Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

EveryAction

With so many EOY campaigns , one of the most powerful ways for donors to connect with your cause is through the power of storytelling. As you start to think about how your organization will tell your story this season we enlisted the advice of Vanessa Chase Lockshin, the creator of The Storytelling Nonprofit , to show us how we can stretch our storytelling muscles and get ready for year end! Yes, it’s 2018 and we are still talking about the power and benefits of storytelling.

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. And storytelling is not rocket science—it’s something any one of us can do. Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Storytelling storytelling

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Visual Storytelling for the Modern Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

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. You’re bringing an element to this, which is about the visual storytelling aspect. Wrap our heads around the idea of visual 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.

The Essential Core Components Of Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Being a good storyteller will serve you well in your leadership role. "A Leadership Management Storytelling Storytelling Esther K. A story with a business impact can be as short as one sentence.

Digital Storytelling with Yash Mori

EveryAction

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.

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

EveryAction

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! Check out the brand new Epic Guide to Nonprofit Storytelling! nonprofit storytelling

Engaging Millennials for Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

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 ChaseEvery nonprofit wants a piece of the Millennial pie these days—it seems like every organization I’ve talked to has a plan or is trying to create a plan to break into a new demographic of support.

An Introduction to Nonprofit Storytelling

Wild Apricot

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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 177: Storytelling with Financials

Connection Cafe

Do you know how to not only interpret your organization’s financials, but also how to present them to others as a compelling story that offers transparency and increases donations and impact?

How Foundations Can Use Storytelling to Effect Change

Connection Cafe

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.

Effective Storytelling Includes These Seven Elements

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Has a personal connection to the storyteller and/or the audience. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Presentations Presenting Stories Storytelling Telling Stories

How Nonprofits Can Use Storytelling to Boost Donor Retention

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Fundraising charitable giving report donor retention Nonprofit Storytelling stewardship storytellingBlackbaud’s 2016 Charitable Giving Report shows us that donor retention for first time donors is still remarkably low – 29% for offline donors and 21% for online donors. But if donors are retained passed that first year, the retention rate jumps significantly to 60% for offline donors and 58% for online donors.

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

Connection Cafe

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. Listen to the episode to hear what Ira has to say about why visuals matter in storytelling, how to demonstrate to donors that they can be the heroes of the story, and how to match copy with the right visuals for maximum impact. Examples of great visual storytelling.

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. Writing The Storytelling Non-Profit has been an intense, stressful, joyful, rewarding, challenging, and incredible experience. Being a consistent storyteller will look different for every organization.

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. “But what have you done for me lately?”. While a phrase I personally find a bit crass, as a resident of New York City, I am constantly reminded however of its truth and poignancy.

Tools for Digital Storytelling

SocialFish

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

Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

TechImpact

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. According to the HBR article, there’s a formula for effective storytelling, too. Your brain loves a good story. Now, this might sound a little strange, but it’s true.

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Use Storytelling During These Eight Times

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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

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 ? And that’s why nonprofit storytelling matters. Beautifully shot with no implicit call for support, “Prayer for Syria” is a neat hat trick of micro/macro storytelling. Nonprofit Marketing Designing For Good interactive design Nonprofit Storytelling

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 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.

8 Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible. Need to show others -- whether a large audience or one person -- that you have shared commonalities.

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. I had the luck of choosing two adjacent sessions that focused on transmedia storytelling, which really got me thinking about what this means to organizations and how it fits in with a broader communications strategy. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

Cut Through the Clutter: Why Storytelling Matters for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

And this is where storytelling comes in. So, what makes an effective storytelling campaign? It is not enough for your storytelling campaign to evoke feelings of sympathy. Elements your nonprofit should include in your storytelling campaigns include: Show impact. By creating a sense of urgency in your storytelling campaigns. Encourage user-generated storytelling with social media.

Eight Good Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Leadership Books Management Storytelling"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. Need to show others -- whether a large audience or one person -- that you have shared commonalities.

Seth Godin’s tips on Nonprofit Fundraising and Storytelling

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Seth Godin’s tips on Nonprofit Fundraising and Storytelling. In this video, Amy Eisenstein interviews long time marketing Guru, Seth Godin on his thoughts on Nonprofit Fundraising and Storytelling. Storytelling: The Secret Sauce of Fundraising Success.

The key to great digital storytelling

SocialFish

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

5 Biggest Nonprofit Storytelling Mistakes to Avoid

John Haydon

That’s because human beings are hardwired for nonprofit storytelling. The post 5 Biggest Nonprofit Storytelling Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on John Haydon. Whether told face-to-face with a major donor, in a thank you video, or in your fundraising emails, stories are the most powerful tool in your fundraising and marketing arsenal. We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind […].

How to use storytelling to fundraise online

SocialFish

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. Case Study Content Strategy Implementation associations community managers fundraising listening online voice sharing social media storytelling As the Internet continues to grow, it is becoming harder and harder for nonprofits, and especially associations, to fundraise online.

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

Connection Cafe

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. Nonprofit Marketing #bbcon Nonprofit Storytelling storytellingAt bbcon 2015, some of the top minds in the nonprofit industry came together to present Big Idea sessions.

TechSoup Digital Storytelling Event

AFP Blog

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

AFP Blog

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!

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. In the past few years, we’ve seen the transformation from long to short-form digital storytelling, and we’ve experienced the rise and fall of numerous storytelling apps never to be seen or heard of again. Strategy storytelling storytelling resources techsoup

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? Is it your email messages? Your mobile-friendly fundraising software? Yes, these are all important, but the most powerful tool is your stories.

How to use storytelling to fundraise online

SocialFish

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.

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

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit News Blackbaud''s Mission in Action Exhibit photography Sean Sheridan storytelling I love when my life and my work collide. As a corporate social responsibility professional working in philanthropy and volunteerism every day, nonprofits, their leaders and the work they do are a huge part of my life. It’s not unusual, especially in the community where I live, for these very same people to be friends and colleagues.

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Eight Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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. She recommends you consider adding stories to your communications when you : Want to motivate others and paint a picture of what's possible.

3 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Instagram For Brand Storytelling

TechImpact

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 Lecture: NYU – Data and Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

presentation Presentations from 2011 community content data guest lecture planning storytelling strategyDate : April 28, 2011. Location : New York, NY. Topic : Nonprofits & Social Media. Description : This class is part of the Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program at NYU.

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

Connection Cafe

They’re trying more tactics, using more social media platforms, growing in their internal knowledge and skills, and focusing on becoming better storytellers. In fact, sixty-six percent of nonprofits are focused on becoming better storytellers and sixty-three percent are working on creating better visual content. 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

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

10 Reasons For Embracing Storytelling As A Business Tool

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

Beth Kanter

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. This comprehensive book covers the following: Part One addresses storytelling readiness, especially now to transform your nonprofit’s culture. Part Two covers the mechanics finding, writing, and sharing compelling stories, as well as addressing some very common storytelling challenges.