8/10 think social media can help nonprofits

October 30, 2009

According to a new US survey carried out by Cone, nearly eight in 10 people who use social media think the technology can help not-for-profit organisations raise awareness and funds for their causes.  The down side is that few still make actual donations using these tools: many respondents felt social media raised their awareness about issues but not their motivation to give money.  In fact,  39% said they didn’t trust that their efforts would actually help the cause.

“Americans are actively engaged with causes on new media, but they’re lacking a degree of trust that takes them to the next level of engagement,” says Alison DaSilva, from Cone. “Organisations can overcome this barrier by showing tangible and compelling results, offering multiple user touch points, and making the bridge to offline activities wherever possible.”