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

Podcast 3: How Photographers and Nonprofits Can Collaborate Successfully

Posted by | September 21

What does a successful collaboration between a photographer and a nonprofit look like? An unsuccessful one? In this podcast, we discuss keys to successful collaboration. If you’d like to see more of this kind of podcast, leave us a comment below or send a note to Crystaline: Hi, I’m Crystaline […]

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Jobs Around the World: September 2017

Posted by | September 14

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. Thank you! Senior African Communications Associate for One Acre Fund in Nairobi Deadline: October 10, […]

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Thomas Patterson: The Editor’s Take on Working With Photographers

Posted by | September 8

Photography can be a lonely business.   When I was a full-time photographer, I often felt like a lone wolf, moving from assignment to assignment, shoot to shoot, without much of a connection to the audience for my work and without the feedback from clients I needed to improve. Too […]

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How Do I Know If My Story Is Actually A Story?

Posted by | August 24

I once spent an entire year studying storytelling. I wanted to understand why some stories held more power than others. What made them different? I looked at a lot of stories. And I saw things that people were trying to sell as stories that were totally missing narrative. So here […]

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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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