It was unbelievable...
Tom's organization received their largest donation ever - and it all started with a story.
After attending the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference, Tom started telling stories differently. Donors took notice. The income from his newsletter more than doubled. But that wasn't the best part.
One of his stories attracted a brand new donor.
The donor made a whopping donation of $180,000. Can you imagine getting a donation that large from a brand new donor? ...but this donor's story doesn't end there.
The donor wanted to do more.
Fast forward one month, and the same donor gave a second gift. This time the donation was for 1.24 million dollars. If you add that to the the donor's initial donation, it adds up to an unbelievable $1,420,00.00. And it all started with a story.
Tom's fundraising results may not be typical, but many of the past fundraising and communications people who attended the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference have reported amazing results. Take Heidi Wong from Kin On Health Care as an example.
After attending the conference, Heidi completely rewrote her organization's year end appeal letter. Instead of bringing in their usual $30,000, the new appeal letter brought in $124,000. What made the difference? It was her new storytelling skills.
The same thing happened when Rachelle tried out her new storytelling skills. She was able to raise $50,000 more from her appeal letter. And for her small nonprofit, she was also able to increase their donor retention by 8%.
In just two weeks, and with her new storytelling strategies and tools, Kelly was able to bring in 4 times the amount of first time donors. Plus, she reactivated 40 lapsed donors and got 14 new monthly donors.
In order to raise more money, you must get people excited to support your cause. And the best way to do that is by telling better stories.
At this year's Nonprofit Storytelling Conference you will learn how to tell better stories across the many aspects of fundraising and donor communications.
You'll learn how to tap into your donor's emotions.
You'll learn about digital media storytelling, major donor storytelling, visual storytelling, and telling stories at special events. You'll learn the basics of storytelling as well as some advanced storytelling techniques - such as how to structure and implement a series of stories to increase donations and donor retention.
The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference is unlike any conference you've ever attended.
Your job is hard enough.
You are busy taking care of everyone else. Let us take care of you.
Our goal is to create a space where you'll feel nurtured and cared for. As you dive deep into the world of storytelling and connecting with donors, we also want you to have a great time and feel inspired when you leave.
Watch the videos below to learn what previous attendees had to say about their experience at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference.
"I felt like a guest coming to somebody's house...It feels like a retreat with like-minded people wanting to learn."
- Rishi Behari
"It is one masterclass after another of people who are motivated to go out and do something positive in the world...It's electric."
- Mary Lynn Lalonde
"I'm here for the second time...It's absolutely magical...I feel inspired!"
- Julie Mikuska
"I am LOVING this conference! ...The variety of speakers here is fabulous. This is so inspiring I really want to go to work and get started sharing my clients' stories."
- Kavya Dharmarajan
"A tremendous learning experience...A lot of times our organizations are scared to try new things, and this gives me the courage and motivation to push for it."
- Mimi Kamilar
"Chocked full of rich information...So many concrete, tangible ideas that I will be able to put to work starting tomorrow."
- Susan Segall
"I came from Israel. Even if we had only come for one session yesterday, it would have been so worth it!"
- Rachel Grunbaum
"Within the first couple of hours I texted my boss and said - BEST CONFERENCE EVER!"
- Sherry Manschot
SIX STORYTELLING TRACKS
How well do you tell stories?
Are you great at telling stories in your newsletter but not as good telling stories face to face? Could you be better at telling stories through social media or at special events?
Raising money demands different types of storytelling.
At this year's conference, you'll be able to focus on different types of storytelling - to improve your fundraising. You'll be able to choose the sessions you want from six different storytelling tracks.
This track focuses on story construction, and the techniques you'll need to craft compelling stories, including:
This track focuses on telling stories through digital media platforms and social media.
This track focuses on telling stories leading up to your event, at your event, and after your event.
This track focuses on telling stories face-to-face with donors and potential donors.
This track focuses on using stories to engage donors in your newsletters, appeal letters, and other direct mail communications.
Are you feeling up to a challenge? Or want some ultra specific training?
You will learn from the best.
Each of the presenters below were hand picked. They are wonderful and caring individuals ready to help you tell your stories better. Throughout both days of the conference, you'll be able to ask them questions directly - during the sessions and breaks, and even befriend them. :)
Kivi Leroux Miller
Lori L. Jacobwith
Beth Ann Locke
Marc A. Pitman
...and that's why there will be plenty of time for you to get personalized attention.
Introducing our new Story Labs.
With smaller groups, and added time - you get more personalized attention.
Tom Ahern, Jen Love, and Jeff Brooks during the 2015 Story Lab
Take advantage of the "wisdom in the room".
There will be Story lab sessions during both days of the conference. This is where you can get your questions answered and also hear what other folks are struggling with. You'll have direct contact with the conference speakers and hear from others in the room.
Story Labs are a great place to get your specific questions answered. And also a great place for discovering like-minded people from other nonprofit organizations.
Because this was such a hit last year, we've decided to do it again.
As an added bit of fun, we'll have a special showing of a feature film on the first night of the conference. There will be free snacks and drinks. Stick around after the movie and learn about storytelling "Hollywood style".
Raising money should be joyful... for you, and your donors.
Reduce fundraising stress and burnout.
Come to this year's conference and learn how to make fundraising more enjoyable. Get inspired and excited to raise more money.
"A fabulous conference. Best one I've ever been to."
Kathleen Ashley Stevens - Carolinas HealthCare Foundation
Because we don't want you to miss a single session, all the presentations will be recorded on video.
You'll be able to watch and share all the strategies and storytelling goodness with your staff back at your office. This will help you and your team to better communicate and raise more money.
"That was, hands down, the best conference I've attended!!! An incredible 2 days of learning."
Renae Goettel - Make-A-Wish America
"My brain is full, my network is larger, and my passion for helping South Dakota is at its peak! My two days at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference were nothing short of spectacular!"
Buddy Seiner - South Dakota Community Foundation
When you buy your ticket, you'll be invited to join the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference facebook group. You'll be able to meet other attendees and get their help when you're stuck for ideas or inspiration. There's a lot of sharing and exchanging of best practices.
This private facebook group is only available for folks who get tickets to the conference.
Buy your ticket below.
"I would send everyone I know to the conference. It was that good. I tell people this is the best conference I have ever attended. I mean it."
Judy Whiting - OPAL Community Land Trust
Get your ticket today and save $300 off the "ticket only" price of $1195.
If you can't make it to the conference in person, buy the "video only" option. You'll get videos of every session, in all six tracks. Plus, you'll get all the presentation handouts. Save $200 off the regular price of $895 when you buy it today.
Get a ticket and the videos so you can share all the storytelling strategies and techniques with your staff in the office. Save $645 off the regular price of $1690 when you buy before Sept 30th.
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