October 17, 2017

How to Attract & Keep Donors Using Text Messaging

by Caroline Avakian

For many nonprofits, text messaging as a communications and fundraising tool can feel daunting. I’ve worked with nonprofits who grapple with understanding if text messaging is even right for them. Below is a graphic shared with me by TextMagic that can help you better understand what an SMS campaign could look like and if it’s right for your nonprofit. This … Continue reading

March 16, 2016

Should Your Nonprofit Use Snapchat?

by John Haydon

Snapchat is a mobile app that lets users share photos and videos that are deleted in 24 hours. Snapchat users share snaps (temporary videos and photos) privately with a few friends, or as stories with all their followers. What people love about Snapchat You might be wondering why someone would use a social network that deletes everything they share. If you’re wondering … Continue reading

July 27, 2015

(VIDEO) Leveraging Periscope App for Social Good

by Caroline Avakian

As a follow-up to my post on Periscope for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide & Review, I gave a video interview last week with Stephen Shattuck from Bloomerang. The interview covers how nonprofits can leverage Periscope – Twiiter’s new live streaming mobile app – to better reach and communicate with their supporters and donors. I’ve been getting so many questions, and there’s … Continue reading

July 10, 2015

Nonprofit Case Study: Periscope for Nonprofits

by Caroline Avakian

As a follow-up to my Periscope for Nonprofits Quick Guide, I wanted to focus on real Nonprofit Periscopers, and how they’re using this new tool for social good. Today, I’m featuring Jennifer Tislerics, the Special Events & Partnerships Coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan. Gift of Life Michigan coordinates organ and tissue donations from deceased donors for the state. Jennifer also handles … Continue reading

July 2, 2015

Periscope for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide & Review

by Caroline Avakian

Live streaming has been thrust into the limelight recently with the release of Periscope — a free mobile app that allows any user to live stream from wherever they are. The whole concept of Periscope is to virtually place you somewhere in the world you would never be if it weren’t for the app. Even as a nonprofit techie, I tend … Continue reading

April 28, 2015

How social media platforms are responding to the Nepal earthquake, and how you can help

by Caroline Avakian

  By Caroline Avakian / Photo above courtesy of Facebook It was just a few hours after I found out about the devastating Nepal earthquake that I noticed an alert on my Facebook feed that I hadn’t seen before. My colleague who works in Nepal had been marked “Safe” in Facebook’s new “Safety Check” feature, that instantly let me know how … Continue reading