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Special Events & Fundraising Volunteer

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Ruraq Maki

Posted on: November 6, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

Do you love planning parties and events? Find yourself naturally networking people together? Want to make a difference in the lives in incarcerated women? Ruraq Maki is looking for a special events and fundraising volunteer! This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is interested in event planning, non-profit fundraising, or just wants to throw a great party- with a purpose.

Ruraq Maki is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to creating educational and economic opportunities that will empower low-income artisan communities. Currently we operate two programs in South America. The Yanamilla Prison Project, which assists incarcerated women in Peru generate income through the development and sale of their products, and Manos Independientes, creating economic opportunities to rural female Bolivian weavers living in extreme poverty. Ruraq Maki's products are hand woven and embroidered, use traditional materials, and women are paid a fair wage for their work. All proceeds from the sale of our products go back to supporting the projects. Additionally, Ruraq Maki offers free, yearly education workshops to both communities.

The Special Events and Fundraising volunteer's duties include:

  • Working with the director and board members to plan and execute two fundraising events a year (fall and spring) and will assist in:
  • Booking event venue and entertainment
  • Soliciting donations for the event (advertising, food, print media, etc)
  • Recruiting event volunteers
  • Promoting event through online, social media, and print promotions
  • Assisting in the set up, break down, and day of event logistics
  • Long-term donor cultivation
  • Small-scale fundraising projects
  • Implementation of donor management system

Helpful (although not required) experience:

  • Non-profit fundraising
  • Event planning
  • Donation solicitation
  • Using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Writing press releases and promotional materials

This volunteer opportunity is a creative and collaborative one! You will work closely with the executive director and board members to brainstorm and execute ideas. Ruraq Maki is committed to horizontal and collaborative decision making- to that end this is not a volunteer opportunity where you will be told what to do. We expect you to bring and share your ideas and experience!

Note: Ruraq Maki is based in San Francisco, however, if you are outside the Bay Area and are interested in holding a fundraising event for Ruraq Maki, please follow the contact instructions below

How to apply

To apply, complete the online volunteer application here.

For questions or more information, email the Program Facilitator, Amanda Smiles, at

Please only apply if you are willing to commit at least 6 months to this position.


San Francisco, CA, US

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Flexible schedule