If you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through Twitter or Facebook at work, use your social media break to follow these 12 nonprofit experts!
From fundraising to consulting, they can do it all, and their active social media profiles are bursting with resources! We caught up with them first and got a sneak peak about what they are excited about in the nonprofit world this year. Take a look!
Going into 2018, I am very excited about the power and potential of Facebook's free fundraising tools. After Giving Tuesday, Facebook waived all fees for registered nonprofits on the site, so all the money raised goes directly to the organization. The ease of use for the donor and the proliferation of individual fundraising pages opens up a wealth of opportunity to connect with new people and raise even more funds.
In 2018 I'm excited to see how nonprofits are focusing on workplace culture more than ever before as a way to build capacity for their programs! Everyone has a culture by default, but the ones that design their culture to have the biggest impact are then ones making exciting progress in these turbulent times.
Vanessa Chase Lockshin
I'm excited to see non-profits taking a more active role in advocacy that intersects with their cause. I think this is a tremendous political moment for non-profits to engage donors about issues they care about. I'm looking forward to how it unfolds for the sector.
I am really excited (and scared) about the next disruptive technology - bots and robots. There is a lot of potential for nonprofits to innovate, but there are also big considerations.
I'm excited about the new ways nonprofits are using communications to achieve their missions, build relationships with supporters, and get people to take action.
I’m excited by the continued growth in formalized philanthropy around the world. With 75% of the wealth holders outside the United States, and many of the fastest growing wealth centers in places never described as philanthropic hubs in the past, it’s thrilling to see opportunities emerge for social good around the world. NGOs should seek out partner organizations in other parts of the world for greater impact. Donors should seek out other donors to work together on projects of both local and international scope. And service providers can provide charitable organizations, donors, and social entrepreneurs the tools they need for more successful collaboration.
Kivi Leroux Miller
I'm excited to see more communications teams stepping up to lead strategic conversations about their editorial calendars and content, rather than just reacting all the time and making it up as they go.
I'm excited about the potential for sizable growth in major gifts to nonprofits. Now, there are more wealthy donors than ever, who are feeling flush with stock market wins. This year, the field is wide open for organizations of all sizes to close large major gifts. I hope you go for it in 2018!
I'm excited that more people are recognizing we need to treat donors better. Not only for their gifts, but for their big hearts. Retention is low. We won't keep donors by treating them like ATMs. We need to make them feel they are valued. Then they'll feel great about giving and our missions will thrive!
One of the things I’m most excited about is the momentum building around impact measurement and reporting in our sector. If we’re providing great donor care, we’re sharing stories of how their gifts are making a difference. But if we’re providing extraordinary donor care, we’re also sharing proof that their gifts are creating positive and lasting change.
The nonprofit world has a great opportunity to lead with hope in utilization of social media for causes. Engaging stakeholders with positive messaging can be a force for good in the world.
The thing I'm ALWAYS excited about is the opportunity to dramatically elevate your donor experience (and hence, their generosity and loyalty!) by being unabashedly grateful, thoughtful, creative, meaningful and human.
I am excited when I consider the critical role nonprofit leaders play in modeling what leadership and integrity look like - not easy to find in this uncertain world of ours. I'm excited about the opportunity that leaders have to invite more and more people out of the stands and onto the nonprofit field.
We hope that you follow these rockstars. Reach out to us at Elevation if you have any comments or questions! We love hearing from you!