Storytelling Tip: Get Out of the Way!

So much of good nonprofit communications comes down to learning how to tell some good stories about the What, Why, and How of your work. But every good story also has a "Who" at its center. This is the classic protagonist -- the person who is up against formidable challenges and, after great struggle, overcomes and…

Examples of Nonprofit Stories

Here are several examples of good nonprofit storytelling. National CASA effectively uses video vignettes with both children and volunteers. The site also features some written stories, and while still good, they aren’t nearly as moving as the videos. Interplast. Their blog contains wonderful stories about how their teams are repairing cleft lip and other birth…

Interview Questions to Help You Write Great Donor, Volunteer and Client Profiles for Your Newsletters

By Kivi Leroux Miller

To write a good profile about a client, donor, volunteer or other supporter of your nonprofit organization, you need to see several sides of that person. One good way to do that is to conduct an interview. You can interview in person, over the phone, or via email.

The specific questions you ask and how you word them will depend on the relationship between that person and your organization, how much time you have, and how long you want the profile to be. You'll pose questions about working with your nonprofit a little differently, based on whether the person is a donor, volunteer or recipient of services.