Susan G. Komen has a robust, dedicated social community, with over 2 million followers on Facebook. Members provide practical and emotional support for one another and raise funds for additional research as well as individuals who need help.
Since 2018, Komen has used Messenger to communicate with its supporters about breast health, resources and services, as well as volunteer and fundraising opportunities. “We want to help people live better and longer lives,” says Melody Boatwright, Vice President of Integrated Marketing at Komen. “And we want them to understand where they can go for help if they need it and how to help if they can.”
When Komen’s fundraising met challenges in connecting with the right audiences, the foundation adopted Messenger as a way to communicate and connect in a more personalized way with its community. They partnered with GoodUnited, an organization that empowers nonprofits to have a one-on-one relationship with every supporter. The core service offering, Appreciate and Coach, is a turnkey solution that allows Komen to personally thank every supporter on Facebook who creates a birthday, honor, or memoriam fundraiser on its behalf. The core service offering initiates fundraising for various causes by acknowledging birthdays, then coaches people through a Messenger experience with resources, tips and tricks, various calls to action, and ultimately to a relationship with an organization.
To further raise support and funds with GoodUnited, they launched “A Challenge on Facebook.” These challenges involve people joining a Facebook group for a month at a time and doing exercises or physical challenges together each day and using Messenger to keep in touch with each other during that period. GoodUnited builds and executes paid advertising campaigns on Komen’s behalf to build group memberships, and once people register, Komen asks if they want to maintain contact by signing up for Recurring Notifications on Messenger, thus building a base of support for future challenges and birthday fundraisers throughout the year. At the same time, they ask new members if and how they’d like to participate in other ways, such as through advocacy, volunteering, or attending a Komen event. Answers to these questions help Komen get to know community members better and to communicate with them more personally and effectively.
With GoodUnited’s help, Komen’s click-through rate and page reach doubled, helping the foundation raise $2 million.
A mission to save lives. Susan G. Komen is one of the only organizations that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts: research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives. For the last 40 years, Komen has provided more than $1 billion in funding for researchers working to end this disease. Through research grants, scientists have been able to better understand breast cancer and develop better treatments, saving more lives.