Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process
Aug23

Please Share Your Storybanking and Photobanking Process

Our contributing writer Antionette Kerr is working on a new e-book on both storybanking and photobanking — how you collect, store and organize your stories and photos. She’s got some great how-tos and resources pulled together. But it’s missing your real-world stories and data. So we need your help! Can you take this quick survey on storybanking and photobanking? We ask a few questions like which tools you use (if...

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Using Story Arcs to Plan Your Communications
Jul13

Using Story Arcs to Plan Your Communications

Are you telling a bunch of great little stories in your communications that don’t really seem to add up to much? You are likely missing a larger story arc. I’ll be speaking at the 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago in November (early bird registration ends this Friday!). I’ll talk about how to take all those individual stories and make them into something much more powerful. I recorded a short preview...

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Motivate Colleagues to Spot & Gather 5-Star Stories
Jun27

Motivate Colleagues to Spot & Gather 5-Star Stories

Here’s how to ask, train, support, and reward the front-line folks who have the greatest access to 5-star stories! Join me to learn How to Jumpstart Your Story-Gathering Team Thursday, June 30, 1-2PM Eastern Stories are one of the easiest (and one of the most useful) types of insights your team can gather. And, when you have compelling stories—about beneficiaries, donors, or volunteers, or other players—to share in your...

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Building an Editorial Calendar Based on Stories
Jun22

Building an Editorial Calendar Based on Stories

I’ll be speaking at the 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago in November (early bird registration ends June 30!). One of the topics I will cover is what you actually do with the great stories you’ve written. How do you build them into your editorial calendar so you get the most out of them? I recorded a short preview of the talk (about 4 minutes) and it’s now available on the conference website.   I...

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4 Inspirational “Share Your Story” Pages That Will Knock Your Socks Off
Mar24

4 Inspirational “Share Your Story” Pages That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Want to get your supporters pumped? Try a “Share Your Story” page on your website. A “Share Your Story” page gives you an ongoing (or short term) opportunity to collect inspirational stories that support your mission, move decision makers toward change, and motivate donors to give to your cause. “Share Your Story” shows supporters that they matter,  that you are listening, and that change, hope, and help are...

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Closing the Loop with Your Donors When You’re Not Sure What Information You’ll Get
May05

Closing the Loop with Your Donors When You’re Not Sure What Information You’ll Get

I coached Cassia Burke’s organization Children of the Nations  a couple of years ago and I continue to be impressed with the way they have embraced near constant reporting and thanking of donors in creative ways. I’ve encouraged you to borrow borrow their ideas before and think you’ll like these ideas for keeping your donors informed as well. ~Kivi Guest Post by Cassia Burke of Children of the Nations I’m a writer...

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