Nonprofit Video Production Tips

I’ve seen lots of interest from nonprofits in using video to communicate with supporters about their causes, along with an equal amount of trepidation about how to do it. I’m not a video expert, but I know several people who are, so I put out a call over Twitter for some guest posts to share with you. I’m expecting several more, but I’ll share two that have come in some far:

Steve Braker of  Worthwhile Films | Nonprofit Media posted some do-it-yourself video tips on Facebook (you should be able to see it even without a Facebook account). Steve is @worthwhilefilms on Twitter.

Cymberly Pierce on her blog, Clever Title, also offers some fast tips on nonprofit video. She’s @cymberly on Twitter.

On Tuesday, March 10, at Noon Eastern, the Chronicle of Philanthropy is hosting an online chat on how nonprofits can effectively use video. Even if you can’t attend live, be sure to check out the transcript later.

Here are some additional resources I think you’ll find helpful:

DoGooder.Tv (Produced a video in 2008? Enter it in the annual Nonprofit Video Awards by March 26!)

YouTube’s Nonprofit Program

Flip’s Camera Giveaway Program “Video Spotlight”

Nancy Schwartz’s 9 Keys to Using Online Video to Increase Your Nonprofit Marketing Impact and How Six Nonprofits Are Putting Great Online Video to Work

Endless Plain’s Nonprofit Video Shootout

Share your video tips by leaving a comment and I’ll add those guest posts as soon as they come in.

  • http://www.EverydayGivingBlog.com Roger Carr

    Hi Kivi,
    Thanks for the great nonprofit video resources. Your blog post came just in time to help me before I entered a video contest being hosted by a nonprofit organization I support (Arthritis Foundation).

  • http://www.gutzmarketingblog.com Holly Powell

    It is nice to know that social media have been effective as a communication means even for nonprofit organization to support their causes…Thanks for sharing nonprofit video tips and resources. Keep it up.

  • http://www.communitymediaworkshop.org Gordon

    hey-
    nice roundup. here’s one more: http://www.see3.net/guide/ a how-to prepared by our neighbors from Chicago’s North Side, see3, which is also the home of DoGooder TV.

    Also, it’s a totally different animal, but I am still loving the higher-end videos that folks like Free Range Studios make (matrix, etc. etc.)

  • Ladd Morgan

    you should also check out the links on http://mediathatconnects.blogspot.com regarding last week’s Live Discussion hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The transcript is available online and is an excellent QA on this subject.

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  • Kyle

    This info is very helpful. I serve on several nonprofit boards and we’re always looking for unique and cost effective ways to get our message out there! This company (Done In Sixty Seconds) seems to have nonprofits in mind when it comes to price, ease of use and turn-around. Lets you do most of the creative part while a production company makes it look professional. Good starter video for your website.
    http://www.donein60.com

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