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Uses for photography and video in nonprofit communications

25 June 2014
Nyaluak Kuer, from Torkej, dismantles her tukul to sell the wood and grass in Nasir for food. Torkej is vulnerable to repeated cattle raids and attacks because of their placement on the river and proximity to a rival tribe's lands. Nyaluak's 7 children and husband were all killed in the nighttime raid, and she is terrified to return home for fear of another violent attack. Tribal violence in South Sudan has dramatically increased since 2009, and has become a serious issue in the current civil war. © Jenn Warren

Nyaluak Kuer, from Torkej, dismantles her tukul to sell the wood and grass in Nasir for food. Torkej is vulnerable to repeated cattle raids and attacks because of their placement on the river and proximity to a rival tribe’s lands. Nyaluak’s 7 children and husband were all killed in the nighttime raid, and she is terrified to return home for fear of another violent attack. Tribal violence in South Sudan has dramatically increased since 2009, and has become a serious issue in the current civil war. © Jenn Warren

Below are some examples of how photographs and video can be used to advance nonprofit communications. Click here to read the first part of this series, “Does your organisation have bland or non-existent visuals? How to change”

Examples of target audiences:

Institutional Donors

How can donors better understand an organisation’s programmes from the perspective of participants and communities? Context and personalisation. Case studies, quotes, video interviews with beneficiaries, portraits and photographs of daily life can be used in proposals, quarterly reports and end-term evaluations to bring life to your programming and encourage donors to continue funding.

Individual Donors

What spurs ‘mom and pop’ donors to pick up the phone or click the DONATE button on your website? Put a face to the name (your project, event or initiative). Powerful quotes and video interviews and with beneficiaries and staff, photo slideshows of your projects in action – turned into dynamic TV adverts, social media campaigns, brochures and posters – can be used to connect individual donors with the people you serve.

Volunteers

What encourages a volunteer to donate their time and effort for a cause time and again? Community. Foster this community through fun TV and radio campaigns, media engagement, a “Thank you for your support” video, email blasts and social media.

Partners

How can an organisation create positive and long-lasting relationships with implementing partners, local government officials and community leaders? Share the credit. Blog articles, public events, media engagement, interviews and quotes all help to ensure that partners feel valued and see the fruits of their labour, in turn strengthening your relationships and your programming.

Beneficiaries

And the key to strong relationships and an effective programme? People and relationships. Ensuring beneficiaries know why your organisation is working in the community, and on a specific project, takes strategic and respectful communication. Use permission forms (model releases) and explain carefully why you are taking photographs, capturing video or interviewing people for case studies. Bring pictures, video and printed materials back to those who have shared their lives with you.

 

Written by our Communications Manager Jenn Warren, this article was first published on the Nonprofit Network. See it in it’s original form here. The Nonprofit Network is a resource centre for nonprofit organisations, particularly those based in South Africa, in using social media, websites and e-newsletters.

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