Rough Draft of a Nonprofit Social Media Policy

During last week’s webinar on Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Nonprofit, we used the Policy Tool for Social Media to create a rough draft of a policy. The online interview in the tool includes 12 questions, and I asked the 30 or so webinar participants to pick the answers via GoToWebinar polling.

What resulted is a crowd-sourced rough draft of a nonprofit social media policy (link to a Word doc for you to download). I recommended that everyone start with this and then customize it for their own organizations, using some of the alternative language offered in Social Media, Risk, and Policies for Associations by Social Fish and Croydon Consulting.  I also shared links to lots of other advice and samples policies to make this rough draft your own.

If you missed the webinar, but would appreciate a little help walking through your options (including what I recommend you do on several vexing questions), the recording of the webinar is available right now in our archive. You’ll need an All-Access Pass to check it out, which is $145. Here’s what else you get with the Pass.

Thanks to everyone for participating in the polling that created the policy! Here’s what a few of the participants said about the webinar:

“Very informative with concrete examples of how other non-profits are handling and creating policy that works specifically for their organizations. The take-away is ‘one size does not fit all.’ As always, great information presented with a sense of humor and down to earth style. The existing policy examples were very helpful.” ~ Kaylynn Dougall, Mental Health Center of Denver

“Social media policy: Should you police, plead, placate or propose? This is so timely for me. Our staff is discussing social media policy right now. I can’t wait to see our composite social media policy. What a great idea!” ~ Sheri Holm, West Central Initiative

“This webinar helps you figure out how to start the conversation on social media policy for your nonprofit.” ~ Melissa Fose, Volunteers of America, Dakotas

  • Ash Shepherd

    Thank you so much for this clear breakdown of a good process, some easy templates as a BASE to get started from and fantastic resources. Once again, you have hit the need right on the head.

  • Neal B

    This post would be a lot better if I could read it. Please consider a more readable type and background combo.

  • Neal B

    Ignore my previous comment. Looks a lot better now, something wasn’t working right for me (on multiple browsers).

  • Kivi Leroux Miller

    Hi Neal B,
    Just FYI, we’ll be transitioning to a new template for the blog over the next month that will be even more legible. I understand you were having problems on your end, but either way, we hope to make it even more clear!

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  • Devin Day

    This is a great find…I think that it’s crucial that all nonprofit employees help and join the online conversation. Social Media can do wonders in today’s digital generation. Having a framework (policy) for employees to work within is very crucial.

    Thanks for sharing! Booking marking this page/blog :)

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  • Isaac Griberg

    Thanks a lot. Very useful. I recently helped a nonprofit to develop a social media policy for staff. It is built on bits and pieces from similar documents made by international, humanitarian, aid organizations. Please have a look and let me know if you found it useful. Cheers! Isaac

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