Volunteer opportunity description

Fund Raising and Development activities at Lighthouse Guild, the leading provider of services and research for those with vision loss, have evolved over its 100+ year history.  Traditional means such as live events, direct mail and grant writing, are now supplemented by public service announcements, traditional media and social media.  However, we need more effective fund raising if we want to expand our research efforts and care for more people with vision loss.

As we look to our future, we would like to take a fresh look at our Fund Raising and Development efforts to determine how we should allocate resources and people to maximize our impact.  We would like to answer the following questions:

  1. What should be our mix between corporate support, organized charities, and individuals as sources of funds?  Looking at recent and past gifts, which organizations have we missed who might be interested in helping us?
  2. Who are the individuals who may be interested to contribute to Lighthouse Guild, and are they more likely to give for a particular project or at a live event?
  3. How do we become known to young healthy people and get them interested in helping Lighthouse Guild either with their time or with small contributions?  How does their involvement help us reach other wealthy people who may be more able to make larger gifts?
  4. Help us to determine what the next generation of philanthropists will prefer. Are opportunities to interact with LGI on a face to face basis (social events, seminars, education sessions, volunteer opportunities etc.)  meaningful to them?  Do social “friend raising” events which connect them to an organization make them more likely to support us down the road? Are “junior” and “advisory” committees helpful in cultivating the next generation?  
  5. How do we convey to potential donors the impact that their donations may have and the urgency of the need?
  6. How do we build loyalty to our mission and develop repeat donors, those willing to contribute on an annual basis and through legacies?
  7. Which activities at Lighthouse Guild most appeal to potential donors?
    1. Research to prevent vision loss
    2. Development of new technologies, including AI, facial recognition, and bionics
    3. Integrated medical, vision and behavioral healthcare for those with vision loss
  8. What have similar types of organizations done effectively and successfully, and what can we learn from them and emulate?
  9. Fund raising campaigns can be expensive, and which activities are more likely to generate a positive return for the investment?  How should we measure ROI in the short and medium term?




We are looking for a team of 2-4 graduate students (MBA, MPA, MS, MSW) or similar students with a background that includes some of the following:



~Survey design and research

~Fund raising

~Vision health

~Non-profit management


Details of the Opportunity: We are hoping that an experienced MBA student, or perhaps a group of students might be interested in tackling this project over the summer.  We would like you to closely work with our Executive leadership, become immersed in our organization, study our data and programs, and help us develop a plan so that we can do more research, develop new technologies to improve the lives of those with vision loss, and care for more people than we do now.

We estimate that this project will run from late-June through mid-August. Please respond in NYC Service and  submit a resume to volunteer@lighthouseguild.org

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Lighthouse Guild International

Cheryl Pemberton-Graves
Director, Volunteer Resources and The Print Access Center
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