How to Write Power Stories, Part 1

NonProfit PRO

We all know telling a good story engages readers and gets them emotionally involved so that they feel compelled to send a gift to your organization. Copywriting Creative Power Stories Storytelling

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Welcome to Your Donor’s Story

NonProfit PRO

Writing a successful fundraising communication — be it an e-appeal, social media post, direct mail letter, personal letter, program copy or anything else — can feel daunting.

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An Association Data Story: Using Analytics to Fuel Growth

Association Analytics

The post An Association Data Story: Using Analytics to Fuel Growth appeared first on Association Analytics. Resources Analytics for Everyone Data Adoption Data Culture Executive Member Engagement Member Retention Planning & Strategy Technology

Tell Your Nonprofit Story Through Video

NonProfit PRO

In his latest blog, Duke Haddad talks about how he learned a long time ago that video is vital to nonprofit storytelling to educate prospects, donors, and other constituencies by showing the impact a nonprofit makes on a community.

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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?" The short answer is that you need a story bank. In this case, I've used Trello to create a story bank.

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How to Write Power Stories, Part 2

NonProfit PRO

Our stories have to engage readers on such a powerful emotional level that when we transition from them to the ask, readers feel compelled to take an action or make a gift.

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How to Tell Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

NonProfit PRO

Download this whitepaper to understand how to tell your financial story in a way that boosts your sustainability and growth Financial storytelling isn’t about number-crunching—it's a smart way to clearly communicate your financial position to your stakeholders, even if they’re not accountants.

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How to Support People When Sharing Their Individual Stories

The Storytelling Non-profit

In our roles as non-profit storytellers, we often need others to tell us their stories so that we have material to work with. We need to collect and share individual stories that highlight our organization’s impact and show the difference we’re making in the world.

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Making a Great Story into a Powerful Fundraising Story


We’ve all heard how important stories are to fundraising communications. But how do you actually pick a great story? And more importantly, how do you take a great story and turn it into a great fundraising story? . This is where you can really leverage your story.

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An Association Data Story: Using Analytics to Fuel Growth – 8/31/22

Association Analytics

The post An Association Data Story: Using Analytics to Fuel Growth – 8/31/22 appeared first on Association Analytics. Resources Analytics for Everyone Data Adoption Data Culture Executive Member Engagement Member Retention Planning & Strategy Technology

How to Write Power Stories, Part 3

NonProfit PRO

Take the use of pseudonyms in fundraising stories. It’s a wonderful feeling when something you always thought was bad for you turns out to be good for you. There’s a widespread presumption that using made-up names for real people is a necessary evil. Direct Mail

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Transform Data into Tangible Stories

Forum One

Increasingly, organizations of all sizes have access to digital tools that provide data, but data storytelling—making facts relatable and actionable—takes additional effort to transform data into tangible stories. Communicate Impact with Stories. Tell your own stories.

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Fundraisers: use stories, not statistics

Hands on Fundraising

The post Fundraisers: use stories, not statistics appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising. The human mind is a wanderer by nature. The daydream is the mind’s default state. Jonathan Gottschall What do you like to read? I read a scary book recently. Dystopic, feminist, infuriating.

Where are all my stories hiding?

Hands on Fundraising

So you’re (more) convinced that stories are the way to win over hearts. Where do I find our stories? But what you need to sleuth out are the stories […]. The post Where are all my stories hiding? But now comes the big challenge. I understand. It’s hard!

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The Gamm Theatre: Telling Stories that Entertain, Provoke, and Engage


Arts and cultural organizations are the sources of some of our favorite DipJar stories. Today’s story comes from the small but mighty state of Rhode Island, where The Gamm Theatre has been providing great cultural programming for almost 40 years.

This is your brain on stories

Hands on Fundraising

The post This is your brain on stories appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising. When I was in high school, it was the highly-anticipated movie event of a lifetime. None of the theaters nearby were showing it – yet. But my friends and I were determined.

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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. The Problem Story. The Impact Story. The Values Story.

How to Use a News Story to Support Your Major Gift Ask

NonProfit PRO

Below is a perfect example from our colleague Diana Frazier on how she advised a major gift officer to use a news story to support a major gift ask.

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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. There are many ways to collect stories.

How to tell me a story

Hands on Fundraising

If you’re a fundraiser, telling a good story is a skill you need. The simplest answer is that stories – not facts – are how we make decisions. Stories are how we relate Facts – especially statistics – light up a part of our […].

4 Key Ingredients to A Good Story: How to Tell Compelling Nonprofit Stories


Once you’ve cracked the code to the pattern, you’ll find that telling compelling nonprofit stories becomes less overwhelming and more manageable. You can apply the same blueprint again and again and know the stories will be well received by your audience. .

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Why your good story leads to a better world

Hands on Fundraising

If you’ve been wondering why I’m making such a fuss about stories, read on. The post Why your good story leads to a better world appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising. Here’s the thing. Insiders (that would be you, nonprofit hero) understand all the details.

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4 Tips For Telling Nonprofit Stories About Difficult Subjects


In the nonprofit world, we often walk a delicate tightrope when it comes to the stories we tell. However, raising money isn’t as simple as telling difficult nonprofit stories every single day. You also have the people in the stories to consider. Look at the stories you can share.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Allison Weber , founder of Allison Weber Consulting , a fundraising and communications business dedicated to helping mission-driven organizations tell better stories. Stories are windows into new worlds. Now more than ever, nonprofits need to share stories of how they’re making the world better. Share your best stories—but go beyond just posting them on one platform. World Food Program USA: Rani’s Story. WFP USA also shared Rani’s story on Instagram.

Scary Nonprofit Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2021

Nonprofit AF

Halloween is coming up next week, which means it’s time for this year’s crop of spooky stories set. Hi everyone. Humor

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Sell With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Today, we look back to 2016 : 2016 brought the much anticipated release of Paul Smith 's book, Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale. I'm a big fan of Paul's earlier best-sellers, including Lead with a Story and Parenting with a Story.

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Year-End Fundraising: Increase awareness of your campaign with stories

The Storytelling Non-profit

In this article I’m going to break down the role stories play in marketing a year-end fundraising campaign, what kinds of stories to tell, and how to share those stories. Using Stories to Increase Awareness of a Year-End Fundraising Campaign.

Tips for telling your story online


The answer: tell an engaging story. But how exactly do you craft a story, and digital storytelling strategy, that will draw new supporters’ interest and spur your followers to act? So those are very four key elements to telling a compelling story that really can get people to act.

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The Core of Any Good Nonprofit Story – Struggle and Overcoming


Imagine a story where someone was born, everything went perfectly from beginning to end, and then the story was over. When it comes to a good nonprofit story, struggle and overcoming are at the center. Human beings love a good story for several reasons.

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The Sit-Ins: A Story of Creative and Strategic Struggle


The story of that day, the movement it spawned, and its lasting impact are told at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The expansion isn’t just about more space,” Tyler explained, “it’s about telling more stories.”

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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. The Challenges of Getting a Story’s Emotions and Details.

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? What exactly do you need to do to tell the story? . Over the years, I’ve created a step by step process that I use every time I help a client tell stories. Step 2: Source Story Leads.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, his latest book, The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell , is yet another required read for leaders – managers, CEOs and team leaders. And, the first and most important part of being a great storyteller is knowing what stories to tell ,” explains Paul. Paul : The vision story.

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Where Your Nonprofit Should Focus Its Attention Before December

NonProfit PRO

Copywriting Direct Response Donors Message Stories Year-EndYear-end is looming. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but when you boil fundraising down to the bare bones, our jobs are simple: Give donors a reason to donate to our organization again and again.

Fundraising Success Stories | Examples & Tips to Learn From


We love hearing about nonprofits’ successful fundraising strategies in action, and sharing these stories allows nonprofits to learn from each other. We want to celebrate these nonprofits along with the other fundraising success stories. Successful fundraising story examples.

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

The Storytelling Non-profit

Today we’re going to plan your non-profit’s stories for the next 90 days. A few more resources to help you plan your non-profit’s stories for the next 90 days. Need some fresh ideas for finding and collecting non-profit stories?

How to Tell Stories that Raise Money in December

The Storytelling Non-profit

To help you maximize your fundraising efforts this month, I’m here with advice on how to tell stories that raise money in December. Why Tell Stories in December. There are so many reasons why your non-profit should tell stories. The Future Story. The Update Story.

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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.

Why I Donated: The Story That Inspired Me To Make A $25 Recurring Donation To Doctors Without Borders


I’m already motivated to make another donation, but clearly hearing stories about how the organization carries out their work got my interest. If you can, find ways to get stories like that—not that extreme, of course, but that individual—out into the world.

Impact to Story: How to Explain Non-Profit Impact Through Storytelling

The Storytelling Non-profit

With a great story, you can illustrate non-profit impact super clearly for donors in a way that other kinds of writing might not be able to capture. At the basis of all stories are facts and you need to be clear about the facts of your program.

How To Sell With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Today, we look back to 2016 : 2016 brought the much anticipated release of Paul Smith 's book, Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale. I'm a big fan of Paul's earlier best-sellers, including Lead with a Story and Parenting with a Story.

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6 Tips for Writing A Winning Crowdfunding Story

The Modern Nonprofit

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes 6 Tips for Writing A Winning Crowdfunding Story. This guide will help you write a winning nonprofit crowdfunding story that’ll help you raise enough funds for your organization.

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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. You don’t need to publish endless amounts of story content because it’s what you think you should be doing. Story Ideas.