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Your Giving Story

What inspires you to give back? Share your giving story and you might win a $10,000 dollar grant for Coastside Hope! #MyGivingStory is a #GivingTuesday social media storytelling contest sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It’s easy! Just go to #MyGivingStory and submit your story. Then tell your friends to vote for it online – and tell us about it so we can ask people to vote, too! Every week in November, two stories will be selected at random for a $500 grant to your chosen organization. At the end of November, the top 30 stories will be judged for grants of up to $10,000 dollars!

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Here are some tips from the organizers on writing a winning story:

  • The ideal length of a written story is 500-600 words
  • A polished, thoughtful, and complete narrative results in higher engagement and overall story success.
  • The stories that were most popular and produced the highest levels of engagement were those that followed or were similar in structure to the five-part dramatic arc employed in Greek and Shakespearean drama – which contains five key components: the exposition (setting the stage), rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • Adding an image to a written story substantially improved engagement.
  • Photos of young children garnered the most attention, while images featuring only organizational branding or logos did not work well.

After you’ve submitted your story, don’t forget to contact or 650-523-3519 so we can help promote it!

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