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COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable: Why Community Matters and How to Build It


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Foundations and nonprofits know that meaningful connections unlock meaningful outcomes. But too many organizations mistakenly rely on superficial transactional relationships to connect with partners, employees, and supporters.

Successful communities aren’t just happy accidents—they can be purposefully cultivated.

But what makes a community work? How is community changing in America?

On this Network Virtual Roundtable, author and executive advisor Charles Vogl discusses these questions and introduces fundamental ideas from his books, “The Art of Community” and “Building Brand Communities”.

Charles will help comms leaders build support, strengthen identity, and create meaning within their group.

We will cover:

  • The new landscape of American isolation
  • 7 Principles to create belonging
  • Distinctions to support online events to authentically connect

Notes from the roundtable can be found here.


We’ve started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.



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