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How To Make an Amazing Video for a Non-Profit

This is Solvis Media’s complete step-by-step guide on crafting compelling nonprofit videos. In today’s digital world, video content is paramount to a brand’s marketing strategy. Nonprofits can use this powerful medium to tell their stories and connect with customers, clients, and the world. Whether you’re aiming to boost awareness, increase donations, or engage volunteers, this quick guide is designed to help you create videos that resonate and inspire. With a focus on authentic storytelling, audience engagement, and strategic distribution, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate your mission and make a lasting impact.

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Creating a nonprofit video involves several key steps to ensure it effectively communicates your message and engages your audience. Here’s a quick, 10 step guide that our video team developed:

  1. Set Your Goals: Clearly identify the goal of your video. Is it to raise awareness, encourage donations, or recruit volunteers? Your objective will guide the content and style of your video.
  2. Understand Your Audience: Know who your target audience is. What are their interests, what motivates them, and how do they consume content? This understanding will influence how you craft your message.
  3. Tell a Real Story: Storytelling is at the heart of effective videos. Create a narrative that connects emotionally with your audience. This could be a personal story, the journey of your organization, or the impact of your work.
  4. Keep It Pointed and Concise: Attention spans are short. Aim for a video length of 2-3 minutes – maximum. If you’re aiming to create a longer-form video, read our guide on making mini-documentaries. Make sure every second counts by keeping your message clear and engaging.
  5. Quality Control: While you don’t need Hollywood-level production, ensure your video is professionally done. Good lighting, clear audio, and stable footage are crucial. If you don’t have the skills in-house, consider hiring a professional or using quality equipment.
  6. Call to Action: Be clear about what you want viewers to do after watching the video. This could be visiting your website, donating, volunteering, or sharing the video.
  7. Plan For Filming: Outline what footage you need, who will be in the video, where it will be shot, and how you’ll edit it. A well-planned production leads to a smoother shooting process.
  8. Use Subtitles or Graphics: Many people watch videos without sound, especially on social media. Subtitles ensure your message is conveyed. Graphics can also help emphasize key points.
  9. Choose the Right Music: Music can significantly impact the mood of your video. Select a track that matches the tone of your message. Ensure you have the rights to use any music you choose.
  10. Distribute Effectively: Once your video is ready, think about where it will have the most impact. This could be your website, social media platforms, email newsletters, or events.
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Watching the view count can get addicting – it’s always fun to watch views go up. So it goes without saying, monitor and adjust your target audience. After releasing your video, monitor its performance. Look at views, shares, and engagement. Facebook, Meta, YouTube, and LinkedIn’s ad tools can all provide valuable insights for current and future video projects.

The most impactful nonprofit videos are those that connect emotionally with the audience and clearly convey the message and mission of the organization. Contact our video production company if you’re looking to produce an impactful, high-quality, nonprofit video today.

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