How to Tell Stories That Motivate Donors to Give --The Real Story You Need to Tell

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Course Level
    Beginner
  • Year Created
    2019
  • CFRE Approved
    1.50 Points

Price

$79.00
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A Whopping 96% of the People Who Attended This Nonprofit Webinar Rated It As Great to Excellent!

Okay, let’s be honest.  Everybody knows that to motivate donors to give (to motivate anyone to do anything, really) you have to tell stories. Facts and statistics don’t work. Brilliant arguments don’t work. Super-clear explanations don’t work. If you want people to pay attention to what you’re saying -- and then take the action you want them to take -- you gotta tell a story!

But there’s something hardly anyone knows yet:  To really make fundraising work, you have to tell the right story.  The story that speaks to the donor’s heart and mind and helps them connect their values -- and their money -- to your cause. The real story for fundraising.

This practical, hands-on session will show you how to discover your fundraising stories.  And how to tell them with grace, drama, and effectiveness!

Your presenter, Jeff Brooks, has been telling fundraising stories for decades.  Not only that -- he’s been testing them.  He’s found what works and what doesn’t, and he’s ready to tell you!

During This Nonprofit Webinar You Will Learn:

Why donors give -- and how you can give them what they need

  • Donors are seeking personal significance
  • Donors want to put their values into action
  • 3 types of nonprofit storytelling: bad to great
  • Three things you owe every donor

How to tell stories for asking

  • The story NOT to tell (that almost everyone tells you is the right story)
  • What every donor is waiting to hear
  • The balancing act between complacency and skepticism

How to tell stories for thanking and reporting back

  • Four things donors need to hear from charities (that they rarely hear)
  • How your acknowledgments can help build your long-term relationships with donors
  • Three steps that will make your newsletter the best part of your fundraising program

Writing tips for vivid and effective stories

  • The most important word in the storyteller’s dictionary
  • Three ways to put the donor in every story (and two ways to keep them out)
  • The magic of mirror neurons to pull your donor into any story you tell.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. Outline of a successful story-based fundraising message
  2. Outline of a successful newsletter story
  3. Prompts to help you get your story started
  4. Where’s the puppy? -- reminder poster for storytellers

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar: 

“This webinar shifted my thinking and offered new skills to communicate from the perspective of a donor - very valuable!”

Bevan Linsley, Aquidneck Community Table


“I was so impressed that the presenter had feedback to our answers to his questions! It was so exciting to get live feedback.”

Madeline Coffey, Piedmont Environmental Alliance


"It was very worthwhile, especially for small agencies.”

Barbara MacKenzie, Catholic Social Services


“I am new to fundraising, so this was extremely helpful to start thinking about the best way to capture interest from donors through stories, versus learning from trial and error.”

Petra Brannon, Leadership ISD


“After 35 years in fundraising, I thought I knew it all.  But this webinar showed me that this old dog could learn new tricks!”

Rebecca Heal, Utah Youth Village


“I have participated in numerous webinars in which I felt that the knowledge I already have was being enhanced or expanded.  This webinar challenged the very core of the way my organization has been operating for 18 years.”

Deborah Austin, REACHUP Inc.


“This was a wonderful webinar that can apply to all sorts and sizes of non-profit organizations. It was a great combination of visuals, the right amount of information, and short and to the point.”

Kathie Belton, Sheridan Community Land Trust


"Jeff Brooks is a very engaging presenter, easy to listen to, and confident in his topic.”
 
Becky Robovski, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart

"I appreciated Jeff's use of questions and "tests" to engage the group.”

Heather Hildebrand, Centerboard


“Always good to go back to the basics of effective fundraising letter writing!”

Mary Beth Healy, Association for International Cancer Research


"I am very new to fundraising. This webinar was extremely helpful to understand how to make fundraising efforts more effective, but also understanding why it will.  I'm very excited to take action to make some changes."

Danielle Uhl, Rocky Mountain Human Services


“Simple, straightforward and relevant!  This webinar covered the basics of why donors give and how to keep them as the hero of your organization's story.  After all, they [our donors] make it all possible!”

Julie Bostick, St. Petersburg Free Clinic


About Your Topic Expert:

Jeff Brooks has served the nonprofit community for nearly 30 years, working as a writer and creative director on behalf of large and small nonprofits, including CARE, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, World Vision, Feeding America, Project HOPE, and dozens of urban rescue missions and Salvation Army divisions.  He has planned and executed hundreds of campaigns in direct mail, print, radio, the internet, and other media that have motivated millions of donors to help make the world a better place.  

He blogs at futurefundraisingnow.com, and is the author of three books: The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications, The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand, and How to Turn Your Words into Money. He lives in Seattle.

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