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Module 4: Unit 8

Telling your story

Telling your family story can be an engaging way of exploring how your family's shared values came to be. This is particularly helpful in determining where to take them next! 

This unit builds upon Module 1: Getting to know our family, which gives you plenty of ideas on how to discover your family's past. In this unit you will find creative new ways to tell your family story and discover why it is so important to do so.

Read (90+ minutes)
The family storytelling handbook Examine family storytelling through this handy book which offers examples and suggestions of how, when, and where storytelling should take place. Also included are examples of stories that any family member can tell and how these stories can add to your family traditions.
Read (10 minutes)
Telling your family's story This article looks at how creating a cohesive family story can be useful for future generations to understand and learn from. Documenting the story can also help families see what issues are important to one another and how they can grow together.
Tune-in (30 minutes)
SVGives training: Telling your story Look at the specific aspects of telling your story, such as discovering your intended audience and medium for storytelling; how telling your story changes who is attracted to your foundation; and the importance of forming a connection through storytelling.
Read (5 minutes)
I am Family Philanthropy A video is a great way to share your family's story. Check out NCFP's I am Family Philanthropy video series for ideas and inspiration on creating your own video story.
Do (90+ minutes)

feature-family-historyCreate a dynamic, digtial archive for your family's philanthropy.

The History Project is a unique online software program that allows you to create an interactive, multimedia history timeline. Enlist your tech-savviest family members to help you collect and preserve your family's memories in this cool new format!