INTS 431: Principles of Fundraising

The following organizations have provided service opportunities to students in this course in the past OR they have expressed an interest in being a service site this year. 

Please understand that this previous or expressed interest does not obligate an organization to accept you as a service-learner.  Most organizations will want to view a resume or list of your relevant skills and experience and follow-up with an interview to be sure you are a good fit for their organization and their needs at this time.

If you have interests not represented here, you are strongly encouraged to seek out other organizations, using resources such as Volunteer Fairfax and other resources on available through Social Action and Integrative Learning.

Please contact your professor if you need further assistance finding an organization to meet your learning interests.

The Arc of Northern Virginia
Work Location:
2755 Hartland Road,Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043
Contact Person: Lynn Ruiz
Phone: 703-208-1119
Planned Fundraising Activity and date:

Carpenter’s Shelter
Work Location:
930 North Henry Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact: Courtney D. Bishop, Constituent Relationship Officer
Phone: 703.548.7500 ext. 205.  
Planned Fundraiser:
Additional Information:
Carpenter’s Shelter seeks an intern to play a key role in our Development office and assist with the planning and execution of our annual online auction in conjunction with Cook-Off.  The position requires a thoughtful, compassionate individual with strong communication skills.  The intern should be a self-starter and should be able to multi-task, manage time effectively, meet deadlines as needed, think creatively, and work with the Development team.  The intern will report to the Constituent Relationship Officer.

  • Assist with planning, logistics, and implementation of the online and live auction
  • Use DoJiggy to assist with the management of the online and live auction items
  • Make follow-up calls to donors
  • Use Salesforce to assist with management of the donor database
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Gain valuable nonprofit experience at an award-winning organization
  • Develop an understanding of the importance, needs, and challenges in the nonprofit sector
  • Contribute to the success of our signature fundraiser


  • Applicants must have an interest in fundraising, communications/public relations, event planning and/or social services in the nonprofit sector.
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office programs is critical
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under deadlines
  • Strong work ethic


  • Students of all levels of education with the above experience are invited to apply. Weekly schedule is flexible as long as the minimum number of hours is met.  This position is unpaid. 

Children's Hospice International
Work Location:
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Walkable from King Street Metro
Contact: Ann Armstrong–Dailey
Phone: 703-684-0330
Planned Fundraising Activity and date:
Needs help with infrastructure, donor relationships, and planning a fundraiser.
Additional Information:
This is a very small, every effective non-profit.  One 431 student did a summer internship here to complete his graduation requirements.

Work Location:
10640 Page Avenue, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
(located near a cue bus stop)
Contact: D’Ivonne Holman, Volunteer and Events Manager
Phone: 703-865-4251
Planned Fundraising Activity and date:
Student will assist in preparing for FACETS Benefit Breakfast which is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016. This breakfast is one of two of FACETS major fundraisers and is attended by nearly 500 individuals from the community.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Work Location:
2667 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 563-1990
Contact: Tara Nadel, Patron Services Manager and Education Director
Planned Activities:

1)  FSO's Valentine Pops Gala and Silent Auction – A Salute to Motown
Friday, February 15, 2013
McLean Hilton, Tysons Corner
Student projects would focus on coordinating the Silent Auction for this annual event with about 350 local business leaders, government officials, and other patrons of the arts.
2)  Student Passport Club Reception and Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, March 16, 2013
GMU's Center for the Arts, Fairfax
Student projects would focus on securing financial and in-kind sponsors for this event in which over 100 students and their families attend annually, in addition to coordinating the event itself prior to the FSO concert that evening.
3)  FSO's 6th Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Westfields Golf Club
Student would assist in organizing the elements of this event, including the gift bags, silent auction materials, and sponsorship materials.
Additional Information:  The Fairfax Symphony offices are located in Old Town Fairfax, open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Students would need to have meetings with us in the office, and a flexible work schedule can be maintained to accommodate their class schedules.

Northern Virginia Family Service
Work Location:
10455 White Granite Drive
Suite 100
Oakton, VA 22124
We have a bus stop directly in front of our building
Contact: Ann McNerney
Phone: 571-748-2530
Planned Fundraising Activity and date:  
Road to Independence Gala - May 13, 2016
Additional information:
The student will help with all phases of the Gala planning - from working with our auction and sponsorship committees, to learning an auction database, to working with our Events Specialist on all the details of the event.

OAR of Fairfax
Work Location:
10640 Page Ave, Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 
Contact: Brandon Cosby
Phone: (703) 246-3184
Fundraising activities planned:
Any other information:
We have developed a planning document with a list of required tasks that need to be completed for the fund raiser. Interested students would review the list and identify appropriate tasks that they could help complete.

Our Daily Bread, Inc
Work Location:
Our office is located in Fairfax City on the Courthouse Complex
4080 Chain Bridge Rd., 2nd Floor
Fairfax, VA
We are located very close to GMU and are accessible by public transportation. The event is located at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center in Fairfax City (3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030) and is also accessible by public transportation.
Contact: Jennifer Rose, Development Manager
Phone: 703-273-8829
Planned Fundraising Activity and date: Artful Living 2016: Seeing the Beauty Within
Call for Artists: Share Your Art, Help ODB Families! Our Daily Bread is gearing up for Artful Living 2016: Seeing the Beauty Within. Event date for the juried art show and community event held in association with Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts is TBD this Spring in Fairfax City. Local artists of all skill levels are invited to submit .jpg files of their art work in a variety of media. Submissions due April 1, 2016 to

PRS, Inc
Work Location:
1761 Old Meadow Road, #100,
McLean, VA (Tysons Corner);
We are ½ mile off Rt. 123, with a bus stop on the corner of Rt. 123 and Old Meadow Road. 
Contact: Meredith Hovan
Phone: (703) 531-6321
Planned Fundraising Activity and date:
One of PRS' most important annual fundraiser of the year is the Kentucky Derby Benefit.  Our 21st annual event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016. This opportunity involves supporting all aspects of the event, including but not limited to phone calls and thank you letters to auction item donors, database management for the event, marketing and PR of the event, and volunteer coordination for the event.  The Resource Development office also needs support to help prepare for our spring annual appeal and our newsletter mailing, both of which happen in late April just prior to the Derby event.  Finally, the student will be asked to support PRS' marketing and social media efforts - writing press releases, social media scheduling and posting, website updates.  We will expose the student to a variety of fundraising efforts, day-to-day development office processes and (more specifically) the issues involved in event planning.  The student will be encouraged to accept significant responsibility for specific tasks and to participate as a full member of the development team.

Special Olympics Virginia
Work Location:
11350 Random Hills Rd C-140
Fairfax, VA 22033
Not accessible by public transportation
Contact Person: Ellen Head
Phone: 703-359-4301
Planned Fundraising Activities and dates:; Click on the Events tab for list of this year's activities.