Important notice: now login to Reshim works through the RepID service.
Use the same way to login via Reshim you used before to save your progress in Reshim.org
If you experience any problem with login, please contact us: [email protected]



How to move forward without money?Marketing in volunteering: To be or not to be?

Promote good causes without big budgets: pick a cause that interests you and help change the world

You’ve been rescuing homeless pets for a whole year, organising fundraisers for their adoption, and posting about it on Instagram, yet your followers are only family members and a couple of friends? Don’t panic! There is a solution: promoting good deeds is possible and necessary, and what's even better is that you can do it without investing thousands in budgets.

Yes, we know that unlike commercial organizations, which can spend city-sized budgets on marketing, volunteer projects often have to work with what they have and look for any way to attract people to join. But even with a limited budget, you can effectively promote by adding a pinch of creativity and imagination.

How to move forward without money? Marketing in volunteering: To be or not to be?

The main goal of marketing is to sell. In the commercial world, it's a product or service, but what do you «sell» in volunteering? Ideas. Therefore, the first thing you need to do for effective engagement is to know your audience. Understand who and why might be interested in what you bring to the world. And also, why they should join you and not another good cause. Marketing in volunteering is primarily about building trust and a community around your project. Share why you care about what you do, create a transparent communication system with your audience, and show that the problem you are fighting is important not only to you—your people will find you.

Here, the universal tool — content marketing — comes to your aid. Don’t spare time to show and tell about what constitutes your activity. People love watching the «behind-the-scenes», much less are they interested in a polished picture that reeks of falseness. Publish useful articles, tips, and success stories of volunteers and people the project has helped, attract attention—and this builds trust! Short videos about the project's activities, interviews with volunteers and beneficiaries, and event reports—all these can be very effective. Visual materials (pictures, infographics) help to easily convey complex information and explain the project's goals and results. Nobody likes complex numbers, but if you manage to show what stands behind them, it greatly increases your chances of attracting not only an audience but also potential donors.

People love with their eyes, so visual content plays a key role in attracting attention and building trust. Photos and videos showing the real work of the project often evoke a greater response than just text. Design tools like Canva and social media management platforms such as Hootsuite can significantly simplify the process of creating and distributing content. Interactive elements—contests, surveys, and campaigns—also help engage the audience and encourage active participation.

A friend in need...

Another important aspect of promotion in social networks is the active life of the community. Create a convenient platform for communication with your audience. These can be regular offline meetings or social media groups where people can discuss the project, share experiences, and suggest ideas. Regular interaction with followers, and responding to comments and messages, will definitely help strengthen this bond and increase audience loyalty.

Collaborations with bloggers and people whose names we are used to seeing in advertisements or on billboards can significantly increase your reach and attract new volunteers and donors. Such people have their own audience and can bring it to you if your values align. When choosing an influencer, it is important to approach it with special care—they should be trusted and respected by your audience. Finding «the one» offers cooperation on mutually beneficial terms. It can be a joint post, a mention in stories, or participation in an event. Show your value through the message you bring to this world, and even the most sceptical «star's» heart will melt.

Of course, working with a limited budget imposes its constraints, but this is no reason to despair. The lack of resources can be compensated by using free tools and platforms for creating and distributing content. In the competition for attention, you can win with original and creative approaches to promotion that will make your project stand out. Retaining volunteers and donors requires constant interaction with the audience, gratitude for their help, and demonstrating the results of their contribution. To ensure a constant flow of content, you can plan it in advance and involve volunteers in creating materials.

Promoting volunteer projects without a budget is a challenge, but it is quite real.

The main thing is to use all available free tools, be sincere and transparent, tell personal stories, and actively interact with the audience. Marketing in volunteering is not only possible but necessary to attract support and ensure the sustainability of projects. Don’t be afraid to show creativity and use all the opportunities that today’s realities provide.