National Storytelling Membership Association

We grow storytellers.

aka National Storytelling Network   |   Kansas City, MO   |  https://storynet.org

Mission

The National Storytelling Network is a membership organization made up of individuals and organizations involved in storytelling. Its mission is to advance all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy, and education.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our name changed legally from National Storytelling Membership Association (dba National Storytelling Network) to simply National Storytelling Network.

Ruling year info

2000

Director of Operations

Danni Altman-Newell

Main address

P.O. Box 413014

Kansas City, MO 64141 USA

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EIN

62-1760203

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Storytelling Network is a membership organization made up of individuals and organizations involved in storytelling. Its mission is to advance all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy, and education.

Our programs

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

National Storytelling Conference & Festival

Annual conference with approximately 400 attendees.

Population(s) Served

A Weekend of Storytelling Aimed at Changing Our World

A storied exploration of our planet, its climate, habitats, the human behaviors that have moved us toward extinction, and the actions that we can take to preserve our world. This conference will focus on environmental justice and how we can use stories to educate, awaken, and inspire individuals, businesses, industries, and government entities toward positive action.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
Self-employed people
Adults
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
Self-employed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Values & Beliefs
NSN believes that the age-old art of storytelling is as crucial in modern society as it ever has been in history and that its practice should, therefore, be revived, expanded and widely supported.

NSN further believes that storytelling is a unique and powerful performing art. Utilizing both humor and pathos, it engages the emotions, the imagination and the intellect of people of all ages.

Storytellers serve as agents of positive change in the world.
NSN holds storytelling to be:

Relevant
Storytelling is essential to education: neuroscience is demonstrating that the human brain organizes, retains, and accesses information most effectively in narrative form
Storytelling plays constructive roles in the workplace, in organizations, corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and small businesses
Because telling and listening to stories can have powerful healing effects, storytelling is essential in the work of therapists, clergy, and health care practitioners of all kinds.

Inspiring
Because storytelling expresses, teaches, and preserves values and beliefs, it is of primary importance for all individuals and the communities to which they belong.
Stories provide a community with the common historical knowledge and shared vision needed to inspire collective action.

Transformative
Listening to stories is essential to the development of human imagination, creativity, and abstract thought processes.
Diverse and even antagonistic communities come to understand and respect one another through listening to each other's stories, and therefore storytelling is an essential tool for peacemaking.

Create new educational content, provide resources for inclusivity among all forms of storytelling, explore new partnerships, solidify national outreach and national partnerships, showcase storytelling as an art form nationally and as an academic field.

With the assistance of members and volunteers, NSN has been reinventing our organization focus to be inclusive of all forms of storytelling through our events like the National Storytelling Summit, Special Interest Groups, and other programs and resources. We are creating new programs and resources and advocating for storytelling within communities.

Membership is currently increasing and inquiries into future National Storytelling Summits have started coming into our office. We want to make NSN a world-class organization. We have put together a solid vision statement that imagines our organization as an inclusive organization that advocates on behalf of storytellers and storytelling. A place where we grow passionate and inspired storytellers. A place where NSN provides storytelling grants, mentoring, special interest groups and financial resources to help fund exciting projects that transform and tell our human experience.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Storytelling Membership Association

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Knutson

Marilyn McPhie

Fran Stallings

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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