Power of the Written Word — Part Three.

Storytelling is as old as the human race — cave drawings and pottery shards of our early ancestors offer a glimpse into who and what mattered. The tools we use today may be different, but the importance of sharing our stories is as relevant as ever.

Who and what matters most to your nonprofit?  What stories do you tell about their impact?  And, how broadly do you share those stories?

Writing an award nomination is a powerful way to recognize your donors and volunteers. In my personal experience, letters of support written about me for award nominations are cherished moments of my career. There is something profound about seeing the words on the page, even more than hearing a compliment aloud.

Communities across the country celebrate donors and volunteers with National Philanthropy Day hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In Columbus, National Philanthropy Day is celebrated next week, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Each of the winners, including Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, PNC, Diamond Hill Capital Management, Erich Hunker, and many others have been given the gift of their story.

Each of the award winners had that moment when they read the nomination letters and saw, in print, the impact their generosity has had on others.

Find ways in your community — National Philanthropy Day, Women of Achievement, 40 Under 40, Jefferson Awards, Visionary Awards, and more — to honor and celebrate those who believe in your mission with a story about their impact.

Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO

2018-11-16T20:38:01+00:00