Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Fundraising and Future Plans

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern

Photo courtesy 401(K) 2012, Flickr.

If money is still something that isn't discussed in polite company, it was certainly hard to tell based on December's #builtheritage Twitter chat, for we had a lively conversation about the ins and outs of funding and fundraising for preservation.

We discussed fundraising techniques and events, what role crowdfunding sites (like Indiegogo and Kickstarter) are playing, and what changes we've been seeing in funding availability from the government and foundations. And as with most things in preservation, all things money came back around to knowing who your various audiences are, and how to reach them in the way they want to connect with you.

For highlights of the chat, check out our Storify below:

[View the story "Preservation Fundraising and Funding" on Storify]

[View the story "Preservation Fundraising and Funding" on Storify]You can also read the full transcript here.

Our next Twitter chat will be taking place early in the new year: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 4:00-5:00 EST. As I expect we'll all still be somewhat in slo-mo from the holidays, the topic will be a light one -- our plans and goals (preservation-centric, of course) for the new year.

The chat is always open to new participants (we're a friendly bunch!). Here's how to get involved: 

1. Sign in to TwitterTweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.

What we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations (often about food) still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

I hope to talk to you in the new year!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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