Five Tips to Make Your Nonprofit Messaging More Impactful

Five Tips to Make Your Nonprofit Messaging More Impactful

It’s difficult to envision nonprofits getting the support and resources they actually deserve. All of the world-saving things these organizations do isn’t enough to garner the love and financial backing they need to maintain, but more importantly, scale. 

However, despite the unique challenges nonprofits face, there are still ways to drive these organizations forward. You start with building impactful messaging to connect with your target audience to grow and strengthen your nonprofit's mission.  

Without impactful messaging, it’ll be challenging to amplify your nonprofit’s work, achieve goals, participate in meaningful fundraising, and acquire resources to reach the communities you strive to support. 

To give your organization the best chance at serving your community at the level you envision, implement these five tips to make your nonprofit messaging more impactful. 

Run Your Nonprofit as a Global Business 

Your business may not be for-profit, but it’s still a business and should be run as one. Running your nonprofit as a global business, in particular, can make your messaging more impactful. 

Global businesses must prioritize goal setting, assessing strengths and weaknesses, effective communication, and intelligent resource allocation to flourish. All of these are crucial to nonprofit success and creating a much more impactful message.  

You must set short and long-term goals for your nonprofit. Then, document them and ensure everyone who needs access to them has it. Setting goals will help you define your mission and develop ways to communicate your message more effectively. It’ll also keep your internal teams on the same page.

It’s also an excellent idea to leverage photovoice for a more impactful message. 

Leverage Photo Voicing 

Photovoice is defined as “a community-based research strategy that empowers community members to document their environments and experiences.” This strategy is advantageous when making your nonprofit messaging more impactful because the story is back in the hands of the people you’re helping. 

In other words, instead of telling people about why your nonprofit’s mission is essential, you can show them by letting the community you’re hoping to help show how they're being impacted with images and written content. 

Photographs and narratives from people directly affected by what your nonprofit is trying to help with can incite emotional connections with supporters and potential donors. So, enlist the help of the community you’re serving to strengthen your nonprofit’s message. 

Another tip for making your nonprofit messaging more impactful is to use storytelling roadmaps. 

Use a Storytelling Roadmap 

A storytelling roadmap is essentially a document that details practical steps for identifying the best stories to tell, creating those stories, organizing them, and how to share them with your audience. 

You can identify exactly what you’re trying to communicate to your supporters by using a storytelling roadmap. Then, with a grip on the message, you can begin to tell the story behind it and brainstorm ways to convey it so that it hits the hearts of potential donors and supporters.  

Storytelling roadmaps come in all shapes and sizes. It’s best to start with an internet search for storytelling roadmap templates and choose one that’s accessible and easy to follow. 

Next, prioritize open communication in your messaging for a more significant impact. 

Prioritize Open Communication in Your Messaging 

One of the best ways to build trust with people is to communicate openly. This is crucial because people are more inclined to support you when they trust you. They’re also more likely to absorb your messaging and convert to an actual donor genuinely. 

So, be sure to welcome open communication. Whenever you engage with your potential donors or supporters, ask that they share their thoughts, opinions, concerns, and suggestions about your mission and how to execute it effectively. 

In addition, social media should be a massive part of your strategy to make your messaging more impactful. 

Take Advantage of Social Media 

A diverse marketing strategy is integral to your nonprofit’s success. However, simply taking full advantage of social media marketing can put your organization in a position to make more of an impact. 

Millions of people use social media every day to connect with not just family and friends but also businesses and brands. Nonprofits can become more visible online with the help of social media with little to no budget. More importantly, you can share your message with a broad audience consistently. 

For your messaging to be as impactful as you hope to be on social media, you must first know which platforms your supporters and ideal donors engage on the most. Next, study the content they consume, how they navigate each platform, and what prompts them to engage. 

Then, take what you learn and use it to create engaging, helpful content your supporters will resonate with. For example, create videos about your mission or share behind-the-scenes content on your story that depicts the day-to-day operation of your nonprofit. 

Also, always respond to comments, answer DMs, do shoutouts, and engage with other nonprofits and your potential donors to connect with more people willing to hear your message.    


These five tips to make your nonprofit messaging more impactful will enable you to amass ample support and resources for your organization. Unfortunately, impactful messaging is often overlooked by nonprofit leaders. But those that spend time defining their missions, refining their messaging, and bettering communication are well on their way to flourishing. We hope that your organization is next. 

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Amanda Winstead

Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. Along with writing she enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and going to concerts. If you want to follow her writing journey, or even just say hi you can find her on Twitter.

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