What is the overall goal of having the group?In reading your posts, I see two distinct goals. You mentioned giving your community a place to discuss hunger affecting the community. In that case, having a group can be great if you have enough people that are interested in joining you on that conversation. As Gregg mentioned, attracting group members can be extremely time consuming. Unless your volunteers, recipients, etc are asking for a group or have even remotely shared that they would like a single place to have these discussions, I think you are facing more than an uphill battle to get it to work.In your second post, you mentioned giving your community a voice in the fight against hunger and you mentioned in the first one having challenges getting the word out about what is happening with your NP without paid boosts.My suggestion would be instead of creating a group would be to spend some time identifying who are the people that you have existing reach with that are social influencers. I'm not talking necessarily about people with insane followings but people who are respected by their social media friends and routinely get engagement for their posts. Once you've identified them, ask them if they would be willing to talk about why they care about the fight against hunger in your community. Film it and share it on your social page and ask them to share it as well.Their organic reach will greatly help you plus chances are high that they will feel honored that you asked for their voice. Those are people that you can go to in the future and ask for further help sharing again or even getting their help with fundraising. I took a look at your page and it seems like you have a healthy amount of content but just at a quick glance, while you are featuring lots of people in your photos, I'm not seeing lots of personal testimonies in these posts. I bet if you tried this once or twice, you would see an immediate spike in your social engagement.What I'm suggesting will take a lot of time and thought but the expected ROI is far less of a gamble than doing a Facebook group.
Wow what a great discussion! Thanks all -- just tuning in here.Our organization is a small educational institution with graduating classes. What say you about an alumni group. The Goal would be to "keep in touch" and add the benefit that they keep in touch with each other as years pass. We'd of course also like them to stay connected and pass the word to their friends and associates that we are here to help.
Any suggestions?Thanks so much~!