Top Performing Charities Outpace For-Profits in Blogging & Social Media

Every one of the Forbes top 200 charities surveyed uses at least one form of social media in its communications strategy, says a study by the Society for New Communications Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Other findings include:

• Charities’ adoption of blogging outpaces both the Fortune 500 and the Inc. 500 by 23% and 50%, respectively; 64% of these top performing charities maintain a blog for their organizations.

• 97% of these charities have a Facebook presence, 96% have Twitter accounts and 92% use YouTube.

• 55% of these charities are using online video to deliver their message and inform their audience about their mission.

• These charities report using search engines and social networking sites (76% and 75%, respectively) in their recruiting and evaluating processes.

• 90% of respondents consider social media to be very important in increasing awareness of their charity mission.

Source: Society for New Communications Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


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  • nurielle

    Curious if non-profit conversion rates equally out pace for-profits

  • Michelle

    It would be useful to mention that these are only U.S.-based charities and not the 200 biggest charities in the world (although there is some overlap).

  • Michelle

    These are some great stats. Thanks for sharing