How to Make a Thank You Video: An Example

Matt Stauffer

On his blog last week Brian Barela featured an excellent Thank You video from Charity:Water. This is, of course, a lot better produced than you probably will create (for example, the second camera), but it’s still a great inspiration for making an excellent thank you video.

What would it take for you to start creating simple Thank You Videos?

  • A webcam, smart phone, or video camera
  • A YouTube account, Vimeo account, Facebook account, or video editor and email address
  • That’s it.

Some optional helpers to easily increase the quality of your videos:

  • A sheet hung on a wall
  • A couple of good aimable lamps
  • A tripod
  • An external microphone
  • Video editing software
  • Licensed music

Do you have any other tips on making quick, easy thank you videos?

By Matt Stauffer | Posted: Feb 07, 2012
Category: Email/Communications, Fundraising | Tags: , | Permalink | Post a comment | Trackback URL.


  1. Travis
    March 5, 2012, 3:50 am | Permalink

    I found using an iPhone with headphone mic held under up to my chest with one hand and the iPhone help in front with the front facing camera worked fine. I kept the mic out of shot and had a great background. for me mountains in and old village in Asia. Made 30-60 second thank you videos then uploaded them to youtube as semiprivate videos from the phone. and emailed links to friends. i found best way to email was take a screenshot with play button of a video. then use outlook (windows didn’t work on a mac) paste picture and link the picture so it looks cooler and send that to friends.

    • March 22, 2012, 6:23 pm | Permalink

      This is a great idea! Thanks for thinking it through for me :). I also appreciated your comment, Travis, and your iPhone idea. Gonna try it out!


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