Support Ethical Storytelling

The stories we tell matter. Stories are more than a communications tactic. Stories have the power to not only frame reality, but create reality.

When working with vulnerable populations, we have an opportunity to tell hopeful, dignifying, human stories. Stories not only connect donors and volunteers to our work, but give life and hope to the people we serve.

At Compassion First, we value authentic, ethical storytelling. It requires vulnerability from the organization, and those we serve. Authentic stories are complex. In the age of 3-minute nonprofit videos designed to make you cry, it takes courage to tell a real story, and not an oversimplified prescribed narrative.

Partner with our Storytellers

2018 Summer Media Trip: $20,000

Help us tell stories with hope and dignity this summer by donating to our 2018 Media Trip.

2018 Media Team

In July, our team will visit Compassion First’s operations in Indonesia to gather visual stories. Our hope is that these videos and photos give you a glimpse into what it’s like to spend time with the incredible people we serve.

KC McGinnis
Multimedia Journalist

KC McGinnis is a photojournalist, videojournalist, and virtual reality producer. He will be our lead storyteller for the trip. KC’s clients have included The New York Times, USA TODAY, ProPublica, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Reading the Pictures, Medium Vantage.

Kallen Hawkinson
Compassion First Communications Coordinator

Kallen has led the ethical storytelling initiative at Compassion First and will be the creative director for the media trip. She manages all of Compassion First’s external and internal communication strategies. All questions regarding the media trip, sponsorships, or Compassion First communications can be directed to Kallen or (503) 207-1319.

Patricia Larissa
Compassion First Development Coordinator (Indonesia)

Patricia is a Jakarta native and a skilled translator. She will help us navigate the culture with sensitivity. Patricia spent the past 18 months at the Compassion First aftercare shelter in North Sulawesi, and serves as a mentor to the survivors in CF’s care.

Eric Hawkinson

Eric, KC, and Kallen are not only family (literally), but also alumni of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Eric is an Urban Planner by trade, but also a skilled photographer and journalist. Eric will serve as a second shooter and writer for the trip.

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Make a commitment to Compassion First’s Ethical Storytelling Initiative by sponsoring our 2018 Media Trip.

Premier Sponsor $10,000

  • Logo watermark on videos
  • Sponsor mention at 2018 fall events
  • Sponsor logo included in donor direct mail after the trip
  • Sponsor mention on Compassion First website
    Sponsor mention on social media during and after the trip

Promotional Sponsor $5,000

  • Sponsor mention included in Compassion First social media
  • Sponsor logo included in email to 5,500 donors
  • Sponsor logo included on Compassion First photo gallery and media page

Storytelling Partner $1,000

  • Sponsor mention in social media post before and after trip.
  • Sponsor name included in email to 5,500 donors after the trip

Ethical Storytelling Resources:
We are grateful for the communications professionals in the nonprofit world who inspire and inform us. They are creating a new standard of storytelling.

Ethical Storytelling

Irina Project


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