22NTC Session Proposal
Fundraising

Telling Stories of Healing and Avoiding Poverty Porn

Submitted by: Gustavo Rico 🟠 | Zebra Coalition

Description

The problem with “Poverty Porn” is that while its an unethical way to help a community, it is also a highly effective tool to raise a lot of money. 

As fundraisers it is our responsibility to understand the harm of “Poverty Porn” and learn how to tell stories that allow us to raise money while also empowering the people who we are trying to help.

I want to use my experience in taking a nonprofit who had been using “poverty porn” for the last 9 years to raise money, and how we transformed it into a nonprofit that tells stories of healing. In the process we have also successfully doubled the amount of money that we raise each year. 

Stories of Healing are not only empowering for out communities but also a strong tool to raise the necessary funds to do the work.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to identify and avoid Poverty Porn
  • Create a framework for creating a story of healing
  • How to use stories of healing to fundraise

Session Type

60 minute session

Target Audience

Fundraisers who are looking for more ethical ways to tell stories and raise money