Ethical Storytelling + Nonprofit Fundraising

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How can we make storytellers feel safe and trust that their stories will be told with the utmost respect and in a way that they would want them to be told? We are all our own best storytellers. ? Center your storyteller, not the organization. Keep storytellers involved.

Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

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Often virtual events don’t elicit the same emotional connection as when a team come s together for in-person service. storytellers?in?the?world. H osting a virtual or local day of service? virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. .


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3 Website Tips to Support Your Virtual Fundraising Efforts

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However, no one could have predicted the effects that COVID-19 would have , with many nonprofit organizations now solely relying on virtual fundraising efforts to continue operations. For each of your virtual fundraising campaigns, you should have a dedicated online donation form.

9 Virtual Fundraising Event Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

But it was also a year of tremendous opportunity and exploration into the virtual event space for many nonprofits around the world. Virtual events enable your nonprofit to plan for a year of successful fundraising safely and confidently, no matter what happens next.

How to Use Neuroscience to Increase Virtual Event Engagement


COVID-19 has forced the events industry to move online and create a virtual experience instead of hosting traditional, live events. Virtual events are beneficial to event planners in many ways but they also present a unique set of challenges. Use Storytelling. . . . .

Celebrate Community Storytelling

Tech Soup Blog

RSVP now for TechSoup's fourth annual Digital Storytelling Screening and Awards Party on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Participate Virtually. Participate virtually at the Aloft Nonprofit Commons Drive-In Theater in Second Life. So if you're interested in digital storytelling, online community, emerging technologies, or all of the above, do join us for a night of storytelling, a little bit of ceremony, and a lot of celebration!

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

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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.

Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

Robert Weiner

My friends at TechSoup asked me to pass along info about their upcoming digital storytelling event. From September 30 to October 21, TechSoup will host a free Digital Storytelling online event including expert roundtable discussions, nonprofit case studies, online discussions, live chat, and a community challenge with a final screening awards ceremony in the virtual world of Second Life. What do we mean by Digital Storytelling?

Nonprofit Fundraising Videos Inspire More Giving

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Virtual tour: A peek behind the curtain at your organization will engage your audience, especially those who are curious about your work. Virtual tour videos are really helpful right now when people aren’t visiting in person.

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Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story


I keep on telling my story of how I moved between the East and West, between physical environments (architecture, urban design) and virtual (web and mobile development and strategy), between technology and the humanities. The Whale Hunt: A Storytelling Experiment by Jonathan Harris. Mobile nptech nten storytelling CommunicationsBy Nam-ho Park, Director, Mobile Service, Forum One.

And the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Go To.

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That's what the Digital Storytelling Challenge seeks to accomplish every year. At the 2013 Digital Storytelling Awards Gala on May 28, the community's successes were clear. First up are our awards selected by our panel of judges , hard-working digital storytelling experts who flexed their skills to pick strong stories to receive award donations from our sponsors. Virtually accepting the award on behalf of Charity Express was Britney Broadhead.

Using Virtual Reality to Showcase Nonprofit Impact

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This post is Development Director Ryan Ginard's first impression of seeing how powerful a virtual reality video is in putting the viewer in the middle of a compelling story at the most recent meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. But from a physical standpoint, I was fully immersed in the virtual reality (VR) presentation Inside Impact: East Africa , which showcased this first-generation technology that's set to take the world by storm.

3 Ways Your Nonprofit Could Benefit From Virtual Reality Going Mainstream

NonProfit Hub

Analysts are hailing 2016 as a “year zero” for virtual reality (VR) technology, thanks in large part to virtual reality cinemas that are opening around the world. It also helps that the cost to produce virtual reality content is dropping, making the prospect more feasible. Some people think virtual reality could revolutionize the film industry in less than a decade. But virtual reality has played a role in changing other industries too, such as the nonprofit sector.

Meet the 2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Judges

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Submissions for the 2012 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge have closed, but the fun has just begun! So who are these hard-working digital storytelling junkies? Michael Margolis is president of Get Storied , and host of the Reinvention Summit, the world's largest virtual. conference on storytelling in the digital age. Event Multimedia and Graphics tsdigs digital storytelling

4 Ways to Use Your Nonprofit Blog for #GivingTuesday Storytelling

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GivingTuesday is an excellent opportunity to use storytelling to draw in new and existing donors and supporters of your cause, on December 2 and beyond. If you are hosting or participating in a physical or virtual event as part of #GivingTuesday, this is an easy way to use your blog as the live update platform. With less than a month to go before this year's #GivingTuesday on December 2, it's time to start nailing down your communications for your fundraising campaign.

Nonprofit Content Creation: Back-To-The Basics of the Writing Process


You’ve heard how important storytelling is for communicating your mission and message but let’s face it – you haven’t written a story since high-school English class. Do you need to produce content to share at your next Board meeting for virtual event? Donor Communications Storytellin

TechSoup Global's FREE Digital Storytelling Online Event


Mark your calendars for TechSoup Global's Digital Storytelling Online Event ! This free event will take place across three separate platforms: webinars, forums, and the virtual world of Second Life. The Digital Storytelling Online Event discussions will occur in the TechSoup forums with expert hosts from the webinars. Here's how you can you participate: There are a number of ways that you can engage in the free Digital Storytelling Event.

Infograhpic Friday: 21 Ways For Nonprofits To Get Creative


General infographic mobile nonprofit nonprofits social media storytelling virtualizationDoes your nonprofit have to get creative from time to time? Chances are good, your organization has had to, for some reason or another, put its collective thinking caps on to solve a problem. Whether an event was not going as planned, donations were not flowing in, or your message was just not being perceived […].

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Collaborative Storytelling and Open Source Interviews

Museum 2.0

I found a paper online by Elisa Giaccardi entitled "Toward an Evolution of Virtual Museums: Collective Storytelling and Social Creativity." Looks like she is pursuing one form of the kind of question I set out to explore with regard to storytelling. Tags: storytelling Here's what I love about the internet. I was planning to write a post today about the use of story in museums.

Observations from The Tech Virtual Museum Workshop, Month 1

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This week marks one month of live activity for the Tech Virtual Museum Workshop , a collaborative, online platform for exhibit development. What's it like to work in a virtual exhibit workshop? Our proto-users are artists, architects, university professors, mathematicians, engineers who have already been experimenting with creating interactive environments and objects within the virtual world. Tags: virtual worlds design Tech Virtual

You're Invited to TechSoup Global's Digital Storytelling Awards and Screening Party


In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. You’ll get to meet some of our local judges, see dozens of the best videos and photo stories, and connect with fellow digital storytellers. WHAT: Awards and Screening Party for the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge. We look forward to seeing the virtual attendees on the livstream party -- and can't wait to see those who can make it in-person on the red carpet!

NTC Storytellers: Sitting Alone, Together, Connecting and Re-connecting


By Roger Burks, NTC Storytellers Host One of my favorite things to do at each Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) that I attend is to find a comfortable chair — or a nice bit of floor — to sit, write and quietly experience what's going on. Because, through much of the year, most of us are connected somewhat tenuously and certainly virtually through social media.

Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

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There are several ways for you to get involved in our social media for social good events no matter where you live, since our community is holding both live and virtual gatherings. Victoria, Canada: The Art of Digital Storytelling - A NetSquared Victoria Panel. We’re half way into Social Media September , but we’re just getting started!

Instagram Marketing for Nonprofits: 5 Sites for Inspiration

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It's the virtual equivalent of word-of-mouth marketing. They think of Instagram as a storytelling tool. This aspect of Instagram, visual storytelling, is its most critical strength and is the way nonprofits should be approaching it. The very survival of nonprofits and their constituents often depend on the storytelling abilities nonprofits are able to bring to the table. PhotoPhilanthropy's page on Instagram is amazing in terms of powerful storytelling.

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How Social Good Organizations Can Build Community at a Social Distance

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I love seeing all the creative ways people are coming together virtually right now when coming together physically is not recommended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social media is also a great way to have a livestream, a coloring contest, or even a virtual challenge to solve a mystery.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 121: How Save the Children is Evolving to Meet New Demands

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Leading with storytelling. Watch Janti speak at bbcon with the bbcon 2019 virtual pass.See Janti’s presentation at bbcon with the bbcon 2019 virtual pass. As a 100-year-old organization, Save the Children is one of the most well-known nonprofits in the world. But as with any longstanding organization, they have needed to balance tradition with evolving to meet new challenges and needs.

Interview: Kivi Leroux Miller, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide

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This interview is part of her virtual book tour; check out the full calendar of events. We know storytelling is important for grant applications and fundraising appeals, how is it most useful in marketing? Tags: interview marketing best practice fundraising storytelling I’ve followed Kivi’s work for years and am happy to call her a colleague and friend.

Jumping into Art in Second Life

Museum 2.0

When people talk about museum projects in Second Life and other virtual worlds, I'm often disappointed by the short-sightedness of the vision. Virtual worlds are a new, emerging technology, and like any new technology, overlaying old techniques onto new platforms is disappointing at best. VAN GOGH GOES EXPERIENTIAL The video below is a gorgeous example of the possibility of substantive, emotional experiences with museum content via virtual world representations.

The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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museums to create virtual experiences for visitors. The storytelling, history, and objects translate beautifully to a Beam visit,” explained Ch" 'via Blog this The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "Suitable Technologies recently partnered with eight U.S.

Instagram Marketing for Nonprofits: 5 Sites for Inspiration

Tech Soup Blog

It's the virtual equivalent of word-of-mouth marketing. They think of Instagram as a storytelling tool. This aspect of Instagram, visual storytelling, is its most critical strength and is the way nonprofits should be approaching it. The very survival of nonprofits and their constituents often depend on the storytelling abilities nonprofits are able to bring to the table. PhotoPhilanthropy's page on Instagram is amazing in terms of powerful storytelling.

How to Choose the Right Image for Your Website

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Don't do this: Why this doesn't work: The floating laptop in white space doesn't help us understand what virtualization is (or how this laptop is managing to levitate on its own). image visual communication digital storytelling Multimedia and Graphics website Oh stock images. like cupcakes, you are ubiquitous and tempting, even though we know you're bad for us. Here are a few key considerations to help you choose fantastic images for your site.

Top 10 bbcon Sessions for Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications Professionals

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Virtual bbcon 2020 is fast approaching, with thousands of nonprofits registrants, many of whom are fundraising, communications and marketing pros like yourself: ready to expand your vision with fresh ideas and actionable inspiration!

Data Digest: From Presidential Campaigns to Social Good

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Floodlight, an interesting data storytelling tool for communities is also featured. Some of the pitfalls identified include blindspots, and biases in the data itself, which limits its utility and alienation of humanitarian workers from communities because of virtual interaction. Data Storytelling. Skill-building tools are also available for storytellers and they organize “ story-raisings ” community events with storytelling experts that share their knowledge.

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Pokemon Go and Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

While the virtual success of Pokemon Go might just be a fad, it is the beginning of mainstreaming of augmented reality and time to think about the implications for the real world. Storytelling Tools and TacticsPokemon Go , the latest installment in the best-selling Pokémon video game series, launched as a smartphone app using augmented reality. It became an overnight viral sensation and cultural phenomena.

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Cause Camp 2021 Speaker Line-Up

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On May 11th, 2021 join us for a virtual conference unlike any other. We will be using an all-in-one platform for virtual events and a networking space. It’s that time of year again, Cause Camp 2021 is just around the corner!

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Welcome to Pine Point: A Multimedia Exploration of Nostalgia, History, and What it Means to be Human

Museum 2.0

Welcome to Pine Point is a kind of virtual museum exhibition about the town, told from the perspective of Michael Simons, an artist who grew up in the nearby town of Yellowknife and visited Pine Point as a boy. storytelling Unusual Projects and Influences interactivesIn 1990, educator and cultural critic Neil Postman described a museum as "an answer to a fundamental question: what does it mean to be a human being?" I must admit that I've never found this definition very helpful.

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Check out our previous blog posts on Storytelling best practices: 8 Tips for Nonprofit Storytelling and The Go-To Template for Mastering Nonprofit Storytelling. Host a Virtual Walk/Run!

9 Socially-Distant Donor Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

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By Laura Bucher , Storyteller at Donor Perfect – a top-rated donor management system and fundraising platform for nonprofits. 2) Gain fun face time opportunities with virtual events.

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Get Results When You Put Yourself in Your Donors’ Shoes

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It’s the perfect middle ground between data, empiricism, emotion and storytelling – a perfect fact and fiction that needs to be combined. Third Step: Facilitate an in-person or virtual mapping session. If you had a choice, would you walk a mile uphill in snow in uncomfortable shoes?

Nonprofits Live: Social Video Recap

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NPLive, for the unfamiliar, blends virtual video speaker conferencing; online presentation and video; and live audience chatting and social networking, including conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPLive. The cameras are just one of a number of digital storytelling resources, which includes software and online tips , offered by TechSoup for those nonprofit and library staff who are interested in putting the advice of the NPLive panelists to action.

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Generation Rwanda: Two Stories

Beth Kanter

The profits from the business help both Germaine and these other families.Germaine uses her Windows Phone as her virtual store. Leadership storytellingAs part of the ACE Leadership Training, we had several site visits to bring some of the real world into our discussions. The group visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Before the Pixels: The Importance of Strategy in Web Design

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We’re hosting three virtual events that will show you how we can help guide your organization to achieve more effective web strategy and design. Multimedia and Graphics Using the Web and Internet Web Building blackbaud nonprofits nonprofit digital storytelling web designKelley Jarrett is Guide Creative's market manager. Guide Creative is Blackbaud 's design agency.

Thoughts on 3six5, a Successful Participatory Project

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They run a virtual newspaper written by a reporter they've never met, who is replaced every single day. Tags: storytelling Unusual Projects and Influences usercontent Yesterday, I had the delightful opportunity to participate in the 3six5 project , a yearlong participatory project in which 365 people write 365 journal entries for every day of 2010. The posts are short (365 words or less) and are intended to give a personal snapshot of that individual's day.