October 19, 2015 in Boston


Join us as we bring together nonprofit decision-makers and supporters in the Boston to share practical tips and tools for fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. Speakers will address a variety of topics in a series of short, TED-meets-Twitter style talks and interactive workshops. We’ll be adding a couple hands on workshops and breakouts this year to allow participants to get their hands on experience with measurement and designing compelling email newsletters.



We are excited to offer scholarships to nonprofit professionals from organizations with valid 501c(3) or fiscal sponsorship status only. A strong preference is given to organizations with budget of $500,000 or less. Please apply here to be considered.

Without volunteers, these events could not run as well as we do, and we are very grateful for all our volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please complete the following application. We are looking for volunteers for outreach help leading up to the event and also for onsite support.

An investment in Social Media for Nonprofits can allow your organization to connect to our incredible network of nonprofit social media and MarCom practitioners, CEOs, board members, directors, and consultants. #SM4NP participants are the precise decision-makers that sponsors and exhibitors need to reach. Their work ranges from fighting hunger to ending child slavery, but they’re united by a fierce desire to master the resources, tools, and knowledge they need to better serve their community.



James Burnett

Burnett leads all public and media relations efforts for the Boston Foundation, manages the foundation’s social media presence, and leads its new in-house story-telling project. Before joining the B

Stephanie St. Martin

Stephanie is a seasoned social media marketing, inbound marketing and SEO expert. She holds a BA in Communications and Philosophy from Boston College in 2007, and earned her MA in Philosophy from BC i

Debra Askanase

Debra Askanase is the founder and Digital Engagement Strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, a digital strategy consulting firm to nonprofit organizations specializing in online strategy and engagement

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma has years of experience in event production, event-related fundraising, and social media. She heads up programming and logistics for Social Media for Nonprofits. She has worked with severa

Julia Campbell

After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a development director and marketing coordinator, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a nonprofit digital marketing agency based in Beverly, MA. A Beverl

John Haydon

John Haydon is Chief Heretic and Pyrotechnician at Inbound Zombie Inc., and the author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies. He specializes in branding strategy development and social media training and


9:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:45 AM

Welcome & Introduction

Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder & Executive Director Social Media for Nonprofits
John Haydon, Author, Facebook for Dummies, Conference Co- Host

10:00 AM

11 Steps to a Successful Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

Julia Campbell, Principal, J Campbell Social Marketing
Twitter Handle: @JuliaCSocial

Creating a strategy for using social media is no longer optional for nonprofits. Social media tools include a fast-changing and constantly growing collection of web-based and mobile technologies. These tools turn formerly broadcast and one-way messages into an interactive conversation and can be hugely effective for social change organizations.
In this session, we will outline the 11 steps that your organization can take to create a strategy and plan for your social media efforts. A little planning goes a long way!

10:45 AM

Marrying Mobile with Social

Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits
Twitter Handle: @ritusharma1

Mobile is the next evolution in the social and communications space. This simple and interactive session will provide tactical and practical tips on how your nonprofit can engage and retain stakeholders on this platform. The session will cover the basics of mobile and how to prepare various assets in mobile friendly environment.

11:30 AM

Finding Your Voice: Giving Your Social Media a Fitting Persona

Stephanie St. Martin, Manager, Digital Content, d50 Media
Twitter Handle: @StephStMartin

Many non-profits fall into the trap of using the same voice across the same networks. The voice falls flat. It isn’t customized to the audience. The stakeholders aren’t being reached. In this workshop, we’ll explore the importance of personas and how to create them. We’ll ask who your audience is, what you know and what you don’t know about them. How do they behave on each individual social network? You will have time in this workshop to discuss and understand your own non-profit’s users and what their needs are so you can create the foundation for a clear persona.

12:15 PM

Break for Lunch, Emails, & Fresh Air

1:15 PM

Developing Online Engagement Campaigns

Debra Askanase, Founder and Digital Engagement Strategist, CommunityBuilder2.0
Twitter Handle: @AskDebra

Online engagement campaigns are a test for both the organization and its fans, a learning moment, and a check/balance of how you are crafting meaningful ties with your stakeholders. In this session, we will profile successful online engagement campaigns, breaking down the essential ingredients of preparation, design, execution and measurement.

2:00 PM

Proven Ways to Get More Engagement on Facebook

John Haydon, Author, Facebook for Dummies
Twitter Handle: @JohnHaydon

You see the potential that Facebook offers for engaging supporters and creating more exposure for your nonprofit. But with declining reach, and more competition in the newsfeed, reaching your supporters is more challenging than ever before. This session will show you innovative ways to get more engagement on Facebook, from high-quality fans.

2:45 PM

Break for Stretch, Networking, & Fresh Air

3:15 PM

Tweet and Repeat: How Twitter Can Refill Your Drying Pipeline

Stephanie St. Martin, Manager, Digital Content, d50 Media
Twitter Handle: @StephStMartin

140 characters and a constant feed can seem like a waste of time. But, if you know how to navigate the good from the stuff that’s for the birds, you can definitely find a pipeline. We’ll show you how to use tools like Twitter lists, find influencers, and even potential volunteers from those tweeting.

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Ritu Sharma, Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits

5:30 PM

Networking Reception with 501TechClub of Boston

Meadhall 4 Cambridge Centre Cambridge, MA

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Boston 2015

Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
02142, USA

Contact Info

Social Media for Nonprofits


Registration Rates


Regular Small Nonprofit Registration

  • $175: Small Nonprofit
  • Annual Budget Under $500K


Regular Mid-Large Nonprofit

  • $225: Mid-Large Size Nonprofit
  • Annual Budget Over $500K


Regular For-profit and Consultants

  • $275: Companies and Individuals
  • Corporations & Startups
  • Consultants