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ComNet16 is sold out. You can add your name to the waitlist now. If the past is any guide, we are typically able to let in 15-20 people from the list. 

Missed our webinar The Art of Using Social Science to Communicate for a Cause? Click on the link to watch a free replay. Interested in learning more about the latest social science research and how it can help you improve your communications? This newsletter tries to share the best of what we're seeing. You can also check out the resources at the bottom of this page.

The Network's website is being rebuilt. Soft launch slated for August 16th. This is what we looked like then. This is what we'll look like soon:


In Advocating an End to the Death Penalty, the latest installment of The Case for Communications, our series of case studies highlighting the impact of smart, strategic communications with Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Atlantic Philanthropies lays out the strategy that's led to the abolition of the death penalty  in 19 states and counting.

Thinking about how to engage your audience? Use this online worksheet from the RISK issue of Change Agent to figure out what you and your audience want from each other, and see the other worksheets available here.

Communication Matters: Organizations who are self-aware understand the value, and limitations, of their brand assets. They also know how to avoid the hubris of “funder knows best” thinking. See more from our research on what it takes to excel at communications at

Upcoming Events
August 10: ComNetworkDenver welcomes Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Senior Vice President Marie Logsden to discuss crisis management.

September 28-30: ComNet16 Driving Change. Didn't get a seat at the Network's conference? We're pleased to announce that The Chronicle of Philanthropy will live stream every keynote, thanks to the support of the Colorado Health Foundation.

Surveying the Field
The Northern California-based Heising-Simons Foundation unveiled its new website, which includes  useful communication tools. The Foundation works to advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights.

The Hewlett Foundation, Getty Images Reportage, and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, have partnered to release over 1,000 high-quality editorial images for free NGO use. See how organizations are putting these to use here, here, and here.

Working in the arts? Join in an exchange of ideas on issues critical to artistic and cultural practice, evolving forms of audience engagement, and the ways in which we communicate about the arts by subscribing to the monthly newsletter from The Pew Center for Arts.

Good Work + Good Jobs 
This is the moment you've all been waiting for....The Network is hiring! Be in touch  if you're interested in being our next Community and Events Manager. Happy where you are? Please share the link and spread the word. We're looking for someone amazing to help you do good better. 

What We're Reading (So You Can Use It)

8 Writing Lessons from Michelle Obama's DNC Speech | Poynter
Notice how often the speaker relies upon a pattern of three to make her point...Four examples or 40 become an inventory. Three encompasses the world, creating the illusion we know everything we need to know.

Disrupting the Dominant Frame: An Interview with FrameWorks Institute's Susan Bales | Nonprofit Quarterly
I’ve argued for 20 years that communications for nonprofits should be a front-end activity. It’s not about dissemination. It’s about understanding the way that people perceive your issue, and that needs to be part and parcel of your work on an issue right from the beginning.

How to Beat Writer's Block | The New Yorker
It’s useful to escape from external and internal judgment—by writing, for instance, in a dream diary, which you know will never be read—even if it’s only for a brief period.

Understanding the Sociopolitical Landscape is Critical for Communicators | The Holmes Report
Shaped by a group of social psychologists including Jonathan Haidt, moral foundations theory provides a more compelling way to look at how people see issues, and crucially, the basis for more resonant communications.

Six Key Components of a Well-Oiled Comms Department | Forbes
While your team may work with analysts in some capacity, consider bringing on an in-house analyst to work closely with the department and help make strategic decisions.

One Googler's Insider Guide to Using Google Docs at Work | Fast Company
You probably just use Arial out of habit, but there are actually over 600 fonts available in Google Docs, not to mention lots of professionally designed templates that do much of the work for you. 

Compulsive Nonprofit Report Writing Must Go! | Nonprofit Quarterly
A report crosses your desk with the requisite cover note that quickly goes into the recycling bin. With a heavy sigh, you glimpse through the executive summary, then throw it onto a pile, thinking, “I’ll get to that later.” Only you never do.

Five Predictions for the Future of Storytelling | Impact Communications
In today’s world everyone can and will comment on your work in the public space. [John] Trybus suggests we should create frameworks to allow those who are passionate about our work to tell the story...How can you turn the people who clearly care about your mission into citizen storytellers for your cause? (See also: Center for Social Impact Communication's Stories Worth Telling guide.)

How Vox's Storytelling Studio Thinks of Stories as Products | NiemanLab
The Storytelling Studio is establishing that publications and media companies must continue to move beyond the idea of web-page-as-central-hub and instead apply product thinking at the story level to engage readers.

The 100 Best Nonprofit Sites of 2016 | EveryAction
Congrats to Network members Barr Foundation, Hilton Foundation, Earthjustice, PBS, Goldhirsh Foundation, and WWF for making the cut!

3 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Pokémon Go | NonprofitPRO
Follow your fellow nonprofits’ lead: Embrace the hype. Getting more people to stop by means you have that many more people to introduce your cause to.

Essential Tools and Tactics for Video on Social | News Whip
A staggering 85 percent of Facebook video is watched without sound. It makes sense to add captions to your video. Many of the editors we referenced above let you do this.

Culture Report
The Future of Philanthropy | The Nation
Is a new gospel of giving on the rise? Eight philanthropic thinkers weigh in.

Tristan's Three Things for Fun 

  1. We're related. Yep, you and I. Through this.
  2. Baby pandas. Everywhere.
  3. The Network staff is fascinated by space. This is what it sounds like.

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