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juliebrownGuest blogger, Julie Brown, is the program director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

We’ve all seen them: social media pages or websites for grassroots nonprofit agencies that appear to have been designed by a student or a well-intentioned volunteer.  And those of us who appreciate the power of storytelling are left to wonder why an agency with such amazing stories overlooks the opportunity to leverage them into donations or volunteers.

More often than not, the lack of investment in nonprofit marketing is fueled by a lack of resources:  financial and talent.  Nonprofit agency directors are so busy serving people that they can’t find the time or money to invest in quality marketing and storytelling initiatives.
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Guest Blogger in Budgeting | 5 comments
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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.”

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Nancy Schwartz in Grants and Other Funding | 1 comment
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