Building a Community for Your Nonprofit

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Bringing individuals together for the same aim or purpose is what community is all about. Nonprofits, like brands, must garner support, propagate their messages, and maintain the long-term viability of their missions.

Organizations must figure out how to assist nonprofit community building, which is a high priority. Within your nonprofit, you certainly foster community in many ways. Small meetings for specific groups; massive, free events, service initiatives, children's camps, classes, and I'm sure there's a lot more.

The majority of nonprofit organizations asked if they had the option to recruit someone new, they would ask that person to help them with social media posting. That's significant - not only because they'd hire a social media manager but because they understand how important social media is to their business.

Steps to build this community in a better way:

Point out the Purpose of the Community

There's no use in having a community if it doesn't have a solid purpose that can be clearly expressed. This mission statement encompasses not only your nonprofit's mission but also who should be a part of your community.

The first stage in identifying your community's mission is to consider what you hope to accomplish in creating one. Consider your own organization's mission and whether or not the community's mission should be the same.

GSC, for example, is intended to motivate young people to make a difference; it only allows persons under the age of 30 to join the group. Every city in which it works as a community charter has implemented a set of guidelines for how it conducts business.

It's crucial to have a purpose of sending a signal to the rest of the world, letting them know what you're up to.

This allows the rest of the world to respond by engaging. Accountability keeps you accountable and enables you to determine whether your progress is meeting the goals that you set. Most importantly, potential members of the community will know what to expect and how they may help.

Pull the Individuals

You'll need to assemble a core group of devoted people to make it happen once you've identified your purpose and who you want to take part in your community. It's essential to think about who you bring on board at all levels of your organization, including community members, community management, board members, and core employees.

I've discovered that people act like magnets when it comes to skill and engagement. A+ individuals do A+ work and attract other A+ individuals. People who participate on the B- and C-levels will attract others who engage on the B- and C-levels.

GSC is looking for new members with specific attributes, which includes integrity, passion, and commitment. A probationary period is included in the organization's hiring procedure to maintain quality. You must also examine the attributes you want your community members to possess, confirm which groups have these qualities, and devote time to attract them.

People Profit

Before joining a community, people want to be sure they will get what they put into it. Whether it's a significant influence, community participation, information sharing, or some other kind of personal gain, your community requires a value offering.

You can learn about your community and target members' requirements, and tailor your efforts to satisfy them by communicating with them.

The appeal has direct access to other like-minded peers as a member of GSC and high-level stakeholders at the World Economic Forum. This means that change makers have access to a network that may help them maximize the effect of their initiatives.

Examine your strengths to determine how much value you can add to your community. You might offer nonprofits access to leaders in their field, run solution groups around the problem your nonprofit tries to solve, or provide volunteer opportunities that directly impact your organization.

Positive Management

The continual maintenance of your community comes after you've defined your community and found your folks. The trick is to strike a balance between your online and offline efforts. While the internet has a lot of reach, nothing replaces simple human interaction when it comes to community building.

I've seen this with GSC through local hub meetings and regional SHAPE events, which allow "shapers" to exchange lessons learned and meet other community members.

Offline activities unite people and pique their interests, resulting in greater community depth. However, not everyone can attend every event, especially when forming communities across continents. Therefore online groups are critical in allowing a community to grow beyond its geographical boundaries.

How Can You Share Resources?

Form a plan of action to distribute resources and capabilities and define the partnership. Roles and responsibilities must be outlined in any community partnership action plan.

It's sensible to take things slowly at first, as building relationships takes time. Agreeing on major objectives to review regularly can also be a good method to avoid or minimize conflicts or disagreements.

Religious groups, charities, advocacy groups, and associations can all be excellent community partners. Many of your contributors and volunteers are likely members of one or more of these organizations. In addition, civic leadership, growth, and service are emphasized through community organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Junior League.

Find out what these organizations are focused on or championing in your neighborhood by contacting local directors.

How does the Artivist Foundation Help You Build A Community For Your Nonprofit?

It helps you because it raises the voices of activist artists by bringing them together with local and global communities to fight for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice. We give materials that enable both seasoned Artivists and those new to art, community organizing, or activism to develop skills that will help them become the leaders that our planet needs.

The Artivist Foundation is trying to create the society we want to see: a society that comes together to advocate for those in need, honors everyone's uniqueness, talents, and voices, and celebrates the creation and expression of art.

We will take solid efforts towards making these visions of change a reality by building an environment that integrates the creativity of artists with the strategy of activists to launch creative and intersectional solutions for a safe and just future.

 

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