Organization-Strengthening Resources: Communications & Marketing

Cause Communications                                                                                                                 FREE
This LA consulting firm focuses on strategic communications, advocacy, & fundraising. They offer training & some free resources, supported by local foundations: articles, bite-sized courses with videos & worksheets, a communications effectiveness quiz, & a toolkit. Topics include branding, fundraising, marketing, messaging, strategy & tactics.

Executive Training Program                                                                                                        $20,000/organization
Spitfire Strategies communications firm offers a 6-month ED training in communications, including 2 in-person sessions, webinars, & individual coaching. They also offer customized coaching and other trainings in communications.

Nonprofit Marketing Guide                                                                        $20 webinars, $699 1-yr all-access pass
Kivi Leroux Miller offers a range of web-based nonprofit communications resources. Free membership gives limited access. $20 webinars, $699 1-year all-access pass for webinars & downloads. Additional coaching & consulting available for additional fees.

Spitfire Strategies                                                                                                                           FREE
Communications firm offers many online tools for nonprofits, often supported by foundations.
Digital S.M.A.R.T.S. guide to strengthen digital outreach strategy
Discovering the Activation Point guide to persuading people to act
Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for issue or policy campaigns
Smart Chart communication planning tool
Smart Plan guide for crisis management
SmartScan tool to assess organizational communication needs

SVP Fast Pitch                                                                                                   Deadline: October-November
Social Venture Partners Los Angeles                                                        Program: January-March
FREE; potential $100,000 in awards                                                         Course & coaching
SVP Fast Pitch trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story & connects them with business, philanthropic, & other nonprofit leaders through final presentations before a live audience of colleagues & potential funders.
Req’d: LA nonprofit ED; online application; selection based on organization’s social impact.

SVP Fast Pitch House Call                                                                                                             $5,000/workshop
Customized 4-hour workshop for 7-12 people in team(s) of nonprofit stakeholders. Tailored pitch training presentation & interactive coaching session for teams to develop & practice a shared message in a 3-minute pitch.