The May #SM4NP Twitter Chat

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Activating Volunteers through Social Media
by Jenna Spagnolo and Ritu Sharma

Your nonprofit has digital fans on social media. How can those fans be activated as volunteers? And what are the best practices for managing and retaining those volunteers to ensure that they have the most impact? Join us to talk about volunteering with the help of social media at our monthly #SM4NP Twitter Chat on May 8th, 2015 at 1pm EST. This month we are pleased that we will be joined by community partners Volunteer Match, Sensei Project (who wrote a guest blog post about the subject), & Catchafire.

About #SM4NP

#SM4NP is a Twitter chat hosted every second Friday by Social Media for Nonprofits to build community with nonprofits and to provide a place for peer-exchange of ideas and to facilitate connections. We invite social media marketing professionals from the nonprofit, private, and social media worlds to join us on Twitter on May 8th from 1-2 pm EST. We ask five questions throughout the hour questions to drive conversation. Stay connected by following @SM4Nonprofits on Twitter.

To see what #SM4NP is like and learn more about social media for nonprofits, check out the Storify of last month’s chat about blogging for nonprofits.

[Tweet “Make Finding & Engaging Volunteers Easy with Social Media. Join the #SM4NP talk on 5/8 1pm EST”]

This Month’s Questions:

Q1: How do nonprofits use social media strategically to find different kinds of volunteers?

Q2: What are good websites and organizations for reaching volunteers online?

Q3: What are some good tasks to outsource to digital volunteers?

Q4: Which tools would you recommend to manage digital volunteers?

Q5: How to boost retention of volunteers through social media?

How to Join this Chat

Prepare for the chat by reading the questions and taking a look at our suggested reading list below. Participate in the conversation on Friday, May 8th at 1pm EST with hashtag #SM4NP. Watch the conversation and stay engaged with your favorite Twitter client (we recommend tchat.io).

[Tweet “Learn how to find volunteers through social media! I’ll be at #SM4NP on May 8th 1pm EST.”]

Recommended Reading

Engage, Inform, Recruit: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media to Recruit Donors and Volunteers by Alec Stern

Activate Volunteers Online to Boost Facebook Reach by Ritu Sharma

5 Ways to Become a Digital Volunteer by Brian Honigman

How to Recruit Volunteers Using Social Media by Social Animal

Volunteer Recruitment Secrets from VolunteerMatch

Activating Volunteers through Social Media by Sherry Heyl

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