The Auction Advocate: How to Raise More Money by Telling Better Stories

So, you want to raise more money this year, right? What if it was as simple as telling better stories to your stakeholders? It can be that simple. Success in life comes down to one thing: communication. What we say. Where we say it. How and when we say it. For…

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Focus on What Donors Want to Hear

I understand the desire to tell donors lots of information. You want to communicate all kinds of details about the important work you’re doing, ways they can give, dates for events, that you’re on social media. I get it! Unfortunately, talking about yourself over and over is NOT an effective…

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6 Tips For Sharing Your Money Story with Ease & Authenticity

The ironic thing about sharing your money story is, the more you talk about money, the more money you will raise. To help you get over any apprehension you might have when talking about money, here’s 6 tips for sharing your money story story with ease and authenticity. 1. Make…

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Catapult Your Ability to Tell Your Story Powerfully

I’m always on the lookout for tools that will help you do your job better. When I learned about MemoryFox I knew I had to tell you about it. So, I invite Founder & CEO Chris Miano to explain this fun software platform developed to help you tell your story…

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How to Raise More Money: The Nonprofit MBA Podcast

Podcasts are everywhere! I just got to talk about my favorite topic on the Nonprofit MBA Podcast. Stephen Halasnik, from Financing Solutions, invited me to chat about how to use storytelling to raise more money. In our discussion, I shared four important steps of nonprofit storytelling. Start with Data Collection…

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Tell More Stories. Raise More Money.

It’s a simple fact, when you tell more stories you raise more money. This is why I’ve revised and re-released my ebook: Boring2Brilliant: Finding & Sharing Stories that Cause People to Take Action. We connect with others through the stories we tell or they share with us. And, the reality…

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Stories You Tell Make or Break Your Fundraising Goals

Stories you tell at benefit auctions, in your e-newsletter, and in all your nonprofit communications can make or break your fundraising goals. That’s what Erin Shipps, Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Auctioneers Association, wrote for a recent piece in their national magazine: Auctioneer. In her article titled…

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Steps to Effective Storytelling for Fundraising

My friends at Arts Midwest recently launched The Ideas Hub which is, as they say on their website is, “a collection of free, curated articles and tools that help creative leaders foster growth within their organizations.” My contribution to this resource hub is an article titled: Storytelling as a Fundraising…

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Three Things Donors Should Know BEFORE Your Next Fundraising Event

You’ve spent so much time on the details of planning your next fundraising event. Whether it’s a golf outing, gala, fundraising breakfast or lunch, wine-tasting, or fund-a-need activity — invitations are sent and then you expect donors to give. Unfortunately, your guests don’t care much about the napkin colors, centerpieces,…

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Lead Like You Give a Damn Podcast: The Power of Storytelling in Leadership

Vulnerability is a superpower. Especially when sharing our own story. Storytelling in leadership isn’t something we regularly focus on. Maybe it’s time we should.

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