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Ladies and gentlemen, Storymakers 2016 is here. For the sixth year, TechSoup's annual challenge will help nonprofits learn how to increase their storytelling skills for fundraising and advocacy purposes. We also have a contest in which we're giving away US$7,000 in cash prizes and a new camera.
Good stories power fundraising and marketing. They become the means for nonprofits, NGOs, religious centers, and social enterprise organizations to reach out to customers and enhance their brand.
Storytelling skills are also a prerequisite to successful advocacy. For nonprofits interested in solving a particular problem, stories can help others quickly understand and connect with the organizations' mission. For those interested in strengthening civil society in general, today's digital spaces are one of the few arenas in which big ideas can reach big audiences, build constituency, and clearly demonstrate political will.
Want to see inspiring examples? Our partner See3 has announced the winner of the 2016 GoDooder Video Awards. Check out the moving, powerful stories that were submitted.
TechSoup's storytelling campaign will have four prizes: Best Nonprofit Video, Best Nonprofit Photography, Audience Choice Award, and Best Story of Tomorrow Award. The Best Story of Tomorrow Award is focused on youth and the next generation.
Our campaign focus will include these key dates and will begin at NTC 2016:
Social movements are powered by advocates sharing their stories. Citizen stories, aggregated and amplified by NGOs, deserve to be heard as testament to humanity's plurality and hope. They can serve as counterpoint and balance, offering insight, argument, and solutions in our collective effort to craft a more civil society.
Whether your interest is in fundraising or advocacy, we will have more fun surprises in store, so follow along on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vine, and Instagram pages.
See you at #Storymakers2016!
This Storymakers 2016 post is sponsored by:
Lewis Haidt Senior Manager, TechSoup Online Community and Social Media @lewisha
Your links to the DoGooder contest go to a page with no winners announced and no active links to get elsewhere.
Also, could you please move your "sharing" tool somewhere else on your page? It's intrusive and hides the content too much. Also, your typeface is much too small for elder participants like me to read. I have to enlarge the page three times to be able to read the content. If you goal is to get more non-profits involved in tech, you really need to come up with a more user-friendly website design.
Hi StStephenUMCMesquite, thanks for the feedback! I updated the link so that it goes to the nonprofit that won the Best Nonprofit Video Dogooder Award. To see the other winners, click on the links in the blue text that's the second line of text from the top of the page (on the Dogooder website). And I will share your feedback regarding the sharing tool and the type size with other staff at TechSoup so we can keep it in mind for future improvements to our website.
p.s. @StStephenUMCMesquite, this just in from our web producer: You can hide the social tool by clicking on the arrow that appears below the icons, when you hover over the social icons.
Your email said to "join and register" - does this mean sign up for the contest (if so, how?) or just sign up for the webinars?
Hi Sonyatyler, yes, it means join and register for the contest. You can do so here: www.techsoup.org/.../storymakers
I don't seem to see the Official Rules, i.e., how long the video should be, how many photos can be submitted, Audience Choice award...what is this? More information needed on the rules. Secondly, the $7000 - is this split across the 4 different categories of campaigns? Perhaps there's a link somewhere for the rules, but I wasn't able to find it. Thank you!
Hi boppermary, please see our FAQ page: www.techsoup.org/.../storymakers-faq The Audience Choice Award is given based upon the results of voting by the community.
Community voting starts June 1 and ends June 15
My role at Angel Guardians is changing and my direct involvement as a management consultant will require my direct involvement in day to day activities. I will soon be traveling to Omaha to work directly with the new Executive Director of Angel Guardians Mr. Jim Burns. I am interested in the Storymakers2016 contest. I have a rather compelling story to tell about Angel Guardians and would appreciate any assistance you can on the steps I must take to formally sign up for the Storymaker2016 contest. Alternatively, any contact information for someone who can assist with my request would be greatly appreciated.
You have a few options:
First, our new education curriculum is comprehensive and is tailored made, user-friendly, for the small nonprofit who might feel overwhelmed by starting the creation of a digital story. Explore our "Resources" page (www.techsoup.org/.../short-course-in-digital-storytelling-introduction) for a full range of resource, then hit "take the course". It'll take you into our curriculum. Make sure to watch "intro video". We love to hear your feedback as an early participant.
The second option is that we partnered with the Taproot Foundation who brings pro-bono volunteers together to nonprofits who need volunteer help. We have a dedicated Storymakers page. You can sign up there on the "nonprofit" side and Taproot will work to find you a Pro Bono Volunteer! www.taprootplus.org/.../storymakers
So I am probably missing this but where do you submit your images at?
I'm a member and would really like to submit our recently completed non profit video. How can I do that?
Hi jimtoren and LiteracyVolunteersValleyShore, please go to www.techsoup.org/.../storymakers, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and create an account (or log in with an existing account). Then you can submit your photos or video.
Hello, Are we allowed to share a book written about our organization? Would this be kept private since we are selling it to raise funds for the organization? Thanks, Pamela
Hi Pamela, My understanding is that the submissions need to be either a five-photo slide show or a video. Perhaps you could select some of the photos in the book to create a slide show?