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Make a video and win!

Video is a powerful way to tell stories. They provide great opportunities for show and tell by offering digestible ways to deliver messages and compelling opportunities to show pictures. To make storytelling and information sharing easy, Community First Foundation has partnered with the video technology company, Storyvine, and Denver7 to make telling your story easy and fun using video.

Once your video is made, you can share it to your ColoradoGives.org profile or fundraising page, social media, website.  It’s also a great idea to share it with your donors as a fundraising tool leading up to Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8.

Questions and Answers

Prepare with these videoguide prompts!

Download our video worksheets to help you get ready.

Donor Video Worksheet Nonprofit Video Worksheet
Who is doing this and why?

Community First Foundation is providing this tool to help our nonprofit partners increase generosity and power community for positive change. We’ve added a donor video template because we know donors are passionate about why they give.

The Storyvine platform is an addition to the Colorado Gives Day 2020 Nonprofit and Donor Toolkits we provide to help you promote your organization’s participation in Colorado’s day of giving.

What is Storyvine?

Storyvine is a video platform that creates high-quality, self-produced videos with an authentic feel. The app walks you through the filming process, provides coaching instructions and questions to guide your story. Once you record your video through the app, on an iPhone or iPad, the video is saved and is not be made public until you have completed your review.

Get started!

Welcome to your Storvyine video project! To get started, follow the steps below.

  1. Sign up.
  2. Follow the instructions you receive in your email.
  3. Before filming, watch the How to Use Storyvine video in your welcome email. You can also access on YouTube.
  4. Pull out your completed video template worksheets to help you stay on message.
  5. Follow the prompts in the Storyvine app to start filming your story!
  6. How long does it take to participate? It takes just a few minutes to create a professional looking video you can use to promote your organization.
  7. Check your email for your final video and start sharing!
Storyvine Best Practices
  1. When filming or taking a picture, you can take advantage of your device’s Tap-to Focus feature. Tapping on a specific section of camera view focuses and automatically and can help when capturing content in low-light or bright scenarios.
  2. Video can take up memory on your mobile device, so make sure you have plenty of memory on your phone.
  3. If you are filming someone else, it’s great to communicate openly about when to start, when you’ve stopped and even show them what was captured before moving onto the next step.
  4. Always remember! If you make a mistake when you are being filmed you can always re-film the same clip until you get it right!
  5. If you are filming yourself in a “selfie” mode, always remember that the camera is located at the top of the mobile device. Looking into the top of the device really creates a better eye contact for a selfie video or picture capture.
  6. Storyvine makes it easy for you to be confident in what you are filming! You can always re-take videos if you feel they don’t look good. Storyvine wants you to look great, so just remember when the final video comes in, it will always show you looking better than you thought you’d be.
  7. Using simple products such as selfie sticks and tripod mounts will help keep the camera stable. Using battery-powered LED lights will help fill in shadows, and even light things up in dark situations
  8. If you experience issues with uploading your video be sure to check that you are on a fast Wi-Fi or LTE connection. While most of the videos filmed with Storyvine are short, video is a large file to send across the internet, so using a private Wi-Fi or more than one or two bars of LTE will improve your results.
  9. You can always check the status of the upload once you’ve completed capturing a Storyvine video, by swiping from the right to the left in the app and viewing upload queue.

More tips!

Video Contest

New to Colorado Gives Day 2020 is a Video Contest! Make a Nonprofit StoryVine Video and you could win! We’ll randomly select four nonprofit videos to win $2,500. Nonprofit and Donor StoryVine templates are now available. Submit your video by Oct. 16 for a chance to win. Winners will be announced during the month of November.

Did you miss the Denver7 Coffee Chat?

You can catch it here. Denver7 Shares Tips for Powerful Storytelling
Jaime Aguilar
Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist
Cindy Matthews
Marketing and Communications Manager
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