Gold Book Online

Thank you for your interest in the League Volunteer Council’s Gold Book projects!

The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras knows firsthand the rewards and challenges of initiating and executing projects at your orchestra. Our goal is to inspire, educate, and excite you – bringing you details about the best and most innovative volunteer-driven projects from across the country in categories including: Audience Development/Community Engagement, Communication/Technology, Education, Leadership/Organizational Structure, Membership, Fundraising, Service Projects, with descriptions, project details, and contact information, so if you have further questions you can follow up! And don’t forget, many projects can be adapted for use by any volunteer organization, regardless of size or budget.

Each year, the Volunteer Council presents the most outstanding volunteer projects submitted to Gold Book with Awards of Excellence or Roundtable Awards. Winning projects are selected based upon originality, volunteer involvement, adaptability, and the overall success of the projects.

Click here to view the Gold Book Online Database.

*Helpful Hints:

  • The database is sorted to show the most recent projects first and are grouped by their primary category within each year. You can reorder and regroup by clicking “Sort” or “Grouped by 2 Fields” at the top of the page and changing the settings to suit your needs.
  • The search function can be accessed by clicking the magnifying class in the upper right hand corner.
  • Entries can be filtered to show only certain types of projects by clicking the “Filter” button. For example, you could look for projects for orchestras of only your budget size, or projects by purpose.

Click here to download a copy of the Submission Form.

Please note that you cannot save your form and return to it later. All information must be submitted at once.

The Gold Book was created in 1976 by the Volunteer Council (formally known as the Woman's Council) and by Ralph Black, executive director of the League of American Orchestras, who secured a grant for the first publication. The legendary name comes from the idea that the book is "worth its weight in gold." In 1976 copies sold for $5.00. The book's purpose was to highlight volunteer organizations’ activities and provide innovative examples for other volunteer organizations to adapt and follow. In the years since then, the Gold Book has proven itself a goldmine for volunteers across the country and Canada. And since transitioning to an online platform in 2005, accessing this resource is even easier (and free).