Help - FAQs




Find the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions below

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1. How can I find volunteer opportunities in my community?

To see if there are appropriate volunteer opportunities in your area, check to see if the city name in blue text after "Search Volunteer Opportunities Near" is correct. If not, click on the city name that is there and a box will appear to enter an alternate zip code. Then enter a search term in the search box and click search. It is possible that there are no volunteer opportunities in your immediate area that match your search criteria at this time.

2. I need volunteers for my organization – How do I post my opportunities to volunteer?

To submit a volunteer opportunity, please go to www.AllforGood.org/posting to learn more about posting listings via the independent All for Good database that powers iParticipate's search.

3. What if I want to volunteer for something other than the five areas listed at iParticipate?

You can search for any topic that interests you – using the search engine on the iParticipate home page. Just enter a key word or skill you have and available opportunities will be presented.

4. I searched for my city or zip code and didn't find any volunteer opportunities?

It's possible that you entered the city or zip in the search box (the box right next to the search button). If this is the case, please try your search again with just a keyword like volunteer, read to children, etc. You location should be detected automatically by the website. If your location is not detected automatically, you can click on the blue text after "Search Volunteer Opportunities Near" and change the location by entering the zip code of the location you want to search. It is possible that there are no volunteer opportunities in your immediate area that match your search criteria at this time.

5. Do you provide volunteers to nonprofit organizations?

No, we don’t. To submit a volunteer opportunity, please go to www.AllforGood.org/posting to learn more about posting listings via the independent All for Good database that powers iParticipate's search. It will be included in searches conducted by hundreds of volunteers looking for just the right challenge.

6. I volunteered through an opportunity I found through your website and now I want to tell others. How can I share my experience online with other people?

Great! You can share your experience at www.iparticipate.org/content/share-your-experience. You can also follow and share with us and your friends on facebook www.facebook.com/iparticipate, YouTube www.youtube.com/iparticipate and twitter www.twitter.com/iparticipate.

7. How can I flag an inappropriate Listing?

If you see a posting you find inappropriate, please use the All for Good inappropriate content form to report it: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=ckJvOTJ5dFNLU3RHeHVRQ21y..... . A link to this form can also be found at the top of iParticipate's search results.

8. I don't see my city name. I only see a blue comma. Why is this and what can I do?

This sometimes occurs in older, unsupported browsers such as Internet Explorer 6. Please upgrade to the most recent version of your web browser to alleviate this problem. If you do not wish to upgrade, you can simply click on the blue comma after "Search Volunteer Opportunities Near" and a box will appear for you to enter your correct zip code.

9. Can my organization place a link on your website to receive volunteers or to be a resource for iParticipate?

No, but you can get visibility for your organization by posting your volunteer opportunities at www.allforgood.org/posting.


DONATIONS

1. I want to raise or give money that will benefit iParticipate. How do I do that?

You can make a charitable donation to iParticipate by going to the iParticipate home page and click on the “Donate Now” button. Your generous gift will make it possible for more people to volunteer.

2. Where does the money you raise go?

Funds donated at the iParticipate site will be used to support America’s leading service organizations to build their capacity to engage more volunteers.

3. Do you accept in-kind contributions? Do you make in-kind contributions?

No. We don’t make or accept in-kind contributions. But there are many worthwhile organizations that would be happy to accept your gift. Please contact a local food bank, shelter, thrift shop or school near you and put your gift to good use now.

4. Who do I send a matching gift form to?

If you’ve made a donation to iParticipate and want your company to match that gift, please go to www.eifoundation.org and click “Contact Us.” Leave a message for our Finance department. A form will be sent to you.

5. Can my company join as a sponsor for iParticipate?

Yes, sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsorships, please go to www.eifoundation.org and click “Contact Us.”



STORIES

1. How do I share my personal volunteer story with iParticipate?

We are very interested in hearing stories about recent, transformative, real-life stories about volunteering. If you know of a recent event or act that you think would be suitable as a story on the news, tell us about it at content/share-your-experience or with Service Nation at http://www.servicenation.org/page/s/servicestories

2. How do I get a story about my organization’s volunteers on the iParticipate website?

Visit our Share section at /content/share-your-experience, and submit your photos videos and stories.

3. How do I get my nonprofit organization featured on a TV show?

The programming that you are referring to has already aired during the week of October 19-25, 2009 when iParticpate messages were seen as part of the scripts or as a tag on almost 100 television shows, as part of the launch of the multi-year iParticipate initiative.

4. How can I get a celebrity to promote my organization’s cause?

Celebrities can be reached directly through their talent agent, business manager or publicist.

5. My organization has an annual volunteer event. How can I get media to cover our activity?

ServiceNation is collecting stories about volunteering that it hopes to share with local and national news outlets. If you have a story that you think tell an unusual or important story about the impact of service, submit your story at http://www.servicenation.org/page/s/servicestories. We also suggest you contact directly your local media outlets with your story for their consideration.



FUNDRAISING

1. Can I use the iParticipate logo on my merchandise for a portion of the revenues?

No. The iParticipate logo cannot be used on any merchandise that has not approved by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).


GRANTS

1. I notice you have a donate button on your website. How do I get a grant?

We do not accept letters of inquiry or unsolicited grant proposals. Qualified 501(c)(3) organizations must be identified and invited by iParticipate to submit a funding request for consideration. You may find it helpful to visit the web site of the Foundation Center (www.foundationcenter.org), a nonprofit organization that offers tools for locating prospective funders.

2. I notice that you are accepting donations. Where does the money go?

Funds donated at the iParticipate site will be used to support America’s leading service organizations to build their capacity to engage more volunteers.

3. We use volunteers in our program. How do I apply for a grant to support their activities?

We encourage you to visit the website of the Foundation Center (www.foundationcenter.org), a nonprofit organization that offers tools for locating prospective funders. The Foundation Center provides access to private foundation information, directories, books and periodicals, files, and bibliographic databases on available grants.

4. I am an individual who needs financial assistance. Am I eligible for a grant?

We do not provide funding to individuals. Grants are made to 501(c)(3) organizations. To learn about other resources to help you, consider:
• United Way (for Individuals)
United Way of America serves individuals as well as organizations through training, resources, and technical assistance. This web site can direct you to a United Way organization in your local community.
• GuideStar
An online database of nonprofit organizations including mission, programs, leaders, goals, accomplishments, and needs.
• Idealist.org
Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas and locate opportunities and supporters.

5. May I schedule an appointment to talk with someone about getting my organization involved with iParticipate?

The best way to participate is by spreading the word about the campaign, posting stories, blogging and registering your volunteer opportunities.


PRESS

1. I am in the press/media. Who can I talk with about iParticipate?

You can contact us at iparticicpate@eifoundation.org.

2. How do I get a downloadable press kit?

The Digital Press Kit can be found at www.iparticipate.org/press-kit


EIF & PARTNERS

1. What is EIF?

EIF stands for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The Entertainment Industry Foundation, a tax exempt public charity, working to harness the collective power of the entertainment industry and channels its unique assets to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. iParticipate is an initiative of EIF’s. For more information on EIF, visit www.eifoundation.org

2. How do I partner with EIF to promote my charity?

The best way to participate is by spreading the word about the campaign, posting stories, blogging and registering your volunteer opportunities.

3. What is Cities of Service?

Cities of Service is a bi-partisan coalition of large and small city mayors from across the country who will work to engage millions more Americans in a new era of service. To learn more about this initiative go to http://www.handsonnetwork.org/CitiesOfService

4. What is Create the Good?

Create the Good is an initiative of AARP. Dr. Ethel Percy Founder, AARP believed that anyone, anywhere, anytime could make a difference. Create the Good is where good people get connected to opportunities to create good, in whatever way works for them. Visit Create the Good at www.createthegood.org . AARP is a sponsor of iParticipate.

5. How do I become a collaborating organization for iParticipate?

We don’t have a category of “collaborating” organizations. Instead, we encourage everyone to participate. Please spread the word about the iParticipate campaign or use the resources at iparticipate.org to tell the story of really transformative events or meaningful change a volunteer activity has produced. Community members can blog or find toolkits to organize a team or solve a problem. Get as many people as you can to use the resources at iParticipate. It is the best way to help us build a culture of service.


OTHER

1. I have a question that isn’t addressed here. How can I contact you?

Please e-mail detailed information about your question to iparticipate@eifoundation.org and we will do our best to help you.