How to Create a Non-Profit Story Bank Using Trello

The Storytelling Non-profit

One of the most frequently asked questions I've received since starting The Storytelling Non-Profit in 2012 is, "How can I organize and keep track of my story content?" Step-by-step guidance to help your non-profit set up a story bank using Trello.

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10 Engaging Content Ideas for your next non-profit Newsletter

The Storytelling Non-profit

When asking members of The Storytelling Non-Profit community about their organization’s newsletter campaigns, the top challenge their organizations were facing was to find the right type of content that keeps their audience engaged. 10 ENGAGING NON-PROFIT NEWSLETTER IDEAS 1.


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Non-Profit Storytelling: Your Next Best Step

The Storytelling Non-profit

Has your non-profit told stories? You’re in for a treat in this article as we’re going to talk about how to find your next best step in non-profit storytelling. Non-Profit Storytelling: Your Next Best Step. Your Non-Profit Has Not Told Stories Before.

How to Use Storytelling at a Non-Profit Fundraising Event

The Storytelling Non-profit

There are so many ways to use storytelling to support your non-profit’s fundraising and communications goals. If your non-profit does event fundraising, storytelling can easily be incorporated into your event plan and can make for more compelling speeches.

How to Plan Your Non-Profit’s Stories for the Next 90 Days

The Storytelling Non-profit

The start of a new quarter is a great time to step back and do some strategic planning for your non-profit. You can check out a video tutorial I have on creating your non-profit’s 90-day communications plan here. Today we’re going to plan your non-profit’s stories for the next 90 days.

5 Types of Stories for Non-Profit Fundraising

The Storytelling Non-profit

Stories are an incredible tool for non-profit fundraising. Stories help non-profits illustrate their compelling reasons for giving in a way that makes sense to people who aren’t doing the work day in and day out. Making a donation to a non-profit is all about solving a problem.

25 Storytelling Interview Questions for Non-Profits

The Storytelling Non-profit

To get information that helps you tell a great non-profit story, you’ll need great storytelling interview questions. For many of the non-profit professionals that I work with, story interviews are one of the most challenging aspects of storytelling.

Eight Fundamental Concepts for Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Events

The Fundraising Authority

Fundraising events are a staple part of non-profit development programs worldwide. Many non-profits focus on the event part of fundraising events – they find a great headliner , hire a nice band, find a good venue and print up nice invitations.

How to Create a Non-Profit Editorial Calendar for Storytelling

The Storytelling Non-profit

A lot of non-profit organizations are starting to create their annual plans for fundraising. Having an integrated non-profit editorial calendar is key. This involves creating a non-profit editorial calendar for storytelling. WHAT IS A NON-PROFIT EDITORIAL CALENDAR?

Non-Profit Storytelling: Is It Really Worth It?

The Storytelling Non-profit

Spoiler: Non-Profit Storytelling is Still Worth It I won’t beat around the bush with my opinion on this. Storytelling is absolutely worth it for non-profits. On some very basic level, it’s also what non-profit organizations are seeking. Non-Profit Storytelling Tips Uncategorize

Non-Profit Events Roundtable

NonProfit PRO

The peer-to-peer fundraising industry has been rocked by COVID-19. Join Event 360 and OP 3 for an exclusive roundtable on May 24 as we analyze the aftermath and look forward to innovations and solutions to build back better and stronger. RSVP today

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Non-Profit Storytelling: What If There Is No Conflict?

The Storytelling Non-profit

For a lot of non-profit causes, the conflict is clear, high-stakes, and very motivating. In this article, we’re going to re-visit the importance of conflict in non-profit stories and discuss how to frame your conflict so that it’s motivating to your audience.

Story Interviews for Non-Profits

The Storytelling Non-profit

When I talk with non-profit professionals about their storytelling endeavors, I often get asked questions about interviewing someone for their story. Story interviews for non-profits are a skill you can master. I often recommend that non-profits have a system for sourcing story leads.

20+ Examples of Non-Profit Storytelling that Raise Money

The Storytelling Non-profit

I have analyzed and written many non-profit storytelling case studies, conducted interviews with non-profit organizations and gathered lots of information and non-profit storytelling examples. Ready to tell amazing stories about your non-profit?

How to Tell a Non-Profit Story from Scratch

The Storytelling Non-profit

Wondering how your non-profit can tell compelling stories that raise money? One of the best mindset shifts you can make about non-profit storytelling is to view it as a process. . Further Reading on Non-Profit Story Interviews: 25 Story Interview Questions for Non-Profits.

How to Tell Non-Profit Stories With Emotions and Details

The Storytelling Non-profit

I continue to evolve my thinking about how to tell non-profit stories. This is natural in any line of work, but in non-profit storytelling I find that it mostly impacts my process for writing and telling stories. 1 – Start with the facts to tell non-profit stories.

See How Non-Profits Now Engage Supporters On Their Phones

NonProfit PRO

For the next two weeks, curious non-profits can get a trial to see exactly how this works for their organization Smartphones are how we communicate – in fact, a recent study shows that we look at them over a 100x each day.

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25 Storytelling Interview Questions for Non-Profits

The Storytelling Non-profit

To get information that helps you tell a great non-profit story, you’ll need great storytelling interview questions. For many of the non-profit professionals that I work with, story interviews are one of the most challenging aspects of storytelling.

Standing Out in the Noisy Space of the Non-Profit Sector

The Storytelling Non-profit

Standing out in the noisy non-profit sector -- increasing the volume of your fundraising and communications is not the answer. And yet, this is a strategy I see non-profits getting stuck in this time of year. Fundraising Advice Non-Profit Communications Non-Profit Fundraising.

Nonprofits Need Profit Too — What We Can Learn From For-Profit Businesses

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofits need money to make social good happen. We just need to spend all our money on our mission and can’t give it to shareholders. Nonprofits must consider themselves businesses first before they layer on their unique, social-good-generating challenges. Executive Issues

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6 Tips to Improve the Results of Your Non-Profit’s Annual Fundraising Appeal

NonProfit PRO

A non-profit’s annual appeal is a critical campaign to sustain their good works. Fundraising

Innovation Thrives in the Not-for-Profit Sector Despite Economic Pressures

NonProfit PRO

A new survey of not-for-profit executives by UHY reveals that, for more than half of organizations, funding remained level or decreased over the past year — but not-for-profits seek to close the gap with new technology and programming. News/Stats/Studies Report UHY

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Build a Non-profit Website that Works [Steal These Ideas!]

Get Fully Funded

Building a non-profit website might be the most intimidating aspect of launching an organization. The experience people have on your non-profit website will influence what they think about you and if they think they can trust you. Need more help with your non-profit website?

Non-Profit Professional with No Time? Here’s How You Can Still Tell Stories

The Storytelling Non-profit

If you’re like most non-profit professionals, you’ve got a million things on your plate every week. And in the midst of having a million and one things to do, non-profit storytelling can feel like a “nice to have.” . Here’s my best outline for non-profit stories. .

The Comprehensive Guide to the Best Non-Profit Insurance

NonProfit PRO

PHLY’s eBook offer is a comprehensive guide to insurance for the non-profit and human services sector

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How to Create Your Non-Profit’s Annual Story Strategy

The Storytelling Non-profit

When it’s the beginning of a new calendar year or the start of a new fiscal year, the fresh start is a great time to create your non-profit’s annual story strategy. Why Create an Annual Story Strategy for Your Non-Profit. Take a look at what other non-profits are doing.

How to Build a Story Arc for a Non-Profit Fundraising Campaign

The Storytelling Non-profit

Story arcs play an important role in non-profit narrative development. As a non-profit professional, it’s essential to come out of the weeds of individual storytelling so that you can be strategic with what you tell your audience over time. Why Non-Profits Need to Think in Story Arcs.

6 Places to Find Grants for Your Non-Profit

The Fundraising Authority

Many non-profit organizations rely on grants from foundations, corporations, and government agencies to round out their fundraising efforts. Spend an hour playing around on Google , searching for foundations that fund non-profits like yours.

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Storytelling Tips: Measure the ROI of Your Non-Profit’s Stories

The Storytelling Non-profit

a fundraising email Using a story in a social media post Writing a press release with a personal story Adding a story to a donation page Showcasing a story on your programs page You might have other examples of how you use stories at your non-profit. Non-Profit Storytelling Tips

Facebook Ad Strategy for Non-Profits & Charities: 9 Things to Understand and Test

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Jean O’Brien , founder of Digital Charity Lab , a social enterprise that builds digital skills in non-profits and shares free learning resources. Jean is also a freelance consultant who works on digital strategy, marketing and design for non-profits.

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Your Non-Profit’s Road Map to Standing Out

The Storytelling Non-profit

One of the questions I get asked at least once a week is, "How can our non-profit stand out?" The post Your Non-Profit’s Road Map to Standing Out appeared first on The Storytelling Non-Profit. Featured Post Fundraising Advice Non-Profit Communications

4 Ways to Use Trello to Manage Your Non-Profit Communications Program

The Storytelling Non-profit

In addition to using Trello for The Storytelling Non-Profit, I use it personally for meal planning and household management. Story Bank If your non-profit wants to share stories and get more mileage out of your best stories, you need to have a story bank.

The Best Place to Find New Donor Prospects for Your Non-Profit

The Fundraising Authority

Almost every non-profit organization wants to find new prospects to keep their donor funnel full. Later, as part of your stewardship process , you should ask them to open up their own rolodex to help you find new donors for your non-profit. I always advise every non-profit I work with to make the “second ask” (or the “referral ask”) a standard part of the cultivation / stewardship process for donors and friends.

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Steal this E-Mail! A Sample Year-End Fundraising E-Mail for Your Non-Profit

The Fundraising Authority

It’s almost the year-end giving season, and most non-profits I know are getting ready to reach out to their donors to ask for one more donation before the end of the year. Today, I want to present a sample year-end fundraising e-mail for a fictional non-profit organization. As I mentioned above, this letter is an amalgamation of several super-successful year-end fundraising e-mails I have written for real-life non-profits in the past.

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7 Ideas Worth Stealing from For-Profit Professional Development Brands

WBT Systems

This week, we’re looking at news in the for-profit professional development market. Some of these companies might be your competition—it’s always good to know what they’re up to. But mostly we’re highlighting

2011 Non-profit Social Networking Survey


I just got an email from Holly Ross, the Executive Director of the Non-profit Technology Network – better known as NTEN. There’s always great information in the newsletter, but this time around I’m particularly excited because the focus is social networking for non-profits (something that, if you read this blog regularly, you know I’m very passionate about) and the 2011 Social Networking Survey.

How to Write a Case for Support for Your Non-Profit (Part I)

The Fundraising Authority

Your case for support (sometimes called your “case statement,” a term we will use interchangeably in this article) is one of the most important documents you can write for your non-profit. A case for support is one of the most important documents in your non-profit’s fundraising arsenal.

Not-for-Profit vs. Nonprofit: What’s The Difference?


Not-for-profit and nonprofit. Although this may come as a surprise to some (and it’s easy to see why), not-for-profit and nonprofit organizations are distinctly different. The post Not-for-Profit vs. Nonprofit: What’s The Difference?

Survey Shows Social Initiatives Taking Hold in For-profit & Nonprofit Orgs

NonProfit PRO

The inaugural edition of the PNC SR survey finds, among other things, that the vast majority of executives (92%) rank corporate social responsibility as a priority for their organization with two-thirds (65%) saying that it is a "very high priority.". NonProfit Pro ESG Investing Pnc PNC Institutional Asset Management Social responsibility

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Steal This Thank You Letter! A Sample Donor Thank You Letter for Your Non-Profit

The Fundraising Authority

Thank You Letters are Critical Did you know that thank you letters have a real impact on your non-profit’s bottom line? A Sample Donor Thank You Letter for Your Non-Profit first appeared on The Fundraising Authority.

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