Within a couple of hours of the release of the Supreme Court’s June 26 decisions on marriage equality, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund was out with a comprehensive e-mail newsletter weighing in on the historic events of that day. We spoke with the Haas, Jr. Fund’s communications staff, Denis Chicola, director of communications, and Maya Trabin, associate communications officer, about the challenges and opportunities of responding quickly to fast-moving events.
Why did you feel it was so important to have this content ready on the day of the rulings?
Chicola: This ruling was a big moment for us. The Haas, Jr. Fund was the first foundation, gay or straight, to make marriage equality a priority. We were a founding supporter of Freedom to Marry and have invested more than $60 million for marriage equality and gay and lesbian rights.
The following is reposted with permission from GrantCraft blog, where it originally appeared on July 30, 2013.
Guest Post: Elizabeth Miller
It should be pretty clear by now that one of the most valuable assets of social media is that it is inherently social. Or at least, it should be.
I’ve been closely watching how foundations are embracing social media.
A recent convening hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation brought together sector leaders to brainstorm how to better evaluate social media’s impact on philanthropic outcomes. More and more, we’re seeing foundations use it to share their learning, encourage their networks to #befearless and crowdsource their grantmaking.
Guest Post: Joel Johnson, GMMB
Storytelling is a buzz word that gets thrown around a lot these days. In this hyper-connected culture, it’s no surprise that the art of storytelling is often looked to as an effective means of cutting through the clutter and making your voice heard. After all, uniting ideas and emotion through storytelling is an ancient device and part of our cultural DNA. Great stories capture our imagination, and authentic stories make us feel secure by connecting us and reminding us of things we hold to be true – good or bad.
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