How to Master Instagram for Nonprofits

How to Master Instagram for Nonprofits

Nonprofits can leverage Instagram for good. Since 2010, charities have been using this social media giant to inspire supporters in a way that generates a real impact. Whether you’re a rookie or seasoned pro, discover Instagram's power for nonprofits, how to use it, and top examples from other nonprofits.

Why Nonprofits Should Use Instagram

If you’re asking yourself if your supporters are on Instagram, the answer is yes. Over 1 Billion people use Instagram every month. You heard that right: BILLION. Each day, over 60 percent of users log in and ‘like’ 3.5 billion things. Instagram is an effective social media channel for connecting with donors - especially Millennials and older Gen Z’s. In the U.S., 59 percent of users are in the 18-to-29 age range.

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How To Start Instagram For Nonprofits: Tips and Tricks

For beginners, here are 10 tips to get started on Instagram:

  1. Download the app and set up a free business profile

  2. Make your profile picture your logo

  3. Put your mission statement in your bio and link to your donate page

  4. Build a content calendar to schedule out posts and stories

  5. Step back and look at your grid - is it cohesive?

  6. Utilize high-quality pictures (check out Unsplash if you’re low on those!)

  7. Post videos, too! (Videos 30-seconds or less get 2-3xs more engagement than pictures)

  8. Incorporate graphics (Canva is excellent - and free!)

  9. Use up to 15 relevant hashtags per post

  10. Geotag your location to find more followers near you

If you’re new to Instagram we recommend following these three steps: Figure out what story you want to tell, decide on a cohesive look and feel for your account, and post consistently.” -Facebook

For seasoned experts, here are 10 tricks to get started on Instagram:

  1. Post and save themed Stories, including donate stickers

  2. Go Live with IGTV

  3. Optimize your images - make sure they are vertical

  4. Experiment with an ad for your next fundraising campaign

  5. Follow and engage with your fans by liking and commenting on their posts

  6. Post at the right time - between 10 am and 3 pm

  7. Check out the Instagram blog for feature launches

  8. Find a plug-in to make your Instagram feed visible on your site’s homepage

  9. Turn on push notifications so that you can quickly respond to followers

  10. Tag others in your posts AND the pictures themselves

Examples of How Nonprofits Are Using Instagram

Take a look at how these five nonprofits are mastering Instagram to build donor engagement! 


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