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 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.

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

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

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Elements of Effective Storytelling

NonProfit Hub

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.

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

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.

Eight Times For Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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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

An Introduction to Nonprofit Storytelling

Wild Apricot Blog

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.

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.

Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

NonProfit Hub

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.

Grant Writing and the Perfect Storytelling

Tech Soup Blog

Evening meals sometimes went on for hours as we continued our storytelling. When I began writing proposals, storytelling was the only way I knew to convey the problems my organization faced and what we were doing to overcome those problems. And besides, storytelling is fun!

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Video Storytelling Made Easy with Adobe Spark

Tech Soup Blog

Use these questions to guide your storytelling strategies and then add your text, images, video clips, and even narration to Adobe Spark Video! An eye-catching opening, slick text animation, smooth transitions — these are all important elements of polished social videos.

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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. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Tips for Great Storytelling


Love this one!! H/T Poppulo. Photo by Andrew Measham on Unsplash. Cool Infographic Friday

Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling


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

Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

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

Museum 2.0

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 […].

The Importance Of Including Storytelling In Fundraising Message


With this in mind, a recent post … Continued The post The Importance Of Including Storytelling In Fundraising Message appeared first on Tech Impact. It can be easy to forget that the easiest way to have an impact on someone is to provide them with a narrative they can relate to.

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 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!

How to Engage Social Media Followers With Storytelling

John Haydon

The Nonprofit Storytelling Tour I […]. The post How to Engage Social Media Followers With Storytelling appeared first on John Haydon. One of my very first cars was a yellow 1972 VW Super Beetle. It was beautiful and simple and had lots of pep.

Storymakers: Previous Digital Storytelling Winners

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is committed to helping nonprofits build their storytelling capacity. For the past four years, we have been amazed and inspired by the storytelling created by our members. 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Winners. 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Winners.

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

Connection Cafe

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How To Sell Using Storytelling

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Storytelling is a skill. Also, I think after publishing my first two books, Lead with a Story and Parenting with a Story , they thought sales was the next logical place to leverage storytelling skills. Storytelling is a powerful tool.

Guest Lecture: NYU – Data and Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

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NYU Guest Lecture: Data for Strategy Building and Storytelling

Amy Sample Ward

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

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

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. Many are focused on storytelling as an initiative which tells us they’re beginning to understand the power of content marketing.

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 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

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.

Join Our 2016 Digital Storytelling Challenge!

Tech Soup Blog

For the sixth year, TechSoup's annual challenge will help nonprofits learn how to increase their storytelling skills for fundraising and advocacy purposes. Storytelling skills are also a prerequisite to successful advocacy. Take Part in the Digital Storytelling Challenge!