Ways to Support NSN
There are many ways you can support the mission of the National Storytelling Network. One of the most important is to become a member or a donor. Below are listed a few additional ways you can help support NSN. We appreciate any type of support you want to offer.
Did you know???
If you are 70 ½ or older, listen up! You can make a contribution to NSN and get credit for it on your tax return even if you cannot itemize, and most of us will not be able to itemize. If you make a contribution directly from an IRA and are in that age group where you are forced to take required minimum distributions (70 ½ and up), this will also count as your required minimum distribution. These are called Qualified Charitable Distributions. Kill 2 birds with one stone: satisfy some or all of your RMD and not pay tax on the distribution (which you would if you simply withdrew and sent us a check). As is the case with most tax law, the devil is in the details. Some state laws may impact this decision so it would be a good idea to check with a tax professional. You can also read IRS publication 590-B, page 13 for more details. Here is an article from Fidelity.
NSN Corporate Treasurer
Attend storytelling events or participate in workshops
Our calendar of events is the place to go to locate opportunities to hear some wonderful storytellers. If you have an upcoming event be sure to submit your event so we can add it to our calendar of events!
Sponsor at the National Storytelling Conference
The National Storytelling Conference brings together attendees from across the world who are interested in the art and application of storytelling. Presenters offer material appealing to attendees’ variety of interests and developmental needs.
An important contribution to the quality of the National Storytelling Conference is made by foundations, corporations, businesses, organizations, and individuals who provide funds to underwrite the classes, workshops, and performances at the conference.
Advertise on the website or in the monthly newsletter or Storytelling Magazine
NSN offers advertising options for the NSN website, Story Forge (the monthly newsletter), and Storytelling Magazine. More than 400 visitors per day view the NSN website and more than 2,000 storytellers and story-lovers receive Storytelling Magazine – that’s quite a reach! Each of these options is a chance for you to reach an audience of professional storytellers, librarians, educators, and listeners all over the world.
Become our organizational/business partner
The National Storytelling Network is always looking to outreach to businesses and other member organizations/associations that have an interest or affinity to storytelling and are trying to reach the storytelling market. Currently and in the past, we had partnerships with publishers, media properties, library associations, governmental agencies, student leadership organizations, academic communication associations, religious organizations, educators’ associations, and even the Funeral Directors Association.
If you believe that storytelling can be useful in your organizational mission or marketing plans, please contact the NSN office.
Become a volunteer
NSN is always on the lookout for volunteers! From being a guest blogger to a volunteer at the National Storytelling Conference there’s an opportunity for everyone. If you’re interested in volunteering in some capacity, please contact the NSN staff.
Leaving a Storytelling Legacy
Storytelling is all about passing the stories along. We have been enriched by stories which have been passed down to us by people years (sometimes thousands of years) ago. A treasure, for sure. But there’s another way to pass along the magic of storytelling.
I was recently talking with a friend who has many interests. I know that she makes regular contributions to her favorite organizations. But last week she was excited to tell me about another kind of gift. She referred to it as “planned giving.” She’s just made her will, and she’s arranged for some funds to go to things that she loves. “I feel like a real philanthropist,” she said.
We keep storytelling alive for future generations by telling our stories. We can also make sure that storytelling lives on by “planned giving” to the National Storytelling Network. Want to be a philanthropist? Include the National Storytelling Network in your financial plans. A real “happily ever after.”
Pacific Regional Director
NSN Board of Directors
The National Storytelling Network is designated by the IRS as a 501c3 charitable organization. Your donation is a tax-deductible contribution. Your support provides us with funds to extend the reach of our mission. If you would like to make a donation by credit card or electronic check, please click here. If you prefer to make your donation by hard copy check, please make your check payable (in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank) to National Storytelling Network and mail your check to National Storytelling Network, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157. Please include “Donation” in the memo portion of your check. Thank you for your donation!
Your email address will allow us to send you a confirmation of your donation. You will also receive our monthly newsletter and other occasional communication. You can unsubscribe from our communications at any time.
Thank you for your support of the National Storytelling Network. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. You can also contact the NSN office at 800-525-4514 or firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at National Storytelling Network, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO 64157.