Volunteer Opportunities

Our objective is to make sure volunteers are doing more than giving back (or for that matter “giving forward” but that they are also engaged in volunteerism that allows them to grow intellectually and emotionally while also improving their skills, and value to employers (if that’s a focus for the volunteer). Before reading the volunteer types, it may be useful to read about the Giving Forward business model and history of the idea.

  • HR Manager: Giving Forward operates using volunteer power. Getting the right volunteers and having them work effectively in teams requires specialized volunteers skilled in recruiting, interviewing and people management.

  • Project Manager: Our projects have many moving pieces. The tech project managers tend to be scrum masters, while the editorial and marketing project managers can choose to use whatever method they think works best to move projects forward.

  • Marketing Manager: The Giving Forward brands/titles will have their own marketing needs, starting with HollywoodHerald.org, our launch domain. Audience development (otherwise known as marketing for readers) includes the management and “trafficking” of Public Service Announcement (PSA) display media banners to publishers. ad exchanges and ad networks who have unsold banner inventory they can donate to us. We also have other marketing needs and projects including PR and social media marketing, as well as SEO.

  • Writer / Reporter: We hope to get content donated from third-party content creators including those in Hollywood, Music and Sports. Sometimes we need to collaborate with those donors to co-create the content. In other cases we may be creating the content ourselves, reporting on the Celebrities, and news in general.

  • Nonprofit Liaison: Once we have launched HollywoodHerald.org, and additional titles, we’ll need to coordinate with nonprofits to “cover” and report on their fundraising events, and in some cases orchestrate the creation of content by their better known fans. That content powers our platform which then generates revenue for the cause. The participating nonprofits will also help promote the content, because the more of their supporters consume the content, the more ad revenue we can share with them.

  • Graphic Designers: Designers play a role not only in designing elements of our web presence and custom images for content, but also in creating marketing materials that we use to explain our cause marketing business model.

  • Programmers: In addition to WordPress related programming (Javascript/frameworks, HTML, CSS and PHP with a MySQL back end), we also have some projects that require development in other languages including Go(lang), Python and Node.js. To determine whether to assign you to the Core SCRUM team or one of the other projects, we’ll probably ask for you to do an assessment.

  • Ad Operations: We’ll need help with both forms of Ad-ops.

    1) Managing our PSA (public service announcement) inventory: We’ll have an opportunity to put IAB size banner ads on other publisher’s sites in unsold ad inventory. Those banner ads will lead folks who click to a Giving Forward site (probably Hollywood Herald to start)

    2) Monetizing the pageviews and video-views we get when readers arrive via any source (including having clicked on a PSA ad). We’ll test different mixes of ad exchanges and monetization providers.

We may have missed some areas of our business in the list above and you may have some unique skill that you believe might be helpful in us realizing our objective of thousands if not millions in advertising driven donation revenue going to all sorts of worthy causes. If you are interested in any of the above or have additional ideas, please email volunteers at givingforward dot org. Feel free to include a resume, link to your LinkedIn and how many hours a week you plan to have available, as well as any pertinent information.

Great content fills hearts with joy and minds with information. With Giving Forward, advertiser revenue fills nonprofit coffers.

Kevin Lee • President • Giving Forward