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

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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

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.

8 #GivingTuesday Storytelling Tips for Nonprofits 

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Storytelling can play a key role in a #GivingTuesday campaign, so here are eight tips to consider. By spending time thinking of the narrative and how it can develop, it becomes easier to use your storytelling skills to build a connection with your supporters.

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

8 Times For Storytelling

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

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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 116: Storytelling 101

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One of the most effective ways this can be done is through storytelling. In this episode of the sgENGAGE Podcast, host Christine Newman is joined by two storytelling experts, Jocelyn Wright and Kirk Lilwall of Blackbaud University. Storytelling for diverse audiences. How technology has changed the approach and strategy for storytelling. Blackbaud University Organizational Best Practices: Multimedia Storytelling. Visual Storytelling for the Modern Nonprofit.

How Foundations Can Use Storytelling to Effect Change

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Here are five steps you can take to make that happen with your storytelling: 1. Then, rather than focusing your storytelling on your foundation, you can focus it on those potential partners. It’s the most basic rule of storytelling – and it’s something we cannot forget when we’re sharing stories about our work. And its storytelling around the center – right down to its calls to action – is all about making the community feel as though it is an equal partner in the process.

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

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Storytelling is important in the social good community. Today’s guest joined the podcast to talk about how organizations can better incorporate visual elements into their storytelling. Topics Discussed in This Episode: Why visual storytelling matters to fundraising.

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

Keeping Your Nonprofit Relevant with Engagement and Storytelling

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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.

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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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.

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:”.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

Eight Times For Storytelling

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

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

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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

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.

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.

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.

Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling


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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

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That’s where we, as nonprofit storytellers, need to begin. Jacobwith , founder of Ignited Fundraising , has helped hundreds of nonprofits raise millions of dollars through effective storytelling. This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine.

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

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.

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!

8 Tips for Social Video Storytelling


Amy DeLouise is a video director-producer who specializes in telling real people stories that help nonprofits and companies tell their brand story. Her new book is The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press). 1 – Tell a Story.

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