At last—funding for communications! This RFP is focused on development organizations but I hope more funding will follow from Gates and other foundations, as a recognition of communications’ essential role in achieving organizational and programmatic goals.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a call for communications proposals to “help change the narrative on foreign aid.” For its first-ever Grand Challenges Explorations in communications, the Foundation plans to fund up to 10 “game-changing ideas” that creatively use communications to “motivate the public in the wealthy countries of the world to change their minds about aid, and take actions to demonstrate their support.”
I’m headed to the annual conference of the Communications Network, tonight through Friday, to reconvene with some great old friends and meet some new ones. All of us Network members are communicators, either foundation staff members or consultants/firms who work with foundations.
The Network is a great group of smart folks and I always find conference conversations useful, particularly because I work with nonprofit organizations (a.k.a. grantees) as well as grantmakers. It’s a hugely valuable forum for learning what organizations need to know about grantmaker thinking on grantee communications — both best practices and funding visions.
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