Thirst Project

Increasing online donations with Facebook & Instagram advertising for the Thirst Project.

Nonprofit Facebook and Instagram Advertising Success Story

Thirst Project worked with Community Boost during year end, but wanted to further validate Facebook and Instagram Advertising to generate donations outside of this time of year and generated a 11.1x return on ad spend during February and March 2019.

$616.70

Facebook Ad Spend

117

Direct Online Donations

$6,842

Direct Online Donation Revenue

11.10X

Return on Ad Spend

Their Story

The World’s Largest Youth Water Org

Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis.

Their Goal

Validate Facebook Advertising Outside of Year End

Thirst Project saw success with Facebook Ads during the busy giving season in the month of December, but they wanted to further validate Facebook Advertising outside of year end. Including our joint efforts, Thirst Project raised $6,842 in online gifts during February and March 2019. 

The Solution

Targeting their Social Audience

Year End Strategy

We targeted past donors lists, Thirst Project’s Facebook & Instagram Audience, and Interest/Lookalike Audiences combined with a variety of ad creative to ensure past donors gave again. Facebook & Instagram followers contributed more than just page likes and shares, and the new Interest/Lookalike audiences learned enough about Thirst Project during year end that they were comfortable giving.

Converting Qualified Individuals

After the year end push, we utilized website remarketing and targeted non-recent donors, as well as Facebook page followers. From page followers alone, we saw an 18.83x return on ad spend.      

Birthday Fundraisers

Additionally, we targeted people with birthdays in the months that our campaigns were running. The three main audiences were friends of Facebook followers; Facebook followers and website visitors; and an interest audience including those interested in social change/equality and fundraising.         

Focus on a Mission-Aligned Holiday

In our ad creative, we highlighted World Water Day, an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. We spread the word about this holiday by connecting it to Thirst Project’s mission to to provide access to safe, clean drinking water, and highlighting the exact dollar amount it takes to give one person safe, clean drinking water. 

Their Success

Unlocking a New Scalable Digital Channel

Each of Thirst Project’s campaigns significantly increased their charitable donations. Running between February and March 2019, they achieved:

  • 11.10X Return On Ad Spend
  • 117 total online donations directly from Facebook and Instagram ads
  • $6,842.49 in direct online donation revenue

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Community Boost has helped us reach even MORE audiences than ever before and develop a stronger online connection with our existing donors in unique & sophisticated ways. If you’re looking to expand your network, further your mission and create even more impact then we definitely recommend working with Community Boost and the amazing marketing services they offer!

Seth Maxwell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thirst Project

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