This Is What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook 'Donate' Button

A Facebook 'like' button logo with flowers is seen at the entrance of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on
A Facebook 'like' button logo with flowers is seen at the entrance of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on May 11, 2012. Facebook, already assured of becoming one of the most valuable US firms when it goes public later this month, now must convince investors in the next two weeks that it is worth all the hype. Top executives at the world's leading social network have kicked off their all-important road show on Wall Street -- an intense marketing drive ahead of the company's expected trading launch on the tech-heavy Nasdaq on May 18. AFP PHOTO/Kimihiro Hoshino (Photo credit should read KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/GettyImages)

So Facebook announced a new feature allowing Facebook users a frictionless way to donate to their favorite nonprofit. A few nonprofits currently have the feature on their Facebook Pages, and more will start using it as it rolls out to a greater audience.

At first glance, this seems like a total win for nonprofits!

Danielle Brigida from the National Wildlife Federation said, "We already use Facebook as a place to get inspiration for content -- it's great to offer people a way to easily donate when they like the work we're sharing/discussing."

Frank Barry from Blackbaud said, "Nonprofits will love Facebook's 'Donate' feature if it simplifies raising money online, but they'll also understand that building long-lasting relationships (retention) may be tricky."

Tricky? Yes, tricky. Because nonprofits won't have access to donor information, it will be tough to nurture these relationships for the long term.

That said, the nonprofit tech community seems to range from skeptical to intrigued by the "Donate Now" addition to Facebook. But there is something that nonprofits need even more than a donate button on their Facebook page...

This Is What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button

You're probably already familiar with the Google Nonprofit program, where qualified nonprofits get up to $10,000 worth of ads each month. Well, a Facebook Ads grant program will put nonprofits on a level playing field in the newsfeed with for-profits -- especially now that Facebook seems to be squashing reach on Page posts.

Yes, nonprofits need to be more strategic with their use of Facebook. But so do most for-profit businesses.

Save Nonprofits From Being Silenced With #FACEBOOKADGRANTS

A large part of the nonprofit tech community is behind the idea of Facebook ad grants. Media Cause launched a petition for a Facebook ad grants.

This blog post originally appeared on johnhaydon.com. Click here to sign the petition.

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