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Nonprofits – FAQ

Learn the answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about WomenOnCall. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at info@womenoncall.org.

What is WomenOnCall?

WomenOnCall is a unique, online network created to connect professional women with meaningful causes and relevant skills-based volunteer opportunities. We provide women with an easy, yet powerful and impactful way, to give back and add significant value by sharing their experience and skills with nonprofits looking to fill a specific need.

WomenOnCall aligns the skills, expertise and interests of highly-qualified volunteers with short-term, high-impact projects at trusted nonprofit organizations in the Greater Chicago area. Through on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities that require 10 hours of service or less, WomenOnCall members provide skills-based service to further advance an organization’s mission and improve their bottom line.

How is WomenOnCall different from other sites that connect volunteers and nonprofits?

By focusing specifically on projects that require 10 hours of skilled service or less, WomenOnCall is a way for you to leverage a volunteer’s talents to move your organization forward.

  • We make the right connections between qualified volunteers and nonprofit needs.
  • We support our nonprofit members through structured guidance and assist them in designing volunteer projects that are specific and can generate the most value in 10 hours of service or less.
  • Our volunteers can contribute on both tactical and consultative projects — everything from achieving a short-term goal for an organization to helping the nonprofit develop a roadmap for an upcoming project.
  • Via virtual volunteering, our nonprofits can connect with volunteers throughout the country who can add value to their organizations.
  • Our nonprofit and volunteer members have 24/7 access to our dynamic and intuitive web-based platform to make meaningful connections anytime, anywhere.

What types of nonprofits can become members?

We work with Chicago-based nonprofit organizations. All organizations located in the Greater Chicago area with a 501c3 that have skilled volunteer needs are welcome to apply for membership.

How do nonprofits get started using WomenOnCall?

You can apply for an account by submitting your organization’s contact information and EIN (also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number) to verify 501(c)(3) status and indicating your current needs. Once approved, you will receive an email to verify your email address and activate your account. You can then log in and provide additional information about your nonprofit.

When a need arises within your organization, you are welcome to post a project and send a project invitation directly to volunteers whose skills and interests match your needs. Once a volunteer expresses interest in the project, you can contact her directly using the contact information provided to you. If the volunteer is a match, you can begin working offline.

Creating an account is easy, and access to WomenOnCall provides you with the needed skills and talents to accomplish your goals. Sign up today.

What types of volunteer projects can I post on WomenOnCall?

WomenOnCall helps you connect on skills-based projects that require 10 hours of service or less. Our projects fall under the general categories of Business and Financial Operations, Legal, Marketing and Media and Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development. For a small sample of possible projects, click here. To view our extensive list of project options, upload our worksheet here.

I'm a nonprofit trying to register, but my EIN doesn't work. What should I do?

WomenOnCall uses GuideStar to verify nonprofit members. GuideStar adds nonprofits as they become certified 501(c)(3) organizations, but many new organizations may not be listed. You can add your EIN to the Guidestar database by submitting your Letter of Determination sent by the IRS. You can fax this document to 757-229-8912 or mail it to GuideStar at 4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Further information is available on GuideStar's website.

What is Virtual Volunteering?

Via phone and email, volunteers can assist your organization regardless of your location. For example, a woman in Portland could volunteer for a nonprofit with offices in Boston by drafting a news release about an upcoming event.

I have not gotten any responses to my posting. What should I do?

You may want to rewrite the project description to provide more detail or reduce the project scope. In addition, consider ways that the project could be completed virtually. Many of our volunteers are located throughout the country, so virtual volunteering projects offer you a wider array of volunteers who might match your needs. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at info@womenoncall.org.