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The Intricate Dance Between Foundations and Nonprofits

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Editor's notes, Featured, Who's doing what works | 0 comments

The Intricate Dance Between Foundations and Nonprofits

Editor’s note: Joanne Edgar, who served as co-president of Communications Network from 1997-1999, offers an historical perspective and valuable insight on the longtime effort to achieve collaboration between foundations and nonprofits. In Joanne’s words –”If you believe, as I do, that smart communication is fundamental to foundation success, then we all need the best minds in the room to guide us on our way.” We are pleased to offer these highlights from her...

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The 2012 Communications Network Conference: A Suitcase Full of Takeaways

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Editor's notes, Who's doing what works | 0 comments

The 2012 Communications Network Conference: A Suitcase Full of Takeaways

The Annual Communications Network Conference in Seattle ( October 10-12) concluded with a surprising announcement: that the organization, founded to provide a network for foundation communicators, would be opening its doors to nonprofit organizations that grant makers support. The news is one of many signs that the field of cause-related communications is changing radically before our eyes. Here at Child Advocacy 360 Foundation, we were particularly pleased that the Power of ”...

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Shortchanging and Failing Our Nation’s Children and Our Future

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Editor's notes, Featured | 0 comments

Shortchanging and Failing Our Nation’s Children and Our Future

First Focus’s Bruce Lesley published a Huffington Post blog post last week on how children’s low share of the federal budget reflects that policymakers are not making kids a national priority, and how we can move forward to fix that. See excerpt below. Compelling detail! “Unfortunately, many federal policymakers are simply not making children a priority. According to Children’s Budget 2012, the federal government now allocates less than eight percent of its budget to our...

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Introducing Good News Nuggets On Children’s Issues and Programs 2012

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Editor's notes | 0 comments

(Our monthly Scorecard on “Power of Storytelling” Outcomes) In the Fall of 2011 we detected some fresh breezes blowing in the world of non profit communication. We had been very pleased with the recognition given our 2010-11 national research. (Messaging to Mobilize Support for Children’s Issues). But the concerted action—the collaborations—the energy—desperately needed from grantmakers to close the gap between good outcomes being achieved by their grantees in...

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Swapping Stories of Success: The New Sweet Spot In Communications?

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Editor's notes, Reader favorites | 0 comments

Early this month a news item from a Ready by 21 Southeast Convening in Atlanta caught my eye by highlighting a part of their program in which 80 delegates “Swapped stories of success, examined challenges, and brainstormed solutions” during a chock-full 2-day meeting. It suddenly occurred to me that sharing successes—‘who’s doing what that works’ experiences with an audience of 80 committed advocates and decision makers responsible for children’s initiatives in multiple...

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Breakthrough Messaging Research In Child Advocacy Communication!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Editor's notes, Featured, Reader favorites, Research | 0 comments

Breakthrough Messaging Research In Child Advocacy Communication!

The full results of Child Advocacy 360 Foundation’s 2010 national research on “Solutions Storytelling: Messaging to Mobilize Support for Children’s Issues,” conducted by Douglas Gould & Company and The Topos Partnership, are now available. A brief Executive Summary , as well as a short Editor’s Note on strategic messaging, are a click away. Executive Summary Strategic Recommendations memo To secure access to the full 42-page PDF Report on the Research Findings, click...

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