Your organization page is like your mini-site on GivingWay. This is the place where all of the information about your organization on GivingWay comes together. It is meant for anyone who wants to understand your organization and activity better, may it be potential donors or volunteers. A basic version of your organization page is created automatically when you sign up to the GivingWay platform, but the page consists of various elements, and you want to make sure that you are using it to the fullest.
To complete your organization page, go to your dashboard and under "organization page" click on "view page".
Updating your organization's information
When you signed up to GivingWay you filled out basic information about your organization. You can add more details or make changes to your previous information by clicking on the "edit" button.
Follow these steps for a perfectly set up page:
1. Nonprofit Name
Fill in the name of your organization. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes. it is important that this information is accurate and identical to other references you have online. For example an organization that is listed as 'Community Center for the Deaf' on their own website or social profiles, should register to GivingWay with the same name, and not as 'School for the Deaf'. Inconsistencies such as this can cause confusion and may prevent prospective supporters from trusting you.
2. Your Nonprofit Location
Choose your city, country and address. This information will appear under the name of your organization, and also under contact information.
It is important to give specific information for a few reasons:
Some donors and volunteers wish to contribute to nonprofits from their own country/city.
Volunteers want to look up your exact location to understand if it fits their travelling plans and how accessible it is by transportation.
Sometimes there are two organizations with the same name, and a location can help distinguish between the two.
Mark 1-3 causes that your organization is most active in.
This is used by volunteers and donors as filters when they are searching for an organization to support, so make sure to choose the causes that reflect your main activity best.
4. Contact info
It is very common for volunteers, donors and other supporters to have questions for you. By adding the name of a contact person in your organization, an email and a photo, you are making your organization accessible and approachable.
Note that the contact email, doesn't have to be the same as your username on GivingWay (for example, your username can be the email of the person who is in charge of marketing and fundraising, while the contact email can be the email of the person in charge of volunteers).
5. Describe your organization in one sentence
This is a short description explaining what it is that you do.
Most people won't read long stories about your history and achievements, this is the place to write down your mission in the briefest and clearest way possible.
We are helping people living in poverty by giving them shelter, food and quality education.
We are fighting for LGBQT rights in Uganda and helping people discriminated due to their sexual orientation.
We are rescuing endangered animals and giving them a second chance in nature.
Too long explanations - it can cause people not to read anything when the description is too long.
Too general descriptions - For example, "we are a nonprofit organization helping the local community".
Too technical and dry descriptions - For example, "we are a member based non governmental organization duly registered in India. The organization was established in 2005 and provides services related to education promotion and engagement".
6. Long description - Our story
This is the place to lay out all the information about your organization for people who are interested and want to know more.
That being said, while you do want to give more information, the description should still be clear and precise.
When you write the description keep in mind that it has to be appealing both to volunteers and donors. To spark emotion, try telling the story of your organization rather than giving the dry details.
Some points you can touch in the description of your nonprofit:
When was it founded
Where is it located
Who are the beneficiaries
Size of the nonprofit
Here's an example of a description that tells the story of a nonprofit while touching all these points in a clear way.
Angel's Wings is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to helping parents cope with the death of a sick child. The organization was founded by Jay and Mary Lopez from Mexico in 2012 after the premature death of their son Liam.
Liam was only 8 when he passed away from cancer, and the coping grieving parents started a support group with other parents and families in similar situations. Today this community has grown to consist of dozens of groups across many different regions of Mexico.
Every year 150,000 children under the age of 5 in Mexico die! This means 150 thousand families every year are torn to parts left to cope with the grief and emptiness.
Angel's Wings connect these families with professional counselors, with religious guidance and with families that have been in their shoes, and together we try to help them get back on their feet and find a purpose in life.
We have already helped over 3000 families in Mexico and our aim is to continue and help new families during their toughest hour.
The great thing in this example is that the organization manages to tell their story and give meaningful information while keeping it relatable and creating empathy to their cause.
Adding Images to the organization page
A good picture grabs people's attention in seconds in a way that no amount of words can, that's why good images to represent your organization are crucial.
Pictures are a good way to both present your organization's mission & activity, and to create trust and show that you are a serious NGO.
When choosing images for your organization page keep in mind the goal of the page for you:
Is the aim of the page for you to find new donors? If it is make sure the images reflect your doing. Show images of the nonprofit in action and of your beneficiaries.
Is the aim of the page recruiting new volunteers? Make sure your images reflect the vibe of what a volunteering experience with you looks like. Show pictures of volunteers in action with the beneficiaries, and also put photos of the area, the people, the food, the accommodation facilities, so a volunteer can know what to expect if they visit you.
To add images to your organization page, simply click on the "photos" tab, and then click on "+Add photos".
After uploading your chosen images, you can drag them to reorder them. Keep in mind that most people will only see the first cover image, so make sure to put the best image first.
Good images can make or break your organization's marketing efforts, so take the time to read these 8 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Nonprofit's Images, in order to make the best choice.
Adding videos to the organization page
A video is a great way to show what a day in the life of your organization looks like. It's the perfect method to bring your story to life, showcase your activities and surrounding and convey them to someone who has never been there.
Once again, when picking a video keep in mind your goal. If you are looking for volunteers, share a video that shows what volunteering with you looks like. If you are looking for other types of support, try conveying your activity and goals. You can also upload more then one video.
A video should be short, preferably no more than a minute long, but definitely no longer than 3-4 minutes.
Use a video that has good quality.
Music is a great way to set the mood of the video - are you looking for a fun exciting vibe? Or a relaxed, sadder and soother feeling?
This is a great example for a video focused on volunteering by Wildtracks.
To add a video to your organization page, simply click on the "videos" tab, and then click on the green "+" sign on the bottom right side.
Some donors like it when nonprofits share their annual reports. Compelling annual reports can show how your organization is making an impact. If you have a report to share, you can do so by going to the "more info" tab, and clicking on the "add new report" button.
Upload your file and be sure to give it a coherent name and description.
At this point your organization page is ready, what's left to do is start asking for help. Ask for help by:
Opening volunteering opportunities
Once you start receiving volunteers and donors on GivingWay and establishing your community, you will also be able to ask your community for reviews (thus increasing your reliability) and sharing your posts with the community.
Remember you are not alone! Join GivingWay’s community of nonprofit organizations to share your insights and questions with organizations similar to yours.