19 ways non-profits can use social media to connect with donors



Even if you’re a one-person fundraising department with little time or budget, you can master social media to connect with donors and volunteers. Tim Bete shares what to do if you (1) Don’t know how to use social media technology, (2) Don’t know what kind of content to create, (3) Don’t have time and (4) Don’t have money. His presentation will arm you with the tools to make huge strides in your use of social media and overcome the obstacles that hold you back.

Tim Bete is Communication and Fundraising Director for St. Mary Development Corporation, a low-income housing non-profit in Dayton, Ohio (

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  • Very usefull video! I used this presentation for my thesis on fundraising for a big Dutch organisation. Thanks a lot!

  • The one thing I've noticed with all organizational fundraising ideas is that not one of them do a WIIFT (What's in it for them) but instead, do the typical, WIIFU (What's in it for us) which, really does a disservice to both the organization and it's donors. Try doing a Win-Win fundraiser that GIVES and keeps on giving to both the donors and the organization and you will have created the perfect fundraiser to donor match made in fundraising heaven! As they say, you have to GIVE…to get.

  • Hi Tim, its an interesting video. I work for nonprofits in India and wanted to use your video for training purpose. Will you please provide me copy? I will duly acknowledge your support. Thanks.

  • I'm new to development work and foundation stuff…this video gave me lots of great ideas to share with my team! Thanks for making this available!

  • How do I obtain a copy of this powerpoint presentation. I am new to development and am trying to learn all I can get my hands on and this video was beyond awesome. I will be sharing it with 2 of my friends who are also in development for other non-profit organizations. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

  • hello lori my name is karen james and im seeking the same type info if you could help me you can connect with me on facebook at karenjamesreckman thank you

  • Wonderful video! I work for a non-profit but not in the donor department. However, I will be sending this to the entire development team. In addition I am in a social media marketing class and this helped me with my assignment extensively. Thanks Tim! 

  • Thanks Tim this is a great video I hope I can lean from this I am one of thoes that get stuck. 🙂 lol
    God has layed it on my help to people with MS. I didnt at first realize what a horrendous disease MS is at the time I was just happy to get it over with so I could move foward with my family because after years of Dr's, test, hospitals and not know what was cutting in on a other wise happy healthy life. i was ready to know. Then it stop me in my tracks an i havent recognized the person in the mirrow for years. So I prayed and I had it lay at my feet to help other will be helping myself in the process. It actually hurts me to know there are more out there that feels so numb to life and I myself I just cant stay put any loner, doing nothing in return. I have set out on my own to help education the perople around us and if you have any advice to get me started that would help I would welcome it all because MS plays a number on your memory so I relearning at a little later in life than I had planned to.

  • Thanks Tim this is a great video I hope I can lean from this I am one of thoes that get stuck. 🙂 lol
    God has layed it on my help to people with MS. I didnt at first realize what a horrendous disease MS is at the time I was just happy to get it over with so I could move foward with my family because after years of Dr's, test, hospitals and not know what was cutting in on a other wise happy healthy life. i was ready to know. Then it stop me in my tracks an i havent recognized the person in the mirrow for years. So I prayed and I had it lay at my feet to help other will be helping myself in the process. It actually hurts me to know there are more out there that feels so numb to life and I myself I just cant stay put any loner, doing nothing in return. I have set out on my own to help education the perople around us and if you have any advice to get me started that would help I would welcome it all because MS plays a number on your memory so I relearning at a little later in life than I had planned to.

  • Thanks Tim. I work with a large environmental nonprofit and was looking for ways to expand. Where can we find the PowerPoint?

  • This is a great presentation…wonder if it would be possible to share it with acknowledgement of the source of course!

  • Hello, Nice Presentation!! Can you give any recommendations of someone who could help put a video together of the homeless or me interviewing the homeless. I started a non profit shelter for women/children in Indiana. I'm looking to purchase the building hopefully with grants and donations. I have a crowdsourcing page. Now im trying to get more donations. How did you get the music behind the videos, especially the one done with powerpoint. Thank you

  • Thank you for the video and the slides. This is a beautiful presentation and powerful case for social media marketing among non profits. Times are changing and we need to keep up.

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