Communicating with each other and the world is the theme of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, Issue 79, Spring 2011.
Communication—both what we say, and the methods we choose through which to say it—is always a key element of any philanthropic enterprise. In this edition of Australian Philanthropy, a range of national and international voices in the field present case studies, argue opposing positions on controversial issues, and provide thoughtful analysis on some aspects of communication which shape our sector.
Members and Journal subscribers, look out for this issue in the post this week.
By Joanna Fulton, Web & Technology Manager, Philanthropy Australia
It can seem that all of these options and tools present a mountain of choice, and too much work to even begin. Information overload. Not necessarily so. The trick is to find a tool that you and your organisation feel comfortable using, and that you feel will interest your stakeholders and increase their participation.
Attachment: Social media use by Australians infographic, September 2011 (click here to view the full image)
By Vanessa Meachen, Director, Research and Policy, Philanthropy Australia
Philanthropic foundations, like any entity involved in the creation of new ideas and concepts, are in the knowledge business. A common thread in Philanthropy Australia’s membership survey is the need to evaluate the effectiveness of funded programs and apply that to further funding decisions, as well as to enhance collaboration with other funders and reduce duplication of efforts. Foundations frequently argue that they must learn from one another’s successes and mistakes, to avoid not only re-inventing the wheel but ‘re-inventing the pothole’. Clearly, communication strategies must form the basis of this process.
By Avalee Weir, Communications Manager, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The George Alexander Foundation
The world is now waist deep in an information revolution: communication is more accessible than ever – and public expectations about access to information are higher than ever. So why are professional communications staff still such a rare breed in Australian philanthropy? Is it fear of being inundated with applications and enquiries? Concern about what might be perceived as unseemly self-promotion? Or maybe it comes down to lack of operating funds for these staff positions?
Our previous issue, Investing Offshore: Giving beyond our borders (Issue 78 Autumn 2011) is now available for Members to download from the PhilanthropyWiki here.
Nov. 02, 2011
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