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Marketing For Nonprofits: Part 1

Posted on 2nd June 2010 by Timothy Spell
By Admin |June 2nd, 2010

The marketing world is swarming with ideas and people the world over are swamped with information. This makes it difficult for them to identify and recognize an organization. Since nonprofits need to promote their organization’s mission and ideas, it becomes important for them to establish a distinct image and carve a niche for themselves. Developing and maintaining a credible and visible identity of the organization using various marketing strategies can help gain and increase local support.  

Several nonprofits are of the view that ‘marketing’ is for profit making organizations only and that they can promote their ideas or programs solely based on their inherent worth. However, this is a fallacy as even the best of ideas and programs have faded into obscurity when nonprofits refused to associate themselves with other groups or businesses.  

It is a well known fact that communication builds understanding and persuades people to act. This holds true for nonprofits as well. An effective communication strategy involves the need to define a target audience as well as outline plans that would maximize the output using limited resources. As a member of a nonprofit, it is your responsibility to ensure that marketing strategies are carried out consistently in alignment with the organization’s mission.  

Successful communication policies and a positive image of the organization are the two wheels that drive nonprofits towards the road of success where they can raise awareness about their activities. Raising awareness is an imperative task without which it’s difficult to inform the local community about the kind of work done by your organization. If community members remain unaware of the jobs done well by your organization, it is unlikely that they’ll make a donation.  

The role of marketing becomes significant here as the process can help build financial partnerships that aid in raising more money to support your cause.

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