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Four Tactics for Amazing Nonprofit Stories 

May 22, 2013

By: Caryn Stein

Founded by Katya Andresen and Mark Rovner, Characters Magazine is on a mission to showcase amazing stories of and by those seeking to make the world a better place. Each month the magazine will feature stories from the nonprofit sector.    Stories are older than written language. Stories have started wars and bui… Read More

Social Media Storytelling for Nonprofits 

May 6, 2013

By: Caryn Stein

Pairing your nonprofit storytelling with social media is a smart tactic for engaging supporters and inspiring them to take action. When coupled with a compelling story and an integrated marketing plan, social media is an easy way to promote stories about your cause. Here‘s why it works: It’s dynamic:  Soci… Read More

How to Make Your Mission More Compelling 

May 6, 2013

By: Katya Andresen

Many nonprofits have trouble making their missions relatable and exciting to potential supporters. I often get questions like this one from Deirdre: “As an organization with a mission that is a bit more abstract than, say, feeding hungry children or saving whales, we often struggle to make our work concrete. How … Read More

6 Foolproof Tips for Great Nonprofit Content 

July 24, 2012

By: Caryn Stein

It’s imperative to remember that our job as fundraisers is to write compelling stories that engage our donors. Creating great content is both art and science. You have a short amount of time to grab a reader’s attention and make an impression — don’t waste the opportunity by sending weak copy or rob… Read More

5 Secrets of Innovative New Nonprofits 

July 12, 2012

By: Caryn Stein

How do relatively young nonprofits like Charity: Water catch fire and thrive?  What can we learn from them?  James Read has a great article in the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII) that offers five answers. Here are his principles with my own commentary.  What I like is they aren’t so secr… Read More

Customer Spotlight: How The Contributor Achieved Fundraising Success 

June 20, 2012

By: Caryn Stein

The Contributor is a newspaper about and for the homeless of Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah Lehner, of The Contributor‘s development department, says that the paper “provides a diversity of perspectives and information on homelessness while highlighting the contributions of homeless and formerly homeless indiv… Read More

Don’t Tell Me an Issue! Tell me a Story. 

May 21, 2012

By: Caryn Stein

Stories are the way we’ve communicated throughout human history.  There’s a reason for that: Stories are powerful.  They grab and hold our attention. They put a face on an issue and make it personal. They make people care, And move them to action!   [Both within your organization and outside of it.] In … Read More

How to Tap into the Heart and Soul of Your Organization When You Write 

June 17, 2010

By: Network for Good

Is your organization one of the thousands that miss the mark when writing fundraising materials? A recent study by Frank C. Dickerson, Ph.D. found that the written materials of most nonprofit organizations focus more on transferring information than creating interpersonal involvement. His research found that the majori… Read More

12 Questions that Lead to a Better Fundraising Story 

January 27, 2010

By: Network for Good

It’s becoming much easier to tell the story of the clients you serve — especially if you have a smartphone, a social media presence and a few juicy questions to ask. Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to tell a story with which your donors can identify. Let’s be honest: Storytelling often gets mu… Read More

Is Your Story Big Enough? 

December 7, 2009

By: Network for Good

Download the participant handout, transcript and audio recording below Related Documents! While the economy is slowly recovering, are your fundraising appeals still in need of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation? You’ve tried creating a sense of urgency and alarm, but your message is falling on deaf ears. You’re n… Read More

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