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Something big is happening in fund raising- Social media: it’s big, it's important, it’s growing and non-profits need to understand how this powerful new tool is revolutionizing outreach.

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Social media is a key element of Web 2.0 ( a category of new Internet tools and technologies created around the idea that the people who consume media, access the Internet, and use the Web shouldn’t passively absorb what’s available; rather, they should be active contributors, helping customize media and technology for their own purposes, as well as those of their communities) but Web 2.0 isn’t just the latest set of toys for geeks, it’s the beginning of a new era in technology — one that promises to help nonprofits operate more efficiently, generate more funding, and affect more lives.

Non-profits need to adopt a new philosophy of making their constituents the distributors of their message, and their work. To facilitate this shift, there is a need to educate more non-profits about what possibilities Web 2.0 tools offer and the practical ways to get started.

  • Blogging communicates with the target audience more frequently and more cost-effectively than newsletters and appeal letters.
  • RSS feeds of blogs, videos, etc., allow supporters to receive, read, and act upon the communications at their own pace

Probably the most important best practice to recently emerge is the integration of the Internet with other communication channels — in particular with social media. Savvy nonprofit groups are beginning to see the importance of integrating online and offline communication and solicitation efforts. They also are recognizing that a single mode of communication should not be measured in isolation, but rather by its impact across various communication channels.

Developing Social Media Capacity

While progress has been strong, online marketing capacity remains a significant challenge. While nonprofit executives increasingly appreciate the strategic role social media can play, most do not know how to organize for success. Very few have clearly stated social media strategic plans. Many do not possess the  human resources or the appropriate in-house skills. Many groups still struggle with defining what metrics they should measure and how they should determine the level of their success.

To maximize social media success, ConsumerSphere recommends that nonprofit organizations remember the following core principals :

  • Focus on building communities. Aspire to recruit all of those engaged in relevant communities and networks into to your organizations community.
  • Engage your constituents with compelling content, information and other online interaction opportunities.
  • Ask for support at an appropriate frequency through all available social channels. Also, make sure that those appeals are clear, tangible and have a strong case for support.
  • Retain and grow your constituents by providing opportunities to become sustaining donors, keeping them up to date on how their contributions are being utilized, and offering them opportunities to deepen or expand their involvement. Segment or personalize your social connections to show that you recognize their specific contributions and understand what they most care about.