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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The Power of Sharing a Personal Story

The Storytelling Non-profit

The power of sharing a personal story is well documented. We love hearing stories. And during these times, stories have the power to help us feel less alone in our very human experiences. Hearing people’s stories is a source of constant inspiration for me.


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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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 […].

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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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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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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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 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.

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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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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5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories


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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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.

#DPCC22: Shape Your Nonprofit Story with These Expert Speakers


During this year’s DonorPerfect Community Conference, our line-up of esteemed speakers will demonstrate the power of nonprofit storytelling, plus explain how and when to share your organization’s story.

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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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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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Best of 2021 – Client Stories

Greater Giving

Best of Client Stories. Inspiring stories from our beloved clients. Many of these nonprofits’ fundraising stories stood out with their creativity, passion and adaptability. The post Best of 2021 – Client Stories appeared first on Greater Giving Blog.

Helping Children Heal With Salesforce

Cloud 4 Good

You May Also Enjoy: Success Story: Leveraging Salesforce CRM for the University of Vermont Office of Research. Success Story: The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Transforming Student Journeys Through Salesforce.

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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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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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.

Google Analytics 4 – A Continuing Story

Media Cause

The post Google Analytics 4 – A Continuing Story appeared first on Media Cause. Like it or not, the switchover to Google Analytics 4 is coming (at some point – Google is keeping the official date a mystery to themselves as well as the rest of us mere mortals).

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. We often place a lot of emphasis on individual stories and use those individual stories in fundraising and communications. Why Non-Profits Need to Think in Story Arcs.

How to Source Great Year-end Stories

Get Fully Funded

Because the letter didn’t include an inspiring story that touched donor’s hearts. Why You Need a Great Story. Humans are hardwired to respond to stories. Neuroscientists would tell you that the brain processes facts and stories differently.

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What Is a Story and Why You Need To Tell Them

The Storytelling Non-profit

Telling great stories helps your non-profit get its message out into the world, connect with new audiences and motivate people to take action like making a donation. In this article, I want to take it back to basics so you understand what is a story and why they matter for your non-profit.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral: A Storied Institution Finding Way to Support the Community


It is a great example of a storied institution finding new ways to support the community it serves and provide new ways – including DipJar – for the community to support its good work. One of the most iconic churches in America – if not the world – is St.

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