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.

The Core of Any Good Nonprofit Story – Struggle and Overcoming

Bloomerang

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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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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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.

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 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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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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Customer Story: The Autism Society of Minnesota Raises Over $25k For Their Virtual Event With CauseVox

CauseVox

To celebrate our 50th year of service to the Minnesota autism community we invited our community to join us for a livestream event full of cooking demonstrations, personal stories, and drawings. We had stories. Friends, I’ve been excited to write this post for you for quite a while.

5 Metrics to Track Analyze Instagram Stories

Find the free stuff

The post 5 Metrics to Track Analyze Instagram Stories appeared first on PhreeSite.com. Want to gain popularity on Instagram, but not sure of the best way to reach that level? Do you desire to be an Instagram star or influencer, but cannot find the right way to reach your destination?

5 Content Marketing Success Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Imitate

NetWits

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.

6 Steps to Get the Press to Tell Your Story

NonProfit Hub

Almost all media now feature feel-good stories about people and organizations that do good. Here are 6 steps to get the press to tell your story: 1. A local TV story could lead to its affiliate network’s interest. Tell a riveting story.

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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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Stories of Resilience: Annie Wright Schools

Connection Cafe

In this series, the Blackbaud Institute shares stories of organizations that are focusing on resilience, weathering these many changes while still positioning themselves for future growth.

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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 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. In fact, “ What stories you tell is more important than how you tell them ,” he adds. However, plan to spend additional quality time crafting and practicing your versions of the 10 stories you’ll tell.

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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. Elemental : A story often has elements including a hero, challenge, journey, resolution, change, and call to action. Authentic : A story reveals a genuine part of the teller, which elicits emotion in the audience.

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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? I shared this on Twitter and the conversation brought out some interesting points that I curated in “Storify,&# a story telling tool. (And, had to laugh at the geeky recursiveness of creating a story out of qualitative data from Twitter and other sources – and then adding it to my curated nonprofit measurement collection on scoop.it).

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A Story From the Team

VisionLink

Here''s one story from a recent call: "Hi Everyone, As you know, in Help Desk we tend to talk to people who are frustrated, confused, or experiencing some sort of issue. Once in a while we get to see the other side, so we decided to share this story with the whole team. Our help desk team works around the clock to ensure that our customers have the support they need.

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Seven Elements For Telling A Good Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Kristi Hedges Leadership Stories Storytelling

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Share Stories to Further Your Cause

NonProfit Hub

Everyone loves a good story. Whether it’s a tale of a hero overcoming a hardship to find a happy ending, or a tale of misfortune with a valuable lesson learned, it’s ingrained into our DNA to seek out stories. If you’re having trouble getting momentum behind your cause, try to share stories. Why tell stories? One of the best ways to maximize personal connection is to tell the stories of people in the community. Find your story. Find a captivating story.

How Nonprofits Can Use Instagram Stories to Raise Awareness For Their Cause

Wild Apricot

Instagram Stories are seen by millions of people every day. Learn how your nonprofit can take advantage of this social media feature to spread the word about your cause

Can Stories Be Data?

NTEN

Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? I shared this on Twitter and the conversation brought out some interesting points that I curated in “Storify,” a story telling tool. (I I had to laugh at the geeky recursiveness of creating a story out of qualitative data from Twitter and other sources – and then adding it to my curated nonprofit measurement collection on scoop.it). By Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog.

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Reasons to plan your nonprofit organization’s stories well in advance

Charity Village

If you’re like many nonprofit communicators, you have no shortage of stories to tell. The post Reasons to plan your nonprofit organization’s stories well in advance appeared first on CharityVillage. What does your storytelling plan look like?

Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Your brain loves a good story. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story. This same chemical is also created when you’re reading stories. For example, donating money to charities that are associated with that great story or narrative. The story, according to the study, must be able to sustain the attention of the reader(which in many cases can be the most difficult part!),

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Job Skills and Resources to Support Our Communities

TechSoup

Education Impact Stories Digital Divide Impact Stories MicrosoftThere are some great free and low-cost job training opportunities out there right now, particularly compliments of Microsoft.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Find the free stuff

Who doesn’t love to listen scary story? Simply scary stories becoming more scarier when it told in the dark. Ever think which stories you can tell? Everyone is familiar with the setting of telling scary stories at night around a camp fire. The post Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark appeared first on PhreeSite.com. This suggestion is for you. However, no one said that a camp. Entertainment

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Telling Your Story Through Your Annual Report

Wild Apricot

Here are some tips and examples of how to tell your organization's story to make your annual report more engaging and compelling. nonprofit-communications annual reports

How To Use Stories To Raise Money On Social Media

TechImpact

You can collect fantastic, compelling stories, but if no one hears or sees them, they fall flat. You can manage 10 social media accounts, but if you are not telling great stories and cutting through the online clutter, your audience will not engage. The key is using stories to get people’s attention on social media channels. Social media is great for enticing potential supporters and piquing their interest, through eye-catching visuals and emotional stories.

“Selfie” Generation Wants to See Your Stories

Wild Apricot

Are you showing rather than telling your story? Here are some ideas for reaching the "selfie" generation. social media

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.

How Zero to Three Improves Childhood Development Through Salesforce Technology

Cloud 4 Good

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Bedtime Stories For Managers

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Nights this month, unplug from your mobile phone and both enjoy and learn from Henry Mintzberg ’s 42 former blog posts compiled into his new book, Bedtime Stories for Managers. The stories teach you how to transform an organization from one that: Functions as collections of Human Resources to communities of human beings. At less than 200 pages, you can read the 42 succinct, enlightening and actionable stories/lessons in a few hours.

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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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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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Stories of Resilience: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Connection Cafe

Stories of Resilience: A Series Brought To You By The Blackbaud Institute. In this series, the Blackbaud Institute shares stories of organizations that are focusing on resilience, weathering these many changes while still positioning themselves for future growth.

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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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How These Organizations Addressing Food Insecurity Are Going Paperless

TechSoup

Operations Impact Stories Data Management Impact Stories MicrosoftFood insecurity is a real and prevalent issue across the United States and the world. One in 10 households in the U.S. experienced food insecurity in 2019.

Membership Engagement, “Stickiness” and Stories

Wild Apricot

This link round-up offers 5 posts with insight on: increasing the stickiness of your membership”, the importance of following your member’s “decision-making path”, member communications trends for 2015 and more. membership Apricot Jam

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Facebook and Nonprofits: Success Stories? ROI?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

When asked recently to speak on a True Spin panel about Facebook success stories, I thought of the same one’s that I’ve heard over and over again for the last few years. Most small and medium-sized nonprofits can’t relate to those success stories. I need some new success (or-not-so-successful) stories for my panel, and for my webinars. New Year, new Facebook success stories, new strategies. I like Facebook. Mostly to stay in touch with close friends.

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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.

7 Steps For Telling A Good Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

According to Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence , a good story includes these seven elements: Has a clear moral or purpose. Has a personal connection to the storyteller and/or the audience. Includes common reference points the audience can understand.

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Parenting With A Story

Eric Jacobson

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. Stories are contagious. Paul Smith Now, Paul has a new book, Parenting with a Story: Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share. Dinnertime is still a great time for stories.

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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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