• Ron Rescigno

Story Questions That May Inspire Great Answers

We love writing stories for nonprofits. Stories that inspire, make you laugh, cry, think, and act.

Today, I thought I would share some examples of questions the Rescigno's story-writing team asks during interviews.

Below, you’ll find a mix of questions that we’ve asked clients, volunteers, program staff, fundraising staff, executive directors, board members, and more. When you read through the questions, you’ll see that some apply to certain groups of people more than to others.

  1. What problem does this program or service help to address?

  2. Can you tell me about a specific person who has used this program?

  3. What was their life like before they began working with you?

  4. What was the person’s emotional state like the first time you met with them?

  5. As a result of having gone through the program, what’s their life like now? How does the future look for them?

  6. Why should people choose to support your nonprofit when there are so many other very deserving organizations out there?

  7. Is there any specific moment that stands out to you as the turning point in the beneficiary’s story?

  8. Is there an achievement or contribution you’re most proud of? Please tell me about it?

  9. What attracted you to give to this cause?

  10. What inspires you to want to help?

  11. Why do you continue to support the organization?

  12. What was the biggest challenge or obstacle you were facing?

  13. What would you say to someone considering supporting this cause?

  14. What, in your opinion, should other people know about the work this organization does?

  15. How has your involvement in this cause changed you?

  16. Is there any thing we haven’t covered that we should?

There you have it. Sixteen interview questions that will help inspire a great story the next time you do an interview.

Do you have any questions you like to ask of your interview subjects? Please share them with our readers.