stock to sell in your charity shop
  • gardening equipment

Shining example:

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Not the support you’re looking for? Try People, Expertise, Fundraising, Money, Other, or Multiple categories.

You can also check out our step by step guide on how to create the perfect opportunity.