• Boston2011

    One List You Want to Be On

    Since this is the season for making lists–and making sure you are on the right ones–here’s one you definitely want your name on: the reservation list for the Fall 2011 Communications Network conference, which will to be held in Boston, September 21-23. If you haven’t done so already, please send an email today asking us to hold a place for you.

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    A Peek Into the Future’s Past

    I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing I had a crystal ball.  And if I did, I’d feel a whole lot more comfortable trying to predict, unlike now, when I can only guess what’s ahead for how communications professionals in foundations wlll ply their tradecraft.

    Increasingly this blog, as well as our conferences, website, and videos focus more and more on how foundation communicators need to do things differently, and less about how to hone current skills.  

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    We Asked. They Answered:
    Do Annual Reports Still Matter?

    This week the Communications Network held a webinar that had been previously billed as a “no-holds” barred conversation about the value of annual reports to foundation communications. It definitely was a full-throated conversation, with a mix of views — both pro and con — and a variety of examples of different ways various foundations are continuing to produce annual reports. Some the same. Some in modified form. And some not at all. 

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    Ideal Source for Research On Software for Your Organization

    If you are looking for help in sorting through the myriad options available to foundations and  nonprofits about which is the best software to use – from web content management systems to new, and fast-arriving social media tools – Idealware is an excellent source.  A nonprofit, Idealware’s mission is to help organizations choose the most effective software.  The organization provides scrupulously researched reports and articles on critical topics:  social media, online communications, collaboration software and more.  At Idealware’s website you can access tens of thousands of dollars worth of research, for free.

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    You Came to LA, Took Part and Had Your Say — Now Onward to Boston for 2011

    It seems like only yesterday we were gathering in Los Angeles for the Communications Network’s 2010 Annual Conference.

    But that was then and this is now, and our sights are set on Boston for our 2011 conference, which will be held Sept. 21-23.

    Before the memories fade, we thought you’d like to know what people thought of our LA event — what they liked, who were the best speakers, which breakout sessions were the most engaging, what could have been done better, and most important of all, what to do next time to ensure we meet, and hopefully exceed, our last conference’s positive ratings. 

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