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Repositioning Community Philanthropy for Impact through Storytelling

July 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In the ever-evolving landscape of information, it’s undeniable how stories and narratives hold
the immense power to shape our perceptions and influence our understanding of the world.
Community philanthropy needs to be repositioned for impact through storytelling. This involves
leveraging the stories of communities in a manner that conveys the significance, effectiveness,
and transformative potential of local giving efforts. Storytelling can be utilized by:

1. Humanizing the Impact: Relaying stories of individuals whose lives have been impacted by philanthropic acts; emphasizing the experiences and challenges encountered, and the observable results of local giving.


2. Highlighting Success Stories: Showcasing stories of success from community-led initiatives that have achieved meaningful outcomes through philanthropy; Illustrating how grassroots organizations and projects have made a difference in addressing local needs, fostering social cohesion, and building resilient communities. These stories can serve as inspiring examples and models for replication.


3. Amplify Diverse Voices: Ensure that storytelling reflects the diversity of voices and experiences within the community. Elevate the perspectives of marginalized groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others whose voices may be underrepresented. By amplifying diverse voices, storytelling can foster greater inclusivity and representation within philanthropic narratives.


4. Empower Community Narratives: Empower community members to share their own stories of giving, solidarity, and resilience. Provide platforms and opportunities for individuals to express their experiences, aspirations, and visions for community philanthropy. Encourage storytelling as a means of building collective identity, fostering empathy, and strengthening social connections.


5. Illustrate Collaboration and Partnership: Highlight stories of collaboration and partnership between philanthropic organizations, local nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and community members. Showcase how collective action and shared goals can amplify impact, leverage resources, and address complex social challenges more effectively than individual efforts alone.


6. Emphasize Long-Term Impact: Tell stories that illustrate the long-term impact and sustainability of community philanthropy initiatives. Showcase how investments in education, health, economic development, and social justice can yield lasting benefits for future generations. Highlight the importance of continuity, adaptability, and community ownership in achieving sustained impact over time.


7. Address Challenges and Lessons Learned: Be transparent about the challenges, setbacks, and lessons learned in the process of community philanthropy. Share stories of resilience, innovation, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles and adapting strategies to changing circumstances. Acknowledge the complexities of community development work and the importance of ongoing learning and improvement.


8. Inspire Action and Engagement: Use storytelling to inspire action, mobilize support,and foster a culture of giving and civic participation within the community. Invite audiences to become active participants in philanthropic efforts, whether through volunteering, donating, advocating for change, or contributing their skills and expertise. Empower individuals to see themselves as agents of positive change within their own communities.


Storytelling has the power to connect more deeply with audiences and encourage more support
and involvement by giving the impact a human face. By harnessing the power of storytelling,
community philanthropy can be repositioned as a dynamic and impactful force for positive
change, capable of mobilizing resources, building solidarity, and transforming lives and
communities for the better.

 

Date: Friday June 19th, 2024

Time: 9am – 1pm EAT

Venue: Baraza Media Lab

Contact us: eunice@viceversaglobal.com and Hellen.Kuria@kcdf.or.ke

Details

Date:
July 19
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Organizers

KCDF
Vice Versa Global

Venue

Baraza Media Lab
Keystone Park, 95 Riverside Dr
Nairobi, Kenya
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Phone
+254700046018
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