PLATINUM2024

Stories Change Power

Let's create a just, equitable, and peaceful world.

Washington, DC   |  http://www.storieschangepower.org

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Mission

At Stories Change Power, we believe skillful advocacy communication is central to solving every problem facing humankind. Our professional development programming equips mission-driven organizations with advocacy communications tools to achieve their purpose in furtherance of a just, equitable, and peaceful world.

Notes from the nonprofit

*IMPORTANT NOTE* Stories Change Power launched in June 2023 to promote effective advocacy communications by organizations seeking to create a just, equitable, and peaceful world. Our current professional development programming draws on workshops and engagements we hosted as p.h. balanced films, the name under which we were incorporated in late 2011. For over a decade, we have run on 100% volunteer power to provide training in advocacy, storytelling, and film around the world; beyond the United States, we've operated in Kenya, Liberia, and Nepal. Our financials reflect we've run without staff and with support from individual donors. In 2024, we are shifting to a sustainable staff-based model and welcome inquiries to support this transition. Please contact us for a copy of our strategic and operational plans.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Piper Hendricks

Main address

Washington, DC

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

p.h. balanced films

EIN

45-3011671

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission-driven organizations are only as effective in their advocacy as their communications efforts allow. Today, an overwhelming number of such organizations tackle massive missions with huge hearts and small budgets. Many cannot allocate funds for professional development. We solve that problem through affordable professional development in advocacy communications that is people-centered, research-based, and bridge-building.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy Communications Professional Development

Stories Change Power helps team members at mission-driven organizations from new professionals to experienced leadership understand the power of advocacy communications and embrace their role in maximizing impact through people-centered, research-based programming anchored in respect, candor, and growth.

We equip organizations with advocacy communications tools to achieve their purpose in furtherance of a just, equitable, and peaceful world, including effective and ethical storytelling. Our work serves people and organizations across the United States who are addressing causes ranging from animal rights and environmental justice to criminal justice reform and community health.

In short, our programming supports the work of every organization with whom we interact.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Activists
Artists and performers

Mentoring is a proven methodology for promoting professional development, career advancement, work productivity, and personal satisfaction.

We match participants in our new and emerging professionals cohorts with mentors - both one-on-one and small groups - for one year beyond completion of their cohort. Mentors provide ongoing support as mentees apply what they've learned through the Stories Change Power program.

Stories Change Power mentorship provides a space where mentees can practice Radical Growth (one of our eight core values), letting go of any pressure to "fake it till you make it" and instead asking any and all questions as they navigate next steps in their career.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advocacy Communications Professional Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our cohorts are small by design to promote knowledge exchange and personalized learning. In 2023, we selected 8 diverse new professionals from across the country for our pilot cohort.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stories Change Power helps team members at mission-driven organizations from new professionals to experienced leadership understand the power of advocacy communications and embrace their role in maximizing impact through people-centered, research-based programming anchored in respect, candor, and growth.

We support effective advocacy communications across all issues through four types of programming:

Cohort-based programming for new professionals entering the field of advocacy communications to build a knowledge foundation and professional community to support their work, including ongoing mentorship after completion;

Cohort-based programming for leaders of mission-driven organizations for knowledge exchange and to gain tools to ensure their organization generates effective advocacy communications;

1:1 coaching for new professionals and leadership; and

Customized organizational trainings, including stand-alone webinars and speaking engagements.

Stories Change Power draws on years of work with a cross section of organizations around the world that promote needed change with huge hearts but small budgets and infinite enthusiasm but finite time. We know the result of budgets too small to support advocacy communications activities and time too finite to support team members in such roles: opportunities are missed and needed change doesnt happen.

Our programming recognizes - and meets - three critical needs:

Preparation: New advocacy communications professionals feel deeply motivated but not fully prepared to thrive in this emerging specialty, particularly when they do not report to someone with communications experience.

Funding: Advocacy communications efforts are not sufficiently funded; whether due to organizational prioritization or lack of clarity around the time and cost of effective communications, neither general operating nor grant-specific funds allow even seasoned professionals to reach organizations full communications potential.

Collaboration: Advocacy communications professionals at all levels feel lonely (particularly in one-person shops), siloed (regardless of communications team size), and disheartened by the lack of collaboration with colleagues (whether due to unawareness or unwillingness).

After launching in June 2023 (following a rebrand from p.h. balanced films), Stories Change Power hosted a cohort of new and emerging professionals from September through December 2023. In January 2024, Stories Change Power matched the participants with individual mentors to support their growth through 2024.

In 2024, in addition to our small-by-design cohort sessions and customized trainings, we are hosting a monthly webinar series to support practitioners in their advocacy communications.

2024 is a foundational year for our newly launched approach and we welcome inquiries at any time to share the latest information on our progress.

Financials

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Stories Change Power

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Piper Hendricks

Piper Hendricks

Sara E. Murphy

Jaime Werner

Alexis Matsui

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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