Tell your story, ask for funding, empower those around you to do the same, and never apologize. Before you tell us how profound that advice sounds, it's really just a quick rundown of the best-of-the-best articles we tripped-over this week worth sharing.
Life is funny, right? Sometimes. Often. Sometimes too often. Never often too sometimes. Because that sounds insane.
Also! This week we're adding suggest read-times for each article based on the average of 200 words/minute for online readers. But you're totally above average in every way. So feel free to round up.
- Enlightened wrong vs. right educationally comparative article from Pamela Grow, offering some thoughtful storytelling suggestions via social media.
- Between you & me... this blog should really be titled Five Storytelling Mistakes To Avoid because of the ways this article is framed. But nobody ever asks us.
- 3 MIN READ w/o additional links
- You might have noticed that Facebook has been asking you recently if you want to connect a fundraiser to your page. You also might not have since Facebook seems to always be asking us to do something new.
- Care about philanthropy or in the nonprofit/CSR sector? You need to care about this Facebook request.
- Powered by Guidestar, this new social tool is poised to be the next big thing in online donation models. So it worth testing that theory.
- 2 MIN READ w/o additional links
- This article by In Focus is meant to support board members who are already or supposed to be fundraising but need a kick in the shorts.
- Between you & me... its also 4 solid suggestions to introduce to any style of board even if they are not fundraising focused.
- Which got us thinking... do you engage your board in tip #1? Don't assume board members can/could fundraise because its part of their role. Invest in training to make them better fundraisers. Always invest in a volunteer's skill advancement when those skills aid your greater good.
- 3 MIN READ
- It's new to me... Apparently this article is from mid-2016 but it's making the rounds (again) online and we can see why.
- A quick and witty read with tips such as: Don't Apologize for Manifesting in a Human Form, Don't Apologize for Not Being Unimpressed by Mediocrity and our personal favorite, Don't Apologize for Standing Up for People You Care About. Like you. Awwwwwww. Right?
- 2 MIN READ
"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell."
Ben Okri, post-modern, post-colonial Nigerian poet and novelist