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    Guest Post: Rebecca Arno

    At our recent New Orleans conference, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz said “without community, your sense of isolation can devour you.” Hearing those cautionary words in a ballroom packed full of friends and colleagues, I felt no fear at all. The Communications Network inoculates us against isolation.

    This feeling persists three weeks later as I sit alone in my office, reading about Jesse Salazar who joins Daniel Silverman as the two newest members of the Communications Network Board. The volunteers who help the Network thrive are incredibly busy people who have demanding full-time jobs but still find time to steward this organization that gives us so much.

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    Communications Matters: Ready for the Great Leap Forward?

    Guest Post: David Brotherton and Cynthia Scheiderer

    Most members of the Communications Network believe that communications is an important lever for positive social change…but we have historically done a poor job of proving it. That’s why the Network, in partnership with Brotherton Strategies, is launching a project designed to show what success looks like when integrated communication works in foundations and nonprofits.

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    Salazar Elected to Network Board

    Jesse Salazar, vice president of communications for the Council on Foundations (COF), has been elected to the board of the Communications Network.

    Salazar, who joined COF earlier this year, leads the organization’s communications, marketing and digital strategy efforts. Experienced in bipartisan political outreach and coalition building, he had previously served as vice president of Government Relations and Policy for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest Hispanic business association. While there, he helped organize the Inaugural White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum, the Hispanic business community’s immigration reform program, and the organization’s 2012 presidential election efforts.

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    Looking Ahead

    At our Fall 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Minna Jung, communications director for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, was elected chair of the Communications Network.  Jung, who joined the board in 2005, had been serving as the Network’s vice chair since September 2011. In the following post, she shares her thoughts on why it matters to be passionate about doing great communications for good causes.

    I’m back in the office after spending most of last week at the Communications Network conference, and the re-entry has been harder than usual, post-conference.  I always think the Network conference is a success when I’ve carried away two or three good ideas with me to take to my home practice of strategic communications.  But on top of getting those good ideas, this latest conference was one of the best times I can recall EVER having at a conference.  The speakers were outstanding, everyone seemed especially energized and eager to connect with each other, and the surrounding atmosphere provided by NOLA was tasty and rich and giddy.

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    Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

    Guest Post: Beth Kanter

    Our interactive session at the Fall 2013 Communications Network Conference in New Orleans was a blend of content delivery and peer learning – a conversation about the value, different approaches and models, and best practices.  Betsey Russell captured the highlights of the content in this blog post, “Boosting Nonprofit Communication Capacity.”   A copy of our presentation and some of the takeaways follow.

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