At BlogWorld Expo, tools and strategies for nonprofits
The first Causes/Activism track at the just-ended Blogworld Expo in Las Vegas drew some 1,500 participants — a promising showing by the nonprofit community. I moderated the Tools for Nonprofit Organizations panel, with panelists Judy Chang of Paypal, Justin Perkins of Care2, David Levy of SocialVibe, James Sutandyo of Causecast and consultant Scott Henderson.
Here’s my Flickr photo set of BlogWorld Expo, about 60 photos in all. I also put together this Delicious tag — delicious.com/bwe09 — to aggregate many of the the services, tools and platforms that nonprofits and social change organizations can use to raise funds to advance their missions online.
About 100 people, chiefly from nonprofits small and large, attended our panel and you can follow what they tweeted about the session at #tools4npo
The panelists collectively came up with these recommendations:
8 tips for raising funds online
1. Make it a specific project, not for the overarching nonprofit or a general fund
2. Tell a compelling story with a strong human-interest angle
3. Create a feedback loop from the recipients to the donors to form an emotional bond
4. Have a hard stop — set a date to donate by
5. Pool your efforts by collaborating with reputable like-minded partners (including trading space in partners’ email newsletters)
6. Don’t pussyfoot around — have a clear and specific “ask” or call to action
7. Consider using contests or drawings to draw in more people
8. Your destination website doesn’t matter as much as it once did, so spread your efforts across several social networks
Successful social media efforts
Panelists pointed to several initiatives that nonprofits could learn from:
• charity: water’s September birthday campaign. “They make it about you,” said Henderson.
• LiveStrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, has a strong community outreach program.
• America’s Giving Challenge, allowing users to vote for daily and overall causes they want to support.
• Invisible Children’s Visible Children Scholarship Program.
Kudos to eBay for underwriting the Causes/Activism track, and to Cause Media Group for organizing the sessions — not an easy undertaking. JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.
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