January 27, 2012 - Las Vegas -- ActionCOACH Business Coach Peter Lepinski is currently volunteering his services to the United Way of Grande Prairie, Alberta, as part of the company’s Coaching for a Cause campaign – and international effort to help support charities worldwide.
The global Coaching for a Cause initiative shares free coaching services to local nonprofits. The goal of the unique program is to help charitable organizations learn simple business concepts, management and marketing strategies and other essential skills that will increase their ability to systemize operations and generate more donations.
"I have been volunteering with the Coaching for a Cause program for about two years," Lepinski said. "And the United Way of Grande Prairie is the third charity we’ve worked with as a coach."
Nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers and donations, so unlike other businesses, they are not always sure how many resources they will have at their disposal.
However, by adopting some of the innovative strategies the ActionCOACH system offers, organizations discover ways they can overcome organizational roadblocks to achieve higher levels of additional donations.
"Many charities wait until the fundraising season is already on top of them before they start to address the challenge," Lepinski said. "But you have to start positioning way ahead of the heat of the campaign in order to be fully prepared and derive the most success."
Lepinski says that oftentimes the biggest barriers to fundraising are based on a lack of time and focus.
"A big part of it is being accountable and remaining focused on the task right in front of you," he explained.
"In the middle of a huge project like an annual fundraising initiative, your brain runs so fast that you want to do everything all at once, but that isn’t practical or possible."
With that in mind, Lepinski spends some of his time helping other volunteers set accurate benchmarks and metrics so that they don’t inadvertently become distracted and dilute their energies and efforts.
He is an experienced team builder, and that is another skill that can be invaluable to someone directing a volunteer organization like the United Way.
Lepinski’s team began working with the group over the summer so that together they could take full advantage of the big season for fundraising.
"For the first few months I was mostly helping them get organized and put systems in place," he said.
"As a result the organization was able to have its fundraising engine up and running in time, and we are now looking forward to a successful campaign."
For more information on the ActionCOACH initiative Coaching for a Cause, visit coachingforacause.org.