Digital Storytelling Toolkit Learn how to tell your nonprofit's story with video, audio, photography, and more. Elliot Harmon and Michael DeLong - April 12, 2012 You've got your camera and video-editing software; what now? Try these resources and get started capturing your nonprofit or public library's story and sharing it with your community. How does your organization tell its story? When you upload a video, a photograph, or a blog post about your nonprofit's work, whom are you trying to reach with it? What do you expect them to do after they see it?TechSoup Global hosts an annual Digital Storytelling Challenge. Each year, nonprofits and NGOs all over the world submit their photographs and videos, and we award prizes to a few of our favorites. We also ask veteran storytellers to share their insights and expertise via webinar presentations, live webcasts, guest blog posts, and more.In this short article, we've compiled some of our favorite digital storytelling resources, both from our own archives and other sites.Tools for Digital Storytelling from TechSoup Discounted rates for Adobe Creative Cloud — widely considered an industry standard for video, online, and print production — are available at TechSoup. For more digital storytelling product offerings, see our Web and Graphic Design page. Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC Adobe Premiere Elements 13 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits Getting Started with Adobe ProductsAdobe Creative Cloud products can be overwhelming at first to new users — and professional designers can spend years mastering them — but with a little practice, you'll be well on your way to designing better online and printed material at your nonprofit.Donated online Adobe training programs are available at TechSoup from partner Atomic Training.Adobe design evangelist Terry White hosts the excellent Creative Cloud TV Podcast.Visit Adobe's learning resources page for video tutorials, how-tos, and troubleshooting tips. Ask questions and connect with other Creative Cloud users in Adobe's Creative Cloud forum. Try our Intro to Photoshop for Nonprofits series to discover the basics of photo editing.Archived WebinarsListen to digital storytelling experts walk through the process of telling your story by video. Each archived webinar video also has a discussion thread in which you can post your own questions and ideas. How to Tell Your Digital Story Tools for Digital Storytelling Nonprofit Video 101 Collaborative Storytelling Pre-Production: Before You Push Record Production: Capturing Your Story on Camera Post-Production: You Have the Footage, Now What? Tweet Chat RecapsTechSoup frequently hosts tweet chats in which users come together over Twitter to share their ideas and opinions about a certain topic. For each Digital Storytelling tweet chat, we've pulled together the most interesting tweets in a short recap. Tools for Telling Your Story Mobile Storytelling Creating Impact and Effective Storytelling Social Sharing and Amplification Video Production ResourcesHave questions about the basics of video production? Get started with these how-tos. Digital Storytelling Methods: Time and Resources Needed Make Your Videos Better Additional Resources Lights. Camera. Help. sponsors an annual Nonprofit Film Festival. The organization also offers numerous resources on digital video production and distribution, including recommendations for inexpensive equipment and software.The Tactical Technology Collective offers excellent toolkits on storytelling, activism, data visualization, and more. Message in-a-Box 10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action The Center for Digital Storytelling has programs supporting people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change. It offers a variety of workshops for educators, health workers, and the general public. See3 Communications is an interactive communications agency that works exclusively with nonprofits, foundations, associations, and social causes. It produces the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards every year in partnership with YouTube. The Digital Naturalist is a resource-packed blog focused on video, film, and multimedia with a cause. It brings together a panel of experts to analyze successful digital storytelling, establish helpful guidelines for advocacy groups, and shine a light on effective examples. TechSoup's Nonprofit Social Media 101 Wiki contains a section on YouTube, showing you how to get the most out of sharing your organization's story on one of the most popular social media sites online. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.