Dynamic Nonprofit Video Techniques to Maximize Engagement

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by Maria Sadusky  |   |  Strategy  |  0 comments

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Nonprofit organizations constantly seek effective methods to promote their mission, engage with their supporters, and raise funds. Video is one of the most powerful tools to accomplish these objectives. In this article, we will explore dynamic techniques for creating nonprofit videos that can maximize audience engagement, whether you are promoting your nonprofit organization or an upcoming fundraising event.

By creating videos that are dynamic, engaging, and shareable, nonprofit organizations can reach a wider audience and inspire them to take action. Here’s how our team of experts at Community Boost suggests getting the most out of the video!


Choosing the Right Type of Video for Your Nonprofit

When it comes to creating video content for your nonprofit organization, there are many different options to choose from. Here are some of the most effective types of videos that can help maximize engagement:


1. Impact Stories

Impact stories showcase the impact your nonprofit has had on the people and communities you serve. By sharing real stories of how your organization has made a difference, you can create an emotional connection with your audience and inspire them to support your cause. Here’s one that we created at Community Boost called “Mission Moments”


2. Event Promotion

Videos are a great way to promote upcoming events and encourage attendance. By creating a short, dynamic video that showcases the highlights of your event, you can build excitement and generate interest.

3. Volunteer Recruitment

Nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers to achieve their goals. By creating a video that highlights the benefits of volunteering and showcases the impact volunteers can have, you can inspire more people to get involved.

4. Donor Thank You Videos

Donor thank you videos are a great way to show your appreciation for the support you receive. By creating a personalized video that thanks donors for their contribution and showcases the impact their donation has had, you can build stronger relationships with your supporters and encourage them to continue giving.


5. Nonprofit Video Advertising

Video ads can be a powerful tool for nonprofit organizations looking to raise awareness, drive donations, and engage their audience! Video ads are available on TikTok, Instagram, Youtube, and Spotify. With more than 1 billion monthly active users, TikTok advertising videos are a great way to expand on your organization’s organic social media strategy. The best part? You can do it yourself! Here is a guide on TikTok advertising for nonprofits using video.

Remember, these do not have to be heavily produced videos. Even videos taken on an iPhone can work as long as you are evoking emotion and bringing to life the mission and focus of your organization.


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Tips for Creating Dynamic Nonprofit Videos

Creating a dynamic nonprofit video takes time, effort, and a little creativity. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Keep it Short and Sweet

Attention spans are short on the internet, so it’s important to keep your videos short and to the point. Aim for a length of 2-3 minutes or less to ensure maximum engagement. Use a free video editing tool like Adobe Spark, Animoto, or Canva to easily create short, engaging videos.


2. Use Captivating Visuals

Visuals are a key component of any video. Use captivating visuals that showcase the impact of your organization and help tell your story. Canva, Piktochart, and Adobe Creative Suite are great tools for creating visual content for your videos. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide has a great article on how to use visuals to tell your nonprofit’s story.


3. Tell a Compelling Story

Storytelling is a powerful tool for engaging your audience. Use a narrative structure to tell a compelling story that showcases the impact of your nonprofit. Use storytelling frameworks like the hero’s journey or the three-act structure to create a compelling narrative.


4. Use Music to Set the Tone

Music can help set the tone and create an emotional connection with your audience. Choose music that fits the tone of your video and helps reinforce your message. AudioJungle, Epidemic Sound, and PremiumBeat are great resources for finding royalty-free music to use in your videos. This article from TechSoup has some great tips on how to choose the right music for your nonprofit video.


5. Add a Call to Action

Always include a call to action at the end of your video. Whether you are encouraging donations, volunteer sign-ups, or event attendance, make it clear what you want your audience to do next. Use video editing software to add text overlays or voiceovers that encourage viewers to take action. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide has a great article on how to create effective calls to action for your nonprofit videos.

Incorporating these tips and resources into your nonprofit video strategy can help you create engaging videos that inspire action and drive impact.



Video is a powerful tool for nonprofit organizations to promote their mission, engage with supporters, and raise funds. By choosing the right type of video and incorporating dynamic techniques, nonprofit organizations can maximize engagement and inspire action. Remember to keep your videos short and sweet, use captivating visuals, tell a compelling story, use music to set the tone, and always include a call to action.

Maria Sadusky

Maria Sadusky is a marketing specialist at Community Boost, responsible for running social media and email marketing campaigns.

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