19 Nonprofit Facebook Page Status Ideas You Can Steal

If you’re like most busy nonprofit professionals, you make your best effort to have an organized content strategy on Facebook.

But there are still times when you get buried with other projects and simply have no idea what to post on your Facebook Page.

Here are 19 quick Facebook Page Post ideas that you can do right now:

  1. Ask a fill-in-the-blank question about the specific area of your cause. Begin the question with “Fill in the Blank: “
  2. Ask a multiple-choice question related to a specific area of your cause. Begin the update with “Quick Poll” and then write the choices on separate lines (A, B, C).
  3. Cap that! Ask fans to caption a photo. Post an unusual photo (that has to do with your cause) and ask your Facebook fans to come up with a caption. Tell them that the best answer wins an Einstein award. 19 Nonprofit Facebook Page Status Ideas You Can Steal
  4. Play the Elephant game. Crop a small section from a photo, post it on your page and ask fans to guess what it is. For example, a dog shelter can post a picture of the dogs ear and ask fans to guess what breed the dog it is.
  5. Let Google Analytics help you. Post a picture from your one of your top viewed web pages and post it with a comment or excerpt from the article.
  6. Let aliens abduct your Page. The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta did a show that involved a tiny alien. In December they dressed it up as Santa and shared it on their Page.
  7. Isn’t that Pinteresting! Post a picture from one of your Pinterest boards that’s received the most repins. Kinda like Survival for Blondes does.
  8. Play and Edge. Ask a question about a topic where people have strong opinions one way or the other. For example, “Yes or No: Do you think we should ban assault rifles in the United States? “
  9. Supporter Love! Post a picture of one of your top volunteers in action and share something really great that they did recently.
  10. Let locals know that you care. If you notice a news article about a tragedy in a specific city, target an update to that location letting those fans know that your organization cares.
  11. Post a fun fact related to your cause. “Did you know that…?”
  12. Share a post from George Takei’s page. You won’t go wrong there, unless your organization leans more conservative.
  13. What the FAQ? Post the answer to the most common question you get asked at events.
  14. Ask your supporters for ideas. If you have an event coming up, ask your Facebook fans what they’d like to see to make it memorable, different and amazing.
  15. Share your worklife. Snap a quick picture of a peculiar item in your office and share it on Facebook with a comment. Or take a picture of staff doing cool and interesting things.
  16. Share a post from a partner page. Your sponsors spend a lot of resources to support your nonprofit. Make a point of regularly promoting their agenda to your fans.
  17. Try conditional sharing. Post a photo a compelling photo related your cause and ask people to share if they’ve been affected by the same issue.
  18. Learn from the best. Posts a similar updates to one of the top ones from your competitors.
  19. Steal success. Oscar Wilde said “talent borrows, genius steals”. An example Jeremy from The Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association shared is someecards. “If you see one that is already getting a ton of likes and shares, go ahead and post it as your own”.

Here are 16 more ideas for text updates as well.

What about you?

Do you have a creative example of a Facebook Page update that worked for your nonprofit’s Facebook Page?

Share it here or in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Really good suggestions John. That should give any nonprofit ideas for throughout the year.

    I noticed that the majority of your suggestions involve posting a photo or image. Quite right – that does seem to be the most effective way currently of generating interaction and sharing.

  2. Thanks for these – I will definitely use them! I’m a big fan of getting involved with other pages too. For example, it was the 50th anniversary for a charity that we work with, so our staff took a group photo with a sign wishing them happy anniversary and posted it on their Facebook wall. We got a huge response from the photo – on our page as well as on theirs.

  3. It is really nice to see someone post some ideas about what to do instead of pointing out what everyone is doing wrong. Great article.

  4. I just started my business last year and am always looking for new ideas. I will be using more than a couple of your suggestions.Thanks John

  5. These are some great suggestions, John. Your site is a wonderful resource – thank you very much for sharing.

    I work for a non-profit that serves “at-risk” youth. I have wanted to do different “interactive” posts related to our work and the population we serve that invite others to share their opinions, but others are worried about the potential of individuals leaving offensive, rude, obscene, etc. comments and how we might be associated w/ or affected by that. Although we can delete offensive posts, we can’t catch them all immediately and others might see them. My instinct is that most people understand that this is the nature of Facebook and wouldn’t blame an organization for an outsider’s opinions. Given some of your suggested post topics above I was wondering if you have any insight or advice about this.

    1. First of all, their worry is probably 1,000 times greater than the truth. That said, with a Facebook Page, you can block comments that contain specific keywords.