Video features donors as heroes — you can do it too

I love this video from Save the Children UK. It’s all about the heroism of the donor.

(Or watch it here on YouTube.)

This is the kind of thing we should all be doing: Telling the donor she’s a hero. And finding cool ways of doing so.

I hate to say it, but there’s a fly in this otherwise excellent ointment: The producers of the video fell to the temptation of abstraction. And that almost (but not quite) renders it pointless.

Here’s how it veers off course: In the interviews, kids say the “hero” did things like “bring water,” make the rain come,” “destroyed the mosquitoes,” and “caused the maize to grow.” Those are all real things that donors really make happen. The video does a great job of making it both real and exciting.

But they also say the donor “flew in the clouds,” “flew down and picked up a child,” and had a glowing body. Donors don’t do those things. It’s not real. It’s symbolic, an abstraction.

Why mix real with not-real? Doing that makes the real stuff seem less real. The abstraction adds a confusing and sour note to this otherwise superb video. It’s completely unnecessary.

I hope Save the Children will consider revising this video to remove the abstraction. Then they’ll have a winner.

Steal this idea! Reminding your donors they’re heroes is the foundation of powerful fundraising.


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6 responses to “Video features donors as heroes — you can do it too”

  1. It didn’t quite connect for me and I agree – I think the abstraction weakened it.
    Funnily enough I think the answer is right there in the superhero concept itself.
    Many superheroes have an ‘ordinary’ alter-ego – a Clark Kent or a Peter Parker.
    That’s why the stories appeal to us – we can imagine ourselves throwing off our ordinary selves and being that amazing person. So maybe working that in – ‘they say he works in an office but listens out for the call of children’ might bring it even closer to us, and the way we can all do something special in our everyday ‘boring’ lives…

  2. It didn’t quite connect for me and I agree – I think the abstraction weakened it.
    Funnily enough I think the answer is right there in the superhero concept itself.
    Many superheroes have an ‘ordinary’ alter-ego – a Clark Kent or a Peter Parker.
    That’s why the stories appeal to us – we can imagine ourselves throwing off our ordinary selves and being that amazing person. So maybe working that in – ‘they say he works in an office but listens out for the call of children’ might bring it even closer to us, and the way we can all do something special in our everyday ‘boring’ lives…

  3. All good but what it counts are the results. ANy idea? Can we ask STC?

  4. All good but what it counts are the results. ANy idea? Can we ask STC?

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    Sharon Shortland

    I agree , it would be really powerful if the abstract messages were not in there. I wasn’t quite getting it, but the idea of donors as superheros I get completely.

  6. Sharon Shortland Avatar
    Sharon Shortland

    I agree , it would be really powerful if the abstract messages were not in there. I wasn’t quite getting it, but the idea of donors as superheros I get completely.

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