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About The Communications Network

Community | Learning | Leadership


We are a collegial, peer-driven community of foundation and nonprofit communications professionals who share ideas, evidence, and lessons about how smart communications improve lives. Through meetings and events, publications, social outreach, and an online community, we elevate the role of communications across the social sector. We help our members build relationships, skills, and confidence to navigate a shifting information landscape and to be a voice for change that benefits both individuals and society.


The Communications Network is made up of leaders from the world’s most influential and consequential nonprofits and foundations who share a common belief: organizations that communicate well are more effective at advancing their missions, improving lives, and delivering change.


A few decades ago, a communicator’s toolkit included a press release, an annual report, and perhaps a few brochures. But today’s foundations and nonprofits have had to wade through a dizzying array of new tools and adapt to the increasing recognition that smart communications is central to success in the social sector. 


As communicators navigate this challenging and ever-evolving landscape, The Communications Network provides them with a community of like-minded experts and professionals, learning resources to help them do better work, and connections to leadership across the world’s most influential nonprofits and foundations.

Founded nearly 40 years ago by the late Frank Karel of the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations, The Communications Network is the premier leadership organization for nonprofit communications professionals.

The Network has more than 1,400 active members from across the globe and across the social good spectrum, including leaders from the Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund. 

Our Board

The Communications Network’s Board of Directors is made of senior leaders from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and The Duke Endowment, among others.

Our Staff

Meet the dedicated staff behind The Communications Network.

Our Strategic Plan

The Communications Network’s Board, with valuable input from Network members, formulated a new strategic plan to guide the organization through 2021. The strategic plan reflects the Network’s core values—Community, Learning, and Leadership.


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