We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Chicago soon. As you may have heard, a small group of us on the host committee (me, Mitch Hurst, and Celeste Wroblewski) have set up a blog for this year’s conference. We thought it would be great to “walk the walk” while creating an easy (and fun) way to document and share information about the conference. We figure it will also be an opportunity for the Network to explore the use of blogs for engaging with members.
For those who enjoy a good pint of quality lager, ale, or stout, there are a couple of pubs either walking distance or a short cab ride from the hotel that are worth checking out Celtic Crossing consistently wins awards for serving Chicago’s finest pint of Guinness. A bit further up north, but worth the trip, is the Map Room, which serves an excellent selection of Belgian beers and other imports.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation provides excellent tours — walking tours as well as boat tours up and down the Chicago River that offer views of architectural landmarks that cannont be seen from the street. Tour guides are amazingly knowledgeable about Chicago’s architectural landscape. Make sure and make a reservation as the tours tend to be fully booked. If you have an idea for another tour, or if you take a particular tour and want to recommend it, please let us know in the comments.
A lot of the work you do as foundation and nonprofit communicators revolves around getting attention for the issues and causes that drive the work of your respective organizations. But have you ever wondered why, despite your best efforts, the message that you think you’re communicating isn’t the one that the public is hearing? Or sometimes, instead of rallying people to your cause, they turn away from you, if not against you?
The problem may be how you frame your message.
How to make better graphic design choices for your foundation and be a more informed advisor to your grantees.
Websites. Annual reports. Newsletters and brochures. As a foundation communicator, you’re asked pass judgment on these and other forms of communications day in and day out — whether they are being created for your foundation or one of your grantees. When it comes to evaluating design, though, most of us rely on little more than our own taste.
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