Thursday, April 25, 2013

Telling Your Nonprofit's Story

One could argue that the key to fundraising is presenting a story that is relatable while also telling potential donors what they can do about the particular situation.

So what's your nonprofit's story?

In his book “Winning The Story Wars,” Jonah Sacks suggests the use of what he calls core story elements, the components that will become part of the story strategy. Seeing members of the target audience as heroes in the making and recognizing the organization’s need and ability to mobilize them with a compelling story and inspiring message makes donors feel as though they can make a big difference.
The core story elements are:
  • Brand Hero. This is the embodiment of the primary audience the organization seeks to reach.
  • Brand Mentor. This is the embodiment of the brand.
  • Brand Gift. This is the creative wild card that makes the brand special and makes the brand hero believe higher-level values can be pursued through a relationship with the brand.
  • Moral of the Story. This is the core message that underlies, sometimes subtly and sometimes overtly, every story the organization tells.
  • Brand Boon. This is the contribution to the world that the brand hero will ultimately make.

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