Leaders in all sectors today, from politics to urban planning to philanthropy, face a cynical and “information-overloaded” public. Each regards the other with skepticism, the public accusing leaders of being “out of touch” and leaders viewing the public as “unable or unwilling to understand the complexity” of the issue at hand.
How well do nonprofits communicate? To find out, Cause Communications partnered with Princeton Survey Research Associates International on a study of 500 nonprofit organizations.
Just as new and emerging digital technologies are changing the nature of foundation communications, these new communications tools are also changing grantmaking at some foundations. In some respects, we may be seeing a merging of both grantmaking and communications.
The Web offers new ways for foundations to tell the story of their work. Photo essays, videos, podcasts, blogs, and first-person analyses all offer a powerful opportunity to put a human face and heart on our initiatives. At this session, presenters described efforts at some foundations to tell their story in new ways – focusing on what has worked, what hasn’t and, most importantly, what lessons can be shared.
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