Show & Tell

See how you can get the most out of your stories with these MYTHOS® features.

How It Works

Gather Stories

Create Custom Surveys

Great stories start with asking great questions.

With Mythos Surveys you can create unlimited, customized surveys to send to each of your audience’s or a single survey that dynamically asks the right questions of each survey respondent. Respondents can tell their stories on any device—desktop, tablet, or mobile—and they can upload pictures and other files (like research reports).
Create custom Mythos surveys targeted for your audience to collect relevant impact stories from your beneficiaries and donors.

Surveys can be simple Q&A style or include more complex options such as:

  • Pre-fill your survey questions with demographic and related information you already have about the survey respondent (e.g., name, email, etc.)
  • Use that same “pre-fill data” to automatically apply relevant tags to the content (e.g., fund ID, person ID, etc.)
  • Photo and file upload question types
  • Preset answer options (e.g., select your state)
  • Options to make the question required
  • Multiple page surveys
  • Conditional survey logic so you can dynamically or automatically ask different questions based on answers to previous questions
  • Personalize your survey questions to make them highly relevant to your survey respondent
  • Minimum and maximum character restrictions
  • And more!

Create and configure your custom Mythos survey questions to get the best responses for your donor impact stories. Tag them with relevant keywords to ensure they are easy to search and find.

Creating and configuring your survey questions is easy.

Custom Branded & Themed

Your surveys can be custom themed so they match your brand and give your respondents more confidence in submitting their responses.

Mythos endowment impact reporting software beneficiary survey

Sample “Wellington University” survey theme. Surveys can be custom branded for your organization.

Private or Public

Surveys can be open to everyone or set to require a login, which can be useful if you want to only allow certain people to respond or in cases where you want to keep it private.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Mythos can also easily connect with third-party authentication systems like Shibboleth for Single Sign-On (SSO). That way your respondents can use the login system they are used to and seamlessly access the survey.

Apply Relevance Tags

Maybe most importantly, you can tag your stories—automatically and manually. Tagging allows you to align your stories to your audience interests or simply put the right story in the right report based on a fund and/or donor ID. You can have default tags (e.g., fiscal year or fund type) and dynamic tags based on responses to survey questions (e.g., fund name or state).

Survey responses come in tagged with relevant keywords about the story so you can easily align them to your donors and other audiences.

Survey responses are automatically tagged with relevant data so you can easily align stories to the donors that care about them.

Pre-fill Audience Data & Demographics

Mythos surveys also allow you to pre-load demographic and other data you have on your respondents (e.g., name, address, fund ID, person ID, etc.) so that they can update it, if necessary, or you can hide it on the survey so they only have to answer the higher value questions you really want them to focus on.

Mythos custom survey pre-fill response data and content.

Pre-filling Survey questions makes it faster for Survey Respondents to complete the survey. It also ensures you have the most up-to-date information.

This way each story comes in with the key information about the respondent attached. That information can help you organize your stories, manage them through your workflow, and finally, align them to the right audience. For example, using fund ID to align a beneficiary story to the right donor(s).

You can even use “pre-fill data” to customize the questions on the Survey with a fund name or a donor name, for example. This way you can really personalize how you ask your Survey Respondents to answer specific questions. Great when you want a student to address a donor directly. But if they ignore it, you can easily use this data later to customize your Mythos Documents.

Personalize Your Surveys

You can also use your demographic and related data to both personalize your Mythos Surveys and highly tailor them to the individual survey respondent.

For example, to personalize a survey, you could ask a student scholarship beneficiary to specifically address a donor by name and reference the specific scholarship that they received. The survey question could integrate the donor’s name and the scholarship name for reference (see image below).

Mythos Surveys can be personalized and highly tailored to be specifically relevant to the survey responder.

Dynamic & Adaptive Questioning

Finally, two powerful features of Mythos Surveys ensure that the questions you are asking each person are as relevant as possible, which increases the value and downstream relevance of the stories you collect and share.

First, you can implement conditional logic. This allows you to ask different questions of a survey respondent based on answers they’ve provided to previous questions. For example, you might ask a first year student about the impact that a scholarship award had on their decision to attend your institution but a 4th or 5th year student might get a question about their graduate or career plans.

Second, you can use your audience demographic data to dynamically drive the questions that are asked of a survey respondent. For example, you could automatically show relevant questions to a particular fund or research project without the survey respondent having to select their specific fund or project.

Monitor Survey Response Progress

You can see who’s started to tell their story, who hasn’t, and who’s submitted so you can follow up and get the most stories possible before your deadline.

Curate Your Stories

Tailor to Your Custom Workflow

Mythos gives you the flexibility to manage the editorial process around whatever workflow works best for you and your team using custom story statuses, advanced search, and tagging.

Story statuses can be customized for your workflow. Story tags can be used to further customize how you manage the editing and proofing process. For example, you could use a tag to assign a specific editing task to a teammate.

Users & Roles

As your survey responses come in, you’ll need to decide who reviews them, who edits them, and who approves them. You can add custom roles and accounts for your team so they can contribute to the editorial process.

The Team Manager makes adding new team members and setting their roles easy.

Adding new team members and setting their roles is easy.

Search & Find

Use the powerful Mythos search engine to quickly find the stories you need, such as those pending review or those assigned to you. Use Saved Searches to quickly find sets of stories that you access often.

The Mythos search engine makes it easy to find specific stories or sets of stories. You can use Advanced Search and Saved Searches to make finding stories even easier.

Simple keyword search with advanced search and saved searches.

Edit & Proof

With Mythos, you can easily proof and edit with simple, intuitive editing tools. Correct misspellings and grammar, embellish the narrative as needed, and add additional relevance tags based on story content to maximize the value of each story.Intuitive and easy-to-use WYSIWYG editing tools make it easy to review, proof, and edit your responses and donor impact stories.

Intuitive and easy-to-use WYSIWYG editing tools make it easy to review, proof, and edit your responses and donor impact stories.

Create Unlimited Versions

Create and save additional versions of each story for specific applications, like long format for a report or short format for the web, email, or social media.


Tell the Most Relevant Stories

This is where it all comes together. Using all those relevance tags that have been applied to your stories, you can align the right stories to each individual in your audience—whether that’s a donor, an alumni, or a prospective student.

Have a donor that funded a specific initiative that impacted a beneficiary that went to the same school and played the same sport as that donor?

Tell that story to that donor using the school and sports tags on the story.

On Demand Document Publishing

With the Mythos Document Builder, you can create customized reports and other communications using a catalog of Document and Page Templates.

On demand document publishing template catalog

Page Templates in Mythos let you customize every element of your document.

Simply choose the Document Template you want to use, then choose from the Page Templates in that Document, and customize each as needed. You can create entire reports or even a subsection of a report. You can then upload that subsection to each new report so you don’t have to recreate it every time.

On demand document publishing page editing

Each Page Template can be customized as much—or as little—as you want. Templates can follow your business rules to control how much customization Mythos users can make.

Mythos offers a few pre-designed reports that you can customize as needed (including colors and fonts). You can also add any document you’ve already designed to create your own custom Document Template catalog.

On Demand High Volume Document Publishing

Creating documents one at a time is great when you only have a small amount of them to create or when you want to highly customize the document for an individual (e.g., a high priority donor). But that isn’t very helpful when you need to create hundreds or thousands of reports.

Thankfully, the Mythos Campaign Builder allows you to easily create many documents with just the click of a button. You simply upload a data file (e.g., personalization and financial data), select a Document Template, and create your documents.

Bulk high volume document donor reporting publishing

The Campaign Manager helps you organize the creation, proofing, and approval responsibilities of your Document Campaign using custom statuses.

Once created, you can easily proof each one, use custom statuses to manage them through your workflow, and assign each to people on your team for specific follow up (e.g., fix errors or edit the story content, etc.).

Bulk high volume document donor reporting publishing preview

You can preview each document, proof as necessary, and easily manage your workflow by applying statuses and assigning to a teammate. You can also access the related Mythos Stories to edit and proof those as well.

On Demand Digital, Donor Websites

With the Mythos Story Portal

Use the Mythos Story Portal to give your donors access to their reports and stories online. Include links to each individual beneficiary story and/or links to individual reports for that donor.

Mythos digital donor story portal website

On Your Website

Use our WordPress plugin or our open API to automatically pull stories onto your website based on tags that align with the content of the site or the Campaign topic being viewed.

In an Email Campaign

Export your story content and use it to “merge” content into an email template to not just personalize the email but make it truly relevant to each individual recipient.

Share With Your Team

You’ve collected responses and crafted them into great stories but if they don’t get used, all your effort is wasted. Stories locked in a hidden library don’t do much good. You can securely share access to Mythos with anyone in your organization, such as marketing managers or development officers. Then they can easily search and find the best stories to use to enhance their existing relationships and build new partnerships.

But you don’t have to give everyone unlimited access. You can set permissions to control who can see which stories, whether they can edit them, and how they can use them. Plus you can monitor the history of story access and utilization over time.


Our Add-on Services Help You to Maximize the Value of Mythos

These Add-on Services extend the value of Mythos by helping you fully take advantage of the Mythos software features. The Mythos team can also act as an extension of your team.

  • Template design and development
  • Data management and related services
  • Project and Account management
  • Printing and fulfillment

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