YouTube Re-design in Beta

first_imgRelated Posts The other design changes are seen directly below the video. Here is the old version: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today I spotted a link on YouTube to “Try out the NEW (beta) version of this page!”. Clicking through, I saw a fresh design for their video pages – not a huge re-design, but there were some subtle improvements. The main navigation and theme is largely the same, but links have been re-ordered, usability had been improved, and there is a splash of Ajax in the beta. The first noticeable change is in the right sidebar, which has been cleaned up and segmented better. Here is the old version: And here is the new version: richard macmanus The new version has specific sections for ‘Related Videos’ and ‘Promoted Videos’ (a.k.a. popular ones). The ‘Director’ videos have been cut, perhaps reflecting that popular videos aren’t necessarily professionally made by a director. At first glance it seems odd to cut the ‘More from this user’ section, but I think this has been integrated into ‘Related Videos’ (as with ‘Playlists’). So YouTube has reduced the number of clickable options, by consolidating them into one section. Also the embed code has been moved to below the video (see below).Note the added use of Ajax, in the ‘more info/less info’ toggle: Once again, the links appear to have been consolidated and made bolder (with less words). The main change though is that the embed options have been added directly below the video – in the old version the embed options are in the sidebar.ConclusionSo this isn’t a major re-design, mostly small improvements to the usability and a touch of Ajax. YouTube could do a lot more – e.g. the comments could be threaded and other social networking features added. But still it is good to see YouTube try out new design improvements. Note that I tried to check the YouTube blog for more details, but as of writing it is experiencing a 500 Internal Server Error. But not to worry, “a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation” according to the error message 🙂 And here is the new beta sidebar: Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: Mudgal Committee to decide extent of punishment

first_imgThe punishment will be decided in accordance to the BCCI’s rules and regulationsThe Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Mudgal Committee, that probed the allegation of betting and match fixing in IPL 2013 decide on the nature of punishment for Gurunath Meiyappan and others named on its report in accordance with the BCCI’s rules and regulations, including the anti-corruption code.Senior counsel CA Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, agreed with the suggestion. He earlier had requested the court to decide on an external commission to determine the extent of punishment so that there is transparency about the verdict.”Let the Mudgal Committee be asked to take action and let there be a logical conclusion of the issue. Let them discharge the function of imposing penalty”, said an apex court bench of Justice T.S.Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.”Now that the report has come we can ask the BCCI to take a decision in 10 days,” the bench said.As Sundaram told the court that “we (BCCI) will give them a hearing”, the court said that stage for a hearing is over now that the court has the Mudgal Committee report.”Why don’t you take action? Why should we take action? We will see the correctness of the decision (taken by the BCCI). We will give you an opportunity to take a call.”If we decided the action on the Mudgal Committee report this would amount to “clutching the powers of the BCCI”.The court said it had reservations on allowing the present BCCI office bearers to determine punitive action against Meiyappan and others on the basis of the Mudgal Committee report.advertisementThe court said that the present BCCI committee had outlived its utility as its term had already come to an end.The court also said that “all those who are involved in the matter stand aside”, dealing a blow to Srinivasan’s hopes of standing in the election.”There must be fresh election and fresh blood in the cricketing body that can look into the (Mudgal) report and act”, the court said.It was at this stage that Sundaram told the court: “Let the court decide on an external commission and decide the matter so that there would be no whispering on the verdict.”Then the court said Sundaramn should ask the Mudgal Committee to also determine the nature of punishment based on its report.Supporting the suggestion of the court that all those involved in this matter should stand aside, senior counsel Nalini Chidambaram appearing for the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar, told the court to keep Srinivasan out of BCCI.”On the basis of principle Srinivasan should not contest the elections” Chidambram said to the court.Telling the court that she would address the issue on the larger question of purity, probity and public policy, Chidambram told the court that failure of Srinivasan to act on the information of betting also brought him into the ambit of the operational rules of the anti-corruption code of the apex body of cricket in the country.Chidambram said that the first Mudgal Committee report inferred that Srinivasan orchestrated a cover-up of the incident, which started with the appointment of two member panel (Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian). The panel gave a clean chit after inferring on a half-hearted presentation of the matter to them by the BCCI.At this senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Srinivasan, said, “There is no other intent but to stop Srinivasan from contesting elections. Counsel Harish Salve, representing CAB, demanded the IPL franchise of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should be cancelled.”India Cement Limited – the owner of Chennai Super Kings – is ultimately responsible for the conduct of Gurunath Meiyappan. The owner of CSK is a corporate entity and its vice-chairman and managing director Srinivasan is responsible”, Salve told the court saying that Meiyappan by his acts of betting has brought disrepute to the game.Earlier, in the hearing, the court sought the details of the management structure of India Cements as it noted that Srinivasan was the vice-Chairman cum managing director and his daughter and wife of Meiyappan, Rupa Gurunath, was on the board of directors.”You may not be an obvious owner of the company but you may be actual controller of the company”, the court said, adding: “the process of selecting captain and coach of the team is not directly decided by Meiyappan but directed by his wife based on his inputs.”The hearing on the matter will continue December 1.advertisementlast_img read more

Three Ways to Humanize Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Outreach

first_img(Credit: United Way, Source: Peter Panepento/The Chronicle of Philanthropy)Social media is a fantastic tool to make your presence known online. But are you using it correctly? Many nonprofits are using it to promote themselves, but often in the wrong ways, said Peter Panepento, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, at the Washington, DC, edition of the Social Media for Nonprofits conference. He often sees nonprofits tweeting links to press releases or posting them on their Facebook page, trying to hijack their social media pages as an “official communication channel.”“Don’t use social media to be bureaucratic,” Peter told the conference. Social media is the perfect tool for PR, but only when the emphasis is on personal. Nonprofits should put a human face on everything and use social media to humanize your organization.” “You don’t need a big budget or to be particularly photogenic,” Peter said, you just need to be human. Here are three rules we learned from Peter on how to humanize your social media and tell a great story:1. Think like a reporter.Use your social media accounts to feature someone in your community that your group engages with such as donors, beneficiaries of your work, and local businesses that support you. Seek out someone that can answer the question, “Who cares? Why should this matter to me?” Remember that stories are about people, so feature the people who matter to your cause.2. Share your #fail.In 2010, the organization charity: water posted on Facebook for its September Campaign Live Drill. From Central African Republic, they produced a live broadcast when they attempted to drill for clean water-and failed. Peter highlighted charity: water because instead of trying to hide that something went wrong, they made it public, even writing a blog post about it. For every success, there is failure. “Followers really responded to seeing things that don’t work, you seem more genuine to your followers.”3. Give your supporters the megaphone.Think about how your supporters can help tell your story over social media. Invite them to talk about your work just like the United Way did for their 160th anniversary (as seen above). You can even encourage volunteers to be reporters by rewarding them: retweet them, call them out, and thank them. If you bake it into the volunteer experience, Peter said, “you’ll get more genuine language from people than you could otherwise compose.”For better social media engagement, follow these tips from Peter to humanize your organization. “If you can show the work that you’re doing and the people you’re serving, even if it’s not in a mud pit somewhere in Alaska but at your desk, that can be really helpful.”The Social Media for Nonprofits conference is coming to Austin, TX on August 13, 2013. Check out the conference agenda, and follow SM4Nonprofits on Facebook for the latest updates. Heading to Austin? Use our “N4G” discount code to save $20.last_img read more

Quick Takeaways from the Pew Social Media Report

first_imgYou can download the full report from the Pew website.So what does this mean for your nonprofit marketing plans?Know your audience.Take the time to define the audience you’re trying to reach and understand where they’re spending their time. If your goal is to activate Boomers, assess your Facebook outreach and create content that appeals to their sense of identity and need for transparency. If you’re looking to mobilize younger supporters, consider documenting your work and the impact of donors via Instagram photos.Resist the urge to be everywhere.The Pew researchers found that 52% of online adults use multiple social media sites, which is an increase from 2013. For most nonprofits, though, it’s probably not advisable or realistic to spread resources too thin across multiple outlets. Your best bet, especially if you’re still establishing your social media strategy, is to focus on regular quality engagement on one platform. Measure your results and keep an eye on relevant activity on other networks before expanding. Remember: your social efforts need to reinforce your marketing efforts in other channels.Be realistic about your goals for social. We know that donors are engaging with nonprofits and each other on social, but most online dollars are coming in through non-social. Focus on using social as a listening and engagement platform, rather than expecting Twitter or Facebook to become your organization’s magic money machine. Think of social as a tool for understanding what interests your supporters and use your outreach to develop relationships with them.Carefully measure your ROI.Although Facebook is the most widely used social media site with the most engaged users, keep in mind that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to break through the noise (and the Facebook algorithm) and fully reach your audience through the platform. On the Care2 blog, Allyson Kapin recently outlined why it’s getting harder to see a return from Facebook advertising.Even if you’re not paying for social media advertising, weigh the time and attention your staff spends on social media with the results you see and progress to your goals. To get the most out social, you do need to commit to posting quality content and spending time building your presence and the relationships that result.Is social media on your 2015 list of priorities? Share your thoughts below and let us know how you’re incorporating Facebook, Twitter, and others into your nonprofit marketing strategy. The folks at the Pew Research Center recently published updates to their Social Media Report. Here are a few highlights:Facebook still reigns supreme. It comes as no surprise that 71% of all online adults are on Facebook, which also sees 70% of users engaging with the site at least daily.More older adults adopting social networks. But they’re mostly on Facebook. 56% of all online adults 65 and older now use Facebook, which equals 31% of all seniors. That said, all networks featured in the report saw significant jumps in the number of 65+ users.Visual platforms continue to emerge as key networks, especially with younger users. Over half of young adults (ages 18-29) online use Instagram. Nearly half of all Instagram users use the site daily.last_img read more

3 Reasons to Develop a Middle Donor Program

first_imgThe word “middle” doesn’t always have the best connotation. From having “middle child syndrome” to being “middle of the road,” this word’s often associated with those things that are unfavorable or just plain innocuous.Another middle to add to this list is “middle donors.” These are the people who give your organization more than a typical annual gift, but not enough to warrant personal attention as a major gift prospect. Depending on your organization, those gifts can range anywhere from $500 to $50,000. It can be tricky to find the right balance of outreach and attention for this group of supporters, but I think it’s worth the time and effort to find that balance.Think about it this way: we all know the ubiquitous gift pyramid. Its design is based on perfect symmetry and alignment. Those middle stones are integral to the stability of the pyramid. That’s why developing a middle donor strategy is time well spent.There are three reasons why your organization should consider developing a middle donor program:Today’s Middle Donors = Tomorrow’s Major Donors? This group of donors is your pipeline to your future major gift donors. If you don’t have a donor giving circle, this is a good place to start. And if you do have some higher annual fund giving society, you are on the right track! A giving circle recognizes the higher annual investment of these donors by allowing them special access to your work through invitation-only events or special publications. Building those relationships now could lead to bigger donations in the future. They Are A Valuable Source of Regular Revenue: While every middle donor is not going to become a major gift prospect or donor, these donors have self-selected a higher level annual gift to your organization with relatively little effort. Retention rates among this donor group are usually higher than with smaller donors. So, just think about what potential may exist for increased annual revenue with a little more personalized level of communication about your work and special opportunities that deepen their connection. Inspire Others to Give More: Developing and promoting a middle donor program also gives smaller donors an incentive to upgrade their own giving. For some donors, knowing that they will get a distinct set of “benefits” and recognition in your annual report, on your website, and in other ways with a slightly bigger annual gift may just be the incentive they need to commit to a larger level of support.A middle donor program should feature manageable “benefits” for donors that celebrate their support at this level and provide them with special “access” to your leaders and programs. You also want to combine a higher-level communications calendar of electronic and print materials with some staff management.Your development staff who manage this program (can be one or two people depending on the size of the donors in this giving level), will be handle a larger portfolio of donors than their major gift colleagues. So they won’t be able to develop a personal relationship with every donor in this group. But they will prioritize the middle donors, make or coordinate personal solicitations for larger annual gifts, and capacity screen these donors to recommend who might be good major gift donor potential. This program is also a good way to involve volunteers who give at this level. You might think of appointing a chair and/or small (emphasis on small) committee whose charge is to solicit other middle donors to encourage the peer-to-peer solicitations.I think you’ll be amazed what a wonderful investment a middle donor program can be for your organization’s fundraising efforts.last_img read more

Declare Independence from Boring Away Messages

first_imgYou’re excited – and so am I. Sometime over the next few days we get to invest five glorious minutes to configure our inbox and voicemail so anyone who tries to email or call our office is kindly informed that we are unplugging for Independence Day. Effectively raising money for a nonprofit organization is hard work and we need, and deserve, some dedicated downtime. However, so does everyone else, even if they aren’t working at your nonprofit.Too often, the Out-of-Office notification, be it email or voicemail, is a missed opportunity to creatively promote your nonprofit, build or enhance a relationship or advance the donation process through meaningful engagement. Let’s face it, nobody really cares that you will be out of the office, why, or for how long. They care even less that you’ll have “limited access to email,” or that your office “will reopen on July 5, 2016.” The person trying to contact you probably has a question – and the call may even be related to making a gift to your organization. They need, and deserve, an answer – holiday or not.After all, generosity doesn’t take vacations. Existing and would-be donors may want to provide a credit card number,   ask where they can make an online gift, get your mailing address to send their check, or ask a question about donor benefits or tax-deductibility.With that in mind, consider a proactive, donor-centric approach when creating our OOO messages. Here are three simple ways to make your OOO notification meaningful, memorable and possibly even profitable:Connect your greeting directly to your Mission and programs.Think impact. Explain that you may be out of the office yet your nonprofit continues to make a major impact even when the office isn’t open. For your email OOO message, graphics and tag lines should instantly showcase the impact and value of your nonprofit. Use positive action verbs in your voicemail OOO notification to confirm that a closed office does not mean your nonprofit is taking time off from its vital Mission.Think about all of the time and energy you invest in trying to thoughtfully engage your donor. When they contact you via phone or email, the opportunity is there even if you’re not. To make it a worthwhile engagement for both the person reaching out to your organization and your nonprofit, use the technology available to share valuable information about your programs and donation process. Convey a similar but abbreviated message as you would in an appeal email or letter. Anticipate why an existing or prospective donor needs to connect.Think FAQ, then efficiently direct them to the information they need to make or fulfill a gift online or via direct mail. Your email OOO message is an opportunity to brand your organization and demonstrate value without writing volumes of irrelevant details. Use relevant or seasonal graphics and links to anticipate the person’s immediate needs while showcasing the impact and value of your nonprofit. Remember donor-centric puts the focus on the OOO notification reader, not on you. And most definitely not on the wonderful details of where you are spending your vacation or with whom or for how long.For voicemail OOO messages, leverage voice tone and energy to convey attentiveness even in your absence. Yes, smiles do transfer over phone lines. The caller is far more concerned with a resolution to their question than with your official title, 3 alternate contacts, and a litany of phone numbers or extensions. Keep it donor-centric, sincere and high energy while providing actual directions to aid the caller—not send them on a wild goose chase. Be sure to provide details about your nonprofit’s Mission, donation process, and available resources to answer their question without sounding like a directory. After all, your recorded voicemail message is still a dialogue between two people. Recognize everyone over weekend “will have limited access…”If your OOO notification or message can make them smile, laugh or be memorable, you have initiated or enhanced a relationship. If it drones on with meaningless or perfunctory information, you can expect their eyes to roll but you probably can’t rely on their immediate donation. If you love the good your nonprofit does throughout the year, express it in your OOO notifications. Guide them through the online or direct mail giving process and give them access to other vital information they may be looking for. Make certain your website and social media anticipate their needs as well as simplify the donation process. And invite them to share their philanthropy with their social networks.Everyone on the planet knows that if they’ve reached a voicemail the person they’re calling is unavailable. Don’t state the obvious. Use that valuable time to inspire them with humor related to your nonprofit or the time of year while demonstrating with sincerity that they, and not just their potential gift, are important to you and your organization every single day.last_img read more

Call for Papers: Maternal Health is Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 29, 2012March 31, 2017By: Jocalyn Clark, Senior Magazine Editor, PLOS MedicineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We are delighted to announce the theme for year 2 of our Maternal Health Collection, a partnership between PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health.We invite papers (both research and commentary) on the theme of “maternal health is women’s health,” which recognizes the vital importance to the MNCH agenda of the health of women over the whole of their lives:While pregnancy is limited to women of reproductive age, maternal health is influenced by the health of women and girls before pregnancy, and it also influences women’s health broadly during and after the reproductive years. Inability to access quality health care and family planning resources, low educational attainment, low socioeconomic status, restrictive gender roles, poor nutrition, and a host of other social and biological factors combine to put girls and women at risk for not being able to attain and sustain the health status they deserve throughout their lives.Papers submitted by 1 April 2013 stand the best chance of being included in this Collection. Our call for papers is broad, but specific priorities for this year’s Collection are:Maternal health as part of sexual and reproductive health issues (e.g., family planning, gender-based violence, STIs)Maternal health and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, mental health)Maternal health and communicable diseases (e.g., malaria, HIV/AIDS)Implications of child and adolescent health for maternal healthConsequences of poor maternal health in later stages of women’s lives (e.g., prolapse and other chronic morbidities)More information can be found in our editorial and at the Maternal Health Collection page.Stay tuned for exciting news about the official Launch of our Year 1 Collection on “quality of maternal health care.”Share this:last_img read more

3 Ways to Honor Local Heroes on National Philanthropy Day

first_imgphilanthropy (noun): the love of humankindHappy National Philanthropy Day! Every year on November 15, this international event, coordinated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), shares the love and impact each of us can create in our communities. It’s also a fantastic reason to take a moment to honor those who do so much for your nonprofit’s mission—before holiday prep and year-end fundraising get into full-swing.When most people hear the word “philanthropist,” they might not envision themselves in that group, thinking their contribution is too small to merit the distinction. But true-blue philanthropists can be found at all giving levels, every age, and any ability. If you care enough to give—whether it’s dollars, talent, or time—you’re a philanthropist.Philanthropists are all around us, and it’s actually pretty easy to become one. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration or guidance.That’s the spirit behind National Philanthropy Day: to celebrate those who make a tangible difference and to engage others in the process. The day shows us what’s been achieved so far, while reassuring us that even though there’s much yet to do, we can all find a place in that work.If National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is new to you, here’s a little background, along with a few last-minute ways your organization can take part.How It All BeganDouglas Freeman, a lawyer from Orange Country, California, first envisioned National Philanthropy Day in 1981 while giving a speech thanking major donors of the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis. “I looked out over that audience and I realized we owe these people a debt of gratitude,” Freeman said in an interview with the Orange County Register. He sketched out the idea and got to work organizing and lobbying for a national proclamation.In 1986, Freeman’s hard work paid off when President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed November 15 National Philanthropy Day, sparking annual celebrations across North America. The AFP reports that the day has since been officially recognized by numerous state, provincial, and local governments. Canada permanently recognized National Philanthropy Day in 2012. In fact, more than 25,000 Canadians participate every year, setting a high bar for honoring and engaging in effective philanthropy.Join the PartyMany nonprofits host formal ceremonies on National Philanthropy Day to honor exceptional donors, volunteers, corporations, and others engaged in giving back. Some also organize a day of service, inviting community members to come together for hands-on giving, like building wheelchair ramps for needy seniors or serving meals at a food bank.Of course, that level of celebration takes time and planning, but it’s never too late for your nonprofit to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. Here are three easy ways to raise a virtual glass to the extraordinary philanthropists in your circle.Social MediaThroughout the day, make a series of posts highlighting dedicated volunteers, donors, or board members. In each post, share a story about that person’s impact or dedication, along with a photo or video. Maybe this is a top fundraiser, or it could be someone who shows up week after week for work parties or phone banks.EmailUse your donor database to identify recurring donors. Make a quick video with your organization’s staff thanking them for their ongoing support and send it in personalized emails to that segment of your list. (You could then post the video on your social channels for wider sharing.)IRLWe all have those truly amazing supporters of our nonprofits. Dig into your donor management system again to identify, say, your top three donors or your oldest donors over time. Maybe there’s a person or business that went above and beyond this year to support your mission. Send those folks a fun surprise, like a colorful fall bouquet or a pizza party delivered to their office, along with a thank you card signed by your entire team.Mark next year’s calendar for National Philanthropy Day, November 15, and make the event part of your annual planning. Check out the official NPD page for more information and visit NPDLove to read about some of this year’s inspiring honorees.last_img read more

How Donor Data Management Empowers Nonprofits

first_img“Segmenting our donors was the engine behind making our year-end campaigns more successful.After a year of using Network for Good, we beat our holiday giving goal by $12K!”– Melanie Burch, Middleburg Humane Foundation Director of DevelopmentMiddleburg Humane Foundation is a Virginia-based nonprofit founded in 1994 that provides a safe haven for abused, neglected, and at-risk animals on a 4.5-acre farm shelter. Specializing in rescuing and rehabilitating animals that come to the shelter from abusive situations, MHF offers much-needed medical care before placing animals with permanent or foster families. In addition to the shelter, MHF runs a grooming parlor, thrift shop, and multiple outreach programs ranging from assistance to education to intervention.For funding, MHF relies on private donors and sponsors to supplement their earned income. The need for better donor management became imperative when deciding to undertake a capital campaign for a new, state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation and animal rescue facility. MHF’s Director of Development, Melanie Burch, used Network for Good’s Donor Management System (DMS) to help her organize their myriad spreadsheets and handwritten notes.As a result, MHF saw a boost in donations and successful campaigns, as well as an improvement in the quality and frequency of their engagement with donors and volunteers. Not only were they able to see an individual’s overall activity with the organization, they were able to segment their data and target their communications to specific donors.Once Melanie and her staff imported their data into the Network for Good DMS, they were able to see exactly who was donating to MHF, what programs they were attracted to, or how else they were involved with the organization. With this organized, central hub of information at their fingertips, they can now approach a broader range of potential donors. In addition to seeing a fundraising boost, Network for Good’s software has helped Melanie and her staff quickly and easily pull reports, and create professional-looking campaign emails.As Melanie put it, “The ability to pull up someone’s name with all their donor data in front of me and see what they are opening and clicking on is a tremendous help.”Read our case study to learn about how switching to DMS led to MHF’s successful capital campaign—and how it can work for you or download our on-demand webinar “Obtain & Utilize Donor Data Effectively to Increase Giving” where we explored the topic of donor data in greater detail.last_img read more

How to Use Storytelling to Engage Donors

first_imgNonprofit storytelling is the basis of everything we do. It is how we know our personal and cultural histories, how we connect to the world around us, and how we understand each other. Story inspires, informs, and motivates us.A story that captures the imagination and motivates your audience to take action is the foundation of your success as a nonprofit leader.Nonprofits use storytelling on a daily basis.You may not even be aware of how much storytelling influences your work. Everything about your nonprofit is a story—your mission statement, your organizational history, program descriptions, solicitation appeals. You tell a story on every page of your website, in every thank you letter, grant application, or press release.Your story is what attracts people to you—and what keeps them coming back. Stories build interest, awareness, and empathy. They are the basic building blocks for reaching every goal you have. For more tips on telling your organization’s stories, download our Nonprofit Storytelling Mini-Guide.Use your nonprofits’ stories to:Make your case for change.Raise money and engage donors.Secure grants and sponsorship.Inspire advocates, donors, board, staff, and volunteers.Create an emotional connection to your work.Recruit community partners to build coalitions.Intrigue journalists.Reframe the conversation in times of crisis.Spread the word about successes.How to makes a good story greatStories evoke emotion, reveal conflict, inspire action, and offer resolution.The strongest stories are simultaneously entertaining and inspiring. They make you care about those involved and keep you wanting to know what happens next. Great stories expand the way you see the world and create compassion. The key to telling any story begins with a few questions:Who are you telling your story to?Why are you telling it?What do you want them to do?From your nonprofit’s history to community programs to profiles of members and beneficiaries, you have great stories at your fingertips. Put a human face on your facts and statistics, and get to the heart of the matter.Breaking Through Writer’s BlockNot sure how to start? You’re not alone. Everyone gets writer’s block. Don’t let it intimidate you. The best remedy is to simply put something down on paper. You can polish it later.In 2012, director and Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats shared 22 storytelling tips on Twitter, including the Pixar version of this universal story arc. Stuck on how to tell your story? Use this Mad Libs-style writing prompt to get you started.“Once Upon a Time” Writing PromptOnce upon a time there was ______________________. Every day, ______________________. One day ______________________. Because of that, ______________________. Because of that, ______________________. Until finally______________________.We’d love to hear from you. Share your story with us in the comments!And for more tips on telling your organization’s stories, download our Nonprofit Storytelling Mini-Guide.last_img read more