Telling Your Impact Story with Donor Statements

Connection Cafe

Data tells a story, and it’s important that your organization ensures that the correct narrative is being told about your data. In the social good world, storytelling is vital for success, and arguably one of the most important stories to tell is the journey of your donor’s funds. Something to be included to help personalize the impact of your donors, but not the focus of the story itself. Information and technology are at the center of everything we do.

Story 158

Stories of Resilience: Annie Wright Schools

Connection Cafe

In this series, the Blackbaud Institute shares stories of organizations that are focusing on resilience, weathering these many changes while still positioning themselves for future growth.

Story 152

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

Elevating Community Impact Through Healthcare Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

For years, the fear has been donors will not support non-traditional community impact initiatives. When a prospective donor is presented with a capital project during a feasibility study, the overwhelming comments are not about the square footage but are more focused on the impact.

Impact 152

Community Impact: Using Patient Data to Measure Program Success

Connection Cafe

As I am sure we all have heard over the past few years (or maybe much longer), we need to demonstrate the results of our programs and tell our organization’s impact story in order to update our board, grow our donor base and develop new programs.

4 bbcon 2019 Takeaways to Help You Maximize Your Foundation’s Impact in 2020

Connection Cafe

In this post, I’ll highlight four of the key takeaways identified by our attendees as being the most critical to positioning their foundations for greater impact in 2020. Moral of the story? bbcon Takeaway #3: Impact measurement must be baked into the culture of your foundation .

Optimize Your Website’s Impact

Forum One

When a complete website redesign is not an option, there are small tweaks and improvements that can help you quickly optimize your website’s impact today. Strengthen your brand story. The post Optimize Your Website’s Impact appeared first on Forum One | Turn Ideas Into Impact

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 provide great content pieces for your organization to report backs to donors. Stories perfectly illustrate impact in action. 3 storytelling techniques to effectively communicate donor impact: Share impact through pictures.

Donor 150

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. One thing’s for sure—our social good sector can always use more people who are ready to think big, work smarter, and create more meaningful impact.

Impact 180

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. If your leadership, staff and key stakeholders don’t know your brand story, how can they share it with others? What is a brand story? A brand story is a special kind of story. True story.

Story 173

Share Stories to Further Your Cause

NonProfit Hub

Everyone loves a good story. Whether it’s a tale of a hero overcoming a hardship to find a happy ending, or a tale of misfortune with a valuable lesson learned, it’s ingrained into our DNA to seek out stories. If you’re having trouble getting momentum behind your cause, try to share stories. Why tell stories? Putting your face to the cause makes it much more personal, and gets more people invested in your impact. Find your story. Find a captivating story.

Causes 119

The impact of COVID-19 on civil society, part two


These surveys—more than 75 to date—all help tell the story of the pandemic’s continued impact on the sector, including how needs and responses have changed and what funders and nonprofits expect moving forward.

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.” While it’s true that each social good organization has its own unique starting point when it comes to deepening its approach to tracking and measuring outcomes and impact, this is a journey best taken together.

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. Port Charlotte, Florida: How to Tell Your Nonprofit Story with Spark and TechSoup's StoryMakers 2017. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin: How to Tell Your Nonprofit Story with Spark.

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. Everyone has their own stories and personal connections to the mission. If a brand is really strong, those stories weave together in a way that communicates what that brand is all about.

Impact 155

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

Impact 148

Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Gratitude in Healthcare

Connection Cafe

But, think of the impact gratitude can have on clinicians and the cultural health of healthcare systems. Every team has a story – they’re not just coming out to ride their bike. Kim Rich told the story of a liver transplant patient. What I find really compelling about this story is that 20 years after the transplant, Elizabeth is doing fine and she has made her doctor part of her story.

Impact 142

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. Our e-mail strategy included that consistent look, impactful messaging, clear calls-to-action, a hyperlink to the giving site, student-centered photos and social media links. One day can make a difference and New Mexico State University (NMSU) can prove it!

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. A month after the story was published, an email arrived from a writer at the New York Times who had discovered our feature and wanted to write it up. Secondly, I learned that good stories are the ones that rise to the top. Put the time and the resources in to bring the story to life.

Story 56

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. You want your volunteers to be able to share their stories of volunteering at a homeless shelter, building homes for their neighbors, and running marathons for great causes within your community. Author: Guest Blogger.

Impact 170

5 Content Marketing Success Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Imitate


Big Brothers Big Sisters – Leverage video to tell your story. Through the Start Something Web Series they’re shedding light on the impact that Bigs have on Littles by telling their story through quality video they publish on their YouTube channel, share on their website and talk about on Facebook. 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.

Contemplating Boulder and Social Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Boulder and seeing the winter beauty of the place right after a big snowfall as well as of connecting with many people excited about social impact. It was easy to focus on bringing my story to these students and hoping to help inspire them on their way to doing more social good. Social enterprise. Technology. Contemplation.

Impact 142

How TechSoup's COVID-19 Recovery Fund Helps Nonprofits


TechSoup Impact StoriesAs we collectively mark one year since COVID-19 altered our lives immeasurably, we pause to reflect on just how much has been lost, how drastically our lives have changed, and what lies ahead.

Fund 58

Mutual Aid Work: The Hidden Nonprofit Sector


The classic charitable sector associated with 501(c)(3)-style nonprofits is just part of the story. Impact StoriesAt TechSoup, we admire good works however and wherever they happen.

Work 55

Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

Connection Cafe

According to the blog 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.

Org 159

How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

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. I graduated from high school in 2016 and had little notion of what I wanted to do with my life until I joined Public Allies. I found the program while searching for other sources of financial aid for college and applied late despite discouragement.

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. I graduated from high school in 2016 and had little notion of what I wanted to do with my life until I joined Public Allies. I found the program while searching for other sources of financial aid for college and applied late despite discouragement.

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.

Impact 106

Nonprofit Partners may be your Ticket to the Golden Age of Social Impact

Connection Cafe

We are creating, thriving and demanding more from our favorite brands, our employers, and our government during what might just be the Golden Age of Social Impact. Golden Ticket to the Golden Age.

Impact 148

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.

Story 136

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. I value platforms for their power to scale impact. Last month, I sat in the back of a meeting room at the MAH and watched something extraordinary happen.

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? Then when you are successful, share your results and watch the rest of your organization join your journey into social impact investing. .

Track 159

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


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.

Story 153

7 Emerging Trends That Could Impact Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Strategies in 2021

Connection Cafe

This allows them to connect their own beliefs to our mission and their personal fundraising pages become a way for them to express their story to others. The post 7 Emerging Trends That Could Impact Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Strategies in 2021 first appeared on npENGAGE.

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. Elemental : A story often has elements including a hero, challenge, journey, resolution, change, and call to action. Authentic : A story reveals a genuine part of the teller, which elicits emotion in the audience.

Story 40

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 ). Well thanks to some friends across the pond and their wonderful report, Code of Inspiring Impact , we finally have some broad principles to apply for focusing on the difference we can make in our communities. Principle 1 : Plan for impact.

Impact 155

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. I may start with numbers, but the process of collecting anecdotal information or stories in a structured way from your audience/stakeholders can help you generate insights about what those numbers actually mean. Or as @orgnet says, “Turning data into stories is the real trick.&#.

Story 109

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 to Broadcast your Impact with Facebook Live. Live-broadcast moments of impact. An important way to boost donor acquisition and retention is to show donors the impact of their support.

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. These anecdotes are a small fraction, to be sure, of the many stories where people transcended lines of interest and organization and worked together. collective impact Stephanie La Loggia collaborationposted by.

How Accusations of ‘Financial Mismanagement’ Impact All Fundraisers

Connection Cafe

It’s been disappointing to see that media outlets are less aggressive about reporting the outcome of this investigation than they were of the original, and apparently, false claims — but it’s not the first time we in the nonprofit sector have seen a story like this. Even if it’s found that the criticism was unmerited, the reputation of a single organization – and the entire segment – still is impacted.

Impact 144

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. Here are the top 11 tips for nonprofits to embrace technology for even greater impact. Make the data visible and use it to tell your story. Tell better stories: .

Tips 206

Story-Led Change: A Photojournalist’s Thoughts on the Power of Storytelling

Connection Cafe

I go to places where there’s hardship and conflict and find stories of hope, change, and transformation. The impact of that trip led me to pursue other opportunities with relief and development organizations, which is a path I’ve stayed on for the entirety of my career. Incorporating Images for Impactful Storytelling. Q: How do you define story? How do you use your images to share stories? It’s a very pure form of influence, sharing someone’s story.

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.”. In February 2015, the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community published The Performance Imperative Campaign : A Framework for Social Sector Excellence.

Impact 158