Affordable Video Production for Nonprofits

I just sat in on a webinar entitled ‘Affordable Video Production for Nonprofits’.  It was hosted by Nonprofit Webinars, a company that provides all kinds of low-cost and free webinars to nonprofit organizations.  In just an hour, I learned some cool information that I wanted to pass along to you.

Online video is becoming more and more prominent.  The webinar speaker cited a 2009 study from the Pew Research Center that showed that far more people were using video-sharing websites, like YouTube, than even social networking sites, like FaceBook and Twitter.  That being said, it’s understandable that lots of nonprofits are trying to boost their video presence.

Here are four unique vide0-related opportunities out there for nonprofits:

1. Flip Video Spotlight Program –  provides steeply discounted access to selected Flip Video products to qualifying charitable organizations. To start, charitable organizations apply online to become a Participating Partner. If approved, Participating Partners join our online community and receive access to the Flip Video Spotlight storefront. For each Flip Video Ultra camcorder purchased through the storefront, Flip Video Spotlight donates a free unit.  Click HERE for program guidelines.

2. YouTube Nonprofit Program – provides premium branding capabilities and increased uploading capacity, the option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout “Donate” button, a listing on the Nonprofit channels and the Nonprofit videos pages, and other benefits.

3. Animoto – produces creative and unique videos from your photos, video clips, and music for free!  They have a professional option available for a quarterly or yearly fee.

4. Lights. Camera. Help. – nonprofit organization that is dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. They do this through education, volunteer match programs, screenings, and an annual film festival. The goal of the volunteer match is to connect nonprofits in need of films with film makers who are willing to donate or discount their services.

If you’re curious, check out these tools to try your hand at using video to promote your organization’s mission.