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Using the Power of Story to
Connect With and Engage Donors
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Meet the #npEXPERTS
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Our #npEXPERTS Presenter
Vanessa Chase
Fundraising and communications
strategist ...
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We all Share Common Ground
Need:
Want to raise more
money and keep our
donors …
S...
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So What’s Preventing Us?
When you communi...
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When You Don’t Know Your Audience
•  Your...
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The Donor Knowledge Gap
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Stories as the Solution
Stories help brid...
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The process of combining
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5 Keys to Crafting a
Story that Resonates...
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Key #1 – Define Your Goal
What is your go...
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Key #2 –
Find
Your Core
Message
What’s th...
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Key #3 – Create Connection
What’s your “i...
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Key #4 – Develop your Characters
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Key #5 – Find the Conflict
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But …
How do we
find stories
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The 4 Pillars
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1. Educate Staff
Storytelling is a team e...
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2. Know What You Need
Don’t make the mist...
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3. Create Tools
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4. Tell Each Other Stories
Tell each othe...
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Now it’s time
… to start
implementing
sto...
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First, evaluate your stewardship
•  Map o...
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Then, think about the best way
to communicate with your donors.
Pick the mediums ...
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put it into
practice!
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Example: Stories in Stewardship
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Stories in
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The Power of Story to Connect with and Retain Donors

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How do you talk about the work that you do? Do you list facts and statistics in your newsletter? While data is important, it’s even more important to turn the numbers into stories that connect. Vanessa Chase, nonprofit expert, will dive into the need to articulate impact beyond the numbers to stay connected with your supporters and retain more donors.

• How to craft stories that retain and motivate donors
• Ways to insert story into your stewardship plan
• Where to capture the best stories at your organization

Transcript of "The Power of Story to Connect with and Retain Donors"

  1. 1. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Using the Power of Story to Connect With and Engage Donors www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  2. 2. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Meet the #npEXPERTS
  3. 3. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Our #npEXPERTS Presenter Vanessa Chase Fundraising and communications strategist with a love of great stories. Founded TheStorytellingNonprofit.com to help nonprofits connect in more meaningful ways with donors through stories and stewardship. @vanessaechase thestorytellingnonprofit.com
  4. 4. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  5. 5. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts We all Share Common Ground Need: Want to raise more money and keep our donors … Solution: Remember what philanthropy is really all about. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  6. 6. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts So What’s Preventing Us? When you communicate with your donors, do you really make the communication about them? There are two cardinal mistakes in donor communications: 1.  Making it all about the organization’s “urgent” needs 2.  Not knowing our audience well enough to speak to them in a way that resonates #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  7. 7. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts When You Don’t Know Your Audience •  Your communications are less effective •  Your audience doesn’t understand •  Folks become apathetic •  … and lose the connection #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  8. 8. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts The Donor Knowledge Gap
  9. 9. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Stories as the Solution Stories help bridge the Donor Knowledge Gap in two ways. 1.  Provide context for understanding new information 2.  Emotionally connect donors to the cause #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  10. 10. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts The process of combining facts and narrative in order to communicate a message and an emotion to a target audience. WHAT IS STORYTELLING?
  11. 11. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts 5 Keys to Crafting a Story that Resonates 1. Goal 2. Message 3. Connection 4. Character 5. Conflict
  12. 12. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Key #1 – Define Your Goal What is your goal for telling a story? #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  13. 13. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Key #2 – Find Your Core Message What’s the one thing that you want readers to feel and think as a result of this story? #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  14. 14. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Key #3 – Create Connection What’s your “in” to creating a connection with your audience? #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  15. 15. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Key #4 – Develop your Characters •  Clients •  Staff •  Board •  Volunteers •  Donors •  Community #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  16. 16. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Key #5 – Find the Conflict Creating connection between two seemingly dissimilar experiences.
  17. 17. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts But … How do we find stories to tell?
  18. 18. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts The 4 Pillars of a Culture of Storytelling 1.  Educate staff 2.  Know what you need 3.  Create tools 4.  Tell each other stories
  19. 19. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts 1. Educate Staff Storytelling is a team effort! Make it a participatory, inclusive activity for everyone at your organization Dedicate an all-staff meeting to discussing storytelling #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  20. 20. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts 2. Know What You Need Don’t make the mistake of just telling your colleagues, “I need a story! Can you give me a story?” Make specific requests that give colleagues a clear sense of direction. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  21. 21. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts 3. Create Tools Create easy ways to colleagues to regularly submit their stories via a story collection form, #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  22. 22. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts 4. Tell Each Other Stories Tell each other stories more often and storytelling will become an inherent part of your organization’s culture #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  23. 23. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Now it’s time … to start implementing stories in stewardship
  24. 24. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts First, evaluate your stewardship •  Map out the touch points that you have with donors •  Review the content of your stewardship pieces •  Are you using words like “impact”? Are you showing donors what that means? •  How directly does the content of your stewardship connect donors to the beneficiaries of their philanthropy?
  25. 25. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Then, think about the best way to communicate with your donors. Pick the mediums that work for your donors. Email? Direct Mail? Phone? In Person? Social?
  26. 26. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Finally, go put it into practice! #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
  27. 27. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Example: Stories in Stewardship
  28. 28. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Example: Stories in Stewardship
  29. 29. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts Example: Stories in Stewardship
  30. 30. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts The most important story you can tell and be connected to is the story of why you do the work that you do.
  31. 31. #npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts#npEXPERTS | www.blackbaud.com/npexperts www.blackbaud.com/npexperts
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