How To Write ChatGPT Prompts For Charities And Non Profits

How to write Chat GPT prompts for non profits and charities - fundraising, marketing, events and lots more. Plus our free charity ChatGPT services and ChatGPT for non profit FAQs.

How To Write ChatGPT Prompts For Charities And Non Profits

A simple guide to writing ChatGPT prompts for non profits.  If you're new to this, you may wish to first read our introductory guide to Chat GPT, including how to register for a free ChatGPT account.  Easier still, use of 'oven-ready' charity prompts and follow-on prompts in our online non profit ChatGPT Prompts list and our in-system AI Bunny will have access to a much larger prompts list and will write your prompts for you, then e mail you the results.  Register, then login - everything is free.  There are ChatGPT for non profits FAQs at the end.

Free Charity Excellence ChatGPT Services

In addition to the 6 systems within Charity Excellence, we provide a range of free charity AI, including ChatGPT bid writing for non profits.

  • Enabling you to find funding, help, resources and data.
  • Ask Me Anything – answering almost any question about running your charity.
  • Funding Bid Writer Service.
  • Welfare support and funding for individuals.
  • Charity & non-profit facts and popular questions, for the public and media.

Just click the AI tech bunny icon in the bottom right of any web page or in-system and tell it what you need.  Ask as many questions as you wish to, they're free, available 24/7 and will not collect any personal information.

ChatGPT for Non Profits

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Nonprofit ChatGPT Prompts - Limitations

  • It doesn't have real time data yet.
    • Current events, prices etc may be out-of-date.
  • The guard rails won't allow you to have personal information about individuals.
    • Address details of celebrities, names of people in companies.
  • You can enter your (or anyone else's) website in a prompt, but it doesn't really know anything about you or what you plan, so you need to enter this.
  • ChatGPT can get very busy and often can't cope with large or complex queries.
    • See troubleshooting below for what to do about that.
  • The default setting is to data share, although you can turn this off.
    • We don't recommend entering sensitive personal or financial information.
    • Reports on beneficiaries, salary data, and HR information, such as appraisals.

Creating ChatGPT Prompts For Your Nonprofit

There is no set format, but roughly a prompt is what you want ChatGPT to do, what you want it to create, the tone/style to use, who this is for, and any other instructions.  It's best to write fairly short prompts and then ask ChatGPT to add to its responses.  Here's an example:

Create a list of 12 fundraising ideas that are simple and easy to do for a small UK charity.

Create your own by choosing from the words below

  1. <create/write, explain, review, summarise, compare>
  2. <fundraising, communications, marketing, events, finance, risk, strategy, governance>.
  3. <a list, ideas, e mail, letter, leaflet, web content, social media post(s), plan>
  4. in a <formal, authoritative, professional, third person, 1st person, compelling, caring, emotionally engaging, enthusiastic> style.
  5. for a UK
    1. <small, medium, large>.
    2. <community group, charity, non-profit>.
    3. <local, regional, national>. 
  6. with the spelling in UK English.

Get ChatGPT To Help You

Suggest some prompts for a UK charity that......................

Other Things You Might Include In ChatGPT Prompts

Don't make your ChatGPT prompts too complex or too long, but there are a whole range of other ways to frame prompts.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Limit word or character count - <no more than x words, between x and y number of words, of at least x words>.
  2. Specify what to include - it must <include, exclude> the following <insert, insert, insert>. 
  3. Define the purpose of the task - to <inform, persuade, recruit, engage, create an online conversation>
  4. Define the format - <essay, bullet points, outline, summary, advert>.
  5. Call to action - <register, sign our petition, volunteer, donate>.
  6. Timescale - <key dates, timetable, deadlines>. 
  7. Audience - <define them, demographic, social or ethnic or other group>.
  8. Your key messages - <in priority order message 1, message 2, message 3>.
  9. Points of view - <as seen by group x, or multiple perspectives>.

ChatGPT Nonprofit Tips & Tricks

If you're now ready tp up your ChatGPT game, you might try the ideas below.  These may not give you what you want if your first attempt, so try variations, regenerate or ask follow on prompts.

  • Ask it to use a persona.  For example, write this in the style of a lawyer.
  • Or do it the other way round.  Maybe, write this for a teenage audience, or a Chrstmas party.
  • Ask it to provide step-by-step instructions, if you want a response in bite size bits.
  • Show it an example problem, including its step-by-step solution to help it to give you the right answer when you ask it to solve other, similar questions.
  • If you have something very specific output in mind, try uploading a text sample illustrating what you want and instruct it use that as a template.

Writing ChatGPT Prompts To Exclude Triggers/Offence

ChatGPT has built-in guardrails, but these are not infallible. Some of my initial prompts generated ideas including women's groups baking and selling delicious treats, an LGBTQI+ drag show, and a haggis eating competition for people of Scottish heritage.  I'm Scottish and a haggis eating competition works for me, but ..........

I've built additional safeguards into the in-system tech bunny that creates ChatGPT prompts for you (launching 2 June).  You may wish to write safeguards into your own prompts.  For example:

Use language that is inclusive of everyoneparticularly minority groups.

Use language that is inclusive of <group>.

Do not use language that <group> might find <disrespectful, exclusive, derogatory, or insensitive>.

Running Your ChatGPT Prompts & Troubleshooting

Paste your prompt into the ChatGPT task bar and the bottom of your screen and click the arrow button on the right hand side of this.

  • If it stops partway through the task, type into the task bar 'Complete task', and click return.
  • If it won't, the system may to be too busy.
    • Make your prompt shorter/simpler and use follow on prompts to add to it.
    • Try again later, when it may be less busy.
    • Buy the ChatGPT Plus version (in system) which is faster and will give you access at times of high demand.

Click the AI Bunny incon in the bottom right of your screen at any time for help with using ChatGPT, or any other issue relating to running a non profiot or charity.  Ask it short questions, including key words.

Getting More Out Of Your ChatGPT Prompts

Once you have your draft, think about how well it meets your needs. You could amend your initial prompt and run it again or click the Regenerate response button in ChatGPT (above the task bar) and it'll rewrite it differently, using your original prompt. Or you might ask it to do something different based on the answer it has given you.

For example:

  • Give me more ideas.
  • Explain <idea> to me in more detail with advice on how to do it.
  • Create a plan, with actions required and a timetable for us to implement <idea>.
  • Add into our plan, a budget of £x, allocated as follows.......
  • Identify the key risks for <idea> and list each with avoidance and mitigation action.
  • Create a promotion programme to <advertise, promote, sell tickets>
  • Based on that create <a poster, web page, FAQs page, 12 social media posts>.
  • Give me a list of <local, regional, national> <tv, radio, newspaper, online> media outlets with some information about each.
  • Give me their websites, and public contact e mail adresses and phone numbers.
  • Give me a list of local companies that donate to charity, with details of their donations, plus their websites, public contact e mails and phone numbers.

Why You Must Check Your Results

ChatGPT can make mistakes, or it may get the tone wrong, so always check whatever it produces and amend it as necessary to create the end result you want.

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ChatGPT for Non Profits FAQs

  • How can non profits use ChatGPT?  ChatGPT is used by non profits in 2 main ways.  Firstly, it removes a significant amount of routine admin (digital debt), saving you time and, secondly, it augments your existing capabilities, enabling you to achieve more.
  • How are non profits using ChatGPT?   ChatGPT can be used by charities for a wide range of tasks, including creating ideas, summarising, contrasting and comparing, and having fun and being creative.
  • Can ChatGPT write a non profit grant proposal?  ChatGPT can write good charity grant proposals, but it knows nothing about your charity, its plans or your project, so you must include the significant amount of detail required for a grant application or it will not be very good and/or will include made up information (hallucinating).
  • Can ChatGPT replace non profit bid writers?  AI can write very effective grant bids, but it will not replace grant writers because it does not have the insight, flair or creativity of a good grant writer and lacks understanding of context and can struggle with long form content.
  • Is there a free ChatGPT tool for funding bid writing?  The Charity Excellence in-system AI bunny can write funding bids for you, but you must register and login to use it – everything is free.
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