Spitfire Strategies

Dennis Poplin

Senior Vice President

Dennis has over three decades of experience as an organizer, educator and a communicator. As the director of Spitfire’s learning programs, Dennis plans and leads capacity-building trainings, facilitated strategy meetings and learning experiences for scores of foundations and nonprofits – local and national, large and small – to build organizational and personal strategic communications skills to meet their goals.

Dennis has brought Spitfire’s unique approach to developing tailored programs to a variety of nonprofits and foundation staff and grantees including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, 11th Hour Project, United Latinos/UFCW, the Emerson Collective, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, MIT Media Project, Lown Institute, Atlantic Philanthropies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, HealthSpark Foundation, and ClimateWorks Foundation among others.

Each year, Dennis heads Spitfire’s Executive Training Program which is designed to help nonprofit leaders develop the skills and strategies needed to lead highly-communicating organizations. He has also planned communication training programs aimed at helping foundation staff integrate strategic communication into their funding strategies.

Dennis has coordinated trainings for human rights grantees of the Ford Foundation in Brazil and South Africa, the European Climate Foundation in Brussels and the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing and an international storytelling convening for the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy. For the last 10 years, Dennis has successfully run the RWJF Strategic Communications Training Program and served as a coach, trainer and emcee for the yearlong, two-cohort program.

For each of these efforts, Dennis showcases his unique ability to assess a client’s specific needs and develop a training agenda that is customized to those needs, both in content and in skill level. Dennis recently expanded Spitfire’s training offerings to include a series of webinars focused on specific communication issues. He is an experienced trainer and works regularly with both nonprofit and foundation staff on such topics as communication planning, measuring communication impact, internal communication processes, presentation skills and strategic storytelling.

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Melanie Moon

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