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Internet as Great Leveler

DavidGoliathUse of the Internet and social media to drive awareness of your non-profit and its goals can enable your campaign results to outperform expectations as shown by results of a study recently published in “Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly”.

The Internet and social media campaigns measured in this study defied the conventional wisdom about the campaign value and power of indicators such as contribution efficiency and organization size.

My takeaway from this article, therefore, is that the Internet levels the playing field to a great extent.

While this should be obvious to those of us familiar with the power and reach of the Internet, it should be a wake-up call for those not.

A new or small non-profit can effectively use a well crafted message delivered via the Internet and redistributed via social media to gain attention and donations well out of proportion with its size.

We’ve seen several impromptu campaigns go viral on the Internet to great success.

Many of the viewers of these Internet messages may not be easily reached by other means.

Even if your target donor base is older, wealthy donors not tethered to their digital screens, these mature donors likely have staffs and advisers who monitor worthy causes online and would search the Internet to evaluate a potential cause.

We probably all know well regarded, well established non-profits that have stuck with traditional forms of solicitation such as snail mail.

While these means will likely continue to produce results, they should be supplemented by new digital methods.

Copy and paste this link to read the article on EurekAlerts: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-05/uab-isn052814.php.

Video is a Powerful Tool

I’m an advocate of using video.  Most of my sites are primarily video now.

For those considering video, the firm highlighted below may be helpful to make the move to video.

This firm sponsors the “DoGooder Awards”, which the site describes as “Shining a light on the best and brightest in video for social good”.

I’ve embedded one of See3’s videos and included a link to its website and Youtube channel.

Click here for the See3 website.

Click here for the See3 Youtube channel.

Measuring Effectiveness

GraphicIn what seems a major development, three major firms which evaluate non-profit performance challenge the widely held view that the percentage spent on overhead is a valid measure of a charity’s performance.  The link below leads to the full article with further links to the source.

Click here.

Or copy and paste this link: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130617222548-19785964-it-s-official-overhead-is-out?trk=tod-home-art-medium_1