About a month ago, I went to a Social Media Club event in Seattle, and it was a phenomenal experience. As a fundraiser, I’ve been to a lot of different kinds of networking events, but this was a whole new level. Instead of just trading business cards, everyone had their iphones out and was trading Twitter names.
At the Social Media Club event, I was thrilled to be with a group of people who are innovating with these tools in amazing ways. Typically, when I’ve spoken with nonprofits, I’ve spent most of my time talking about the basics of how to use each different tools. Some were using these tools to conduct user surveys without ever asking a single question. Others were masters of promotion and community development. Some were simply brilliant systems people communicating in a new way internally in their businesses.
If your nonprofit is thinking about new ways to use social media, or for technological board members, find the local Social Media Club in your city and check it out. These people are really excited about online technology and could be great resources for volunteering.