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Foundations, take up the mike!

The most interesting thing I've heard about communications and philanthropy in the last couple years was an offhand comment made by Jim Ferris, the director of the Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy at USC.

Ferris said that the most interesting trend he saw in philanthropy was the recognition of communications' importance and the presence of senior communications staff at the right hand of foundation CEOs.

Jim Canales, formerly the CEO of the James Irvine Foundation and now the CEO of the Barr Foundation has just co-authored, with his communications director, a brief piece for Stanford Social Innovation Review that articulates the forward-thinking way in which the Barr Foundation is pursuing Ferris’ observation.  

It is incredibly gratifying to see philanthropic leaders recognize that their power does not solely reside in the money they distribute to grantees. The foundation bullypulpit is powerful. All we need to do is have the courage to take the mike.