Narratives With Integrity: Rising Above Exploitative Storytelling

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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.

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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 Colors, 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.