15 Social Media Goals For Non-Profits – What Are Yours?

Most non-profits, large and small, are on strict budgets. They want to take as little money as possible away from their end goal of providing goods or services to those in need. Their limited budgets often have very little or no money allocated to marketing. Instead, many of these organizations rely on volunteers to take care of the day-to-day running of their charity. Marketing and social media are no exception, as many non-profit social media accounts are set up and managed by well intended volunteers who are professionals in a discipline other than social media or marketing. This can spell disaster for a non-profit!

What should the non-profit board do first?

For those board members in charge of charities and non-profits, it is imperative they understand that social media can do great things, but it can also harm their reputation if not managed correctly from the start. If a non-profit is going to outsource their social media marketing to a volunteer, the board should at least be part of the planning process, and here is why: Creating a social media strategic plan will make execution easier to manage and it will leave much less room for disaster and mismanagement of their accounts. Many non-profits are already on social media and if you are wondering if you (and your non-profit) are doing it right, let me ask you this one question: ‘What are your social media goals?’
The first thing to do as a board, when creating a social media strategic plan for your non-profit, is to set goals. I have created a list of 15 possible goals and depending on who and what you represent, you can add your own or choose from this list.
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15 non-profit social media goals to consider

  • Brand Exposure and Name Recognition
  • Attract Event Sponsors
  •  Local Recognition and Media Attention
  •  Event Promotion
  •  Soliciting Financial Donations
  •  Finding Volunteers
  •  Board Members Recruitment
  •  Greater Reach/Expanding Territory
  •  Selling Promotional Items
  •  General Fundraising
  •  Increasing Web Traffic
  •  Grow Online Audience
  •  Connecting with Brand Ambassadors
  •  Endorsements/Collaboration
  •  Putting out Calls for Immediate Needs
Each non-profit should at least have a Top 5 list of goals they want to accomplish with social media. Once these goals become part of a strategic plan, the non-profit board can find ways (tactics) to reach each of these goals, by looking at what platforms are best suited for their specific audience, their available resources for images, videos and written content, and their overall, long-term goals.

This is just the first step in completing a social media strategic plan for a non-profit organization

As important as this step is, it is often overlooked or ignored. Caution!
  • Without goals, social media often becomes a liability, not an asset to the non-profit.
  •  Without goals, you never know when you’ve reached a milestone.
  •  Without goals, it will be impossible to measure social media growth.
  •  Without goals, you likely won’t know whether you are wasting your time with social media!
Let me know if you are working on a social media strategy with a non-profit goals other than those mentioned above. I’d love to know about it!
Dorien Morin-van Dam
Dorien is the face behind the orange glasses and is founder of More In Media, a social media consultancy. She consults with clients in the non-profit sector, retail and service industries, as well as PR and community associations. Besides social media consulting and management, she enjoys teaching, speaking, blogging, networking and running marathons. Proud to be Dutch by birth and American by choice, Dorien makes her home in Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband, 4 kids and 3 labradors.
Dorien Morin-van Dam

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4 Comments on "15 Social Media Goals For Non-Profits – What Are Yours?"

1 year 20 days ago

Hi Dorien, A great list and with a few exceptions not that much different than my for profit business has. I would like to ask you what the major difference is in social media use between non-profits and for profit businesses? I look forward to your thoughts.

1 year 17 days ago

HI Kim, great question. Often, the goals are similar. What I have found is that many NPO don't have the resources to do social media well. Often, they rely on well meaning volunteer to set up Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts because they have a very small marketing budget. Many (small) business owners do have the resources, but they do not always want to allocate those resources to social media. Social media lends it self really well to causes. Emotional responses is what makes people like, comment, read and share. Selling a service or a product, you also need a hook, an emotional connection but it's a bit harder to get that point across. Some brands/businesses do that much better than others. Videos do really well for NPO. You can show the immediate need as well as immediate results. And you know fundraising is huge for NPO and social media lends itself really well for doing just that. These are minor differences. What is your experience like, Kim?

1 year 20 days ago

Thanks, Randy! I am super excited to be here. Started working with another NP client this week and could put this post to work. ;)

Randy Bowden
1 year 20 days ago

Well done Dorian on NPO insight. Glad to see your byline on SteamFeed and look forward future post.