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

Connection Cafe

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. What is a brand story? A brand story is a special kind of story. True story.

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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. Choy Stories Storytelling Telling Stories

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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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5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories

EveryAction

Storytelling is a constant drumbeat that resonates throughout the nonprofit community, but increasingly, stories are getting hard to tell. Not so much with good stories, which are a welcome and inspiring; mostly, it's the difficult tales of struggle, desperation, injustice, and urgency that are the most complicated to convey - but the need has never been so great. What happens when stories go untold? Let me explain what I mean by “difficult stories.”

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

Connection Cafe

Tell your story : The only way to make your Giving Tuesday campaign successful is to get the word out. Telling our Giving Tuesday story via every channel possible garnered great alumni participation; we had 286 first time alumni donors, 655 new donors and 2,440 individual donations made.

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.

The Five Steps to Telling a Beautiful Story

VolunteerMark

Join the conversation today as we share five key step you''ll need to take if you hope to tell beautiful stories as you recruit volunteers Storytelling is a critical part of what we do as volunteer coordinators.

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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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Tell Me a Story

Connection Cafe

It’s important that your organization is cognizant of its “big story,” and tells stories which support it. Two, she refers to the ability that stories have to engage an audience. Stories do this by making the situations described more tangible, relatable, and memorable. This email centers around the story of one woman, Zione, giving birth to her child, and the struggles she faced. Author: Dimitri Lundquist.

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

Connection Cafe

The good news is that infographics allow nonprofits to translate their own collections of data into visual stories that motivate their community. Oftentimes, visuals can speak louder than words.

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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The top resources for telling beautiful stories at your non-profit

VolunteerMark

You''ve got to tell your story to win over rockstar volunteers. This post is your toolbox for resources you''ll need to do that - dig into it, and equip yourself to share the beautiful stories of the communities you serve

Happy or Sad Fundraising Stories: Which Works Best?

John Haydon

The single most important element of any fundraising campaign are the fundraising stories. Technology, your ad budget, or a fancy fundraising app will never replace solid fundraising stories based on the 4 P’s: Person: Your story is about one person with a problem that needs solving.

Scary Supporter Horror Stories

Connection Cafe

So in honor of Freaky Friday, here are 13 real supporter horror stories, none of which involve zombies. He wrote a sob-story email to the volunteer coordinator. (I I got the sob-story, too, and I agreed it was a good excuse.) Author: Jennifer Darrouzet. People share their nightmares with me. Well, ok – maybe that’s overstating it. They vent. And it freaks me out. Friends and family know I work with a lot of nonprofits.

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Parenting With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Growing up in the 1960''s sometimes my parents would say to me, "now, don''t tell stories," heading off what they anticipated might be an untruthful account of events. Truthful stories, of course. Stories demand attention of listeners. Stories inspire.

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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. The post The Year in Review: The Best Tech Stories of 2015 appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog.

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A Foundation-Donor Love Story for the Digital Age

Connection Cafe

And of course, it’s equally important to be able to listen closely to the donor’s response to ensure you’re gaining a stronger understanding of their side of the story, too. Let’s face it: first dates can be awkward.

Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories

TechImpact

Everyone loves a good story. According to a recent post from Nonprofit Hub, nonprofits can use their website to tell stories about the organization’s mission and efforts, but only if it is designed correctly. Smart web design allows site viewers … Continued The post Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories appeared first on Tech Impact. A good narrative captures people’s attention, and it can make them want to get involved.

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? Or as @orgnet says, “Turning data into stories is the real trick.&#. Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?

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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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The story of David PT 6

Vertex Systems

Normal. false. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE. X-NONE. 7:30AM Monday morning arrived soon enough. As David stepped through the front door of his office, he reminded himself of what must be done. Things are going to change starting this morning" David thought to himself.

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Leveraging Online Tools to Help Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

Byte Technology

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. The post Leveraging Online Tools to Help Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog.

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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.

Numbers, Stories and Pajamas: Inspirations for International Volunteer Day 2015

Connection Cafe

I hope these statistics and stories on the every-changing world of volunteerism encourage your institution to explore new opportunities. If you have a story – please do share!

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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A Good Story Contains These Seven Elements

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Kristi Hedges Leadership Stories Storytelling

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Paul Smith Teaches You How To Sell With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Because, Thursday, September 8 brings the official release of Paul Smith 's new 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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Using the Power of Story to Run a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

Connection Cafe

But the one thing that is not often provided is a tool to help fundraisers tell their personal story. They have to formulate their personal story, or as Marshall Ganz has termed it the “story of self.” These two parts of the story are usually easy for people to articulate.

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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.

YouTube Search Stories

NCE Social Media

During the Superbowl, YouTube ran their first ever TV commercial. Google, which owns YouTube, has allowed us, the public, to create similar videos. And it’s Free! You can easily do one for your own agency and use it in your own marketing efforts. You just need to click here to get started. Here is one I did for the NCE Social Media blog. Enjoy.

Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. There are many ways to describe this story – it certainly can be a lot more detailed, but what’s clear is the result of this functionality. And, of course, user stories are great for agile development process.

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Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. There are many ways to describe this story – it certainly can be a lot more detailed, but what’s clear is the result of this functionality. And, of course, user stories are great for agile development process.

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

Connection Cafe

Stories provide great content pieces for your organization to report backs to donors. Stories perfectly illustrate impact in action. Then, compile those pictures into a Facebook album with captions that help tell the story.

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Curating Content: How to Leverage Stories from Your Community

Connection Cafe

There’s one common theme that we see in all of them, and in our own community, too: the incredible stories of the people who are fundraising on your behalf, or even working within your organization. What’s more, we have found that their stories are some of our most valuable assets.

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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Guest Post by Jasper Visser: Storytelling for Social Cohesion at Story House Belvédère

Museum 2.0

I first read about Story House Belvédère on Jasper Visser’s excellent blog, The Museum of the Future. This small, startup cultural project in Rotterdam works directly and intimately with community members to share their stories. What makes Story House Belvédère so special?

Telling your Nonprofit's Story through Video

VisionLink

After watching a few short, low budget videos, it became clear just how effective (and inexpensive) film could be when it comes to spreading your nonprofit''s story and mission. Last night, a couple of us from the VisionLink team attended another wonderfully informative Tech4Good forum on the power and execution of video storytelling.

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A Bookshare Valentine’s Day Love Story

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This true story was written by two Bookshare volunteers, Evan Reese and Lissi Deren. Without having to do an advanced search in the romance section to read it, you have our story, one that wouldn’t have begun if Bookshare hadn’t welcomed our volunteer contribution and given us an email list, a means of pooling talent and helping one another. She was a proofreader in Ohio who saw a new Welsh name, Evan Reese, on the Bookshare volunteer list.

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Generation Rwanda: Two Stories

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While the exhibit was emotionally wrenching, not to mention disturbing, the most poignant was the children’s memorial that tells the story of innocent child victims of the genocide. They wanted to share their stories on my blog and through video and photos. Here is their stories.

Harnessing Your Organization’s Story: The Missing Ingredient in Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

Although many organizations are telling their stories these days, there still seems to be something missing from their stories. What’s missing is what makes a story truly great – empathy. Yet, all too often we are missing this opportunity with our stories.