Narratives With Integrity: Rising Above Exploitative Storytelling

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This event took place on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

How do you tell the experiences of disadvantaged populations that are receiving services without contributing to stereotyping?
How can organizations communicate meaningful stories about inclusion at the risk of tokenism?
How do we write stories for upper-class, white donors that resonate about working-class people of color without whitewashing their experiences?
How do you prevent “check listing” this work as DEI vs. committing these principles to how all comms should be done?

As a nonprofit professional trying to solve the world’s biggest problems, you might find yourself asking questions like these. The last thing you want to do is to make your community feel exploited or “lesser than” simply because they are receiving services from your organization.

But at the same time, studies show that fundraising campaigns that include video raise an average of 114% more funds. Potential donors are craving authentic, real stories to inform their giving decisions. You’re in a tough spot. We hear you, and we know these are not easy questions to navigate.

Join us for the second installment of our “Narratives With Integrity” series – a MemoryFox Special Event on March 13th at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT, led by MemoryFox’s Chris Miano, to discuss strategies to overcome tough questions like these with our expert panelists:

Our guests have a plethora of varied experience and knowledge about these challenging topics, and they are ready to share their strategies and insights with you.

We want you to lead the way! Please submit your questions regarding ethical storytelling, how to avoid stereotyping and exploitative narratives (and more!), so we can ask our expert panelists live, and get the answers you are craving.

Meet The Panelists:

Sabrina Walker Hernandez: Sabrina is a certified consultant, coach, facilitator, & bestselling author that helps nonprofits and mission-driven businesses build relationships that increases revenue through strategic planning, board education, and leadership development. She has over two decades of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership. Sabrina is certified in Nonprofit Management by Harvard Business School.

Frank Velásquez Jr.: A racial and gender equity advocate, Frank Velásquez Jr. leads and collaborates with passion, authenticity and an open mind. He connects to the stories that make each of us who we are and the stories that inextricably connect us to each other. As founder of 4 Da Hood and creator of the groundbreaking program, Ascending Leader in Color, Frank brings local, regional, and national attention to the inequities that communities of color face, so that they too can economically advance and build their generational wealth.

Marina Dalton-Brown is a global public health professional with over 15 years of experience leading and supporting health programs across the Caribbean region, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She worked with Population Services International (PSI) for over a decade, as well as UN Women and the Pan American Health Organization.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Graduate Diploma in Health Management, both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from St. George’s University in Grenada.

Marina believes that ordinary people have the power to influence health systems and that reframing the language and visual narrative of development can inspire systemic change.

Marshall Stowell oversees global health communications on policy and advocacy team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is also CEO and Founder of Intentional – which is a collaborative of disruptors – individuals working to rebalance power, shift harmful narratives, and build strategies and programs that are equitable and effective. Intentional is driven by a single principle – greater impact and equity comes when communities have more power and control.

Marshall has dedicated his professional life working in leadership roles in foundations and nonprofits addressing some of the world’s most challenging health and human rights issues, where he’s grappled with the imbalance of power between funders, organizations and the communities they serve.