Social Media Tips from 32 Leading Nonprofits

Social Media Tips from 32 Leading Nonprofits

In recent years, the nonprofit world has begun to learn what potential social media really has. Many nonprofits had already understood the importance of sharing their story with the world around them (whether for to raise support or to generate exposure for their organization), but hadn’t adapted the platforms on which the new generation were telling their stories. Before social media, storytelling would inevitably cost any organization large sums of money, depending on how much marketing each organization was willing to do. But the beauty of social media is that it has provided us with one of the largest platforms to reach millions of people instantly – and it’s free. Social media is also much more effective in targeting your audience more specifically. Analytical tools allow you to track how much attention your posts are getting as you work to build your online community of supporters.

Nonprofits often have too tight a budget and too many other priorities to build a social media team or even craft a social media strategy. However, studies have shown that having a strong social media presence can substantially further your cause as a nonprofit.

In order to help nonprofits build a more effective social media strategy, we reached out to 33 organizations around the world that were characterized by having a strong social media presence and asked them to give us their top social media tip for fellow nonprofits. We organized them according to the category the fall under, in order of frequency. Here’s what your fellow nonprofits said:

 

Be consistent and post regularly:

“My tip to fellow non-profits would be that they should always keep in touch with their fans/followers. Never leave a comment hanging on its own, always respond. Further to this, I would recommend that they keep their posts to the look and feel of their non-profit. If it is a professional non-profit, remain professional. If it’s supposed to be funky, keep it funky and leave the professional bit out. Always make it more human, we are dealing with human and must appeal to their softer, gentler side.”  – [Ashley Nel] Sweet Hearts Foundation

 

“For HOPE WW Indonesia our big social media tip would be posting consistently about things we want our audience to care about. For us, we see that posting a lot helps us gain awareness, but we don’t want to post arbitrary things. For us, we work hard to gather stories and moments that show the heart of our organization and therefore help us gain an audience that will invest in our future goals for bringing hope and changing lives in Indonesia!” – Hope WorldWide Indonesia

 

“The best tip we can give, and what we’re trying to stick to in our social media revamp, is to maintain activity! Whether it’s liking, commenting, or sharing other pages, or curating original content, we attempt to post at least once a day to keep up engagement with our followers.” – Mahboba’s Promise

 

“Our top social media tip would be consistency! Often nonprofits only post when they have an event coming up or when they need to raise funds. You need to build a relationship all year long to truly create awareness. ” –ICUbaby.org

 

“Is to engage as much as possible. Identify your target market and go speak to them. Go onto their profile and genuinely like a few of their images and even comment. It’s builds your community, a loyal following and your brand awareness.” – Pearl Meets Crystal

 

“The social media tip that we live by most is to consistently post content relevant to your mission. We recommend posting at least 2 times a day, 3 if you have time.” – TT Charities

 

“One tip that works for us keeping our audience engaged with constant updates from our on-ground activities be it short videos or images from our community project.” – Khel Khel Mein Foundation

 

“It’s not really a tip, it’s pretty much self explanatory. My way of marketing and promoting is posting everyday at least 2-3 times a day and pretty much shoving it down their throat. I went to school for marketing and I always learned if you shove down their throat after a while they will start humming your company name everywhere they go! When everyone else sleeping I’m up grinding!” – Black Surfing Association

 

“Be consistent and post regularly.” –  Chik Mamas Do Care

 

“Consistency is key.” – World Traveler Association


“Regular and consistent posts that ‘speak’ to your followers.” – Small Change

 

Engage with organizations similar to yours:

“My top tip would be to engage within your industry. Network with other accounts similar to yours.” – Communities Int’l

 

“We talk to facebook groups on this field or we follow and talk to people on instagram that follow unesco or certain volunteering hashtags and engage to them.” Medical Impact

 

“My tip is to be interpersonal with with accounts by commenting on relevant user’s posts.” Franklin County Animal Rescue

 

“Our biggest tip would be to interact with people who follow similar accounts as your own. For instance, since we feed kids, we would interact with followers of other non profits who feed kids. This gets your name out to people who are already interested in what you do!” – Love Dearly

 

“Engage as much as possible. Identify your target market and go speak to them. Go onto their profile and genuinely like a few of their images and even comment. It’s builds your community, a loyal following and your brand awareness.” – Peal Meets Crystal

 

Pay attention to your message (start a conversation!):

“I would say my top social media tip would be to really know your arrangement of words as far the tone and if your wording is too formal, not formal enough, not edgy enough … Perhaps your point can be made with a softer choice of colloquialisms. Just really pay attention to the words even individual words can make all the difference between something being received well or indifferent. And to have a conversation, try not to talk at folks.” – THE LIFE SOCIETY


“Create attractive templates without too much text to both encourage people to find out more and to create some recognition.” – Small Change

 

“Be meticulous about your communication to the world. Both with your personal & business accounts.” – Hope Across America

 

Posts serve a purpose:

“Our top social media tip is to make sure your social media posts serve a purpose. Don’t post photos to get likes but rather to share a message, or spread love or awareness on something close to your organization’s heart!” – Trusting the Process FL

 

“Stay true to yourself and your message and spread love and happiness” – The Boom Bus

 

My tip to fellow non-profits would be that they should always keep in touch with their fans/followers. Never leave a comment hanging on its own, always respond. Further to this, I would recommend that they keep their posts to the look and feel of their non-profit. If it is a professional non-profit, remain professional. If it’s supposed to be funky, keep it funky and leave the professional bit out. Always make it more human, we are dealing with human and must appeal to their softer, gentler side.“ – [Ashley Nel] Sweet Hearts Foundation

 

Make your supporters feel valued and appreciated:

You’ve made your ask over and over. Now what? In the nonprofit world, communications can be very self-centered — It’s all about “me” and “I”. Make your supporters feel valued and appreciated by saying “thank you” regularly. It seems that one phrase your parents taught you as a kid really does make a difference! Try thanking your donors and volunteers as a whole, or individually, from time to time on social media. Don’t just show appreciation for the $50,000 check from a corporation. Corporate communications is about how amazing the nonprofit is: WE. Donor communications is about how amazing the donor is: YOU

 

Most nonprofits will agree that their biggest donor and volunteer demographic is the baby boomer generation. Remember Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? At the top of the pyramid is the need for self-actualization. Giving without expecting anything in return makes people feel good, and ultimately, complete.” – [Jonathan Koshy] Catholic Charities

 

“Post regularly and give value to your followers.” – Bula Batiki Coconut Oil

 

Share stories:

“Hi, thanks for getting in touch. We are a non profit company focused mostly on Women empowerment, and hence we use social media prominently to share their stories. We try to share the process behind making any commodity which adds an emotional and human value to it.” – Swavlambi

 

“Always show the love and happiness you and your donors bring. This makes people want to get involved and do the same.” – HGiving

 

Seek out your target community:

“So far, I think the biggest tip I can give is to really find, and connect with your niche. There are literally millions of social media accounts and whatever your area of interest is, there is likely to be a relatively large group of people with similar interests/missions. So seek them out, connect and engage with them, and help grow the community.” – Blame It On The Sugar Tees

 

“We try to gather 2 niches, volunteers/adventurers and general public enclosed in 16 – 60 years old and we develop consistent posting in our social media everyday to make it grow in this communities.” – Medical Impact

 

Quality over quantity:

“Quality over quantity.” – [Becky Mendoza] Changing Tides Foundation

 

“Our top social media tip is to concentrate on quality over quantity.” – Trevor Williams Kids Foundation

 

Provide quality visual content:

“Our tip with social media would be that it’s very important to provide quality visual content- a little photo editing, even just on the Instagram app itself (e.g. increasing the brightness and warmth) can go a long way.” – Small Art School

 

“Our tip for social media would be to take simple but good quality pictures and post often.Phone’s are great, they usually have good enough cameras, and the personal touch of taking pictures as you “find” them during the day is a great way for the audience to connect with the [the organization].” – Etz

 

Post positive content:

“We would say posting positive content that is empowering and uplifting to the people you are working with.” – Abide Family Center Uganda

 

“To get to the point: our social media tip would be to stop the pity party when it comes to photos. Show the empowering aspect of your work, instead of focusing on the sad situation that your target group might be in. Not because it doesn’t matter, but because they are human beings as well and they deserve to keep their dignity.” [Ann] Backup Uganda

 

Post video content:

“Since the launch of Facebook Live, the platform has favored live content – and videos in general – in their newsfeed algorithm. Simply put, if you are a nonprofit with little to no social media budget, the most effective way to boost your reach and engagement will be through video content. Be the next “Chewbacca Mom”! – [Jonathan Koshy] Public Narrative

 

Use multiple social channels:

“The recommendation here is use multiple different social channels to reach more people. Then consider using Hootsuite to run it more efficiently.” – Cardz for Kidz

 

Have a posting schedule:

“Make sure you have a schedule in place for the month so that it’s not a last minute scramble to decide what to post. / Take a break from the regular posts from time to time & share an inspirational/ funny/clever story that’s unrelated to you, but still relevant.” – Small Change

 

Conclusion

Investing in a social media team can seem like it isn’t a worthwhile use of your time or budget. But as these and other nonprofits have found, the return on investment is much greater than you would anticipate. Hopefully these tips will give you a good place to start.

2017-08-31T23:58:30+00:00 By |Social Media|