A LETTER TO READERS: PLANS FOR 2014

DEAR VALUED READERS:JamesProfile1Twitter

I hope everyone had relaxing, enjoyable holidays. As promised, I’m back to discuss my plans for 2014.

PROFESSIONAL CHANGES AFOOT

After careful consideration, between added professional responsibilities and the prospect of joining a nonprofit board, I simply won’t have time to blog. It’s time to move on and apply my expertise more directly in the industry. Blogging has been fruitful: Nearly 115 posts on a host of topics; increased knowledge of nonprofit issues; providing valuable information and resources; and creating a dialogue with other professionals.

MAINTAINING AN ONLINE PRESENCE

That said, I’ll still maintain an online presence posting links to information and resources on LinkedIn and Twitter. I’ve already connected with some of you on social networks; for those who wish, connect with me here:  LINKEDIN, TWITTER. Further, this site will stay live through at least June 15, 2014 serving as a professional resource (click some links under ‘Resources’; there’s a lot of great information out there).

Finally, I’d like to thank all 120+ subscribers taking the time to read and respond. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to effect change or help others nearly as much. A professional blog should be a collaboration exchanging ideas and information — no one has a copyright on intellectual capital.

Going forward, I plan to be in nonprofit for the long-term, so I welcome all those who wish to move on with me. I have very much enjoyed this time serving the nonprofit community, and will continue to do so in the future.

Best Regards,

James D’Ambrosio

Welcome To My Blog – A Resource For Professionals

By James D’Ambrosio

As a communications professional with significant experience in the nonprofit sector, I am starting this site to share my ideas and insights about how nonprofit agencies can leverage communication strategies to increase their reach and effectiveness. Given the many millions of people in the U.S. and the around the world suffering various indignities —  chronic illness, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, disability, effects of natural disasters, displacement by war, etc . — it is imperative that nonprofits work smarter and more efficiently.

Collaboration, Comments Welcome

This site is designed to be a collaborative forum sharing ideas and information that can improve nonprofit operations, allowing agencies to help more people in the aggregate. At a time when many agencies are experiencing record service demands and declining government support, nonprofit organizations need every possible advantage to bolster their bottom line and serve constituents. Insightful reader comments are always welcome and actively encouraged. 

What I’ll Write About

A broad range of communications strategies and topics will be discussed, including donor communications, direct-mail, fund-raising, executive communications, board governance/ relations, social media strategies, newsletters, Web sites, and a variety of management issues — hiring staff and consultants, resource management, board composition and responsibilities, etc. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience as a public relations practitioner in the nonprofit/public sector and formal study in nonprofit management (this fall I’ll complete a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Long Island University), I’ll share timely, useful ideas and information that readers can use.     

Professional Perspective

We can all learn from each other: I do not purport to have all the answers. People working in different industries with different areas of expertise can help all of us broaden our knowledge and become more well-rounded professionals. This, in turn, enhances our ability to serve our agencies and the causes they champion.

Please take a few moments to review some of the resources I have gathered for this site. I look forward to serving nonprofit professionals and the industry as a whole.

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