Storytelling

Help Ventura County Community Foundation enhance their annual reports, grant applications, and other marketing materials with compelling narratives about their organization’s mission, activities, and achievements.
Ventura County Community Foundation
Camarillo, CA, USA
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Camarillo, CA, USA

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Posted September 20th

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What We Need
  • A compelling narrative, or set of stories
  • Persuasive copy that can be used in appeals to donors, annual reports, grant applications, and media relations
  • Popular examples: Organization's founding story, a program achievement or milestone, a look back at the past few years, organizational backgrounder, etc.
Additional Details

Over the past five years, we have responded to three wildfires, a mass shooting, and a global pandemic. We have also provided leadership with the 2020 census, caregiving, and early childhood education. Our donors have given almost $100 million to our community. We want to publish our first annual report and have it cover the last five years and have been thinking/ exploring the best way to tell our story through this publication. We could really use help developing that story and theme.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a draft table of contents and personal notes, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have written summaries on the different initiatives, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $2,397 , allowing us to provide more grants into our community, including basic needs, childcare, and rental assistance.

As a community foundation, we want every resident in Ventura County to feel they are welcome and we are their civic home. We currently do not have any materials that help share our story and what our community has helped make possible these past few years. We also have a big vision for the future and are hoping this can help frame what is ahead as well.

Project Plan

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Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss the objectives of project and key audiences
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with relevant background materials (e.g., annual reports, white papers, brochures, organizational history)
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Milestone 1: Storytelling Framework
  • Professional presents and discusses primary story angle(s) to the Volunteer Manager
  • Volunteer Manager facilitates interviews between Professional and individuals willing to share their story (if applicable)
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Milestone 2: Document Creation
  • Professional shares draft with Volunteer Manager
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with up to two rounds of feedback
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Milestone 3: Wrap-Up
  • Professional submits final version
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About The Org

Ventura County Community Foundation
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Our Values
We bring people together and build community, presenting donors with opportunities to achieve collective impact. We exercise sound judgment, operate with transparency, and follow through on our promises. We commit to the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. We are accountable to each other, to donors, and to our community. We are entrusted stewards and will continue to be so now and into the future.

Our Mission
To promote and enable philanthropy to improve our community. For Good. For Ever.

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