Inspring and Informing Humanitarian Storytellers

We offer insights and tips for nonprofit and NGO storytellers.
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We think that ethical photography and video stories help nonprofits show the impact of their projects,
and increase funding and emotional connection to their work.
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We believe in empowering people to create a better life for themselves.




Heather Rude-Turner reads to her son and daughter at their home in Springfield, Va. Heather depends on the EITC (the earned income tax credit) to help support her family. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl for Bread for the World.

Recent Posts

Jobs Around the World: August 2017

Posted by | August 10

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thanks! Director of Digital Creative for International Rescue Committee in New York Deadline: November 3, […]

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The Value of Telling a Real Story – Warts and All

Posted by | August 3

Oftentimes, the real-life stories we remember the most are marked by twists and turns, obstacles, and failure. Like the one about the world-famous ballerina rejected from a ballet academy when she was 13. Or the one about a man’s sleepwalking disorder that nearly killed him. Or the one about a […]

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We’d Love to Meet You This Week

Posted by | July 5

Crystaline and I are together in the United States and we’d love to meet you! ONLINE: Join us for a Facebook Live chat on Thursday, July 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. We’ll be answering questions about getting started in NGO work, negotiating contracts and pay, and everything in between. Ask us anything about nonprofit storytelling or […]

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Podcast 2: How We Negotiate Contracts When Working With Nonprofits

Posted by | June 29

One of our post popular blogs was written about contracts in 2012. Since then it’s received about 4200 hits so we decided it was time to revisit the topic. In this podcast we talk about how we created our contracts, how we negotiate contracts with our nonprofit clients, and and […]

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Musician Chad Crouch — aka Podington Bear — on Composing and Licensing Music

Posted by | June 22

I first learned of the musician Chad Crouch — also known as Podington Bear — several years ago when I heard one of his instrumental songs on a “This American Life” episode. The music was beautiful, emotional and evocative — perfect for some of the nonprofit videos I edit, I thought. […]

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Real Stories for Nonprofits: The Oregon Trail

Posted by | June 20

Zach Putnam is an award-winning filmmaker and producer based in Portland, Oregon. He has over a decade of experience telling stories that move people and has produced work for clients ranging from Adidas to Upworthy to the Nature Conservancy. Zach has also recently taught photo and video production at the […]

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Jobs Around the World: June 2017

Posted by | June 15

NOTE: Please don’t send your job applications to NGO Storytelling. We aggregate these postings as a service to you. To apply for a position, click the “Learn more about this job” link beneath each listing. Thanks! Public Information/Communication Officer for UNDP in Doha, Qatar Deadline: June 19, 2017 The Communications […]

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Copyright Lawyer Ceren Taygun on Understanding Copyright and Contracts

Posted by | June 8

Ceren Taygun is an international copyright lawyer and PR consultant based in the Middle East. She holds a Masters in Criminal and Intellectual Law from the University of Amsterdam and formerly worked for NORMA, a Dutch collective management organization for performers’ rights. Disclaimer: This interview does not provide legal advice […]

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5 Google Analytics Metrics to Help You Understand Your Audience

Posted by | May 25

Earlier this month Crystaline wrote that understanding your audience is the most important part of nonprofit storytelling. Now I’ll expand on one of the suggestions she gave in her write-up: using Google Analytics. I don’t have any special qualifications for writing this post except that for five years I’ve worked […]

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