Communications

Mapping Digital Media: Social Media and News

Publication date: 
01/2012
News organizations are being sidestepped by newsmakers that use social media to communicate directly with audiences; news products are being unbundled across multiple platforms; and production processes are becoming more networked. This paper surveys the ways that news occurs in social media, and examines the implications for media-related values.
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Foundation Communications Today: Findings from the Communications Network 2011 Survey of Foundation Communications Professionals

Publication date: 
06/2011
This survey of 155 foundation communicators shows that U.S. foundations are making use of all forms of digital communications, especially social media, a top priority. The survey results suggest the growth of social media and other emerging digital technologies is changing the way foundations communicate with target audiences and that the role of communications is becoming more central to forging and implementing foundation strategies.

Wired Workforce, Networked CSR: Employee Involvement in the Age of Social Media

Publication date: 
04/2011
This white paper presents several case studies of large American corporations who are using social media tools as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts and who have found ways to involve employees, customers, and stakeholders as they seek to achieve their CSR goals.
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Are Foundation Leaders Using Social Media?

Publication date: 
09/2010
This report, which documents the usage of social media tools by foundation executives based on survey responses from members of the Center's Grantmaker Leadership Panel, finds that about one-third of foundation CEOs surveyed regularly use Facebook or read blogs, and that only six percent use Twitter. It also analyzes the perceived usefulness of Web 2.0 in philanthropic work, and highlights the social media activity of two "power users" in the field.

Winding Down the Atlantic Philanthropies-The First Eight Years: 2001-2009

Publication date: 
07/2010
The first in a planned series of reports on the concluding years of The Atlantic Philanthropies, this report addresses the questions raised by Atlantic founder Charles F. Feeney's decision to witness the social benefits of his donation during his lifetime (including how and where to invest and evaluate the progress of grants) and how Atlantic confronts and resolves those questions.
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A Time of Need

Publication date: 
06/2010
As the U.S. economy climbs out of the recession sparked by the collapse of Wall Street, it is an important moment to examine what nonprofits think about how foundations have communicated with and supported them during the downturn. Results from our surveys of foundation grantees paint a bleak picture.

How Foundations Use Communications to Advance Their Public Policy Work

Publication date: 
05/2010
This study examines how foundations that wish to engage in public policy are using communications to expand the reach and impact of their work. It reveals that communications is at the very center of successful policy engagement for the foundations interviewed, which make use of ten distinctly different strategies to boost their policy engagement. Among the foundations included in the study are The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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