Recorded Webinar

How to Tell Stories That Motivate Donors to Give --The Real Story You Need to Tell (Instant-Access Webinar Video)

Price: 49.00
Author: Jeff Brooks
Duration: 90 Minutes
Course Level: Beginner
Year Created: 2017
CFRE Approved: 1.50 Points

Instant Access! Recorded Webinar Description

A Whopping 96% of the People Who Attended This 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 Instant-Access Webinar Video 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.

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 Webinar: 

"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.