Some nonprofits find it challenging at times to represent the work they do in photos, rather than text. But photos are one of the most shared content on social media, so it’s become important for causes to adapt and show more images in order to bring about more engagement—likes, comments, sharing—on their social networks.
This week, I’ll show you 6 images your nonprofit can capture with a simple camera—no matter the cause you represent. And next week, we’ll have 6 ways you can use these photos.
More than likely, your nonprofit has held some sort of fundraising event in the past—whether it was a simple happy hour fundraiser or fancy gala. And at your fundraisers you have the most important people of your organization: your supporters. So take pictures at your fundraising events and capture your donors in action. Take pictures of them socializing, and even get special group shots that they’d like to see. Fundraisers are full of moments for attendees—especially if they’re having fun—so have copies of that release form ready at your next fundraiser!
Does your organization host other events too? Go beyond the fundraising event and think about your upcoming kids camp, or animal shelter event at a local pet store, or your Monday night bingo game. These events are great ways to show your nonprofit in action, even if you do them on a regular basis. Every night will be different so don’t hesitate to snap photos again and again. This is also a great way to build a library of photos you can use in your publications later!
People/Animals/Environment You Helped
I can’t think of a more moving way to capture your nonprofit than by showing your donors the beneficiaries of your work. If you help people, animals, or even if you’re working to save a piece of land, you’re putting a “face to the name” for your donors, and giving them a chance to identify with your cause….
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The question today is not whether you should use social media, but how you should use the information your constituents are sharing on social media to attract more people to your mission and make your fundraising campaigns more successful. The answer to the question lies in understanding your social media constituents and identifying which ones are the most well-connected, influential, and, in a word, social… READ MORE
Check out the INFOGRAPHIC below to learn more about how to identify and engage your social media influencers.
Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford surprised patrons last weekend at the Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson Champions for Children’s Hearts auction event, when he won a Monday Night Football Package that included tickets to his own game, beating other interested parties with a $15,000 bid.
The event was raising money for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and had many patients in attendance. Prior to the auction, Stafford had spent time befriending Mott’s patient Faith Falzone and her brother Will – both big Detroit Lions fans. After winning the package, Stafford promptly turned to Will and gave him the entire MNF package, saying, “There you go buddy, you go to Chicago, and take your family.”
With a tearful hug from Will and his family, and a standing ovation from the crowd, Stafford still reacts to the event with humility:
“They have been through so much in the past couple years, and to see how much they all supported each other and faith through their tough times was really inspiring,” Stafford said in a text message. “I wanted to give them something they could really be excited about and something I know they deserved.”
Stafford not only donated game tickets and $15,000 to an excellent cause, he changed the lives of a family that has been through so much.
We would like to say good luck and thank you to the 104 Nonprofits who are featuring Winspire items in their fundraising events this weekend!
A new survey from Hotels.com explores the hotel amenities that are of most value to travelers. The survey finds free Wi-Fi is by far the most important inclusion… far surpassing free breakfast and even free parking.
The survey also explores what other amenities go a long way to please hotel guests, and nothing does the job like a good old-fashioned happy hour or wine tasting.
Check out the infographic below for more insight from the USA Hotel Amenities Survey 2012.
Winspire Team Members Amanda Miles & Corrine Walters hanging out with the Winspire Duo
It was great to see everyone at last weekend’s AFP International show in Vancouver, BC, and we were thrilled to be able to make so many new friends. The first two days were quite busy with a great meeting and lecture schedule providing plenty of incentive for attendees to visit the Marketplace. Although some crummy weather hindered everyone’s last day in town, our team had a great time throughout the weekend.
During the show, AFP announced some interesting and encouraging statistics:
- In 2011, 53% of nonprofits reported an increase in fundraising contributions, compared to 43% in 2010.
- 16% reported their fundraising was flat in 2011, an improvement from 24% in 2010.
This shows us that charitable giving is on the upswing, which should bode well for organizations across the Nonprofit industry. We look forward to next year’s show in San Diego!
The 49th AFP International Conference on Fundraising is coming up on April 1 – 3!! Winspire will be there so come visit us at Booth 1114. For more specifics about the event please visit the AFP event homepage.
Say hello to our President – Jeff Cova, Director of Sales – Scott Juhl, Sales Consultant – Amanda Miles and other Winspire team members. Learn the details of our newest No-Risk Auction Packages, or simply stop on by to rest your aching feet! We love meeting new people, visiting with our clients and learning about new ways we can support your organization.
Your favorite childhood super heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, along with the rest of the Justice League, are teaming up to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.
DC Entertainment and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment announced a multi-million-dollar campaign last month supporting the efforts of humanitarian aid organizations who are fighting the hunger crisis in the region. “We Can Be Heroes” will raise money for three nonprofits Save the Children, MercyCorps and International Rescue Committee, all who provide on-the-ground support where it is needed most.
Suffering from the worst drought and famine to the region in over 60 years, there are 13 million people in the Horn of Africa in need of critical assistance. In Somalia alone, there are 250,000 people on the brink of starving to death.
“This is a tragic situation affecting millions and millions of people. Everyone has the ability to be a part of the solution and efforts such as We Can Be Heroes help bring us closer to that goal,”
said Dr. Jill Biden, who visited refugees in Kenya in August and is committed to this effort.
“I commend the efforts of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and other organizations who are using their global reach to help raise awareness of the crisis.”
If you’d like to find out more about We Can Be Heroes or donate to the cause, visit their website www.WeCanBeHeroes.org.
By Gay Nagle Myers in TravelWeekly.com
Most nativity scenes take up counter space or a bookshelf. The record-breaking Christmas scene in Mexico City takes up an entire parking lot in the giant Estadio Azteca sports stadium and is bigger than four football fields.
The scene — which covers 215,000 square feet, cost $2 million to build, includes more than 5,000 figures and weighs a total of 700 tons — comprises 57 smaller scenes that recall the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago… Read More