Episode 29

Published on:

13th Apr 2022

The Power of the Story

One of the most important parts of your nonprofit organization, and especially your fundraising efforts, is your story. The way you decide to convey the message and history of your organization makes all the difference when pursuing your mission. How do you tell your story, and does it evoke emotion? These are just a few of the questions we will ask the Principle and Creative Director at Barkada Circle, Pon Angara.

Pon Angara is a fellow podcaster, and co-host of VisionReady’s Disrupt Your Day podcast series. This show "brings you the stories, struggles, and success of entrepreneurs to learn from and Disrupt Your Day!" In the newest season of the show, they interviewed our President, Sheryl Soukup! Pon has served as Nonprofit SIG Director for the American Marketing Association, Marketing SIG Chair for the Association Forum and Program Chair for the Chicago Area Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Pon's unique approach is driven by his understanding for how principles and methods in science, business and the arts can converge for innovative problem solving. He has a BS Engineering Management, BFA Industrial Design and BFA Communication Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Barkada Circle® is a Chicago studio working with leaders of foundations, associations and organizations with a mission to improve the human condition. Their approach to storytelling and story-driven strategies make messages more compelling and strengthen relationship building.

In this episode you'll discover:

Why stories matter for nonprofits 02:28

If you're trying to write your story, what questions do you need to ask yourselves? 03:25

How can put your story in words that hit home with audiences. 04:24

How storytelling can build strong relations. 05:41

The power of storytelling on the human brain 06:38

How can you incorporate video into storytelling? How does it change the message? 07:29

As an organization, storytelling has to be accepted by everyone. 09:40

How can the power of a story affect organization development? 10:53

How Pon Angara became an expert storyteller. 14:10

What research you need to learn an organizations mission and mold their story. 16:28

Where does a nonprofit start if they're unfamiliar with storytelling? 19:30

The process of storytelling 21:23

Coaches Corner Question: "We want to apply for a government grant. How do we know if we are ready? Can we use our own vendors for purchases?" 24:10

Got a question that you'd like to ask a nonprofit professional? Email your question to IMPACTcoaches@IMPACTability.net 

Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2012 by the company’s president, Sheryl Soukup, to provide nonprofit organizations with expertise in fundraising and nonprofit management. The company offers consulting, coaching, and full-service grant writing, marketing, donor database management, strategic planning, and much more.

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IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each episode, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
"IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast" is a dynamic and insightful series hosted by Josh Hirsch, M.S., Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions, and created by Sheryl Soukup, President of Soukup Strategic Solutions. Each episode looks at the multifaceted world of nonprofit organizations, offering expert advice on issues ranging from fundraising and management to Board development and marketing. Josh, with his extensive background in the nonprofit sector, engages with a variety of experts to provide valuable perspectives and practical solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders.

Listeners will find each episode rich with knowledge and inspiration. The podcast covers a wide array of topics, ensuring relevance for a diverse nonprofit audience. Whether it’s discussing innovative fundraising strategies, exploring effective Board governance, or the nuances of nonprofit marketing, "IMPACTability" serves as an essential resource for leaders looking to enhance their organization's impact. This podcast is an excellent tool for anyone in the nonprofit sector seeking to grow professionally and make a more significant impact in their community.

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Josh Hirsch, M.S.

Josh Hirsch, M.S., is the Senior Strategist for Soukup Strategic Solutions and on faculty for The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006, most recently as Social Content Marketing for Susan G. Komen. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research and writing, individual giving, special event planning, stewardship, and cultivation of donors.