Sharing Your Story: How to Engage Donors with the Philanthropic Impact of Their Gift

Connection Cafe

It’s simple—regularly communicate the impact that your donors have already created. It might seem too easy, but research shows that donors want to know 1) how their gift was used and 2) what impact it had. Stories perfectly illustrate impact in action.

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Big Ideas Fuel Meaningful Impact for the Social Good Sector

Connection Cafe

These implicit themes serve as a lens to help readers hone in on the most important parts of the story. Whether they help you retarget your donor outreach, streamline your technology systems, or tell more powerful stories, they will help you focus your work to have the most impact.

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Finding the Great Impact Story

Tech Soup Blog

We saw the potential in this story and dispatched a reporter and photojournalist to interview the town's residents, write up a feature for our online newspaper, and create a photo essay. Secondly, I learned that good stories are the ones that rise to the top.

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Public Allies: A Story of Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Taylor Polen Class 11 and class 12 Public Ally. My name is Taylor Polen, I was born and raised in Arizona and am passionate about finding creative solutions to inspire systemic equality and opportunity for all.

Public Allies: A Story of Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Taylor Polen Class 11 and class 12 Public Ally. My name is Taylor Polen, I was born and raised in Arizona and am passionate about finding creative solutions to inspire systemic equality and opportunity for all.

Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

Connection Cafe

Real-world experience highlights the potential impact this clear positioning can have. As The Children’s Center in Detroit learned first-hand, their unique and compelling brand story was the secret sauce for touching the hearts and moving the minds of donors. True story.

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Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

My colleagues and I have talked at length about how social good organizations have reached a point of impact – a point in the giving sector’s evolution where organizations are shifting their giving mindset from, “ look how much we gave ” to “l ook at what our grant achieved.”

Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

Connection Cafe

Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising. Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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5 Content Marketing Success Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Imitate

NetWits

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Leverage video to tell your story. Along the way they’ve used content in the form of life changing stories to help shed light on how they’re making a difference. Yesterday we talked about the importance of content marketing for nonprofits.

Core Components Of A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

A story with a business impact can be as short as one sentence. Whatever the case, it will have maximum impact if it includes the following core components," according to Choy: Structural : A story has a beginning, middle, and end.

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How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau and Stephanie Corleto . Stories are for people. We have existing meetings with departments across the organization, but now we’re approaching them with an eye for their stories of impact and success.

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Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

Tech Soup Blog

We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our free events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community. The world is better when nonprofits can better tell their story.

Making #GivingTuesday Count: New Mexico State University’s Story

Connection Cafe

For our Giving Tuesday campaign in 2015, our focus was impact via scholarships. Tell your story : The only way to make your Giving Tuesday campaign successful is to get the word out. One day can make a difference and New Mexico State University (NMSU) can prove it!

Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Through Discussion Groups they can coordinate logistics, share creative ideas, discuss marketing and communication strategies to increase attendance and involvement, share their stories, and receive feedback from their peers leading up to, and after the event. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Platform Power: Scaling Impact

Museum 2.0

Then, for an hour, former foster youth who helped design the exhibition shared their stories with supervisors. The Lost Childhoods exhibition is a platform for 100+ partners to share their stories, artwork, ideas, projects, volunteer opportunities, and events.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth

EveryAction

Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women. She challenged many contemporary notions by taking on familiar biblical stories but retelling them through the female experience, and was met with contempt and even violence. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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Saving the California Condor: A Collective Impact Story

ASU Lodestar Center

Want to get hands-on experience with Collective Impact? The condor recovery effort is my favorite example of collective impact : organizations and individuals joining together, across sectors, to coordinate and direct their efforts toward large-scale change. posted by.

Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? Only measure impact, not process. Or as @orgnet says, “Turning data into stories is the real trick.&#. Flickr Photo by Caramel - Creatives Common Licensed.

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Driving CSR Impact & Innovation: 5 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Social Innovation Summit

Connection Cafe

The aptly named Social Innovation Summit certainly lived up to this hype again in 2018, offering inspiring stories from organizations across the private, public, and social sectors. Nimrod Elmish from Cardboard Technologies proved that sustainability, social impact, and profitability go hand in hand , creating a new local industry that breathes new life into recycled products. Get even more tips about increasing your company’s impact by visiting corporations.blackbaud.com.

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Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

Reel Impact

NCE Social Media

Are you using video and movies to share your story? Is it on YouTube or Vimeo ? Are you combining still photos together with music or a voice over on MS Movie Maker ? Are you using Miro or Ustream or any other of the multitude of sites that allow you to share videos online? This video from FilmAid briefly explains how you can use film (and video) to educate and move people to action. You can learn more here and here.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

SocialFish

It is our story. Does our story attract, captivate and motivate? There’s something about the story that connects with us, who we are, what we think, how we feel and what we like. Storytelling is catching on inside of association circles and beyond.

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Measuring Impact: The First Step

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: How often have those of worked in nonprofits asked the question or been asked the question by funders, “What’s the impact?” The first step is identify what impact might look like as this post explains. “I Why this story, now?

Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Your brain loves a good story. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story. This same chemical is also created when you’re reading stories. What’s your story?

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Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

Connection Cafe

Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? We use a lot of statistics, a few carefully chosen stories and publish them in our annual reports and newsletters ( samples here ). Principle 1 : Plan for impact.

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The Story in the Numbers

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On Financial Narratives and Financial Footnotes: The Truth Is in the Fine Print Guest Beneblog by Teresa Throckmorton, Benetech's CFO and VP, Finance In a previous blog post, we shared the Seven Benetech Truths : the core values that define our identity and culture, that guide our work, and that tell our story. Our financials are more than numbers: indeed, they tell our story. It’s a story that connects mission, capacity, and capital.

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How To Use Stories To Raise Money On Social Media

TechImpact

You can collect fantastic, compelling stories, but if no one hears or sees them, they fall flat. You can manage 10 social media accounts, but if you are not telling great stories and cutting through the online clutter, your audience will not engage. 1) Always showcase your impact.

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Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

However, few of us working in the social impact space could admit to utilizing storytelling to its fullest potential. Here are some examples of themes or opportunities that surfaced: How can we increase the quantity and quality of incentives to create more demand for stories?

11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Connection Cafe

This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create bigger, lasting impact with technology. Tell better stories: .

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7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

Connection Cafe

Growing their outreach, their impact, and their access to resources. With a new year, many nonprofit organizations are gearing up their digital marketing campaigns to spread the word and hopefully increase their impact on the world. The impact of your work: Image via Easel.ly.

How to Broadcast Your Impact with Facebook Live

Connection Cafe

In short, nonprofits can now more deeply connect donors to moments of impact—immediately as they happen! Fold Facebook Live into your strategy by asking these questions: Where and when does impact happen? What sort of impact stories matter most?

How Will Tracking Outcomes Help Your Organization’s Story?

Connection Cafe

And by asking those questions and looking through the outcomes lens for all of our initiatives, our results story began to demonstrate real impact. Take a look at the story for the same program, now with a new results focus: How do you change your story and focus on results?

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. Share your story! case studies 11ntc case study cdsi community community driven social impact interview workshop

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Telling the story in a new way: Should arts leaders use impact evaluation?

ASU Lodestar Center

I think we have been telling the wrong story. Or more accurately, we have been telling the story wrong. Impact evaluation in the arts, and its broader use for leaders of any nonprofit, can drive results. Telling the wrong story.

Unmissable Stories This Week

SocialFish

Here are a few stories I’ve come across over the last few days that I don’t want you to miss. That’s a big impact, but what is less appreciated is that Cisco sponsored a picture of the future of education.

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UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m delighted to share with you today a wonderful success story from our Volunteer Program. Moreover, the students’ feedback on this pilot project will be instrumental in helping us make an even bigger impact with future volunteers.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. Make sure they know that they can reach out to one person to ask questions and share success stories with. Post the stories of your current volunteers on social media.

Guest Post on Care2 Frogloop: Designing Campaigns for Impact

Amy Sample Ward

Revisit your Story. What’s your organization’s story? It’s the story you tell in a grant application, on your website, in an elevator, and to a room of volunteers getting ready to help you with a project or event. campaigns issues goals impact metrics strategy

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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Five 2018 Political Campaign Trends that Nonprofits Should Use Too

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

As American video content consumption continues to rise, there is an increased focus on using video to tell emotionally impactful stories that draw viewers in and personalize the message.

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Leveraging Online Tools to Help Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

Byte Technology

In short, knowing and understanding the impact they are having makes donors feel the tangible effects they’re making in the world. Chogger lets you create one-of-a-kind comic strips in a short-story format filled with your own photos that are easy to customize.

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Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

Connection Cafe

According to the blog justgiving.com there are 5 key motivators for giving: to support a particular organization, because we are inspired by other’s stories, to support a cause, to feel good, and. Working with arts organizations there are often concern that your constituent stories aren’t as impactful. We are changing the world and there are stories to be told. Our job is to get those people, those lives, those schools and communities to want to tell our stories.

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The Year in Review: The Best Tech Stories of 2015

Byte Technology

Certainly one of the biggest stories of the year was the roll out of Apple’s iPhone 6s, and especially its one-of-a-kind 3D Touch feature. But no matter your opinion on the dearly departed Steve, there’s no denying the impact he made for Apple and the tech world in general.

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