21 Social Media Tips for NonProfits

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Via @NTENorg by @marcapitman

Marc Pitman wanted to find out what bothers donors about non-profit organizations using social media. So, he “emailed some of the top authors and social media experts from around the world and asked them to quickly answer this question: What is one thing you wish nonprofits “got” about social media?” [Pitman]

He received the replies and constructed 21 tips for non-profits so that they can use social  media for their campaigns in a more constructive and donor-friendly way.

[Please note: this is only an excerpt, you will find details about the 21 tips below by reading the original article here.]

  1. Use social media for new work.
  2. Focus on being useful.
  3. Use VISUAL stories.
  4. Use Social Media year round.
  5. Create a volunteer Social Media corp.
  6. Leave gaps and be vulnerable.
  7. Harness the energy of others.
  8. Keep Social Media usage visual.
  9. Be social!
  10. Invest in good design.
  11. Humanize.
  12. Share.
  13. Become a trusted member of your community.
  14. Develop from within.
  15. Tell your story.
  16. Create an unforgettable donor experience.
  17. Social Media is part of a 3-pronged strategy: social media, website, e-mail.
  18. Do interesting projects.
  19. Make it easy to share your story.
  20. Remember the power of conversations.
  21. Relationships are primary.

If you have a non-profit and are currently using some kind of social media strategy, I do think you should take the time to read the very informative article. I found it very useful.

Remember, most of our non-profits start off as a basic idea to do good in the world. The teams in charge often do this part-time and many are not skilled at the specific ways to ‘market’ their organization properly. It is a continuous learning curve and this specific article can definitely help you to hone your social media skills. It prompts you to take a good look at the way you are actually approaching your donor, especially since the comments (read here) came from donors and experienced authors of non-profit media.

My advice? DO read this, print it out even and keep it for future reference.

Good luck to you all and thank you mr Pitman for such a brilliant article.

More interesting information on this subject can be found on Good Neighbor Stories. Pam Marino wrote some brilliant posts on her experience at a Social Media for Nonprofits Conference. Click here for the article. Also DO pay a visit to GNS’s Nonprofits Resources Page for more valuable tips and tools.

SOURCE:

PITMAN, Marc A.  2014.  21 Social Media Tips for Non-Profits.  [Web:] Nonprofit Technology Network.  [Date of Access:] 20 January 2016.

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MARINO, Pam2012.  Social Media for Nonprofits Conference: Final Takeaways.  [Web:]  Good Neighbour Stories.  [Date of Access:] 20 January 2016.

 

January Giving, Week 2 – Stationery Drive

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As you may know by now, every month of the year I will request a certain item like toiletries, clothing or linen OR items related to a specific group/facility/organization I support. In the course of the month I will share more details about my Monthly Giving Project 2016, so that you can know what items will be requested and for whom.

January then, as usual, I have my annual ‘Stationery Drive’. During the month weekly reminders will be posted on Social Media and, come the 31st, all the items collected will be sorted for distribution during the first week of February.

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The items needed are the usual school supplies, stuff like:

  • Pens and pencils or pacers
  • Coloured pencils and wax crayons
  • Coloured paper for crafts
  • Play dough, craft paint and oil pastels
  • White boards and whiteboard markers
  • Exercise books and school diaries
  • Rulers, erasers, glue and pencil sharpeners
  • Mathematical instrument sets and calculators
  • Pencil cases
  • School bags and lunch boxes

If you wish to contribute, please get in touch. Click here to e-mail me or send a message via Facebook or Twitter.

I want to thank loyal supporters, Ingrid Abendroth and Tanya Pegram who have already responded to my request.

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Ingrid Abendroth dropped her donation off on Saturday, 9 January 2016

Ingrid packed 20 stationery kits and requested these to be delivered to Dunduzela Day and Night Care Centre in Nellmapius. In addition to these, she also blessed us with more stationery (crayons, paper, etc.), soft toys and food…these will be distributed according to need. Rock of Hope Place of Safety was the lucky recipients of some much needed baby products and clothing, also donated by her. Thank you, again, for your enthusiastic support, Ingrid, no words can describe our appreciation of your efforts.

If you wish to contribute to a specific facility, you are welcome to request a facility list.

Need any more information? Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Click here to e-mail or follow the Social Media buttons in the sidebar.

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A letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter about The Universal Force Of Love

Via #LisaMartin on Ideapod

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“This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force.

Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it.
Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.

Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals….” continue reading here.

Source:

MARTIN, Lisa.  2016.  A letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter about The Universal Force which is LOVE [Web:] Ideapod.com.  [Date of Access:] 8 January 2016