Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn, spoke with Holly Teichholtz, SVP communications and content strategies at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The two discussed pandemic-related disruptions to the workplace, the future of work, and how the nonprofit sector can best respond to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a way, the pandemic brings the stigma of mental illness to the forefront, making Mental Health Month more important than ever before. The communications tactics for the month may have pivoted to meld with the ongoing COVID crisis. If anything, the message may be clearer than ever that mental health needs to be a priority.
As we’ve all learned during crisis, outcomes for progress trend higher when we work together, rather than in silos or on individual endeavors. In honor of Memorial Day, PRNEWS talked with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led non-profit that serves communities by mobilizing veterans and civilians to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.
Organizations are using data to inform news reporting, make personal, professional and civic decisions, or simply get a better picture of what’s unfolding.
In the decades since the environmental awareness holiday was launched, numerous organizations have tied the spring months to environmental sustainability and stewardship initiatives. Whether pledging to reduce an organization’s environmental impacts, investing in fossil fuel alternatives or teaching kids the importance of conservation, just about every kind of organization has an “in” on climate action. For inspiration, here are three Earth Day communications highlights.
“The business of business is business,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006) said. Our PRNEWS survey of some 200 PR executives expands on that thinking somewhat. We found that in this difficult moment, an overwhelming number of PR executives are most concerned with the health and safety of their staff. Finding new revenue doesn’t come close.
The day-to-day of communications work can wear on a practitioner. Pro bono work can be a nice distraction. In addition it can help build morale, community spirit and assist with recruitment. More important, of course, is the satisfaction and joy that giving back can bring.
Our regular look at data features exclusive figures from Shareablee about the most-active nonprofits for the first months of 2020. Overall, nonprofits enjoyed a slight jump in consumer engagement with their social posts, though engagement was off on Instagram and Twitter.
You’re not a real company unless you have an active CSR & sustainability campaign. At least that seems to be the new normal. The recent World Economic Forum pushed the green effort, though there were some cracks. To get set for PRNEWS’ CSR & Nonprofit awards in late March, we look at the ups and downs of CSR and why corporate social activism needs communicators who do it well.
Ethics has long been a hallmark of public relations. In this fourth and final installment of PRNEWS’ 2020 predictions, the theme of ethics seemed to dominate. Whether it be in technology, storytelling or writing, several of our prognosticators emphasized ethics’ importance in the coming year.