Storymakers is a storytelling campaign that is focused on digital media. Its purpose is to build the skills of media makers and enthusiasts in the nonprofit sector. We encourage NGOs around Europe to take part in the international contest and tell about its amazing job!


TechSoup has run Storymakers campaign for seven years. Our goal is to educate and inspire nonprofits to create powerful stories about the social benefits of their important work. During the campaign, TechSoup offer education, training, online and in-person workshop events, and a contest (the “Contest”) to help NGOs get started.

When is the Storymakers campaign?

Submissions will open September 5 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and close October 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Expert and community voting will happen during the first two weeks of November, and prizes will be awarded by November 15.

Who is eligible to participate?

The Contest is open to new and seasoned nonprofit storytellers around the globe. Any nonprofit, library, or charity that is a 501(c)(3) organization (or its equivalent outside the United States) is allowed to enter. Feel free to enter with a video or five-photo Flickr slideshow that uses your native language.

Good storytelling should overcome language barriers.

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What are the prizes?

We will have a total of US$10,000 in cash prizes to award to organizations in five categories (see above).

What are the submission categories?

  1. Local Impact — open to nonprofit organizations with a budget that is less than US$500,000
  2. Driving Change — open to nonprofit organizations with a budget that is US$500,000 to US$1 million, and proudly sponsored by Adobe.
  3. Shifting the Future — open to nonprofit organizations with a budget that is more than US$1 million
  4. Unum Orbis — open to nonprofit organizations outside the US
  5. People’s Choice — inspire your community to vote for your story!

If you are an organization that is based outside the US, you can submit to the Unum Orbis Award AND a category that is based on budget size.


All eligible submissions that are made to the categories that are based on budget size and to the Unum Orbis Award are eligible to receive the People’s Choice Award.

The goal of the Contest is to excite nonprofits about the power of digital storytelling, so we encourage you to submit your highest-quality videos.

I already made a short video for my organization; can I still enter?

Yes! You can submit videos that have been made within the last 12 months; as long as you meet the requirements, you’re welcome to enter! We will accept a video that is up to five minutes in length. Please note that the average attention span when people view video content online is approximately 90 seconds.