Communications professionals from community foundations large and small join together to share ideas, compare results, raise questions and work together through the group we call "CommA." Together, we provide a voice on behalf of community foundation communicators, as we promote understanding of our unique role in the community foundation field.
Electronic Discussion List
The heart of our group's interaction is the electronic discussion list. More than 300 CommArades trade information and mine previous discussion threads in our archives for comments and questions that help us do a better job of telling the communications story.
Guidelines for the discussion list encourage members to check list archives and look for resources on the CommA website and CF Marketplace before asking a question.
Who is eligible to join CommA?
The CommA discussion list is open to:
- community foundation employees who are principally responsible for creating and disseminating information about their community foundations through print and electronic media. This includes foundation staff who are responsible for communications activities full-time as well as those who spend a substantial portion of their time on communications.
- staff of the Council on Foundations who have responsibilities relevant to CommA’s work
- consultants who have long-term contracts with a particular community foundation and serve, in effect, as staff (membership ends with contract).
- members of Regional Association of Grantmakers and other associations of foundations who work full-time with community foundations, with duties that relate to communications
Basic membership in CommA equals membership in the electronic discussion list. Submit your name, along with your title, organization name and a description of your duties, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will be reviewed by our Membership Liaison and, if approved, you will be added to the group and given guidelines for its use.
How much are dues?
There is no charge for the basic membership or participation in the electronic discussion list. After you qualify as a member of the electronic discussion list, you will receive details about how to send in your dues and become a Supporting Member if you choose.
Supporting members of CommA pay annual dues of $100 (for the first CommA member in one foundation only; additional members in the same foundation pay $50 each.) Dues are used to support the activities of CommA and the participation of CommA volunteers in field-wide committees and leadership positions.
In addition, as a Supporting Member, you gain the following benefits:
- eligibility to attend CommA conferences
- eligibility to attend CommA webinars at no cost
- eligibility to vote for and serve as a member of the CommA Steering Committee
- eligibility to apply for reimbursement of volunteer expenses when representing CommA
- discounts on memberships in other professional groups as negotiated by CommA
What about conferences?
CommA members plan conferences that focuses on issues of interest to communications staff. Conference dates vary and may sometimes be scheduled in conjunction with conferences sponsored by other groups, such as AdNet or the Communications Network. In 2011, CommA will be holding CommA Days on September 17-18 prior to the 2011 Fall Conference for Community Foundations in San Francisco. To learn more, visit www.commasite.org.
Fall Conference for Community Foundations
CommA members produce many of the communications sessions and serve on the planning committee for the annual Council conference that serves all community foundation staff. The next Fall Conference is September 19-21, 2011 in San Francisco.
Whom may I contact with questions about this professional group and its activities?
Contact any member of the CommA Steering Committee with questions about CommA's structure, services and activities. Specific areas of responsibility are listed with the name of each Steering Committee member below.
When you become a CommA member, you will have access to more information about the group's history, bylaws and current projects.
We hope you will use your talents to assist our field, whether by answering a question on the discussion list or serving on a committee, such as the CommA Media Relations Committee. We look forward to meeting you on-line or in person.
LuAnn Lovlin, The Winnipeg Foundation, Chair
Susan Knudten, Rose Community Foundation
Christine Beddia, MPA, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
Megan Brownell, The Arizona Community Foundation
Nancy Jones, Miami Foundation
Roberta King, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Cynthia Ragland, APR, Orange County Community Foundation
Anna-Marie Rooney, The San Diego Foundation