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Guidance for Philanthropic Communications in a Pandemic

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03/2020
Philanthropy can serve as a trusted resource for actionable communications that lead with empathy and support grantees to prevent the spread of disease, preserve well-being, maintain social cohesion, and respond to economic hardship. Social Cohesion Pandemics are personal and interpersonal: we make each other sick. We must address the financial, social, and psychological conditioning that prompts us work when sick. Effective pandemic response requires isolation: create virtual connection to form the kind of social cohesion that drives effective response to other types of crisis or disaster...
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Resources from Break Through the Noise with Active Listening and Smart Resurfacing

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07/2017
At a July 11 event, Northern California Grantmakers together with Atlantic Media Strategies (the digital consultancy of The Atlantic) explored how to join conversations at the moments that matter most to audiences by anticipating and responding to trending topics. Today, it’s harder than ever to grab—and keep—audiences’ attention. Actively growing, engaging, and listening to audiences is critical for organizations hoping to keep pace in a competitive media landscape.
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Resources from ComNetworkSF | Connecting with Audiences in an Uncertain Age

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07/2017
ComNetworkSF, a local group of The Communications Network, and Northern California Grantmakers together with Atlantic Media Strategies (the digital consultancy of The Atlantic) convened to take a look at the modern media mindset today in a July 12 program. We are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty—as an industry and as a nation. During times of ambiguity, audiences crave understanding. Foundations and nonprofits of all kinds are grappling with how can they emerge as trusted sources in the face of today’s chaotic media and political landscape. We explored how foundations and other...
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Resources from 'Using Data to Increase Access and Equity in Arts Education: A Funders Briefing on the California Arts Education Data Project'

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06/2017
Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers held an interactive webinar exploring the powerful role of new statewide data in increasing equity and access to arts education across the state. The California Arts Education Data Project, which reports and analyzes school-level data on arts education courses in grades 6–12, is a joint effort of Create CA (California’s statewide arts education coalition), the California Department of Education , and the Arts Education Data Project . During this webinar, private and public funders explored the Data...
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Resources from Empathy to Action – Storytelling in Philanthropy

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08/2015
How many of us have been ignited, inspired and shaken out of our own complacency by powerful stories? Would you like to tell stories that make people smile, weep, deepen partnerships and influence key audiences? San Francisco Bay Area funders gathered for this highly interactive session, facilitated by experienced storyteller and writer Suzanne Skees of the Skees Family Foundation.
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Vision, Values and Voice: A Social Justice Communications Toolkit

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12/2013
The Opportunity Agenda, launched in 2006 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America, created the Vision, Values and Voice toolkit to help social justice communications campaigns tap into the comic book superhero zeitgeist to advance its messaging.

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