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1 story,
1 month,
1 Million dollars.

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.

With better stories,
You can raise more money.

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%.

4 times more donors in 2 weeks!

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.

It all comes down to this...

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 to increase donations and donor retention.

Welcome to a different world.

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


"I'm really excited about what I learned...It's going to be easy to take it back and put right into practice."

- Jason Brice


"Chocked full of rich information...So many concrete, tangible ideas that I will be able to put to work starting tomorrow."

- Susan Segall


"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


"This is my second time at the conference...It was such a transformative experience...It's an amazing place to be."

- Anne Springer


"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

Here's what we'll cover at this year's conference.

Raising money demands different types of storytelling.

You'll be able to focus on different types of storytelling at this year's conference.  Some of the specific areas we'll be focusing on are: 

  • How to Find New Donors Using Stories
  • The Fundamentals of Storytelling
  • Special Event Storytelling
  • Major Giving Storytelling
  • Direct Response Storytelling
  • Online Storytelling
  • Advocacy Storytelling
  • Social Media Storytelling
  • Using Stories to Retain Donors

Transformational Giving

You already tell stories.  But how well do you tell them?

You are already getting transactional gifts (lower dollar gifts).  But are you getting the highly sought after transformational gifts from donors?

At this year's conference, you'll learn how to take your storytelling skills to the next level.  With better storytelling skills, you'll be able to engage donors on a deeper level and get more gifts that are truly transformational.

You have unique challenges...

...and that's why there will be time for you to get personalized attention.

Introducing our expanded Story Labs.

Story Labs is where you sit down with a storytelling expert and have them help you one-on-one.  Bring your most vexing problems and get personalized help.​

Here's a quick overview of the agenda

Day 1

Thurs. Nov. 9th
8AM - 5:30PM

The first day's main focus will be on storytelling fundamentals.  

You'll learn how to structure and craft compelling stories.  You'll learn how to use these stories to engage your donors on a deeper level.  

You'll also learn how to find the stories that will raise you the most money.  ...and you'll learn techniques that will allow you to tap into what your donors truly desire and what stories will make them give larger donations.

If your organization has privacy issues around your clients, or your organization doesn't have people as "clients", you'll still learn how to create compelling stories for your organization.

You'll walk away from Day 1 with some insider storytelling knowledge that you can't get anywhere else.​

Day 2

Fri. Nov. 10th  
8AM - 5:30PM

The second day's main focus will be on real world implementation strategies.

Building off what you learned on day 1, you'll learn how to generate more money for your organization with your new storytelling skills.

  • Special Event Storytelling
  • Major Giving Storytelling
  • Direct Response Storytelling
  • Online Storytelling
  • Advocacy Storytelling
  • Social Media Storytelling

You'll also learn how to make an ask based on your donor's story. 

You'll walk away from Day 2 with real storytelling strategies and techniques that will help you raise a lot more money.​

Day 3

Sat. Nov. 11th
8AM - Noon

The third day's main focus will be on finding new donors.

For any good story to work, you need the right person to hear your story.  Right?

You will learn repeatable systems to bring in new donors.

You'll also learn how to use storytelling to inspire your new donors to make a second and third gift. 

You are going to gain new skills and specific strategies to increase your base of supporters.

All by itself, Day 3 will be worth the price of your ticket.  

If you could use help finding more donors, then come to this year's conference. buy a ticket

Look at our amazing speakers this year.

2017 Speakers


Communications &
Direct Response Fundraising Expert, Best Selling Author 


Executive Producer of
hit TV shows: NCIS, Magnum P.I., JAG, The Rockford Files, and more... 


Born Do-Gooder, High-Fiving Fundraising Coach & Girl On A Mission to Spread Donor Happiness.


President of
Fight Colorectal Cancer


Fundraising and communications expert, coach, & Chief Problem Solver at Blue Canoe.


Founder of
Concord Leadership Group and author of “Ask Without Fear!®,”


Development Director
New Beginnings 


Bloomerang co-founder and board member for the The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Founder of Fundraising Transformed & recognized as one of the Top 30 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants in the U.S.


Director of Philanthropy for
Seattle Goodwill.


Brand Marketing Director for
Seattle Goodwill


Owner and Director of
Operations + Communications at
Swaim Strategies


Fundraising Consultant &
Spreader of the Secrets of Powerful Fundraising, & best selling author


Owner, DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. LLC


Hollywood’s most respected and sought-after expert on comedy. Clients include, Dreamworks, HBO, Disney, and more...


Storyteller, Believer,
Counselor, Reliant Studios &
Nonprofit Film School Owner


Senior VP and CEO of Sharp HealthCare Foundation and one of the nation’s leading health care philanthropy professionals.


Faculty, Seattle U Master of Nonprofit Leadership | Board of Directors, Women's Funding Alliance


Senior Partner at Veritus Group, Expert in developing strategy for major donor programs


Founding Partner at Veritus Group and has over 30 years’ experience helping nonprofits transform their Major Donor programs.


Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising Expert, & wrote Facebook Marketing for Dummies.


Director of Communications
Fight Colorectal Cancer


Founder Sea Change Strategies, Content marketing and strategy, Storytelling Training and Crafting, Communications Audience Research


Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang & Nonprofit Marketer.


Online user experience designer, and Founder of The Creative Campaign


CEO/Producer, Reliant Studios specializing in creating videos for nonprofits.


Co-Founder, Creative Director at The Better Fundraising Co. specializing in Direct response fundraising.


Actor & Global Ambassador for the organization buildOn


Director of Advancement at Simon Fraser University


Vice President of International Programs for buildOn

Raising money should be joyful.

Raising money should be joyful... for you, and your donors.

Reduce your 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

Don't miss a single presentation.

All the presentations will be recorded on video.  

You'll be able to download and watch every session on video...and on your own schedule. Plus, you'll get all the presentation handouts. The videos and handouts will be available shortly after the conference wraps up.​

Watch the videos with your staff​.

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.  

And there's no time limit on watching the videos.  Watch them whenever and wherever you'd like.

"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

Your own personal fundraising think tank.

After the conference,  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, or buy the videos from the conference.

Tell better stories within the next 47 minutes.

When you get your ticket, you'll also receive special pre-conference videos.

You'll learn:

  • how to structure a compelling story
  • how to craft a story that leads donors to an ask
  • what types of details to put into your stories and which details to leave out
  • the role of facts and data in your story
  • the 4 building blocks of a great story
  • and more...

Sign up today and start telling better stories within the next hour.

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

Save $200 off the "at the door" price.

Get your ticket today.

Ticket Only - buy today and save $200 - Get your ticket for $995.  That's a savings of $200 off the regular "ticket only" price of $1195.

Video Only - buy today and save $200 - If you can't make it to the conference, buy the "video only" option.​  You'll get to watch and download every Keynote and breakout session on video.  Watch them on your own schedule and share them with your staff.  You'll also get all the digital presentation handouts.  Get the videos for $695 and save $200 off the regular price of $895 when you buy it today.

Ticket and Videos - buy today and save $545 - Get a ticket and the videos so you can experience the conference live and then share all the storytelling strategies and techniques with your staff back in the office.​  Get a ticket and the videos for $1145 and save $545 off the regular price of $1690 when you buy them today.

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