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The Non-Profit Narrative: How Telling Stories Can Change the World [Kindle Edition]

Dan Portnoy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Non-Profit Narrative is designed to help non-profits apply storytelling principles to their day-to-day operations and communications for maximum impact. Applying the idea that all organizations have great stories to tell, Dan Portnoy encourages non-profits to interpret fundraising and engagement through the perspective of storytelling. This proven process has helped non-profits raise millions of dollars, attract donors and make a profound impact for their cause.


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About the Author

Dan is the author of The Nonprofit Narrative: How Stories Can Save the World. He loves helping passionate people strive for the impossible and on several occasions he’s seen it happen. For over a decade, Dan has worked with the toughest outposts of Fortune 500 companies to get them back on track and with big results. He is sought after to help flesh out business ideas, coach teams and lead senior staff through the digital age. In 2006, he started The Portnoy Media Group to help nonprofits, companies and organizations better tell their stories for impact and engagement. His communication strategies have helped multiple nonprofit organizations double their online donations year over year and raise millions. Dan’s cultivation of story ideas builds community, engages the free radicals and removes the barriers between traditional cultivation and acquisition. He’s been a producer and a director for multiple projects, including The Great American Road Trip, a five part miniseries documentary/reality show. He is the founder, editor-in-chief and host of The Drop (http://www.thedroponline.com), a music podcast that features interviews with artists and bands on the rise. Dan lives in Pasadena, CA and loves it. For the latest updates, connect with him at http://www.portnoymediagroup.com

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  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615599796
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NUYSQW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story That's Never Been Told April 6, 2012
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Your non-profit didn't start out to make money but to change the world, you're battling something, you're on a journey. This is how people and constituents connect to your organization. Help them resonate with your work by telling this story effectively and efficiently. This book provides simple, effective and yes, results-oriented solutions to maximize the impact of your NGO by using the power of story.

This book tells a story that no other book on non-profits, NGOs and ministries provides. I've worked in the NGO sector for over 6 years now and there isn't a better resource to equip non-profit executives, development execs and communications people. This book covers the much needed topic of telling the story of your non-profit that will have greater impact and results than any strategy or campaign.

Get it, read it, start working. If you're starting a non-profit, if you're 20 years into your NGO's work, this book is for you. A plus? It's easy to read over two cups of coffee.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop reading! April 6, 2012
By LSP
Format:Paperback
I couldn't put it down! The fact that the book is short and to the point, has great tools and tips on storytelling and getting your message out made me want to finish it in one sitting. I was taking notes along the way and loved the resources he points out throughout the book. I LOVE the idea of looking at your nonprofit as a story with acts- I never thought of it that way but it certainly makes sense and will grab people's attention. I also thought he made a great point of reflecting inward with both the nonprofit and yourself by asking uncomfortable questions. Nonprofits have to be comfortable hearing the negatives and making improvements, and I liked that he clearly laid that out in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick Primer on NPO Storytelling April 30, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is short and to the point. Telling a great story is the primary reason why fundraisers seem to do well. While the promotion aspect is critical to spreading the word, without a great story to start success seems fleeting. And that is where Dan's book starts.

Dan gets into the nuts and bolts of going beyond facts towards building a compelling story. He describes the development of a nonprofit story arc, and the creation of a meaningful story. From there Dan moves into media choices and promotion. This is a great quick read that any busy person can finish in less than two hours. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A plea for stories April 3, 2012
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Being a storyteller, I appreciated Dan's call for more stories in nonprofits. Whether you're struggling or succeeding in your start-up, or you've been around for awhile and know a thing or two about gaining notoriety as a nonprofit, this book reminds us all that at the core what really matters is story - the good and bad, the not so pretty and the unbelievable. The public wants to know, and Dan will show you how to tell them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and informative. January 3, 2014
By marchon
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The Author was very informative. He was clear about what needs to be done and how to do it.

I recommended the book to the entire board of directors for a non-profit two days after reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical guide to storytelling for non-profits May 18, 2013
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Loved this book! And I frequently refer to the ideas Portnoy discusses in the book. It's a short, quick read, but the concept is huge. It's a very practical guide to storytelling for non-profits, and is packed with examples to connect to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Pamela
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What are your stories? It's always my first question when speaking with a new (or prospective) client. And many view it as a time-waster.

They want that next big grant that will put them on the path to solvency. Or what about getting donations on Facebook or Twitter? Or "Could we try an event?"

And yet storytelling is the foundation of every successful fundraising program.

It's not magic.

In this short, easy-to-read book, Dan Portnoy has gathered the tools to help every member of your nonprofit tell your stories in ways that make them more engaging and effective - and raise more money! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Meh to Marvelous May 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
Articles, posts, tweets on nonprofit storytelling are a dime a dozen. But this book is the real deal. A piggy bank of awesome insights, tips, and strategies to help you undertand the role of storyingtelling in the nonprofit world. It isn't a nice to have, it's an absolute need to have.

As a seasoned nonprofiteer, I've worked in the Department of Meh (my favorite chapter) and it's tough going. Until you're ready to put your communications under a microscope and ask if you're telling the right story about your cause and one that will emotionally resonate with supporters, your nonprofit will struggle.

But Dan Portnoy doesn't want that. So he shows you how to find your voice and create a story arc and communication strategy that builds and layers your story so donors will feel compelled to give, help, and engage. And what nonprofit doesn't want to know how to do that?

So just buy it already. This book is really that good. That useful. And that inspiring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
Short read with great content. Very engaging and thought provoking. I think it's a great starting point to start thinking about storytelling.
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Lauer
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy, inspiring nonprofit guide
The Non-Profit Narrative is short and to the point. The takeaways at the end of each chapter are helpful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bjornslukken
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, Practical Advice
Due to some connections (wasta!) I managed to snag a copy of "The Nonprofit Narrative: How Stories Can Save the World", by Dan Portnoy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by joseph k pfaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Simple yet informative. Story is how we live our lives and should be how we introduce our organizations to the world.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good material
Easy to read and understand. Should be fairly simple to implement. I enjoyed reading it. Follow up can happen online too.
Published 13 months ago by Alan & Angela Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars Great first chapter
The first chapter on telling about the WHY for your organization is great. I took a lot of good notes and wrote down action steps. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Boyd Cothran
4.0 out of 5 stars An effective tool for non-profits
As a grant writer, this book is a great reminder of why I do what I do. This is a guide to help non-profits tell their story in a way that allows them to stand apart from the many... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ocella0705
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read, great content
As a non-profit founder, I highly recommend getting this.
You can read it in one evening and take away stuff that will change the direction of the way you manage your... Read more
Published 23 months ago by duke15
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More About the Author

For over a decade, Dan has worked with the toughest outposts of Fortune 500 companies to get them back on track and with big results. He is sought after to help flesh out business ideas, coach teams and lead senior staff through the digital age.

In 2006, he started The Portnoy Media Group to help nonprofits, companies and organizations better tell their stories for impact and engagement. His communication strategies have helped multiple nonprofit organizations double their online donations year over year and raise millions. Dan's cultivation of story ideas builds community, engages the free radicals and removes the barriers between traditional cultivation and acquisition.

He's an award winning producer and director for multiple projects and is the host of Story Road Radio, a podcast that features tips, tactics and insight from marketing professionals and storytelling authorities.

Dan lives in Pasadena, CA and loves it!



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