Author Archives: Marie Condron

Some of L.A.’s best and brightest youth services organizations kick off third year of Communicating for Results

 Over the course of six months, executive directors and 1-2 staff members from 10 Dwight Stuart grantee organizations will learn the basics of strategic communications, through three half-day group sessions and three one-on-one coaching sessions. Organizations create their own core messages, targeted messages for key audiences, and complete the program with a strategic communication plan […]

New LASIF report shows breakthroughs in reversing L.A.’s college graduation crisis

LASIF combines multi-year scholarships with support programs tailored to the unique needs of low-income students, to help them get through college. With 2.3 million California jobs projected to go unfilled by 2025 due to a lack of workers with college degrees, it’s a vital issue to our region’s economic vitality. This year, the investment fund […]

New Hershey Cause research on how communications drives policy change to launch September 5 at NTEN

Our series of eight case studies, Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change, identifies 10 Elements of Success from high-impact communications campaigns that create a more receptive environment for dialogue about potential solutions, build public momentum and generate political will for policy change. The series, supported by a grant from The California Endowment and in […]

“Better Communications: Bigger Impact” at July 29-30 grantmakers conference and policy institute

 Based on the principles of our Communications Toolkit and Communicating for Results training, the session took participants through activities to define their organization’s key audiences and targeted messages. On the following day, Marie led a workshop on using targeted messaging and storytelling to drive policy change at the Forum’s PolicyWorks for Philanthropy institute, using our […]

Hershey Cause joins salute to new CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

“Appointing Judy Belk was a bold move by TCWF’s board,” said Hershey. “Judy brings a fresh voice and innovative ideas about extending health care for all. I’m a fan and look forward to supporting her work. She is greatly respected in philanthropic circles nationally.” Before joining TCWF in April, Belk served at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, […]

New Findings On How Communications Fast-Tracks Policy Change

Hershey Cause Communications partnered with The California Endowment to identify how strategic communications has recently driven policy change—as illustrated through nine case studies—to inspire funders to apply innovative strategic communications to their work. Over the past year, we’ve researched examples of real policy outcomes for social issues that had largely been overlooked. Through the research, we’ve identified […]

Jumpstart Co-Founder Shawn Landres Honored by Liberty Hill

Hershey Cause recently partnered with Shawn and the Jumpstart teamto create and launch Connected to Give, a groundbreaking national study on the giving motivations of Jewish Americans. A Santa Monica native, Shawn has been working with Jumpstart since 2008 to use research & publishing, convenings, education and innovative funding to connect, inform and empower more […]

Groundbreaking Report Documents Jewish American Giving

  The report documents data-driven insight into what motivates Jewish Americans to give: 76% of American Jews report that they made a charitable contribution in 2012, compared to 63% of non-Jews. Most Jews who make charitable contributions give to both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. Although age is not a driving factor in the incidence and […]

LA Trust Awarded $2.9 Million Grant

The grant will support LAUSD Student Health and Human Services staff to develop referrals to the wellness network with the local Best Start and 0-5 programs in our school communities. It will also pay for pediatric training and children’s furniture for the Wellness Centers at six sites. Hershey Cause Senior Advisor, Jan Kern, developed the LA […]