2021 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference - Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

COVID-19 Disclaimer:  If we are unable to meet in person due to COVID19 we will transition to a virtual event.  All tickets will then be automatically converted to the virtual conference.

YES.  We are meeting in person.

The 2021 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference takes
place in San Diego on November 1 - 3

Seating is limited to 400 people
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Here are some of the sessions at
this year's conference:

SESSION - Three Story Asks that will Increase Your Donor Response and Raise You More Money

The easiest way to raise more money immediately, and in the future, is to present your donors with a compelling ASK.  In this session, you will learn how to use storytelling to create three different ask sentences that you can start to use immediately in your appeals, newsletters, and when you talk with a donor face to face.  These ask sentences get more donors to respond. With these three ask sentences, your fundraising with take on a whole new life.  

SESSION - How to Raise 21% more money next year with your appeals, e-appeals, and newsletters

In this session, you'll get a framework for how to create an annual plan that will raise you more money.  You’ll discover how appeals, e-appeals, and newsletters can be scheduled and built on each other so that your donors become more engaged and give larger gifts.  Organizations who have used this framework raised an average of 21% more money in the first year they implemented this framework.

SESSION - The First Draft of Your Next Appeal

Writing an appeal can be daunting.  But during this session, Steven Screen will make it easy for you.  So easy in fact, that you will leave the session with a really good first draft of your appeal already written.  How is this possible?  Well, Steven has written most of your first draft for you.  He will walk you through customizing his first draft so that you have an appeal that’s very effective at raising money.  Imagine going back to your office, after the conference is over, with your next appeal written!

SESSION - How to write stories for your newsletter

Newsletters, when they are properly written, can bring in a lot of money.  In this session you are going to learn how to write stories in such a way that your donors want to give you more money.  A well written story is the difference between raising a little bit of money and a lot of money.  Come to this session and learn how to craft newsletter stories that engage and connect with donors.

SESSION - How to write a donor reporting letter

When donors know their gift made a difference, they are more likely to give you another gift.  A good donor reporting letter shows the donor her gift made a difference.  And right now is the best time to send your donors a donor reporting letter.  Because, as we head into the year-end fundraising season, you should be reporting back to all your donors.  If you’ve report back to them, your donors are more likely to send you a donation at year-end.  During this session, you will learn how to write an effective donor reporting letter…AND you will walk out of the session with a donor reporting letter that you’ll be able to send to donors right away.

SESSION - Your Year-End fundraising appeals and emails written in 90 minutes

This may sound crazy, but you can have an effective year-end fundraising appeal written during this 90 minute session.  And not only that, you will also have your year-end fundraising emails written as well.  In this session, you'll learn how to write your year-end appeals and e-appeals.  We’ll walk you through line by line, so by the time you’re done with this session, you’ll have all your year-end appeals and e-appeals written.  You’ll also have the exact dates on when to send your appeals and e-appeals.  And by the way, the type of appeal you'll write in this session has out performed most other appeals year after year.

SESSION - Why your organization should create a Gift Catalog and why they work so well

More and more organizations are creating gift catalogs.  Why?  Because they work incredibly well in bringing in extra money for your organization.  What is a gift catalog?  They are catalogs with multiple mini stories that show donors how they can make a difference.  Donors love gift catalogs.  In this session, you will learn how to create your own gift catalog and learn how to craft mini stories that get donors to open up their wallets and help your cause.

SESSION - The Major Donor Magic Formula for determining how much to ask for 

What amount of money should you ask a major donor to give you?  In this session, you'll learn a simple formula that will get you raising more money from your major donors.  Also during this session, you'll learn how to construct and put the right ask in front of your major donors. If you’ve ever wondered about what to ask your majors for, you should come to this session.

The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference delivers tremendous value.  But don't take our word for it.  Watch the video below:

To help you speed up your fundraising, we've created special sessions where we help you create your donor communications.  We call these sessions "Get it Done" sessions.

"Get it Done" Sessions

These are a whole new level of training.

You've never seen anything quite like these sessions before...and you are going to LOVE them.


With the help of the experts teaching these "Get it Done" sessions, you will walk away from the conference with a completed first draft of your:

  • Fundraising appeal letter
  • New Donor Welcome Series
  • Donor Reporting Letter
  • Major Donor plan
  • and more...

Forget having to look through your conference notes back at your office and try to write your fundraising materials. At this year’s conference you’ll have the time and the help you need in writing the first draft of some of your fundraising materials. 

Imagine how much time that will save you.  

And you'll feel GREAT knowing that your donor communications are going to raise you more money. 

In addition to the "Get it Done" sessions, you'll also have your pick of different "Need to Know" sessions.

"Need to Know" Sessions

These sessions will help get you over the hurdles you face as a fundraiser.

As somebody who needs to raise money, you're going to learn storytelling strategies to help you:

  • find and collect stories that engage donors
  • get your board to help you raise money
  • raise more money at events
  • connect with your community
  • and more...

Come to the 2021 conference and learn how to raise more money by telling better stories.

You’re going to be amazed at what you’ll be able to accomplish at this year’s conference.

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Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

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Transport your donor to a world she cares about

Have you ever wondered why a donor presentation fell flat or why an appeal letter didn’t raise as much money as you thought it should? It’s because you didn’t tell the right story in the right way.

When you have the right stories, told in the right way, your fundraising becomes more engaging and raises you more money.

The best way to connect with your donors is through storytelling.

At this year’s Nonprofit Storytelling Conference you’re going to learn how to tell the right story in the right way for your:

  • Fundraising Appeals,
  • Newsletters,
  • Major donors,
  • Monthly Donors,
  • Bequest letters,
  • Events, and more.
The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference takes place in
San Diego, California, November 1-3, 2021

The 2021 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

Come join in the fun and beautiful weather San Diego has to offer.


Can't make the trip in person?  

Get ALL of the sessions on video

If you can't make it to San Diego for this year's conference, then get the videos.  It's the next best thing to being there in person.

Each of the sessions will be recorded on video.  

You'll be able to watch the videos on your own time.  Watch them online or download them and watch them on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.  Keep them forever and watch them again and again. 

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Get 10 FREE Bonus videos.

Start telling better stories in the next 47 minutes

We're giving you 10 videos to get you up and going right away.  

Why wait until the conference? Right? Start learning how to tell better stories that will raise you more money today.  

These 10 bonus videos are hand picked from sessions from previous years.  You'll be able to start watching these videos right after you purchase your ticket to this year's conference.  You'll also get the videos if you choose to purchase the "Video Only" option.

Here are the 10 videos you'll get for free:

  • Making Stories come to Life for Donors
  • Getting Your Story Opened, Clicked, and Shared
  • Finding and Using Your Stories
  • Donor Sequence Fundamentals
  • Using Storytelling in Fundraising
  • The Real Story that Opens Donor’s Wallets - Part 1
  • The Real Story that Opens Donor’s Wallets - Part 2
  • Nail the Character and the World will Beat a Path to Your Door
  • Advanced Storytelling Combines Your People and Money Stories
  • Finding New Donors through Direct Mail

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  • All sessions  on video
  • Digital Session Handouts
  • Private Facebook Group
  • 10 Bonus Videos
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($100 Savings)

  • Attend conference in person
  • Digital Session Handouts
  • Private Facebook Group
  • 10 Bonus Videos