Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

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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. What’s your story?

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The Truth About Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

So forgive me, but I just don’t get this “new” idea being proclaimed from the rooftops about storytelling. Don’t misunderstand—I believe storytelling is absolutely critical for fundraising success. But that’s not a new idea; in my lifetime, fundraisers have always been storytellers.

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Visual Storytelling for the Modern Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

For as long as nonprofits have been around it has always been vital for these organizations to convey the messages of their causes and missions, to tell their stories. That is the topic of the most recent episode of The sgENGAGE Podcast: Visual Storytelling: A Picture is Worth 60,000 Words.

Story-Led Change: A Photojournalist’s Thoughts on the Power of Storytelling

Connection Cafe

I was lucky enough to sit down with Sean Sheridan , photojournalist, author and speaker who has spent nearly two decades elevating people and brands through storytelling, to learn more about his focus on storytelling through imagery and how his work amplifies the cause-minded organizations he partners with. I go to places where there’s hardship and conflict and find stories of hope, change, and transformation. Incorporating Images for Impactful Storytelling.

4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

Connection Cafe

Does your nonprofit have a plan for storytelling this year ? The truth is that nonprofits are still not using storytelling as strategically as they could be. In other words, storytelling is an ad-hoc activity that happens on the side. Storytelling can be used support your organization’s advocacy, communications, marketing, and fundraising efforts by helping you build stronger connections with your audience. Step 3: Find Your Stories.

Engaging Millennials for Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

One way to show Millennials how their support is making a difference is by cultivating relationships through communications, and specifically by telling stories. Stories naturally demonstrate impact in a tangible way and when they are told well, they make the reader feel like the hero.

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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 116: Storytelling 101

Connection Cafe

One of the most effective ways this can be done is through storytelling. But how do you craft your story in a way that gets across your message while emotionally connecting with people? In this episode of the sgENGAGE Podcast, host Christine Newman is joined by two storytelling experts, Jocelyn Wright and Kirk Lilwall of Blackbaud University. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Why stories are so valuable in getting people to engage with an organization or cause.

How Nonprofits Can Use Storytelling to Boost Donor Retention

Connection Cafe

The best content to accomplish this is stories. Stories show donors their impact in action and clearly demonstrates how, through giving, a donor has helped solve a problem or meet a need. This does not have to be a long story.

Keeping Your Nonprofit Relevant with Engagement and Storytelling

Connection Cafe

Storytelling: Don’t fall back on brand reliance. The cultural pulse changes over time and so too must your storytelling strategy. You can also learn more about storytelling strategy in the sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 116: Storytelling 101.

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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 76: Visual Storytelling: A Picture is Worth 60,000 Words

Connection Cafe

Storytelling is important in the social good community. It’s through stories that donors become interested and engaged in an organization and its cause. It’s not enough to just tell the stories in words. How to test and fine-tune a story over time.

10 Tips for Turning Photos Into Powerful Stories

John Haydon

The post 10 Tips for Turning Photos Into Powerful Stories appeared first on John Haydon. Content Marketing content marketing Facebook Marketing photos pinterest research social media storytellingThe Internet is slowly but surely becoming one big picture book.

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An Introduction to Nonprofit Storytelling

Wild Apricot

Including an emotional story in your messaging can inspire your supporters to take action. Here's an introduction to the basic elements of nonprofit storytelling from the expert on the matter, Vanessa Chase. storytelling

Telling Your Impact Story with Donor Statements

Connection Cafe

Data tells a story, and it’s important that your organization ensures that the correct narrative is being told about your data. In the social good world, storytelling is vital for success, and arguably one of the most important stories to tell is the journey of your donor’s funds.

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Cut Through the Clutter: Why Storytelling Matters for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

And this is where storytelling comes in. Stories are a great way to inspire action, get thousands of “likes” and online followers, further spreading your message across social networks. So, what makes an effective storytelling campaign?

How Foundations Can Use Storytelling to Effect Change

Connection Cafe

If you spend any time working with foundations, you’ll notice a central thread in the stories told by their leaders, in the content posted to their websites, and in the information they share with the news media. Most foundation stories start and end with money. This is true whether the story comes from a private foundation, family foundation, community foundation, or healthcare conversion. But money shouldn’t be the only story – or even the primary story – foundations tell.

3 Things I learned about Storytelling While Writing The Storytelling Non-Profit

Connection Cafe

I remember telling him that I was ready to write a book on storytelling. Now, in April 2016 I’m finally able to share that book with the world – The Storytelling Non-Profit: A practical guide to telling stories that raise money and awareness.

8 Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Stories strengthen communications and presence for leaders," explains Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible.

Eight Good Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Stories strengthen communications and presence for leaders," explains Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible.

Designing for Good #3 – Best of 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

For this Designing for Good episode, we’re showcasing the best examples of nonprofit storytelling of 2016. Timely, but why is nonprofit storytelling such a hot topic these days ? Stories like: A candid testimony of an nonprofit’s impact on a real person’s life.

Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

With so many EOY campaigns , one of the most powerful ways for donors to connect with your cause is through the power of storytelling. A good story resonates with the donor, connects them to your vision, creates a sense of urgency, and gives donors an outlet to take action.

Eight Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Stories strengthen communications and presence for leaders," explains Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible.

Seven Elements For Telling A Good Story

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8 Times To Incorporate Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Stories strengthen communications and presence for leaders," explains Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible.

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

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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?

Transmedia Storytelling at SXSW Interactive

Connection Cafe

This week at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Conference, I noticed another theme that is a facet of multichannel communications: Transmedia Storytelling. Over one million people engaged with games that helped tell the story and average engagement time online was around 24 minutes!

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. Why tell stories? Find your story. Find a captivating story.

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Q&A With Best Selling Author And Expert Storyteller, Paul Smith

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Paul Smith Paul Smith's book, Lead with a Story , is one of the top 10 books I recommend every leader should read. In his book, Paul demonstrates how storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between mediocre results and phenomenal success.

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Paul Smith’s three books on storytelling are must-reads for business leaders, salespeople and parents. And, his latest book, The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell , is yet another required read for leaders – managers, CEOs and team leaders. Every great leader is a great storyteller.

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10 Reasons To Use Storytelling In The Workplace

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Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy. Part Three provides tips on the digital tools you need to use to share your stories with supporters.

The Five Steps to Telling a Beautiful Story

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Storytelling is a critical part of what we do as volunteer coordinators. 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

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Core Components Of A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Being a good storyteller will serve you well in your leadership role. "A A story with a business impact can be as short as one sentence. Elemental : A story often has elements including a hero, challenge, journey, resolution, change, and call to action.

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4 Ways to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Digital Storytelling with WhatsApp

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Elizabeth Ngonzi , is an Adjunct Faculty at New York University Center for Global Affairs where she teaches Digital Storytelling, Innovation and Fundraising. Storytelling is core to how we as human beings communicate. Storytelling Framework. Digital Storytelling Framework.

Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story

John Haydon

I recently spoke at an event about the potential of storytelling to drive social impact. The post Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story appeared first on John Haydon. Content Marketing storytelling

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How to use storytelling to fundraise online

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Storytelling – as unlikely as it may seem – comes in handy if you do it correctly. Let’s take a look as the best methods to use storytelling to fundraise. The story can be the story of your cause and how it started, or any story you deem relevant.

Digital Storytelling to Access, Attract and Activate U.S. Donors

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ngonzi on Twitter and LinkedIn and register for her upcoming on March 24, Digital Storytelling to Access, Attract and Activate U.S. The next step is for the organization to craft and disseminate a story through the “digital storytelling ecosystem:”.

Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story

NTEN

Now we have smartphones, whose data, when strung together forms the story of our lives. My Story. I can’t remember when I first heard, our identity is the story we repeat to ourselves. Our Stories. Today we have a wild abundance to the ways we collect our stories.

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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DIY Digital Storytelling Resources from TechSoup

John Haydon

To create and share inspiring stories online, nonprofits need both storytelling resources and inspiration. TechSoup ‘s annual nonprofit digital storytelling contest, Storymakers , provides both. Best Story Award, grand prize. Youth or STEM Story Award.

3 Key Elements for Effective Nonprofit Storytelling

John Haydon

Yes, these are all important, but the most powerful tool is your stories. Without good storytelling, you lack the emotional oomph that’s needed to attract and retain supporters. The post 3 Key Elements for Effective Nonprofit Storytelling appeared first on John Haydon.

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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Storytelling

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