SXSW Panel Picker – The Non-Profit Narrative

Please cast a vote for my panel at SXSW this year. The vote only counts for 30% of the overall vote but I need your help to get high marks. My session is The Non-Profit Narrative Description Stories withstand the test of time and have the ability to connect us with information and emotions that … Read More

Justin McRoberts CMYK Kickstarter

Last week Justin McRoberts launched his first ever Kickstarter Campaign and I love it. This summer I had the chance to hear his vision for a project that was part music, part written word and all awesome. The CMYK project started last year and has featured 3 EP’s (C, M & Y) These have all … Read More

Make Your Team Building Anything But Ordinary

I’ve seen this trailer a few times over the past several months and it’s finally hitting theaters. As soon as I saw it, I knew that would be a great outing for the Portnoy Media team. I’m a huge fan of Friday Morning Movies. Not a lot of people in the theater, it disrupts the … Read More

4 Tips About Non-Profit Storytelling From The Dark Knight Rises

Tonights the big night and I’ll bet you know about it. You’ve been hearing all about it for weeks and weeks. Your friends have been mentioning it, you’ve seen ads, you’ve seen clips, you’ve seen behind the scenes footage and it all culminates tonight! The Dark Knight Rises debuts at Midnight. “Gotham, take control… take … Read More

Summer Reading – How Groups are Using the Non-Profit Narrative to Engage

Summer is here and if you can remember your school age self, then you know all about summer reading lists. So let’s get RIF-tastic! (Reading Is Fundamental, son!) Get your sharpest minds working on telling your organization’s story. Books have been flying off the shelves (digital and physical) and I wanted to share with you … Read More

Give them the Behind the Scenes Tour!

A few years ago I got a chance to tour Georgia Aquarium. It wasn’t the normal tour, it was billed as the behind the scenes. It was twice the price of the standard tour and it was also personal. A tour guide gathered our small group of 6 and we immediately traveled through doors that … Read More

You Can Grow Ideas In The Garden of Your Mind

Fred Rogers has been dropping knowledge from 1968 until 2000 – That’s 895 episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood! So when he encourages the use of imagination, even if it is to children, there’s wisdom in his words. Imagination is the well that a storyteller must go back to over and over. Make sure you’re taking … Read More

Non-Profit Fundraising Expert Dan Portnoy Speaks at Ideation Conference

“Non-Profit Narrative” e-book Now Available for Free Download on Amazon for 24 Hours PASADENA, Calif., May 23, 2012 — Non-profit Fundraising consultant Dan Portnoy spoke at the Ideation Conference in Chicago recently as he taught seminar participants how to raise money for their causes by connecting emotionally with their audiences through the power of story, … Read More

RePost: The Problem with Guilt as a Motivator for Non-Profits

This info was originally posted as a guest post at Inkling Media The video begins and the images fade in. All black and white picture of haunting horror come across the screen. A person in the gutter, the streets of the red light district, mistreated animals in cages. Each set of eyes shows no hope. … Read More

How A Title Sequence Could Be the Secret to Your Next Video

Here’s a video from PBS Off Book featuring masters of the title sequence craft to help inspire you on your next video creation. A title sequence is usually about 2-3 minutes (just like your next video!). Check out their take on what a sequence should accomplish. Starring Peter Frankfurt and Karin Fong, Imaginary Forces Ben … Read More