April 28, 2022
3 min

Launch Note from the Founder

Written by Alycia Owens

If we haven’t talked in the last year, I’ll start by saying hello. 

I hope you’re well. I probably miss you. And I definitely love you.

If you’re reading this, we are connected in one way or another, and I feel so grateful for the curiosity that brought you here and the attention that you’ll give me for the next three minutes.

What I’m about to say might be new information, but I’m sure it won’t surprise you.

We are starting a nonprofit here in Denver.

I was given this vision in 2014, and seven years later, I felt called to get started.

It feels immodest to own. Owning something like this has a way of making you feel like a toddler with one hundred helium balloons in their grasp on a windy day.

Unprepared. Elated. Full of doubt and questioning.

Who would even hand these to me?

But here we are, here I am…tiny hands holding balloons in the wind, announcing the launch of this new thing we've built.

It's called Storyboard Co.

In 2014, I met a man who was too busy changing the world to update his Facebook page every time he needed funds or volunteers.

Nonprofit leaders who are feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the orphan and the widow? 

They're too busy with their hands in the dirt to clean up and reach out every time they run out of resources.

Storyboard is a nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofits using the art of storytelling.

We partner with nonprofits by interviewing the people they serve, their volunteers, and their leaders, and we tell their stories to our community.

And who is our community? Well, we’re still working on that part, but…

We're building the world’s largest community of everyday philanthropists.

A community of witnesses who will give our storytellers the audience their stories deserve.

A generous community that will give back with their time, money, and influence.

Storyboard is my life’s work because I believe that people are generous, they just don’t always know how to be.

I believe that empathy-fueled generosity is the missing piece to the philanthropy puzzle.

I believe that the storyteller and the person witnessing their story become more empathetic, kind, and generous through this simple act of connection.

I believe that stories tear down walls, soothe tensions, and eradicate polarization that data and debate can’t.

I believe that connecting through story will fuel communities to meet the needs of their neighbors.

I believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in the universe for change, for action, for bringing heaven here.

So here we are, here I am, announcing this moment in its fullness. 

We have officially launched Storyboard.

I have more energy coursing through my body, more power, more nerves, more excitement—more, more, more than ever before.

Which could be hard for many of you to believe considering my reputation and capacity for explosive moments of excitement.

But it’s true.

I’ve never been more excited to tell you about something in my life.

I hope you love it, and if you don’t, you should go ahead and unfollow me because this is only the beginning.

It began the summer of 2014 with the vision, it began last March with the call to move, and now, it’s the final beginning, the launch.

Storyboard Co. is live.