When you give to charity, you’re not just writing a check. You’re writing a story.

The goal of 100 Million Stories is to spark connections between donors and recipients of local charities. It’s about personalizing the act of giving — and the outcome.

By giving close to home, individual donors build community in a way that big philanthropy often does not. There is something uniquely American about this tradition of neighbors helping neighbors, and 100 Million Stories celebrates that.

Most Americans give something to charity, but 100 million taxpayers are not allowed to deduct their charitable donations. We’re trying to change that.

We want to see the good that can happen when 100 million taxpayers are encouraged to give even more generously through a more enlightened, more equitable tax policy.

Please have a listen, then find a charity you care about, and add your own story to the collection.

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Matt Perdoni interviews Dean Shelley Broderick of the David A. Clarke School of Law and the D.C. School of Law Foundation, and School of Law graduates Natasha Bennett and Matt Kaplan who received scholarship funds from the Foundation.

A Conversation with Teresa

Teresa was surprised by her Parkinson’s diagnosis — and by the sense of joy and community she found in a nonprofit dance program.

Add Your Story

The goal of 100 Stories is to spark connections and conversations between donors and recipients of local charities. It’s not about power or ego or wanting to feel good about oneself. Rather it’s about personalizing the act of giving — and the outcome.

Charities usually act as an intermediary between donors and recipients. Organizations solicit gifts, use those gifts to provide goods or services, and then report back to donors with stories of changed lives.

But what if — in addition to newsletters or fundraising dinners — we could bring givers and receivers together for a face-to-face conversation? Would that create deeper understanding? Greater empathy? More commitment? Stronger communities?

We believe that small donors build community in a way that big philanthropy cannot, because small donors tend to give closer to home, where they have “skin in the game.” There is something uniquely American about this tradition of neighbors helping neighbors, and 100 Stories seeks to celebrate that.

As a donor and interviewer, we are asking you to step outside your comfort zone by entering into a frank conversation with someone you’ve never met — someone, perhaps, that you don’t really understand or with whom you seem to share little in common. If you approach the interview as a seeker rather than a savior, you might just be surprised at what you learn. That requires courage and humility, and we appreciate the effort that you’re making.

But remember that the person on the other end of the microphone is also showing courage and humility, so in that sense, you already have something in common. By asking questions and listening to the answers with an open heart, we hope other commonalities will emerge — and commonalities are the basis of community.

How to Add Your Story

  1. Download the StoryCorps app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Create an account and login.
  3. Review our Interview Guide for sample questions and ideas about preparing for your interview.
  4. Follow the StoryCorps instructions for recording your interview.
  5. Before uploading the story, please add appropriate keywords so listeners who might be interested in the topic can easily find your recording. Be sure to include the keyword Giving100 so we can identify your story and add it to our collection.
  6. Upload your interview through the StoryCorps app with just one-touch.

Helpful Information

  • After you download the app, StoryCorps will send you helpful hints about both the app and interviewing.
  • A quick practice interview will help you feel more comfortable before recording the real thing.
  • You’re making history! StoryCorps content is also archived at the Library of Congress, so your story becomes a part of the record for future generations.
  • We will also notify your charity so they can use the story in their own marketing and fundraising.