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Increase your fundraising footprint with this year’s #GivingTuesday tips from GlobalGiving

Posted by Jacqueline Lee on November 24th, 2014

#GivingTuesday is coming up on December 2, 2014. Do you have your fundraising strategy planned and ready to go?

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“GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back…charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.” - GivingTuesday.org

 

GlobalGiving recently hosted 2 webinars for YouthSpark projects participating in Microsoft’s “Everyone Starts Somewhere” campaign. These webinars included #GivingTuesday tips for fundraising on the big day. Our team would love to share these tips and case studies with you. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry, please find the recording here: Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday webinar

Getting Ready – Last Minute Tips & Tricks

Follow the steps below to get you and your team ready for the big fundraising day!

1. Set Goals

Think about how many people do you want to reach? Ask yourself how much funding does your organization want to raise? This will help you to stay focused, align your actions with the end goal, and in the end evaluate what you did well and what you can do better next year.

  • #GivingTuesday Funding Goal (excluding matching funds and bonus prizes): ­____________
  • How many donors do you need to reach your funding goal?: ________________

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2. Understand the Terms and Conditions & Set Donors’ Expectations

Make sure you have read and reread the terms and conditions of #GivingTuesday. If you have questions about any of the terms or need clarity, please do not hesitate to contact us! Are you involved in a matching campaign that has specific terms and conditions? Make sure you share these terms and conditions with your donors. Remind them how they can help you meet your goals and impact. Setting clear expectations will create a better experience for your donors which will increase the chance in their future participation – they might even invite their friends and family to give.

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3. Plan your Communication Strategy

Create a calendar including steps leading up to and on the day of. Devise a schedule for reaching out to your advocates, volunteers, donors, and social media supporters. Think about which platforms and methods of communication your donors, volunteers, and advocates use most. Through their preferred modes of communication, think about when and how often you will reach out to them. Assign staff to monitor customer service and response to these different platforms. Be prepared to re-post your supporters’ Facebook posts, retweet your advocates’ tweets, and respond to emails immediately. Get creative!

StayClassy shared an experience about an organization that planned their communication strategy months ahead utilizing social media, email and phone calls. By the end of #GivingTuesday, the organization “had blown their $25,000 goal out of the water and raised $97,148.”


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4. Join the Conversation.

Use #GivingTuesday and other popular hashtags in Twitter and Facebook to spread awareness of your campaign by joining existing conversations. By joining larger existing conversations, your organization can tap into an audience not already familiar with your cause and work.

5. Prep Your Content.

Prep campaign messaging not just for your organization, but create easily sharable and customizable email templates, Twitter posts, Instagrams, and Facebook posts that your networks can share with their networks.

  • Write a project report for GlobalGiving. Submit your project report to GlobalGiving before Bonus Day,and request that it be sent out on December 2nd. In your project report include an update about your project, a quote from a beneficiary, and/or story of one of your beneficiaries. Also, don’t forget to include a call to action for donors to give on Bonus Day. Your project report should inspire them to give.
  • Write and send messaging for your fundraisers to use on #GivingTuesday. You want to make sure that assisting your organization is easy for them, and that they are sharing the correct information. Include a template email, sample tweets, and sample Facebook posts, if relevant.
  • Put together your social social media plan and have Facebook posts and tweets ready to send for the big day.

6. Mobilize Your Current Network.

Turn your donors in to  fundraisers. Instead of asking donors to give this year, why don’t you ask them to share your message this year? Ask them to invite their networks.

  • Identify potential donors, such as board members, former volunteers and interns, and friends/family
  • Identify donor captains. Donor captains are responsible for raising a funding goal on the day of #GivingTuesday… for example, a donor captain may be a former intern that is excited about your work and pledges to raise $300 from 20 donors for your project. Donor captains help your organization grow its network of supporters.
  • Contact donor captains. Let them know why you are asking for their help and tell them how they can help. Remember your donor captains are individuals that care about your organization, the work you are doing, and most importantly they care about you (the number one reason why people give is because someone they know and trust asked them too).

7. Don’t Forget to Thank your Donors!

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Engage with your donors positively and proactively. GlobalGiving makes it easy for nonprofits to thank their donors through the donation manager. Click here to learn more about the thank you note feature

Success Story

GivingTuesday.org shared a great success story about an organization who combined the above tips (joining the conversation, engaging community, using social media, and getting creative) to create a successful 24-hour fundraising campaign. For #GivingTuesday, an organization created a photo campaign that included the organization’s specific hashtag and #GivingTuesday. The nonprofit asked local students, volunteers, and community members to give back by participating (not giving), and this resulted in not only more than 1,000 photos with the organization’s messaging being shared on social media, it amplified their organization’s message to the larger #GivingTuesday community, and the organization raised approximately $10,000 in donations.

We hope these tips help you create a solid and effective campaign strategy for this year’s 24-hour day of giving back. Best of luck this #GivingTuesday!

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Check out these additional great resources that were sourced for this article and provide additional fundraising tips and strategies:

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

We know your time and resources are valuable. We want to help you be as effective as possible with those resources, and we’ve seen that effectiveness is driven by a cycle of progress that involves listening, acting, and learning (and repeating — doing it all again). Think about the questions below in order to test how your strategy worked.

  • LISTEN: You just read tips for a creating a successful #GivingTuesday.
  • ACT: What is one way you are going to fundraise for #GivingTuesday?
  • LEARN: How will you know whether your fundraising strategy worked? What results will you look for in order to measure success?

Day 2 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014
Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the second day, which focused on strategies and techniques for raising funds online. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Online Community & Social Fundraising: India 2.0Session Presentation

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia
Fundraising has evolved with the invention of the internet. Is it no longer a one-way effort of gathering contributions by soliciting donations. Instead, Fundraising 2.0 is an effort to empower your supporters to raise funds using their networks and communities. Jai shares GiveIndia’s tips for harnessing the power of this new phenomenon to raise funds for your organization.

Corporate Engagement in India

Shefali Arora, Account Planner, Google IndiaSession Presentation

Namrata Rana, Director, FuturescapeSession Presentation

Moderator: Courtney Eskew, Senior Partner Services Associate, GlobalGiving

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

What can happen when the interests of companies and nonprofits collide? Shefali Arora shared five exciting ways that Google is working with NGOs in India and around the world including the Global Impact Awards, GooglersGive, GoogleServe, The NGO Consultant, and Google Ad Grants. Namrata Rana spoke about an exciting new law in India that requires Indian companies to donate 2% of their net profits to Indian NGOs.

Turning Volunteers into Long-Term AdvocatesSession Presentation

Vishal Talreja, CEO & Co-Founder, Dream a Dream
Dream a Dream has successfully engaged hundreds of volunteers over the past several years, including hundreds of corporate volunteers who have become lasting advocates for the organization. Vishal shared insights about the volunteer lifecycle that he has seen at Dream a Dream and provided tips for developing a volunteer engagement strategy.

Building Lasting Donor Relationships

Nandita Mishra, Director of Programs, South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) – Session Presentation

Priyanka Singh, Chief Executive, Seva Mandir – Session Presentation

Elsa Varghese, Officer – Grants and Communications, Mumbai Mobile Creches – Session Presentation

Moderator: Neeharika Tummala, India Field Representative, GlobalGiving

Attracting donors is one thing, but getting them to continue give is a whole new challenge. Panelists shared their organizations’ secrets to engaging long-term donors: developing a strong donor stewardship plan, building meaningful relationships, showing recognition and appreciation, and communicating impact regularly.

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Chief of Operations, Agastya International Foundation – Session Presentation

Vasumathi Sriganesh, Founder/CEO, QMed Knowledge Foundation – Session Presentation

Shalia Brijnath, Chairman, Aasraa Trust – Session Presentation

Moderator: Michael Gale, Senior Program Manager, GlobalGiving

These panelists have raised lakhs of rupees from one-month fundraising campaigns! Shaila Brijnath reminded us that if you don’t ask, people won’t give. She talked about the power of hard work and passion in developing a fundraising campaign. K. Thiagarajan shared how to develop a successful campaign strategy and how to leverage trusted donor relationships. Vasumathi Sriganesh wrapped up the session with a discussion about overcoming challenges in online fundraising.

How to Tell Compelling Stories OnlineSession Presentation

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

Kyla Johnson, Communications Associate, Educate Girls

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a powerful story is priceless. Kyla Johnson shared how Educate Girls uses inspiring stories and reports to motivate donors to give. She provided practical tips for telling engaging stories that keep your network engaged.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Day 1 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the first day, which focused on using social media to further your cause online, below. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Mobilizing Youth: Transforming Dialogue to ActionSession presentation

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Samyak Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Electronic Youth Media Group & Chief Youth Marketer, DDB Mudra Group
India’s youth aren’t waiting for change to happen – the time is now. How can NGOs leverage the energy of today’s engaged youth to strengthen their organizations and ultimately make a difference both on and offline? Samyak Chakrabarty, one of India’s foremost experts on youth engagement and marketing, shared insights based on his research on youth in India.

Social Media Strategy: How to Think About Social Media as Part of an Integrated Market Strategy – Session Presentation

Ritu Sharma, Director and Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits
Social media presents new and exciting opportunities for NGOs to advance their missions, raise much-needed funds, and mobilize huge bases of support, but how exactly can NGO leaders harness its potential? Ritu proposed a four step plan: identify your audience; recruit supporters; engage your audience; and activate your superfans.

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

LinkedIn for NGOs - Session Presentation

Deepa Saptnaker, Head of Communications – India & Hong Kong
More than 26 million Indian professionals and hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe use LinkedIn to facilitate meaningful connections, making it the world’s largest professional networking site. Is your organization using LinkedIn to connect with volunteers, board members, new staff, and supporters on LinkedIn? Deepa Saptnaker shared best practices for strengthening your organization’s brand, building and engaging your network, and leveraging your networks on LinkedIn. Learn more about nonprofits.linkedin.com.

Drive Change with Online Advertising: Google Ad GrantsSession Presentation

Mohita Mathur, Google-Give Team, Google
More than 14,000 organizations are using Google Ad Grants globally to drive change using online advertising. This program provides eligible nonprofits, ranging in scope and focus from healthcare to arts and culture, with free advertising via Google AdWords to attract volunteers and supporters online. Indian nonprofits can learn more about http://www.google.co.in/grants/apply.html.

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself AnalyticsSession Presentation

Syed Khalid Jamal, Digital Communications Manager, U.S. Department of State’s Education USA Program
We gather data to determine what is effective and to improve our efficiency. Data helps us fix what’s broken and it helps us find our advocates, ambassadors, and heroes online. Syed shared what to measure—reach, engagement, competitive data, sentiment, and conversions—and how.

Creating a Movement Through Social MediaSession Presentation

Lavanya Madhyanam, National Development Associate, Teach for India
More than 470,000 people have joined Teach for India’s movement via social media. Using campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, Teach for India is sparking an important conversation about education in India and engaging a large network of fellows, donors, and supporters. Lavanya shared tips for building a brand on social media.

Experiments in Mobile: The Next FrontierSession Presentation

Priyanka Batra, Former Presdient – Delhi, Make a Difference, Anshal Jain, Delhi Fundraising Team, Make a Difference

That piece of metal in your back pocket can help you do a lot more than make calls – it can be a transformative instrument for social change. Make A Difference shared their mobile application, Donut, which they designed to engage Indian youth.

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Turning Failure into Success

Sonali khan, Vice President & India country Director, Breakthrough
Tejas Patel, coordinator – Digital Partnerships, Amnesty International, India
Anshu Gupta, Founder and Director, GOONJ
Moderator: Shabnam Aggarwal, CEO, Perspectful Advisors
When we talk about failure, it’s often in the context of what we did wrong. But it’s important to see failure as just a stepping stone on the path to success. In this session, leaders in prominent Indian organizations Amnesty International, Breakthrough, and GOONJ shared how their organizations have embraced opportunities to learn and grow from failure and created a “failure-friendly” culture that encourages experimentation.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Top Take Aways from Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014
Rita Soni, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

Rita Soni, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

The GlobalGiving team was thrilled to host our first ever two-day Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi at the beginning of July. The event was presented in collaboration with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good.

I think Deepa Ranganathan put it well when she said:

@SinfullyAlive: It’s unbelievable and inspiring to be in the company of such changemakers representing orgs doing incredible work doing what they do #SMG14

More than 150 nonprofit professionals and fundraising and communications practitioners came from all over India and South Asia to learn how to collaborate to find ways to tackle their funding needs and further their causes using online tools and social media.

Weren’t able to join the Summit? Don’t worry! Here are some important take aways from the event’s Twitter conversation. See the complete Twitter conversation at http://bit.ly/1j0j9Pk . Stay tuned for a summary of Day 1 and 2 coming soon on the Tools & Training Blog

Participants engaged in group discussion

Participants engaged in group discussion

@socialgoodR: Want to have great campaign fundraising? Communication is the key. #smg14#ngopic.twitter.com/ZXQarrqag4

‏@sudeshna09: Use #scheduling tools like #HootSuite to keep your #twitter#engagement regular even while you’re traveling – @ritusharma1#sm4np#SMG14

@ritusharma1: People give from heart, not from rational thinking, communicate impact & use compelling positive images. #smg14 pic.twitter.com/pkkedhXMj4

@sudeshna09:  “Do not refrain from evoking #emotional response from #audience”: Kyla Johnson @educategirls on #storytelling #SMG14 pic.twitter.com/AAsPtF1iOf

@marcmaxson:  13% of donors leave bc they aren’t thanked within first 48hrs… Wow. NGOs thank your donors! #realtalk #SMG14 @KBradd @sudeshna09

@priyakamal: #SMG14 Make the #donate button on ur org website most visible

@socialgoodR: New @CSR law in India means potentially billions of rupees will now be available from the nation’s most profitable co’s. #SMG14

@fattechy: If you do not ask, people will not give, says shalia brijnath of @AasraaTrust on effective #campaign#fundraising #SMG14

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Facebook: To Promote or Not to Promote? (…and Is That The Question?)

Posted by Alison Carlman on October 2nd, 2012

GlobalGiving’s Experiment With Promoted Posts
by Alison Carlman and Oscar Norsworthy

This case study was originally posted on Beth Kanter’s blog as an example of an experiment with social media measurement. We hope you’ll find it useful as you think through your strategy for Facebook.

Promoting a post on Facebook

Listen. Post. Learn. Repeat.

On the Unmarketing team at GlobalGiving, we put a lot of effort into figuring out how to use Facebook to support the thousands of charity projects on our website. The more we learn, the better able we are to advise our nonprofit partners. One of the newest features on Facebook is the “Promoted Post.” Promoted Posts are pictures, links, videos, or text that administrators can pay to appear on more Facebook users’ news feeds. (Did you know that only an average of about 15% of your fans see your posts in their news feeds?) We conducted a month-long experiment to see if Promoted Posts make sense for our strategy.

First Thing First: What’s our Goal?

We wanted to see whether or not Promoted Posts help us reach our goals on Facebook. One way to explain our Facebook strategy is the social funnel. People interact with us on Facebook at all levels of this funnel. While ultimately we’d love to see every fan make a donation to a project on our website, our goal on Facebook is first and foremost to develop an active community of fans around the topics of philanthropy and social change. We wanted to see how well Promoted Posts reach our fans on all levels.

Here’s what success – or a positive return on investment (ROI) – at each of the levels would look like for us:

 
The Social Funnel
Awareness: Getting our messages into the news feeds of people who haven’t heard from us in a while – or never have before. Key metric: reach
Engagement: Inspiring interactions (clicks, likes, comments and shares) from people who don’t usually interact with us. This helps the content spread to their networks.Key metric: clicks
Donations: Telling a story that is compelling enough that people give to a project on GlobalGiving.org. (Ideally donations exceed the cost of the post!)Key metric: donations; net dollars after the cost of the post.

 

Our Promoted Posts Experiment

During the summer we promoted three posts, each about a different topic. We spent less than $100 on each post, and we only promoted the posts to our fans. We also posted regular (non-promoted) links and photo posts related to each of the three topics so that we could compare the performance of regular posts versus paid posts. While we couldn’t control all variables, we did our best to aim for consistency with as much as possible, including the time of day we posted and the content of the post, so that we could draw better conclusions when comparing our results.

Below are the nine updates (under three topics) that we posted this summer as part of the experiment, and how they fared in terms of reach (views), engagement (clicks), and donations (dollars). You can see that the promoted posts were the only ones that drove donations, and they drove significantly higher view and click rates.

ROI: Reach, Engagement, and Donations
From Regular and Promoted Posts on Facebook

Post Topic: Natural Disasters
(Promoted Post net revenue= $667)

Link 4,035 views; 62 clicks
Photo 5,483 views; 66 clicks
Promoted 20,282 views; 218 clicks; $750 donations

Post Topic: Everyday Project Stories
(Promoted Post net revenue= -$30)

Link 3,311 views, 24 clicks
Photo 6,347 views; 58 clicks
Promoted 22,498 views; 301 clicks; $30 donations


Post Topic: Special Campaign
(Promoted Post net revenue= $550)

Link 4,204 views; 51 clicks
Photo 4,975 views; 45 clicks
Promoted 31,510 views; 363 clicks; $600 donations


What we learned

We learned two main things from our experiment. First, as you can see above, promoted posts did drive more engagement at all levels of the social funnel. On average, our promoted posts had five times higher reach and seven times higher click rate (!) compared to posts that weren’t promoted. The financial return, however, varied greatly based on the content of the post. We found that promoting general, ‘everyday’ project stories didn’t drive many donations (in fact, it lead to a negative net financial return), but promoting very timely stories or unique campaigns resulted in a significant uptick in donations (netting approximately $600 per post).

Perhaps the most interesting thing we learned actually happened while we were designing the experiment. When figuring out whether to promote links or photos, we found that photo posts drove more Facebook interaction, achieving a higher reach and better overall engagement (the middle of the funnel!). On the other hand, posting links sometimes led to higher click-through rates to our website, generally driving more donations (the bottom of the funnel!). When we looked back in our Facebook Insights data, we found that this pattern seemed consistent with other posts over the past several months. This information is useful to us whether or not we’re talking about promoted posts.

What does this mean for our strategy?

We found that Facebook’s Promoted Posts can get the job done, successfully driving both engagement and donations. It’s important to note though that we’re still not planning to rely on Promoted Posts to push all our fans through the social funnel.

At GlobalGiving we have an “unmarketing” approach to engagement. This means that we believe there’s inherent value in developing authentic, meaningful, and helpful relationships with our audience through social media to help tell our story. In short, it’s not all about driving dollars. Engagement is important to us.

We’ve concluded that an ongoing Facebook strategy based primarily on Promoted Posts wouldn’t be savvy or sustainable, (remember how the ‘everyday’ project stories posts actually ended up costing us money?) but we’ve decided that we will continue to promote posts when they are particularly timely, relevant, or important for our key audiences. We should also be sure to note that we’ll never be promoting content that would otherwise have been unsuccessful on Facebook in general. As you can imagine, the last thing we want to do is bring irrelevant content to the attention of people who rarely hear from us anyway!

What does this mean for you?

If you can find the budget to experiment with Promoted Posts, it’s important to think through how you’ll measure your return on your investment. Can you put a dollar value on message views, click-throughs to your website, or goal conversions (donations, petition signatures, etc.)? If you’re spending advertising dollars on other media, you may find that Facebook Promoted Posts can also help you meet your goals, so it would be worth comparing your results.

Our fans told us emphatically on Facebook, they don’t love the idea of nonprofits paying for a spot on their news feeds. (The irony, of course, was that we didn’t see a single pushback to the promoted posts when we did them without pointing it out, so peoples’ behaviors didn’t exactly match how they said they would react. But that’s a whole different social psychology experiment, right?) If you do choose to promote Facebook posts, you’ll need to do strategically. You should only promote content that you’re proud of, and it would be wise to measure the results carefully so that you can prove that your dollars are helping you meet your overall goals!

If you don’t have any budget for Promoted Posts, you could still look into your Facebook Insights data to see the different types of engagement that photo posts drive for you compared to link posts. Does your data lead you to the same conclusions that ours did?

Do you have thoughts about whether links or photos get you results on Facebook? Have you experimented yet with Promoted Posts?

Can nonprofits use Pinterest to change the world?

Posted by kellis on February 15th, 2012

“Oh, you’re not on Pinterest? If you’re planning a wedding, you’re practically required to be on Pinterest,” quipped my wedding dress designer shortly after I got engaged early last year. I sighed, adding another line to my ‘wedding to-do’s’ list, but I eventually requested an invitation and joined Pinterest.com in July 2011. My designer was right; it is an unbelievably useful tool to create blissful moodboards for your special day.

endless wedding daydream.

Besides inspiring DIY fantasies, what can Pinterest do for your nonprofit? Well, a lot. It can help connect you, your voice, and your organization with hundreds, if not thousands, of content-hungry users. Pinterest is not to be ignored. While many other social media tools skew toward the college-age male, the Pinterest audience is, well, me: female, age 25 to 44, with an appetite for gorgeous imagery and on-trend advice.  You know what else this audience does? They give.

Simply by looking at GlobalGiving’s Facebook Insights, we were able to determine that 60% of our fans already fall within Pinterest’s base. Facebook’s constantly changing interface seems to have made it more and more difficult to reach our fans, so we’re experimenting with Pinterest’s curated audience of our target demographic.

So what does this mean for nonprofits? We already know that users on Pinterest might be inclined to give to your cause, but how do you make them do it?  Well that’s just it. We’d like to suggest that you might set Pinning objectives to include many types of engagement; not just donations. Before giving, your audience wants to engage and see, quite literally, who you are: Kate Spade’s VP/Ecommerce, Johanna Murphy (while no, not a nonprofit) explains:
“We think that if you look at every social media channel and your ultimate goal is to drive immediate commerce out of it, you don’t get it. Again, it’s kind of the fuel for the overall fire to the brand that will then ultimately drive sales.”

Pinterest, through their heavily visual interface, is a great way to show your audience who you are, but  that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all about showing what your cause is. For example, one of the great things about our office is our “must love food” attitude, so we’re cultivating a list of recipes our staff has tried and adored (if you’re interested, my slow-cooker macaroni and cheese recipe won an office wide contest). We’re also curating Pinboards based on our motto of “a million little earth-changing ideas,” which translates to “earth-changing people,” “earth-changing style,” and “earth-changing words,” as well as a board called “earth-changing projects.” It’s only in this last board where we actually get into the work we do, but we do it in a way that’s easily digestible and friendly. No one there is necessarily asking you to do anything, but instead they’re saying “hey, look at this project where you can help save a baby cheetah.” Believe me, after six months of Pinning, I can honestly tell you that people love a baby cheetah.

We also added a “Pin it” button to all of your project pages to let our users add to their boards, and we’ve seen its use grow exponentially since we launched it. Our brand fits with Pinterest’s audience, feel, and market, and it’s an exciting way of introducing GlobalGiving to a new group of people who is already inclined to like us.

This doesn’t mean that all nonprofits are suited to put their brand on Pinterest. First, if you’re just barely trying to get your Facebook or Twitter presence organized, then we recommend you work on those and try to do them well. Second, make sure that the person who’s taking on Pinterest for your nonprofit ‘gets it;’ make sure that they’re a user first!  Pinterest users are already worried that a heavy brand presence on Pinterest will “pollute it,” so if you feel inauthentic, you’ll have done more harm than good anyway.  Finally, commit to at least trying it out with a few good experiments from which you can learn.

The secret of Pinterest success isn’t just creating another flood of mini press releases: it’s about figuring out who you really are, and allowing your supporters to find the many ways that your work connects, inspires, and engages them. This also means that you have to venture outside of your organization’s content (although I’m sure it’s wonderful) and find additional pins that can tie back to your larger story and vision. Repin your followers and the people you admire. You’ll be surprised how much users will want to engage with you if you do.

For example, if you’re an environmentally-focused nonprofit, you could start a board that pins natural and organic products for the home. If you’re an animal-focused nonprofit, create a board that shares adorable photos of pets.

So you want to get started? We recommend that before jumping in and addictively pinning, first think about how you’d define and measure success on Pinterest. It only makes sense to use Pinterest (or any new medium) if it’s going to help you meet your organization’s goals.

We’re walking through these steps from Katie Paine’s Measure What Matters to plan out our Pinterest experiment:

  • Use Your Mission to Define Your Objectives: Is Pinterest going to help you meet your organization’s goals? That depends! One of your objectives may actually involve reaching new audiences by demonstrating your brand’s personality. In that case, Pinterest might be a great fit.  If your objectives are solely to drive people to act or donate on your site, then you’ll need to make sure you know how to measure whether it’s working (so ultimately you can decide whether it’s worth the time).
  • Establish a Benchmark and Pick your Metrics: If your objectives are to engage new people, then Pinterest’s handy weekly emails might give you some good metrics on engagement: repins, new followers, likes, comments, and pins you’ve added.  If your objectives are more conversion-oriented, then you’ll need to identify what exactly you want people to do when they see your pins.
  • Pick a Measurement Tool: Pinterest’s weekly activity update might give you information you’ll need to measure engagement.  If you add a “Pin it” button to your own site, you’ll want to use Google Analytics to track how many people are adding your pins to their boards without you even knowing. (These people are your new favorite people.) If you have more robust conversion goals then you’ll need to use Google Analytics to measure the donations driven by Pinterest users.
  • Analyze Results and Make Changes: One of our core values is Listen.Act.Learn.Repeat. We encourage you to watch your metrics and make changes based on what you learn! If no one is repinning even your most helpful DIY tip,  sit back and look at why that might not be working.  Whatever changes you make, keep returning to your objectives.

As someone who has watched Pinterest grow wildly in the last six months, I am thrilled to see it take off. The content is getting richer, and more and more interesting people are adding to its wealth. Women have proved that we’re more than capable of dominating a social media platform, and I’m glad to see that this is the direction it’s taking. We are driving cause marketing in a stronger way than ever, and I’m proud we are a part of it.

We’ll keep you updated on our experiment, please tell us about yours!

LEAVE A COMMENT: Are you using Pinterest for your own organization? Do you have any tips? Who do you think is using Pinterest well?  

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a recipe for this week’s chili cook-off. Got recommendations? Tag “@GlobalGiving Foundation” in your pin and the chili recipe I choose to make will get a $25 GlobalGiving gift card. It better be good, my crock pot mac and cheese is a tough act to follow.



Building Trust with Millenial Donors

Posted by Alison Carlman on June 24th, 2011

Hi project leaders! I’m Alison Carlman, GlobalGiving’s Unmarketing Manager. I was privileged to attend the Millennial Donor Summit this week which focused on millennials and social change.

The summit gathered around the idea that targetting millennials is a vital long-term investment for non-profits.  Millenials don’t yet donate as much money as their parents do, but they bring their extensive social networks to the table when they engage with your organization.

At the Summit we discussed the Millenial Donor Report, research conducted by the folks at Johnson Grossnickle & Assoc. This online study of nearly 3,000 20-35 year-olds revealed that Millenial donors thrive in online and mobile environments, but they are still driven by personal relationships and human connections.

Millenials donate to organizations that they TRUST. Where does trust come from? 77% of millennial respondents said that friends and family’s recommendations are a major factor in their giving.  This is an important “unmarketing” principle: your current, satisfied donors are your most important assets. If your current millennial donors feel happy and trust you, then they will promote you amongst their own networks.

How do you get your millenials to feel happy and trust you? Trust is built slowly. With the exception of crises, millennials engage first, and donate second.

According to “ The Trusted Advisor,” trust results from a combination of credibility, reliability, and intimacy.  But these factors are divided by one major bombshell: SELF–INTEREST. Donors, especially millennial donors, can smell self-interest coming from a mile away. (more…)

Zero to Social: GlobalGiving’s Social Media Trainings

Posted by Alexis Nadin on October 5th, 2010

Social isn’t just a tactic for marketing; social is how we live. And as a nonprofit, it should be how your supporters give. Social giving only helps your organization by letting your biggest fans be your advocates. Social networks are tools you can use with your overall marketing strategy to make sure you stay relevant to your supporters.

On September 29, 2010, Alison McQuade, GlobalGiving’s Online Marketing Manager and social media guru, hosted beginner and intermediate trainings on social media. (more…)

Become a Fundraising Rock Star with GlobalGiving’s Tools & Training Blog!

Posted by Alexis Nadin on September 7th, 2010

Do you want to have your organization featured on GlobalGiving’s homepage? Are you interested in attracting new donors to your organization or using Social Media to expand your online network? Well, you’re in the right place!

Welcome to GlobalGiving’s Tools & Training Blog, a resource for organizations that are interested in using the internet and GlobalGiving’s online fundraising platform to raise money. (more…)