Spitfire Strategies

Archive for October, 2014

Are you ready for open enrollment? If not, you’re not alone.

The window to shop around for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins in 15 days. Turns out if you’re among the roughly 40 million Americans without coverage, you’re highly likely not to know that fact. According to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, nine out of 10 uninsured Americans… (read more)

Stay Above the Fray – Communicating During Election Season

It’s election season again – the time when many people stop answering their phones, checking their inboxes or logging in to Facebook to avoid the campaigns continually vying for their attention. While this can help them tune out the campaign messages, it also means that they may be missing your… (read more)

Walk Through the SmartScan: Webinars Oct. 20 & 23

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Chief Strategy Officer

To succeed, organizations must embed effective communication practices into all they do and have the discipline to measure the results. That’s why Spitfire created the SmartScan™.  The SmartScan helps organizations assess whether they have the systems in place and are using them effectively to be strong communicating organizations. It’s also… (read more)

Spitfire’s SmartScan™: A New Communication Tool for Nonprofits and Foundations

Beth Kanter

By Beth Kanter
Chief Strategy Officer

At Spitfire, we know how to help organizations boost their communication to advance their social change goals. With generous support from the Ford Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Spitfire developed the SmartScan. This free, online tool helps assess where an organization… (read more)

“This is a truly transformative program and there is no question that it is preparing leaders to be courageous communicators.”

- Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, The National Steinbeck Center

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

Spitfire Spotlight: Get to know our newest Spitfires

There are some new faces at Spitfire, adding valuable talents and perspectives to the Spitfire team. We sat down with four of them to learn more about some of their favorite things—at work and at play.   Where were you before Spitfire? Mike Carter-Conneen Director, Washington, D.C. I spent 15… (read more)

Throwback Thursday: Thinking Through Communication Conundrums

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  One of the best jobs I ever had was at Exploration Summer Camp (their motto: where you make summer meaningful), where I worked from ages 18-21. As counselors, we made up classes to teach and we did activities in the afternoon. One day, I found myself co-leading a contraception… (read more)

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