Values & Beliefs

NSN believes that the age-old art of storytelling is as crucial in modern society as it ever has been in history, and that its practice should therefore be revived, expanded and widely supported.


NSN further believes that storytelling is a unique and powerful performing art. Utilizing both humor and pathos, it engages the emotions, the imagination and the intellect of people of all ages.


Storytellers serve as agents of positive change in the world.

NSN holds storytelling to be:



  • Storytelling is essential to education: neuroscience is demonstrating that the human brain organizes, retains, and accesses information most effectively in narrative form
  • Storytelling plays constructive roles in the workplace, in organizations, corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and small businesses
  • Because telling and listening to stories can have powerful healing effects, storytelling is essential in the work of therapists, clergy, and health care practitioners of all kinds.



  • Because storytelling expresses, teaches, and preserves values and beliefs, it is of primary importance for all individuals and the communities to which they belong.
  • Stories provide a community with the common historical knowledge and shared vision needed to inspire collective action.



  • Listening to stories is essential to the development of human imagination, creativity, and abstract thought processes.
  • Diverse and even antagonistic communities come to understand and respect one another through listening to each other’s stories, and therefore storytelling is an essential tool for peacemaking.



NSN Strategic Plan: Outline 2013-2017


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NSN, like other non-profits and households everywhere, has had to take a hard look at finances and see where we can do the most good with a limited amount of resources. The Board has worked hard to align NSN’s strategic goals with available funds, implemented a renewed fundraising campaign, and moved the organization decisively toward a brighter future. These reports are provided in PDF format.


2016 - Actual to Budget Jan-April


2015 - Budget

2015 - Income and Expense

2015 - 990 Report


2014 - Position

2014 - Income and Expenses

2014 - 990 Report


2013 - Budget

2013 - Income and Expense

2013 - 990 Report


2008-2012 - Five Year Income and Expense


2012 - Budget

2012 - 990 Report

2012 - Income and Expense


2011 - Budget

2011 - 990 Report

2011 - Income and Expense


2010 - Budget

2010 - 990 Report

2010 - Income and Expense


2009 - Budget

2009 - 990 Report

2009 - Income and Expense


2008 - Income and Expense