As we know, AmeriCorps State and National members face limits in fundraising on the clock. So asking whether or not AmeriCorps members can participate in the extensive fundraising effort underway to benefit Haiti relief is certainly relevant.
Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, has stated today that national service members can be allowed to take part in fundraising for the Haiti relief efforts “within certain limits,” “supplemental to the core program activity:”
We have been asked whether it is permissible for national service programs to participate in fundraising and other community outreach efforts in support of Haiti earthquake relief. Within certain limits to be discussed with Corporation program officers, it is generally permissible for national service participants to support this activity as supplemental to the core program activity. We are putting together more detailed answers to frequently-asked questions for programs considering ways to contribute to the relief effort, to be posted and updated as needed. Please forward any questions you have to your program officer so that we can provide specific guidance.
It’s important to note that AmeriCorps VISTA members are not restricted in fundraising on the clock, as many VISTA positions perform grantwriting and other development activities.