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Communications Peer Community

Each philanthropy-serving organization (PSO), depending on its size, scope of its membership, and needs of its constituents, has something unique to offer to the field of philanthropy. The ability to share this information and these experiences with colleagues is one of the Forum's top priorities. Resources for PSOs in this area are easily accessible on this page including resources around social media, working with the media, and marketing and branding. If you have resources to share, please share them online or by emailing Brandon Iracks-Edelin

Communications Peer Community

The Communications Peer Community is for those with a communications role at a PSO. Topics for discussion may include newsletter, social media strategy, website and other content curation, writing op-eds, etc.

  • Communications Listserv (communicationsstaff@lists.unitedphilforum.org)- You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  • In-person meeting at Forum’s Annual Conference

Interested in joining this Peer Community? Submit your email address on the form at the bottom of the Our Networks page

Forum Staff Leads: Brandon Iracks-Edelin, (202-991-5217), brandon@unitedphilforum.org and Leslie D. Rose (202-386-6426)

Co-Chairs

Berkeley Bryant, Blue Sky Funders Forum

Berkeley Bryant (she/her) joined Blue Sky Funders Forum as the program coordinator in 2021. She has been working in marketing and communications for more than seven years and program management for four years. Raised in Texas, Berkeley pursued a degree and career in environmental education in Colorado. Working for nonprofits and state agencies, she was able to expand education programs to underserved populations. This helped spark her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it relates to outdoor recreation. Through her role at Blue Sky, Berkeley hopes to help facilitate the national conversation around equity, justice, and the outdoors, and provide resources so everyone can have positive experiences outside. She is an avid reader, baker, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. Berkeley lives in Graham, North Carolina with her partner, dog, and cat.

Leslie Nwosu, ABFE

Leslie Nwosu is the External Affairs Associate of ABFE. Leslie is responsible for enhancing ABFE’s organizational development, membership, and communication functions while also providing critical administrative support to the Vice President of External Affairs and the External Affairs team. Upon joining ABFE, Leslie completed two years of service with the non-profit organization City Year in New York City, where she served systemically underserved and resourced communities in East New York and East Harlem. There, she led a cohort of AmeriCorp members in providing academic, social-emotional learning, and enrichment support to students and school communities, in addition to to collaborating with others to develop programs and community service events. Leslie also worked at Freeviv Nation. Freeviv is a Media Marketing and Management group designed to “Move the Culture Forward.” She worked as their creative marketing and communications strategist, specifically utilizing social media platforms to increase brand awareness, develop brand strategies for clients’ brands, and boosting audience engagement.

Leslie is a Nigerian-American, born in Washington, DC, and raised in Maryland with an educational background in Business Communications and Criminal Justice at Montgomery College. Leslie finds passion in connecting people & purpose to create a synergetic impact. When Leslie is not working, she is networking with other creatives in the DMV and New York City area, learning a new skill, enjoying nature activities, and spending time with family and loved ones.

Working with the Media

More and more regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations are becoming a go-to source on philanthropy for media professionals. Below are sample policies for how our members work with the media.

Secrets of the Media Savvy

An excellent tipsheet of Do's and Don'ts during the interview process with media developed by Tom Wadsworth of Wadsworth Communications.

MCF Process for Handling Media Calls

This policy details the internal process for handling calls from the media at Minnesota Council on Foundations. 

MCF Media Call Information Notes

A template that organizes crucial and common information for responding to and documenting a media inquiry.

Marketing and Branding

Sample Communications Plans, Goals & Templates

Sample communications plans, goals, email templates and marketing calendars used by philanthropy-serving organizations to guide their communications work.

Community Foundations: Local Partners in Promoting Philanthropy

A guide to understanding, recruiting, and retaining community foundation members.

Corporate Foundations and Giving Programs: Philanthropy's Place in Business

A similar guide for corporate foundation members.

Family Foundations: A High-growth Force for Philanthropy

The final guide in the series, aimed at recruiting and retaining family foundation members. 

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is an essential tool to managing your website, spotting trends, and serving your members' interests.

Listserve Discussion Website Traffic Benchmarking

This spreadsheet compiles ongoing Google Analytics bench marking research among regional associations.

Google Analytics Goal Identification Worksheet

This worksheet developed by Minnesota Council on Foundations helps Google Analytics users identify goals for their sites.

Website Optimization Worksheet

Minnesota Council on Foundations developed this worksheet to help Google Analytics users optimize their website to top search engine results, improve user experience, and accomplish organizational goals.