Tag Archives: Facebook

Tweeting Social Change: How Social Media are Changing Nonprofit Advocacy

Chao Guo and Gregory D. Saxton

How are nonprofit organizations utilizing social media to engage in advocacy work? We address this question by investigating the social media use of 188 501(c)(3) advocacy organizations. After briefly examining the types of social media technologies employed, we turn to an in-depth examination of the organizations’ use of Twitter. This in-depth message-level analysis is twofold: a content analysis that examines the prevalence of previously identified communicative and advocacy constructs in nonprofits’ social media messages; and an inductive analysis that explores the unique features and dynamics of social media-based advocacy and identifies new organizational practices and forms of communication heretofore unseen in the literature.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, forthcoming (Available on SSRN)

Social Media and the Social Good: How Nonprofits Use Facebook to Communicate with the Public

Gregory D. Saxton, Chao Guo, I-Hsuan Chiu and Bo Feng

In this study, we examine the social networking practices of the 100 largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. More specifically, we develop a comprehensive classification scheme to delineate these organizations’ use of Facebook as a stakeholder engagement tool. We find that there are 5 primary categories of Facebook “statuses”, which can be aggregated into three key dimensions – “information”, “community”, and “action”. Our analysis reveals that, though the “informational” use of Facebook is still significant, nonprofit organizations are better at using Facebook to strategically engage their stakeholders via “dialogic” and “community-building” practices than they have been with traditional websites. The adoption of social media seems to have engendered new paradigms of public engagement.

 China Third Sector Research 1 (2011): 40-54