• Dr Ross

    Health Happens Here

    The California Endowment is one of the four winners of this year’s Wilmer Shields Rich Awards, a partnership between the Communications Network and the Council on Foundations.  In the following post, which originally appeared on the Council’s Re: Philanthropy blog, Robert K. Ross, president, The California Endowment,  discusses the role communication plays in helping the foundation advance its goals.

    Guest Post: Robert K. Ross

    When people think about improving health, the first thing that comes to mind is going to the doctor’s office or the gym. For a long time, public health experts correlated community health with medical settings and individual choices. But years of research, grantmaking, and listening to our community partners has given us greater clarity on how and where health happens. Research tells us that our health largely depends on where we live, learn, work and play.dr_ross

    Place matters when it comes to health, life expectancy and quality of life. That’s why people in one neighborhood can live an average of 16 years longer than those in another neighborhood just 12 miles away. If you live in a disinvested, low-income community, you are more likely to live sicker—and die younger—than someone who lives in a neighborhood with a grocery store, safe parks and good schools

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  • Chris Wolz

    Get Going with Mobile! Email, Responsive Design and More

    Guest Post: Chris Wolz and Nam-ho Park

    We hear a lot of questions from foundations, grantees, nonprofits and NGOs about whether they should make their online communication “work” for mobile devices. Our answer is, yes, because mobile adoption is at high levels and increasing:

    • Global smartphone shipments exceeded PC shipments in 2011.
    • More than 50 percent of US adults and more than 60 percent of young adults own a smartphone
    • 50 percent of U.S. smartphone users have sent/received email via their phones
    • 31 percent of American adults own a tablet computer as of Jan 2013

    The good news is that there are pragmatic steps to get started making websites and emails mobile-friendly.

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  • Smallwilmer2a

    Four Named Wilmer Shields Rich Winners

    The Communications Network and Council on Foundations today announced the 2013 recipients of the Wilmer Shields Rich Awards. A partnership between the two organizations, the awards recognize and encourage excellence in communications by foundations and corporate giving programs, and showcase organizations that are effectively using communications to achieve their goals and further their mission.

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  • George Copy

    A Quick Word With…

    A Quick Word With… is our ongoing series in which Communications Network members from a range of organizations tell us about themselves, their work and where they draw their inspiration.  This installment features George Soule, manager of strategic communications at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

    What is a recent communications success you are particularly proud of?

    Helped manage the handover by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Afghan President Hamid Karzai of the first of what will eventually be hundreds of thousands of digitized manuscripts, rare books, maps, and photographs related to Afghanistan’s history.  Afghanistan lost access to many culturally significant items through colonialism, war, internal upheaval, or natural disasters.  Our grantee, the Library of Congress, has helped to virtually repatriate these treasures.

    When you were 13 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A cartoonist for the New Yorker. I couldn’t believe people actually got paid to do that.

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