Category Archives: Communications Network

Announcing the Blog Team for the Communications Network Annual Conference

I’m thrilled to announce the Communications Network/Philanthropy411 Blog Team for the Communications Network Fall 2013 Annual Conference!  We’ll be blogging from New Orleans starting with the pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, October 2nd.  Follow along with the conference hashtag:  #comnetwork13 and follow @Com_Network and @Philanthropy411 for tweets about the conference and blog posts. Here is your  Communications Network/Philanthropy411 Blog Team: Cynthia Dodd Adcock Vice President, Communications and Marketing Independent Sector @cyndodd William Albert Chief Program Officer The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy @balbert1   Liz Banse Vice President Resource Media @LizBanse   Dan Brady Communications Manager Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers @givingforum   Jorge Cino Creative Writer & Nonprofit Communications Specialist @jorgecino   Kate Emanuel Senior Vice … Continue reading Announcing the Blog Team for the Communications Network Annual Conference

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15 Tips for Effective Communications Planning

I’ve helped dozens of foundations to develop and launch new grantmaking initiatives. One of the lessons I’ve learned is the importance of communications planning – early and often. As one colleague advised me, “Communications begins the moment you open your mouth and start talking about the idea of your initiative.”  Yet communications planning often gets overlooked. To help one of our clients prepare for communications planning for a new initiative, I conducted brief research to identify recommended components of a communications plan, and approaches to communications planning. I wanted to share some of the key findings with you, in hopes that it helps you with communications planning for your philanthropic initiatives and programs. A Strategic Communications Plan Should Have Internal … Continue reading 15 Tips for Effective Communications Planning

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Latest Ideas About Philanthropy Communication

Philanthropy411 recently covered the Communications Network 2010 Fall Conference with the help of a blog team. Altogether there were 41 conference attendees who tweeted, blogged and conducted on the spot video interviews about the latest developments and challenges in effective foundation communications. Below is a list of all blog posts published for this event, and you can check out highlights from the video interviews here. A great is example is this video of Daniel Silverman, Director of Communications at one of our favorite clients, The James Irvine Foundation, discussing what he learned about “crowdsourcing” at the conference. 1.  Announcing the Communications Network Conference Blog Team! By Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting; Twitter: @philanthropy411 2. Translating the Philanthropy and … Continue reading Latest Ideas About Philanthropy Communication

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Stories and Change

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Joan Mazzolini, Communications Officer at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. by:  Joan Mazzolini As a newbie to both foundation communications and the Communications Network, I traveled to L.A. not sure what to expect. Like fellow blogger Dan Brady, I too was “flying solo,” arriving thinking I would know (by e-mail) just one other person attending the conference.  (The one person was a colleague from a sister foundation to my own organization, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.) It … Continue reading Stories and Change

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Wisdom of Crowds – Succeeding in Practice?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Chris Wolz, President and CEO of ForumOne.  Follow Chris on Twitter:  @cwolz. By:  Chris Wolz Adin Miller, a friend and all-around smart guy, wrote a blog post reflecting on James Surowieki’s talk about the “Wisdom of Crowds” at the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference.  Adin’s right that there are challenges to putting the wisdom of crowds to good use for foundations, but I’m optimistic – seeing good models of this today which can be applied by foundations for their … Continue reading Wisdom of Crowds – Succeeding in Practice?

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First Impressions

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Dan Brady, Communications Manager at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.  Follow on Twitter:  @givingforum. By:  Dan Brady When I landed in LA, I met an old friend for lunch who told me that I should take particular care to watch the sunsets during my time on the West Coast. He described the way the sun lowered itself from the sky and lit up pockets of clouds here, then another group over there, then another, until the entire sky flooded … Continue reading First Impressions

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A Year for “Firsts”

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Rebecca Arno, VP, Communications at The Denver Foundation.  Follow her Foundation on Twitter:  @tdfcommunity. By:  Rebecca Arno 2010 was a year for firsts…the first time Communications Network and CommA, the association of community foundation communications professionals, held a joint conference.  The conference planners tried, for the first time, a structure that relied on plenary speakers and follow-up conversations.  And another first – for the Communications Network at any rate – we had a speaker talk about the role of living donors … Continue reading A Year for “Firsts”

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Disruptive Philanthropy – How Can Foundation Communicators Help Spur “Adjacent Possibilities”?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Allyson Burns, Director of Communications at The Case Foundation.  Follow Allie on Twitter:  @allieb37. by: Allyson Burns Reflecting on my experience at this past week’s Communications Network conference, which featured incredible speakers and really insightful conversations, one of the things that continues to strike me is Lucy Bernholz’s discussion of “adjacent possibilities,” during which she encouraged the philanthropy sector to adjust to new and changing models of addressing social challenges.  With the rise of B Corporations and other new organizational models … Continue reading Disruptive Philanthropy – How Can Foundation Communicators Help Spur “Adjacent Possibilities”?

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Meetings Making you Dumber? Try This…

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Stefan Lanfer, Associate for Strategy & Knowledge at The Barr Foundation.   Follow Stefan on Twitter:  @stefanlanfer. by:  Stefan Lanfer One of the most piercing insights, and the most practical advice I heard at last week’s Communications Network  Conference arrived in the opening plenary.  We heard from Jim Surowiecki, author of Wisdom of Crowds, which has sat for a long time on my to-read list –  even though it’s one of those books, like Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, or Chris Anderson’s Long Tail, … Continue reading Meetings Making you Dumber? Try This…

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We’ll Always be Beginners

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Lucas Held, Director of Communications at the Wallace Foundation.  Follow the foundation on Twitter:  @WallaceFdn by:  Lucas Held Technology expert Lucy Bernholz began her plenary talk Friday morning with a dare: She invited the 200 people before her to turn on the cell phones, offering to buy a cup of coffee for anyone whose phone rang. “We don’t talk on them,” she explained, but use them to text or surf. Well, not quite. In fact, over the next hour, at least … Continue reading We’ll Always be Beginners

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