Why you should come to the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference? Alumni tell you.

Wondering why you should come to this year’s Nonprofit Storytelling Conference? I could share why I think you should. It’s an event like none I’ve ever been able to be part of. But as a co-producer of the conference, you’d expect me to say that. So here are some comments posted just this week from

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48% of US nonprofits say December fundraising was lower than last year

But most say overall 2018 fundraising is the same or better than last year’s. What a year 2018 was here in the USA. It started with a lot of nonprofit professionals and boards scared that the new charitable deduction would hurt giving. As the year went on, others worried about the tariffs and their impact

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2 types of nonprofit stories – and the one that drives donations

I’ve just getting back from the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference so it’s likely no surprise stories are on my mind. At the conference this year, I noticed talk about 2 types of nonprofit stories. I heard talk about “institutional stories” and “donor stories.” Institutional stories are just that – about the institution. These are necessary and

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It’s not about scaring, but caring

I recently blogged about a storytelling tip for nonprofit leaders that I learned from Kindra Hall. The tip is especially powerful in nonprofit fundraising. Kindra took the millenia old story structure – beginning, middle, end – and reframed it as normal, explosion, new normal. One of her lessons for us was that as storytellers, we

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No donor wants to make a donation

Years ago, I wrote about Zig Ziglar teaching that nobody wants a drill. He said millions of drills are sold every year. But no one wants a drill. They want a hole. The same is true with donors. No donor wants to make a donation. Donors want the value the donation will make. So tell

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No donor wants to make a donation

Years ago, I wrote about Zig Ziglar teaching that nobody wants a drill. He said millions of drills are sold every year. But no one wants a drill. They want a hole. The same is true with donors. No donor wants to make a donation. Donors want the value the donation will make. So tell

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It Only Takes One Story to Change Everything

The most common complaints I hear about sharing a story to increase fundraising revenue:
“I don’t know any stories” or “We don’t have any good stories.”

I disagree.

In 1999 I was the President/CEO of Prevent Blindness America, Greater Phoenix Division. New to the city, with a new job – I could have used those same complaints.

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Telling Stories that Move Donors to Give

It was the midst of the Great Recession, and about one in ten people across the U.S. were out of work. Amadou was one of them. Unemployment benefits helped his family, for a while. But he had worked for a low wage, and his benefits were only a fraction of that—and then they ran out. […]

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