You knew your innovative idea to help others was worthy of support, so you went after and won a Nantahala Health Foundation grant. You’ve taken the first big step.
What’s next? Putting your plan in motion, of course. And making sure others hear about the work you and your team are doing. Let’s get this partnership off to a great start by working together to share this good news.
Why is it Important to Share Success Stories?
- Building a catalog of your nonprofit’s accomplishments builds trust and support in your community and with future supporters.
- Collaboration makes monumental efforts more accessible. Your success will make other organizations want to join your work and add their expertise.
- No one wants to be forgotten. For community-dependent nonprofits, an out-of-sight status has the potential to be fatal.
- You exist to support those in need. Are you making it easy for them to find you?
- Our community is filled with people with reasons to support the work you are doing. Take every opportunity to get your message in from of them.
What You Should Do
- Include information about your successes, including your NHF grant award, in publications you produce for internal and external distribution, including:
- Printed and digital newsletters
- Organizational brochures
- Film a 3-5 minute video about your project and post it to your social channels
- Include a blurb in your organization’s annual report
- Add content (blog or vlog post/images) on your websites
- Email your supporters
- Do you send holiday cards? Mention it here
- Share with your Board of Directors and captured successes in meeting minutes
- Contact your hometown news reporter and pitch your success as information readers need to know. Here’s how:
- Use PressReleaseTemplate_NHF_2022 to share the good news about your recent NHF funding partnership with your community.
- List Nantahala Health Foundation among your supporters on your website and link back to us here: <https://nantahalahealthfoundation.org/>
- E-mail Associate Director Lisa Duff <[email protected]> a link to all news stories that feature your grant so that we can post it on our website and social media.
What Nantahala Health Foundation Will Do, If Requested
- Share information about our grants with local, regional, and state media.
- Brainstorm ideas – in addition to those listed above – with you for getting the word out about your grant.
- Help you target appropriate media.
- Review your press announcement and other publicity materials relating to your grant.
- Provide guidelines for using our logo (see below).
- Provide a reciprocal link to your website from ours.
- Provide news announcements and social media ideas for you to customize.
NHF’s Brand Identity Guidelines
Grantees may use Nantahala Health Foundation’s logo in compliance with our usage guidelines (pdf). Click HERE for details.
Social Media Posts
Social media is all about sharing stories through images: photos, gifs, and videos. NHF can help you create high-impact images to share your story and our partnership. And, once uploaded, be sure to tag us in all posts highlighting your program’s success.
Use of Photographs, Legally Speaking
Grantees must be the owner of the materials or otherwise have the right to submit the materials. The materials must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
Grantee further agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Nantahala Health Foundation and its officers, directors, and employees from all damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable outside legal fees) arising out of or in connection with Nantahala Health Foundation’s use of the materials provided.
When submitting materials for publication that include identifiable images of individuals, Grantee is responsible for making the individuals aware of the photo’s intended use and ensures that written permission to use the individual’s name and image has been secured.
If the identifiable person is under the age of 18, Grantee must have obtained consent from the minor’s parent or guardian. Copies of the third-party consents should be included when materials are submitted.