Videos and writing that engages donors

Effective Storytelling for Nonprofits

BORN OF PASSION.

Every nonprofit is born of passion for a cause. Which means every nonprofit has a story to tell…or two or three, or hundreds.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for someone to help you tell your stories. Stories that will engage your donors so they’ll want to give you their money, which will enable you to keep doing the wonderful work you’re doing.

STORIES WITH HEART.

If this is the case, then you’ve come to the right place. My specialty is getting to the soul of your stories and then telling them in ways that will touch your donors’ hearts and compel them to donate to your cause.

TOLD WITH SKILL.

But like any sound businessperson, you probably have a few questions you want to ask me before we start working together. And since we’re not sitting down face to face in your office, I’m going to try and answer a few of those questions right here.

MY STORY.

As an AWAI-Trained Direct Response Copywriter, and long-time video producer, I’ve been telling stories for nonprofits for almost 10 years.  From Greyhound rescue to hearing healthcare to Syrian refugees, I’ve traveled the world capturing and retelling stories that inspire donors to contribute to causes near and dear to their hearts.

I’m the daughter of a career Kodak man. He was the one who taught me how to load and use a movie camera.  And as luck would have it, my dad’s job as a chemical engineer secured him free film and processing for life!

With an endless supply of film at hand, I would write little scripts, and then gather all of my friends together to make movies. These movies covered such weighty topics as the life and times of Rasputin, Russian spies in San Francisco, a rehash of the Wizard of Oz, and a bicycle safety film.

Sometime during high school, I discovered I could actually get a degree in filmmaking.  Eventually I landed a coveted spot at USC film school, in their fledgling cinema/television department.

Admittedly, I loved the film program and the faculty and students I worked with, but I never developed an affinity for Los Angeles.

After graduation, I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and forged a career incorporate video production. This is where I got hands-on experience in all aspects video production.

As I worked for various high tech companies, I honed my skills as a scriptwriter and storyteller. It wasn’t long before I became an award-winning writer and producer.

Eventually, I ended up working at NASA Ames Research Center, landing a job with their video group.  Working with the in-house video crew, I made videos about Space Shuttle payloads, flight simulators, the Next Generation Air Space and other really cool high tech things.

Coupled with my storytelling skills, I also have a soft heart.  As a young girl, I was banned from the local pound after wandering one day amongst the cages, sobbing uncontrollably because of all the lost and homeless pets.

Throughout our marriage, my husband and I have had a series of rescued Greyhounds. And, having just lost the oldest one, we’ll see what breed of dog at the local pound captures our hearts next. If they’ll let me in that is.

I’m also notorious for slipping a few dollars to the various homeless people I come across or buying them a meal at McDonalds.  I hope these small gestures help make a difference in their already difficult lives.

This is why I was drawn to the nonprofit niche. I get to learn about the wonderful work a nonprofit is doing, and then tell their stories in ways that compel donors to give them more money.  Which in turn lets that nonprofit continue their great work!

STUNNING RECOGNITIONS

WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

A WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS

LET'S WORK TOGETHER

If you’re looking for someone who can find the soul of your stories and develop them into compelling fundraising pieces, then you’ve come to the right place.

Contact me today and let’s talk about your next project!

CRISP EFFECTIVE COPY

Highly effective copywriting that captures the attention of your donors and leads to increased responses and donations.

MIXED MEDIA MASTERY

My experience in writing hard copy, developing video messaging, and creating tight, scripted set pieces help capture the emotion of your mission and lead to more successful fundraising campaigns.

PROVEN MARKETING

My broad spectrum of services can help spread your message through your website, direct response letters, emails and videos. Thus improving your pool of funding and enabling you to better serve your mission.

BIG PROJECTS

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LAST YEAR'S NUMBERS

FUN FACTS EVERYWHERE

 
CLIENTS HELPED
 
PROJECTS COMPLETED
 
BUGS SAVED
 
BRILLIANT IDEAS

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

HONEST PEOPLE

Mel Kirsten
General Manager

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Ray Jones
Client Manager

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Laura Turner
Marketing Director

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Martha Lennox
Marketing Director

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Peter Curry
Client Manager

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WE ARE ALL EARS

GET IN TOUCH

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Words By Barbara
San Jose, CA
95123
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