4 Ways to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Digital Storytelling with WhatsApp

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By Elizabeth Ngonzi , is an Adjunct Faculty at New York University Center for Global Affairs where she teaches Digital Storytelling, Innovation and Fundraising. Storytelling is core to how we as human beings communicate. Storytelling Framework. Digital Storytelling Framework.

Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth : Over the past six months, I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. Based on the research, they have launched a platform that helps connect practitioners with tools and resources to tell better stories of impact. I particularly like the sections about how to create a culture of storytelling and measurement.


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ATTN Nonprofits: Instagram Has Launched New Profiles for Desktop

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Mashable wrote up thorough post on Instagram’s new profile pages for Desktop last week, but I wanted to emphasize four points useful for nonprofits: 1) The photos in banner across the top of the new profiles are automatically generated from the photos you have uploaded using Instagram’s mobile apps. 2) Under “Edit Profile” in both the mobile apps and on desktop, you can select a username that becomes your Instagram URL, such as: instagram.com/surfrider.

NEW! You Should Be Adding A Donate Button To Your Nonprofit Instagram Profile


Now, Instagram has upped the ante with the introduction of NEW “donate” buttons on Instagram profiles. ensure that your Instagram profile is setup as a Business Account. . add a “donate” button to your nonprofit Instagram profile. don’t forget to leverage storytelling.

Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story


The timeline or newsfeed, in its quest to present ever growing amounts of information to us, becomes as fleeting as the stock ticker feed in Times Square, and belittles the personal importance of each post, by rendering it in the same small block, with the same small profile icon, in the same small font as everyone else. The Whale Hunt: A Storytelling Experiment by Jonathan Harris. Mobile nptech nten storytelling Communications

HOW TO: Upgrade Your Nonprofit’s Pinterest Profile to a Business Account

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The new business accounts do not change the design or functionality of your nonprofit’s Pinterest profile, but it will give you access to new tools and case studies for brands as they become available. It also allows you to stop having to use a personal profile as a brand (i.e., Brands using personal profiles eventually and always becomes problematic and the clean-up and conversion process is usually messy, frustrating, and overly-complicated.

7 Ways to Integrate Stories into Your Nonprofit’s Donor Stewardship Strategy

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Guest post by Vanessa Chase : Fundraising & Communications Strategist, Storytelling Enthusiast and Philanthropy Advocate. If you find yourself in a similar position, it’s time to look at storytelling as an option for scalable donor stewardship. Share a profile story in a newsletter. Instead of just the usual updates, consider adding in a story that profiles an individual who has benefited from a program or service that you offer. Host a storytelling time event.

Turning Pain into Gain for a Cause

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The runner or walker or biker becomes a means to the end of raising the profile and funding for that cause. Nonprofit Fundraising crowd fundraising crowdfunding event fundraising tips everyday hero storytelling When we ask people to sponsor a team for a walk or run , we want them to make a connection with a mission. Their sister had breast cancer, the child of a friend is in remission for leukemia.

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising


It’s no secret that storytelling in the digital age is essential for nonprofits , but the efficacy of stories depends largely on how clearly and strategically they’re communicated to each unique segment of your audience, also sometimes known as a persona. You can put this information to work now by creating donor personas for your organization with this Nonprofit Donor Persona Template, which includes nine customizable template pages with full profiles and a sample to get you started.

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How to Maximize Success Stories Across Your Nonprofit’s Digital Channels

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By changing the presentation of Fanta’s story each time they shared it on their website and Facebook profile, PIH made the content feel fresh and engaging each time. The page includes several storytelling graphics. By using different visuals and storytelling devices, they have been able to leverage their content to reach many more people. Blogging Guest Post Social Media Storytelling

NetCentric Advocacy: The Long Sunday Mass: Organizers and Blogim Stori (Storytelling Blog)

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Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Citizen Journalism - connecting with those who are doing it. Main | Pew Press Release on Internet Coverage and Use » May 11, 2007 The Long Sunday Mass: Organizers and Blogim Stori (Storytelling Blog) Here is an interesting thread of insight for organizers who work in "oral cultures" including of us that work in environmental advocacy, worker rights, health, politics and other communities.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

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We have cases with museum objects that people told stories about, with large images of those storytellers adjacent to the object, and in the middle of the gallery is a long rectangular table with touchscreens where people can access all the stories that have been recorded. We partnered with the Northwest Film Center to conduct workshops with community organizations around personal object storytelling. Projects participatory museum storytelling usercontent

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112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

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From #batkid to #GivingTuesday, the Next Generation of American Giving to Content Marketing for Nonprofits , storytelling to social fundraising, retention rates to relationship building, the roundup below covers it all (and everything in between). In Pamela Grow’s Nonprofit Storytelling- How to hook your reader from the first sentence she draws on the importance of using emotional hooks to draw your readers in. It’s been quite the year.

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5 Key Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Needs To Track


mentions: On Twitter, as your probably know, putting an ‘@’ symbol in front of someone’s Twitter handle hyperlinks to their profile, and counts as an @mention. Mobile Social Tech analytics database donations donors nonprofit nonprofit technology social media storytelling supporters technology One of the most attractive things about social media marketing is how measurable it. Want to know how many clicks your Twitter feed gets on Mondays vs Wednesdays? No problem.

Great reads from around the web on December 8th

Amy Sample Ward

Facebook Will Be Google-able (If Your Profile is Set to Public) – “At Google’s event today announcing a number of fantastic new features, including real-time search, a new partnership was announced: real-time search of public Facebook status updates. government howto list onlineservices postalicious publicservice report resources service socialmedia storytelling transparency webinar whitepaper

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7 Fabulous Nonprofit Videos on Vine and Instagram

Beth Kanter

If you are wondering about the different between these two platforms, here’s a good comparison from TechCrunch , but either platform your nonprofit needs to share compelling videos, that use good storytelling , and support your goals. This has definitely not gone unnoticed by nonprofit marketers, with a number of high profile organisations starting to utilize these channels to communicate with their audiences, both cheaply and effectively. Guest Post Storytelling Video

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Is Instagram Useful for Nonprofit Marketing?

Beth Kanter

Others are using Instagram by sharing visual stories about their programs using a branded profile, like Children’s LA and Unicef USA. Measurement storytelling VisualInstagram, the mobile photography app, has been getting a lot of attention lately. From critics saying it is killing photography to hype and hoopla from marketing pundits saying it is a must-have as part of your “visual marketing tool box.”

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How To Tell Stories With Purpose


Could a new site called Hatch help nonprofits get over their storytelling hump? Hatch is a concierge-like site that connects you to a curated suite of the best tools, resources, case studies, and a growing community of storytellers to help generate more social impact through story. Storytelling should drive engagement and help your organization achieve strategic objectives of reaching new activists, donors, and volunteers.

10 Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits

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1) Maximize your Instagram Profile Photo and Bio. First, make sure that your nonprofit uses a well-designed, visually-striking profile photo a.k.a. Finally, add the category of “nonprofit organization” under Edit Profile > Category.

3 Big Things That Might Be Harming Your Brand

NonProfit Hub

To find your analytics on Facebook, go to your business profile and click the “Insights” tab. On Twitter, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner, select “Analytics” and find the “Audience” tab. For Instagram, simply tap the button that looks like a bar graph at the top of your profile. . Once you’ve decided on a voice that would best resonate with your audience, build loyalty with them through immersive, personal storytelling.

3 Employee Giving Lessons Corporations Can Learn from Nonprofits

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Nonprofits know the power of having clear, compelling calls-to-action in their digital properties, like websites and social media profiles. If you’re hoping to get your employees to give more, more often, it’s critical to use results-focused storytelling to build momentum. In my last post , we explored ways that corporations can learn from nonprofits around employee volunteering.

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Reinvigorate your Employee Giving Program

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Information Sharing and Storytelling. Try these suggestions to connect with your HR colleagues: Provide recruitment messages with impact data and storytelling. Offer profile/success stories for employee communications. Information Sharing and Storytelling.

9 Socially-Distant Donor Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

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By Laura Bucher , Storyteller at Donor Perfect – a top-rated donor management system and fundraising platform for nonprofits. Pro Tip: Save a step by using DonorPerfect to locate your donors’ social media profiles from within their constituent record.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

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We designed and developed a custom website that includes a powerful and integrated storytelling component—“Profiles in Peace”—that allows GIWPS to create its own voice on the platform where site visitors can view videos and oral histories from around the globe.

Why Your Nonprofit Website Needs a Stories Section (and How to Do It Right)

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However, they also have a powerful tool that can be extremely worthwhile when used wisely: storytelling. Below, you’ll find out why storytelling is so crucial to a nonprofit website, and how to tell stories that resonate with others. If it feels like the majority of the community where you work is disconnected from or unaware of your nonprofit, storytelling can solve those problems. Storytelling has an important place in the nonprofit sector.

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Pick of the Week: WNYC's RadioLab

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They are storytellers, not fact sharers. They use tried-and-true radio formats like interviews and profiles, and then sequence in unusual audio effects to create an emotional landscape to the stories. Tags: storytelling design This week, I was surprised to look at my podcast list on iTunes and see a new episode of RadioLab. Turns out it isn't a true episode, but an excerpt from a talk that the cohosts gave earlier this year on the making of RadioLab.

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Why nonprofits should send cold emails


But when you send cold emails to individual leads, you can use their name, reference their professional career and even mention causes they’ve listed on their LinkedIn profile. Storytelling is a powerful tool.

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Flixxaid: A New Mobile App for Social Good

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With video storytelling being their preferred medium, what better way to help nonprofits than raise awareness and engagement with a young audience? Create and sign into one more profile? By Abe Batthish , founder of Flixxaid.

Mid-Week Recommended Leadership Reads

Eric Jacobson

Each week, I share with you one recommended blog post , video , and profile about leadership, communication and/or marketing. So, here goes : Blog Post : Tanveer Nasser on Storytelling Video : David Grossman on the Effective Communication within Organizations and Truth Tellers. Profile : Michael Combest Please let me know if you have a recommended post, video or profile you would like me to read and see for possible inclusion in my Mid-Week roundup.

nfp 2.0 » Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr

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1) myspace (1) nspcc (2) oxfam (2) podcast (1) second life (5) social impact (6) social media (16) social networking (6) storytelling (6) tagging (3) web 2.0 (18) whitewater widgets yak shack November 1st, 2006 Camera Rwanda: Storytelling using Flickr Kresta King Cutcher has been posting images to the Flickr photo-sharing community since September 2005. Have the organisations listed in your Flickr profile found you through your photography?

The Nonprofit Summer Reading List

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10 Nonprofit Twitter Accounts Doing it Right : These accounts offer some inspiration for creative ways you can boost your own organization’s Twitter profile. With so much talk about the importance of storytelling, it’s good to know there’s a book that guides you through the process.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

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As our speakers in the session focused on “data-driven storytelling” highlighted, analytic reports don’t replace meetings, but they can certainly help them. Data doesn’t just allow organizations to create profiles of the people you serve, it also serves as a bridge to extremely valuable impact measurement.

Email Still Rules: A Webinar Series from NTEN to Step Up Your Email Marketing

Amy Sample Ward

After this series you will know how to: Create an online donor profile. Storytelling via Email (3/26/2009). Join NTEN for this 4-part webinar series hosted by Triplex Interactive, a division of InfoGROUP to learn how to become a more effective email marketer, communicator and fundraiser. This is a series that is recommended for folks who can answer yes to the following questions : Do you use an email tool or CRM to manage your email? Do you set up campaigns?

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5 Ways to Use Social Media to Raise More Money at Year-end

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By Julia Campbell , a social media and storytelling consultant for nonprofits and author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits. Did you know that individual Facebook profiles AND nonprofit Facebook Pages can add the donate button to their Facebook livestreams? She regularly provides useful tips and resources to the nonprofit sector through her blog, #501SocialBlog.

Mid-Week Recommended Leadership Reads

Eric Jacobson

Each week, I share with you one recommended blog post , video , and profile about leadership, communication and/or marketing. So, here goes : Blog Post : Tanveer Naseer on leadership lessons from the recent Winter Olympics Video : Paul Smith on the top 10 reasons for storytelling Profile : Chris Larson Please let me know if you have a recommended post, video or profile you would like me to read and see for possible inclusion in my Mid-Week roundup.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

Here’s a powerful example of personal storytelling using the threads by Charlotte Clymer on depression and suicide. These features are not new, but I don’t see a lot of nonprofits using them to engage followers or for storytelling. (If In 2016, Twitter made it possible for any user to create their Twitter Moment and link to their profile.

Taking Major Gifts Online: Tactics for Going Digital

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I suggest that nonprofits set up a page on their website with content like: Profiles in giving. Instead, showcase impact through mission moments by setting up quarterly emails that feature client stories, profiles from donors, messages from leadership, and program reports. Storytelling tip I attended a terrific session at the Bridge Conference around creating more authentic content with citizen storytellers.

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The Lessons From 10 Entrepreneurs From Around The World

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The 10 journeys are engaging, relatable and profiled through these personas: The Maker : Prototypes everything, learns by doing. Storytelling is key. Storytelling helps you build a tribe.

Three Essential Ways Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Social Media

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Informing & Storytelling. This contributes to building community and lets your followers visualize your mission in action, keeping your organization at the top of their mind regardless of what else they are doing on their own profile. By: Amanda Quraishi. Social media is unique from any other platform for engaging with your donors, volunteers and supporters.

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

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Set up your Google/Gmail Account and personal Google+ Profile. . If you or your nonprofit has Google/Gmail account, then simply login and click the “+You” link in the upper left and follow the instructions to create your Google+ Profile: If you or your nonprofit does not yet have a Google/Gmail account, then you’ll need to create a new Google/Gmail account which then also gives your nonprofit immediate access to a suite of Google Products.

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

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Set up your Google/Gmail Account and personal Google+ Profile. . If you or your nonprofit has Google/Gmail account, then simply login and click the “+You” link in the upper left and follow the instructions to create your Google+ Profile: If you or your nonprofit does not yet have a Google/Gmail account, then you’ll need to create a new Google/Gmail account which then also gives your nonprofit immediate access to a suite of Google Products.

Designing for Good: Pratima Mani + Josh Tabb

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Storytelling is one of the most important ways for us to spread awareness about the threat of malaria, and pictures are invaluable when it comes to telling a good story. Do you have a designer or organization you’d like us to profile for #DesigningForGood ? The world’s most talented designers are inspiring others, provoking change, and even saving lives for nonprofits.

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The Best Social Media Marketing Resources For Nonprofits

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Charity: Water is leveraging Facebook advertising in a big way by using storytelling to raise awareness of the global water crisis and inspire people to give. Link in profile. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS. 5 Nonprofits Winning At Social Media. Case studies of nonprofits winning at social media is an opportunity to see the strategies in action. Here we take a look at how some of the top nonprofits are leveraging social platforms to get results (and how you can do the same).