Making it personal to increase giving.

How do you raise money for a disease nobody wants to talk about? Since 2015, Story Stick has been helping the Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation (MCCRF) increase donations and donor acquisition through its annual gala, the Blue Moon Ball. Among the event’s most compelling elements is an emotional video that taps the personal stories of individuals with colorectal cancer and their loved ones. The stories capture pain but also the hope inspired by new life-saving treatments.

What we did.

Story creation


Meeting production

Print and digital communications

Video production



In 2019, MCCRF blew past its fundraising goal of$200,000 with a record-breaking $235,000 in donations. In 2020, donations exceeded $340,000!

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