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About The Communications Network

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The Communications Network supports foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through the power of smart communications.


The Communications Network is made up of leaders from the world’s most influential nonprofits and foundations who share a common belief: organizations that communicate well are more effective at advancing their missions, improving lives, and delivering change.


A few decades ago, a communicator’s toolkit included a press release, an annual report, and perhaps a few brochures. But today’s foundations and nonprofits have had to wade through a dizzying array of new tools and adapt to the increasing recognition that smart communications is central to success in the social sector. 


As communicators navigate this challenging and ever-evolving landscape, The Communications Network provides them with a community of like-minded experts and professionals, learning resources to help them do better work, and connections to leadership across the world’s most influential nonprofits and foundations.

Founded nearly 30 years ago by the late Frank Karel of the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations, the Communications Network is the premier leadership organization for nonprofit communications professionals.

The Network has nearly 1,000 active members from across the globe and across the social good spectrum, including leaders from the Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund. 

Our Board

The Communications Network’s Board of Directors is made of senior leaders from Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and The Duke Endowment, among others.


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