Before he became president of the Greater New Orleans Foundation last year, Albert Ruesga was a blogger at White Courtesy Telephone who rarely pulled punches when examining the work of organized philanthropy. In this episode, Communications Network Contributor Susan Herr picks Albert’s brain about the stumbling blocks CEO’s may have toward social media, and what you can do to reassure them.
It was funny the first time I saw it, and it does make a point. But if Sal Alaimo succeeds at delivering his film on philanthropy, I have high hopes we won’t ever again have to watch people make fools of themselves when asked to speak into the camera and say what they think philanthropy is or does.
A tip of the hat to Communications Network member Kris Putnam-Walkerly, author of the Philanthropy411 blog and President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting, Inc., for putting together this helpful list (and letting us reprint it) of some 90 foundations — all sizes and types — that use Twitter as well as individual staff who tweet.
I had the opportunity last week of listening as Communications Network members Marc Fest from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Fred Mann from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with their finance department colleagues–Juan Martinez (Knight) and Peggi Einhorn (RWJF)–addressed the New York City meeting of the Foundation Financial Officers Group.
One of the popular features of the Communications Network’s website is our “Jargon Finder,” which is filled with what have been dubbed as “bad words for good” — everything from misused terms to confusing phrases that interfere with the ability of foundations and nonprofits to communicate clearly and concisely. The list, originally compiled by Network member Tony Proscio, who also wrote the commentary on each of the words, unfortunately is not static. Thanks to contributions from readers, it continues to grow.