The Evolution of Nonprofit Storytelling: Who’s the Hero?

Recently, nonprofits have shifted from being less org-centric and more donor-centric. In these stories, organizations are fueled by heroic donors who serve other people. This engages the donor more, meeting them where they are and celebrating their generosity. But, let’s be mindful of over-correction. Continue reading The Evolution of Nonprofit Storytelling: Who’s the Hero?

5 Storytelling Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Stories are how we share our culture, pass down our traditions and influence others. We are literally hardwired for storytelling. Perfect for fundraising, right? But if the formula is so simple—character + conflict + resourcefulness = resolution—then why don’t more stories resonate? Here are five mistakes that might be in the way. Continue reading 5 Storytelling Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Get Specific to Get Results: Details Are Important to Your Donors

In a study of organizational behavior and decision-making, the researchers found a correlation between tangible information and generosity. When the charitable appeal was specific (your gift will provide one family with dinner for a week) versus general (your gift will feed hungry families), donations increased two-fold. How could this work for your nonprofit? Check out some examples of narrowing your storytelling scope. Continue reading Get Specific to Get Results: Details Are Important to Your Donors

7 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions on Social Media for Nonprofits

As a planned giving marketing company, we field a lot of questions about how nonprofits can utilize social and how planned giving can fit into that social strategy—especially these days. Knowing that there are a lot of questions circling around the use of social in today’s environment, Stelter’s Marketing Communications Specialist, Aimee Menhusen, invited me and Stelter’s Creative Director and Marketing Director, Zach Christensen, to a little Zoom Q&A on social media best practices. We put our heads together to come up with this list of FAQs to share. Enjoy! Continue reading 7 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions on Social Media for Nonprofits