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The Race is On to Achieve Better Results for Tomorrow’s Children

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Featured, Reader favorites, Who's doing what works | 0 comments

The Race is On to Achieve Better Results for Tomorrow’s Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation on April 1 released a sobering–often times disturbing–report detailing the extreme challenges facing children of color as they grow to adulthood. “Race for Results” minces no words: African-American, American Indian and Latino kids confront “some of the biggest obstacles on the pathway to opportunity.” That conclusion is based on a careful and comprehensive look at 12 factors most likely to affect a child’s success in life,...

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Storytelling Workshop at Ready by 21 Conference Yields “Bushelsfull” of Rewards

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Featured, Who's doing what works | 0 comments

Storytelling Workshop at Ready by 21 Conference Yields “Bushelsfull” of Rewards

Editor’s note: Never underestimate the power of keeping score. Here we are with the promised payoff from Patrick Boyle’s lively session in Atlanta. Not a big crowd, but a terrific payoff for attendees who eagerly shared stories of success and lessons learned. Senior Editor Ray Schultz recently spoke with Patrick, and provided this summary report. —Hershel Sarbin, Editor Patrick Boyle Storytelling Session Was a Hit As we predicted, children’s advocates got some good input...

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“Telling Stories about Great Youth Work” to be Featured in Key Workshop at Upcoming Ready by 21 Annual Conference

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Who's doing what works | 0 comments

“Telling Stories about Great Youth Work” to be Featured in Key Workshop at Upcoming Ready by 21 Annual Conference

“So many organizations and people in the American youth field do great work – but many of them don’t know how to talk about it.” That’s the observation of Patrick Boyle, a veteran journalist who spent many years covering the field of youth work, and who is now communications director for the nonprofit Forum for Youth Investment. The Forum is known for having created Ready by 21, a widely used set of strategies that helps communities get all young people “ready for college,...

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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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Spitfire Strategies’ Brag Board: Notes From Happy Clients a Winning Formula

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Who's doing what works | 0 comments

Spitfire Strategies’ Brag Board: Notes From Happy Clients a Winning Formula

Most people tend to think of bragging as a bad thing.  But not Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire Strategies, a leading communications agency for nonprofits. “At Spitfire  we have a brag board where we post notes from happy clients,” Kristen wrote in a message on Spitfire’s tenth anniversary. “I am always proud to see the board overflowing with posts from organizations about their successes at applying communications best practices,  and how this led to more grants, more...

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