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Nonprofit Video Production

Why should nonprofits use video?

Our attention is our most precious resource, and research shows that video is better at getting and keeping our attention than any other type of media. Here’s why…

1. Video is more efficient

It takes 60 seconds to read 250 words, but in that same 60 seconds a video can show dozens of images that are rich in color, detail, and context that would require thousands of written words to communicate. And when you add the nuance of a human voice (the video’s subject or narrator), music (the video’s soundtrack), graphics and text, you can see how video is king when it comes to information efficiency.

2. Video is more engaging

Neurologists have discovered that our brains don’t make much of a distinction between watching an engaging story and experiencing it ourselves. Couple the power of story with the fact that 2/3 of people are visual learners, and that presentations using visual aids are more persuasive than unaided presentations, and you can see how video storytelling is more engaging than anything else.

3. Video is shared more frequently

Video on social media generates 12x more shares than text and image content combined. Additionally, Facebook and Instagram users look at video content 5x longer than static content, and Tweets with videos are 6x more likely to be Retweeted than Tweets with photos.

4. Video is preferred

Audiences prefer video over all forms of brand communications. If video and text are both available on the same webpage, 72% of people choose to watch the video rather than read the copy on the page. And the preference for video increases as your audience’s age decreases.

What are types of nonprofit videos?

Different types of nonprofit videos are effective for engaging different audiences at different times. Here’s a list of video types that nonprofits can create.

1. Marketing Videos

Marketing videos build awareness about your cause and organization. They target the widest audience possible to compel them to learn more about your work.

2. Fundraising Videos

Fundraising videos build your case for support to ask current and prospective donors to contribute to a campaign.

3. Story Videos

Story videos demonstrate the impact of your nonprofit through a story of transformation in one of your beneficiaries.

4. Educational Videos

Educational videos transfer vital knowledge to general and specific audiences through engaging and enjoyable means.

5. Explainer Videos

Explainer videos show informed audiences what you do and how you do it. They also demonstrate how your approach is different from anyone else.

6. Testimonial Videos

Testimonial videos allow your clients, donors and partners to affirm your nonprofits impact using their own voices. These videos are powerful for numerous audiences.

7. PSA videos

Public service announcements, or PSAs, are brief educational videos for specific audiences. They are critical for spreading lifesaving information.

8. Branded Content

Branded content is a story video that is sponsored by your nonprofit yet doesn’t directly advertise or promote your organization.

9. 360º & VR Videos

360º and Virtual Reality (VR) videos are cutting edge, immersive experiences that build empathy and blow minds.

Which nonprofits should use video?

While all nonprofits can benefit from marketing, fundraising and testimonial videos, we’ve seen organizations in various sectors across the nonprofit landscape utilize video to accomplish their missions. Here are a few examples…

  • Museums created episodic video series about their collections
  • Art galleries made videos teaching how to draw and paint
  • Symphony orchestras livestreamed concerts
  • Literacy nonprofits read books aloud to children
  • Zoos gave behind-the-scenes access to their animals
  • Health nonprofits created immersive 360º & VR experiences
  • Religious nonprofits offered daily prayers
  • Environmental nonprofits created videos for kids about climate change
  • Community Development nonprofits held virtual fundraising events
  • And much more!

The opportunities to use video for your nonprofit are only limited by your imagination.

How do you create nonprofit videos?

Creating a nonprofit video takes 2-3 months from concept to delivery.

1

Strategy

After reviewing your goals, values, budget and timeline, the video production team will pitch concepts, deliverables, and a scope of work.
2

Locations, Pre-Interviews, Asset Review

The video production team will scout filming locations, conduct pre-interviews with potential filming subjects, and review existing assets.
3

Creative Approach & Script Writing

The video production fleshes out the creative approach and writes the script(s).
4

Scheduling & Shoot Prep

Personnel, locations and equipment are scheduled, shot lists are created and travel is arranged.
5

Filming

The video production team captures the interviews and b-roll required for the video.
6

Editing & Finishing

After a few rounds of feedback and revisions, the video(s) is color graded, audio is mixed, and final graphics and subtitles are made.

What are examples of award-winning nonprofit videos?

Over the past 10+ years we’ve worked with dozens of nonprofits to create hundreds of videos. Our videos have been installed in museums, selected by film festivals, profiled by The New York Times and honored with almost 200 awards. Here are a few examples of our award-winning work.

Eric & Peety 6:25

Created for Mutual Rescue, this branded content video went viral with 100M+ views, coverage on the New York Times, NPR, and AdWeek, and won numerous awards.

Source International 6:08

Created for The Tech Interactive, this story film won top honors at the CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival.

How Nuru Works 3:32

Created for Nuru International, this explainer video won top honors at the Tellys, Daveys and Communicator Awards.

Austin Coming Together 6:25

Created for United Way of Metro Chicago, this marketing video explains their neighborhood network approach in Chicago.

One Million Lives 4:08

Created for Village Enterprise, this story film celebrated the 1 millions lives who have been impacted by their work.

Julie Packard 2:28

Created for The Tech Interactive, this story video profiled the 2019 Global Humanitarian Award Winner.

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