The Truth About Nonprofit Storytelling

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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.

Guest post: 5 Things (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong About Storytelling


We asked storytelling expert Vanessa Chase of The Storytelling Non-Profit to share the most common mistakes organizations make when talking about how + why they do what they do. Read on for her advice on doing nonprofit storytelling right! nonprofit storytelling

Visual Storytelling for the Modern Nonprofit

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Modern technology provides us all with new opportunities for storytelling, including new ways to approach the ever-important visual element. That is the topic of the most recent episode of The sgENGAGE Podcast: Visual Storytelling: A Picture is Worth 60,000 Words.

4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

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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.

Engaging Millennials for Nonprofit Storytelling

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But your organization can go a step beyond by empowering Millennials to be the storytellers. The reality is that this could happen anytime, not just when you are encouraging people to be storytellers. Nonprofit Marketing engagement MCON millennials storytelling Vanessa Chase

Experts Break Down the Science of Nonprofit Storytelling


Lately, we've been obsessed with storytelling. For nonprofits, great storytelling, especially in the digital space, is changing donor behavior in all of the best ways (think: more action, deeper connection, and higher donation rates.). marketing nonprofit storytelling

How Nonprofits Can Use Storytelling to Boost Donor Retention

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

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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.

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. Yes, it’s 2018 and we are still talking about the power and benefits of storytelling. 15 Minute Storytelling Workouts. nonprofit storytelling

Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

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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. How does your nonprofit use storytelling effectively on its digital channels?

Designing for Good #3 – Best of 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling

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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 ? And that’s why nonprofit storytelling matters.

Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits


While the ROI of storytelling is a difficult one to measure , what’s important to understand is that it does work. Essentially, storytelling is something that not only helps nonprofits engage with their communities, but it also harbors the potential to help nonprofits fundraise, too.

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Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

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Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method. This is why TechSoup has run a storytelling campaign for the last seven years. Here are four reasons to consider an Authentic Storytelling approach when creating your story. Storytelling

Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

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I don’t have to tell anyone who reads Beth’s blog about the value of storytelling. Few would deny that storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring action and influencing thought leaders, donors, and decision makers. Storytelling

Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling


What’s the big deal about storytelling? Social Networking Online Fundraising Online Marketing

Transmedia Storytelling at SXSW Interactive

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This week at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Conference, I noticed another theme that is a facet of multichannel communications: Transmedia Storytelling. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth : Over the past six months, I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. Your CEO as Master Storyteller. Storytelling

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

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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 got my start in the corporate world doing communications and storytelling, but I began to grow antsy with that work. Incorporating Images for Impactful Storytelling.

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

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The problem with this model of storytelling is that we fail to form a meaningful connection with our audience. The second way that we can find common ground with our audiences through our storytelling is through shared life experiences.

An Introduction to Nonprofit Storytelling

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

Eight Times For Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling with Yash Mori


What makes a great storyteller? A great storyteller is someone who can relate to those experiences, right? How do you approach storytelling with communities that you’re less directly connected to? You’ve been a storyteller and an organizer across multiple arms of the progressive movement. Yash Mori is a progressive digital organizer and video producer.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Elements of Effective Storytelling

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Storytelling is such an important feature for those looking at new ways to market themselves. Let’s look at how you can take advantage of effective storytelling. And for nonprofits, the opportunity to build a donor base using stories is evergreen.

Mission in Action, in Life and in Work| The Storytelling Power of A Camera Lens

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Nonprofit News Blackbaud''s Mission in Action Exhibit photography Sean Sheridan storytelling I love when my life and my work collide.

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#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

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Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits. One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary. I would urge you to take a few minutes to view this video and see what you can learn nonprofit storytelling. Nonprofit Storytelling Conference.

8 Times To Incorporate Storytelling

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Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Leadership Books Stories Storytelling Telling Stories"Stories strengthen communications and presence for leaders," explains Kristi Hedges , author of the book, The Power of Presence.

Nonprofit Content Marketing in 2015: Storytelling and Visual Content Top the Charts, But What Else Did We Learn?

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They’re trying more tactics, using more social media platforms, growing in their internal knowledge and skills, and focusing on becoming better storytellers. Many are focused on storytelling as an initiative which tells us they’re beginning to understand the power of content marketing.

Nonprofit Storytelling with Infographics

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Nonprofit Storytelling with Infographics. Strategy Infographics storytellingPeople support your organization for one reason: They view your organization as the agent of change they seek. If they had the resources, they’d make the changes they desire by themselves.

NYU Guest Lecture: Data for Strategy Building and Storytelling

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Data: Strategy and Storytelling. We also talked about user testing and storytelling with data. presentation storytelling community content data guest lecture metrics nyu

Tools for Digital Storytelling


Some good stuff and info about digital storytelling tools in this deck by the always fabulous Debra Askanase. Digital Storytelling Tools for Nonprofit Organizations from Community Organizer 2.0. Read more about the training she did on this here. Content Strategy From the Trenches Implementation

The Art of People Powered Storytelling Through Social Media


His perspective storytelling and letting the Make-a-Wish brand roam free in the social space was impressive. Petri Darby is the Director of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy at Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. He blogs at darbyDARNIT.

TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event

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TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event: "Every organization has a story to tell. But yours doesn't have to be a bland, corporate-sounding video or canned sound bite. Even with limited resources, time, or skills, your nonprofit can tell a compelling story that captures the importance and impact of your cause — and we've got an event that will show you how! Mark your calendars for TechSoup Global's

The Power of Storytelling with Storify - Third Sector Today

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The Power of Storytelling with Storify - Third Sector Today : "Pack one powerful punch by combining the strength of all your social media platforms. This application affords you a very easy way to enhance storytelling and increase productivity." ''via Blog this Storify is where social media comes together to, yes, tell a story!

The key to great digital storytelling


Love this deck from Simon Mainwaring about digital storytelling. See what you think! Di-Day Slides from Simon Mainwaring. ————– ( photo credit ). Content Strategy

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 New Storyteller Award, for an organization new to digital storytelling.

Visual Storytelling for Nonprofits


In an increasingly image-driven world, it is necessary for nonprofit organizations to capitalize on the undeniable power of visual storytelling to support their mission. Advocacy Community digital storytelling photography photos Web Sites Communications

Why Board Members Need to Be on Board with Nonprofit Storytelling

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Nonprofit storytelling is crucial to conveying your organization’s message to donors and volunteers alike. We caught up with master storyteller Lori Jacobwith at the 2014 AFP Conference in San Antonio.

3 Key Elements for Effective Nonprofit Storytelling

John Haydon

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. What makes someone donate to your cause? Is it the design of your landing page?

How to use storytelling to fundraise online


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. Storytelling is a great way to do this.

3 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Instagram For Brand Storytelling


With over 20 billion images shared to date, the Instagram community inspires innovative storytelling, from photo editing tips to composition to thematic content. The post 3 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Instagram For Brand Storytelling appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Since its launch, Instagram has provided over 200 million users, businesses and non-profits with a fun, creative way to share and capture moments in photos.

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

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On a beautiful location in a former jazz-era night club, a committed team works on storytelling activities to bring different communities in the city together, and contribute to a happier, more engaged city. Projects participatory museum public space relationships social bridging storytellin

How to use storytelling to fundraise online


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. Storytelling is a great way to do this. The post How to use storytelling to fundraise online appeared first on Social Fish As the Internet continues to grow, it is becoming harder and harder for nonprofits, and especially associations, to fundraise online.

New on SSIR: A New Tool for Digital Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

—– I’m really excited by tools that enable digital or transmedia storytelling. My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now posted – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR opinion blog , or in full below.