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Story Story Night—a live storytelling program that explores the transformative power and possibility of sharing real life experiences.
Story Story Night—a live storytelling program that explores the transformative power and possibility of sharing real life experiences.
130 backers pledged $6,715 to help bring this project to life.

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Here at Story Story Night, we relish our role as a community forum for people to share their real life experiences, live on stage and without notes. You’ve told us so many of your stories, please allow us to tell ours.

Once upon a time, there was a little live storytelling event that decided it wanted to grow up and be a nonprofit and do really great things. Great things like file for 501(c)(3) exempt status and throw an awesome end of the year/world APOCALYPSE-themed New Years party. Great things like sell merchandise, including a best-of album, and get down and dirty with more Late Night shows in 2013. Great things like hold a fancy new event featuring local luminaries, STARRY STORY NiGHT. Also, redo its over-taxed website.

But the live storytelling event found itself in a real pickle. The show was barely making enough to cover costs, let alone accomplish all its big dreams. So, the little storytelling event went to its beloved community and asked for help.

Help us, beloved community, you're our only hope!

Story Story Night has been a labor of love. We create self-sustaining and affordable events with real live soul. But behind the scenes, our staff has gone without pay for months, and we have no funds to move forward with our ideas. All of us have other jobs or small businesses to run and are working for Story Story Night essentially as volunteers. We're hoping that by restructuring Story Story Night as a nonprofit, we can apply for grants, seek sponsorships and partnerships, and solicit donations, so that into 2013 and beyond, we have the structural support to really launch our storied vision.

What we need funds for:

Filing fee for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status: $850

APOCALYPSE party: $650

STARRY STORY NiGHT start-up costs: $1500+

Merchandise including best-of album: $1000+

Website redesign: $2000

If overfunded, what we could and would do. Sky = limit.

Learn more about our program and the story party that puts it on at www.storystorynight.org.

Risks and challenges

This new direction is going to be labor-intensive and time-consuming. To save money on a lawyer, we are filing our own 501(c)(3) paperwork, a 90+ hour task. This is a challenge because it is a complex and confusing process. We are being assisted by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and hope to complete the paperwork by December 2012.

One of our main challenges will be keeping our team motivated, and being able to pay for all our big plans, especially graphic design.

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    Story Story Night's Jessica Holmes and Emma Arnold will chant your name while punching their fists in the air, accompanied by Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." (Don't worry, we'll film it and put it on YouTube.)

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    All previous rewards and a heartfelt thank you email with a personalized compliment on your hairstyle/wardrobe/great taste in storytelling programs.

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    All previous rewards and a Story Story Night postcard with a hand-written note/doodle from Ms. Story herself, Jessica Holmes.

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    All previous rewards and 4 silkscreened Story Story Night stickers, PLUS Late Night Host Emma Arnold will shout your name during coitus.

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    All previous rewards and 2 Story Story Night buttons. Also, Story Story Night will never give you up, let you down, run around, or desert you.

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    All previous rewards and a nifty Story Story Night key chain. In addition, Jessica will name one of her many, many cats after you.

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    All previous rewards and a super awesome Story Story Best of Story Story Night CD. Bonus: Emma and Jessica will do a happy dance every time they think of you.

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    All previous rewards and Dan Costello's CD, Strangest Places, to listen to while soaking in a bubble bath having a little "you time."

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    All previous rewards and a ridiculously hip Story Story Night t-shirt guaranteed to garner high fives from all staff members at Story Story Night events. (SSN not responsible for high five related fatigue/injuries.)

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    All previous rewards and 2 Story Story punchcard passes (worth $35 each), so you can look all flashy and official at the door.

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    All previous rewards and a consecrated Story Story Night mug personally blessed by the GrandPooba of Anointed Anecdotes, Ms. Jessica Holmes.

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    All previous rewards and a Story Story Night custom trophy designed by Fawn and Foal or Bricolage.

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    All previous rewards and Emma Arnold will post a compliment on your Facebook wall everyday for a month. (Examples: you smell like a woodland meadow, you make the best lasagna, you look great in hats.)

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    All previous rewards below $175 and Dan Costello will thank you personally in a song at our March Story Story Night show.

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    All previous rewards below $175 and we'll mention your name, website, or blog on our podcast. And then, my friend, you will be FAMOUS!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    2 Story Story punchcard passes (worth $35 each), and an invitation to a special Story Story Night Dinner Studio with host Jessica Holmes and fan-favorite/Late Night Host Emma Arnold. We'll provide food, spirits, and storytelling instruction. Pleasant conversation optional.

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    2 Story Story punchcard passes (worth $35 each), AND Emma or Jessica will come and tell a story at your event or party, which will be really fun and terrific, and your friends/guests will be totally impressed and tell everyone about your excellent taste and generosity.

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    4 Story Story punchcard passes (worth $35 each), AND Story Story Night will list your name on our Sponsorship Page on our website, so that you may point to it when people ask what you did in 2012.

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    A special, intimate "date night" with Jessica Holmes, Emma Arnold, and Dan Costello. We'll cook the meal of your choice, enjoy some fine dining, and then snuggle up on the couch to watch "Dead Poet's Society." Or "Jaws." Whichever you prefer.

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    An invitation to the Super Secret Story Story Night! Emma and Jessica are hosting a special donor evening, and all donations of $1000 receive an exclusive invitation and knowledge of the super secret story story handshake.

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    Are you kidding me? Five grand?! There aren't enough stickers or CDs or facebook compliments in the world to express our gratitude for that. Crap, uh, all previous rewards and I guess we'll knit you a sweater or raise one of your kids or sing at your funeral someday, or something, Jeez, man.

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