About Stone Soup Films

Vision: Nonprofits have greater social impact when they are empowered by effective storytelling. Stone Soup Films was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit production company that builds the capacity of worthy organizations by developing a probono communications strategy represented in a professional promotional film.

We combine the assets of collaboration, mentorship, education, and community service by joining the volunteer efforts of hundreds of expert and novice filmmakers. Our goal is to tell the real-life stories of how local groups are transforming the lives of individuals in need. We help organizations tell their stories by going to the individuals they serve, and letting those clients’ stories of transformation be emblematic of the organization’s important work.

There is no doubt that good storytelling can make all the difference in their ability to connect with the target audience, whether it be for fundraising, information or visibility purposes. Any nonprofit serving the people of Washington, DC that does not have a current film or substantial communications budget is invited to apply for a Stone Soup film. The process includes developing a communications strategy and a marketing and distribution plan for the finished film.

If you have professional film experience or want to get involved on any aspect of production, please join us as a volunteer! Student filmmakers with an interest in serving the community are invited to apply for a formal internship.

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    Our 2017 Spring Partnership Cohort!

    We are super excited to announce our Spring cohort of nonprofit partners whose stories we have the privilege to tell and that we will be working with in 2017:

    • Fair Chance
    • Generation Hope
    • Georgetown Ministry Center
    • Inscape Publico
    • Washington...Read more

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    You can make a difference this #GivingTuesday!

    Coming together with our family and friends during this holiday season reminds us of how grateful we are. At Stone Soup Films, we're grateful for the many volunteers who give their time and talent to helping us make films for our nonprofit partners. We're grateful for our supporters whose generosity...Read more

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    Stone Soup Films is Seeking an Executive Director!

    This year, on the occasion of the completion of our 100th film, we are very excited to announce that Stone Soup Films will be undergoing an Executive Leadership Transition. "We are way overdue for an experienced management professional to finally bring this organization to the scale it deserves and meet...Read more

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    Thank you to Video/Audio Blocks!

    A huge shout out to our partners at VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks that generously agreed to donate a one-year subscription of their libraries to Stone Soup Films.  These resources will be an awesome addition to our films by providing us with royalty-free video & music assets. THANK YOU! VideoBlocks.com is...Read more

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    Our 2014 Annual Report is LIVE!

    What have we been up to over the last year, you ask?  Read more in our 2014 Annual Report! -We created our first organizational strategic plan -We produced and delivered 20 films -We reached over 400 nonprofit professionals through workshops and consultations -All this and much more! Check it out...Read more

  • Brian Cooke
  • Liz Norton
  • Melissa Rogers
  • Reba Thomas
  • Devin Gallagher
  • Siara Gaylord

Brian Cooke

Executive Director

Brian is an experienced nonprofit executive who focuses on building and leading teams to create lasting impact in the communities and populations they serve. From 2013 to 2017, Brian served as Chief of Staff and later as Executive Director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families. Before re-joining the nonprofit space, Brian was a Senior Policy Analyst at The Charles Group, a government affairs consultancy, specializing in national security policy and management issues. Prior to joining The Charles Group, Brian worked at the Institute of International Education’s ROTC Language and Culture Program, a Department of Defense-sponsored program that delivers foreign language and cultural education to ROTC cadets. From 2005-2008, Brian served on active duty as a US Army Field Artillery officer, deploying to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader and staff officer in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Brian is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Politics. Brian also holds an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, earning honors for his thesis, “The United States Army and Counterinsurgency: History, Culture, Application, and Institutionalization.” Originally from Freehold, New Jersey, Brian has lived in Washington, DC since 2009.  He has no plans to leave.

Board of Directors

Kyle Moore, Chairman
Wells Fargo

Elizabeth Workman, Vice Chair
Independent Nonprofit Consultant

Lisa Gunty, Treasurer
Independent Nonprofit Consultant

Ellen Fern, Secretary
Washington Partners LLC

Jennifer Burton
Sway

Russell Davis
Advisory Board Company

Suzanne Laporte
Compass DC

Michael Tacelosky
Survos

Doug Thornell
SKDKnickerbocker

Doug Duncan
Leadership Greater Washington

Lubna Malik
Booz Allen Hamilton
Christine Enemark

Amazon

Emily Lenzner

Atlantic Media

Advisory Council

  • Marc Alexander
  • Ian Cameron
  • Jessica Stockton Clancy
  • Catherine Collins
  • Theresa Crawford
  • Anne Dickerson
  • Alex Houston
  • Yael Luttwak
  • Tracey Madigan
  • Jay Mallin
  • Sophia Maroon
  • Carol McDonald
  • Juana Medina
  • Niki Mock
  • Herby Niles
  • Elissa Rubin
  • Rachel Wilder
  • Kathy Vance

We are grateful for the collaboration with the following institutions:

We are grateful for the significant financial support provided by the following institutions:

  • Weissberg Foundation

    Weissberg Foundation

  • Meyer Foundation

    Meyer Foundation

  • Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

    Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

  • The Fledgling Fund

    The Fledgling Fund

  • DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

    DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

  • DC Share Fund

  • TD Charitable Foundation

    TD Charitable Foundation