Beth Kanter how to get volunteers and donors

How to Get More Volunteers and Donors for Your School

Beth Kanter is a leading social media expert for nonprofits. She gives advice on how schools should manage their Facebook, Twitter, and social media efforts. Most schools need more volunteers and donors (or at least positive press). Schools can even motivate students to share positive things. Social media can help if you know how.

Important Takeaways

  • How should schools spend time on social media? Measure success?
  • How one group found a video with a million views didn't help get more volunteers and donors.
  • Engage and empower PhilanthroTeens to support your school on social media.
  • Make it easier for volunteers to sign up.
  • Make it easier to donate through social media. (We talk about Facebook's “donate now” button.)
  • Explanation of A/B testing and how it can help your school.

Beth Kanter wrote the Networked Nonprofit book series. She is considered a leading expert in the use of social media for social change. Social media is a mindset. Social media is a skill. Social media can help you, not just be a problem. Anyone working with social media in schools should follow Beth.

Educator Resources

Interview Links


  • is a free tool that will make it easier to engage potential volunteers and donors. Make parent-teacher conferences easy. Pick the times you can meet. Email/share the link. Parents DON'T need a password or login to sign up. Volunteerspot will remind them. Volunteerspot is easy and FREE! Sign up today.

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Episode 174: Get More Volunteers and Donors for Your School

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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