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Community Engagement: Digital Strategies for Local Funders (Charlotte, N.C.)

Instructor: KDMC Staff

The Knight Digital Media Center presents a unique two-day workshop exploring how community foundations can better engage the public around issues they care about by using new digital tools and best practices.

Among the presenters:

  • Beth Kanter, a nationally recognized expert in social media strategy for nonprofit organizations and an author of The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.
  • Sara Goo, senior digital editor at Pew Research Center, leading digital content, strategy and audience engagement at the non-partisan "fact tank." 
  • Amy Gahran, a media consultant and mobile specialist who covers mobile technology for cnn.com and entrepreneur.com.
  • Daniel X. O'Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to making lives better in Chicago through technology.


  • How digital tools and culture are changing the way we communicate and affiliate.
  • How and when a social media strategy is crucial to outreach and engagement on community issues.
  • How emerging tools such as mobile and data enhance community engagement.



A two-day session (Sept. 11-12 2014) designed for foundation leaders who are interested in strategies for growing reach and engagement on digital platforms. 

Presentation slides:

Mapping Insights You Never Even Knew You Had by Tyler Dahlberg

The Media Zones Where People Live by Sara Goo

Civic Data and Open Government: How Local Funders Can Get Involved by Daniel X. O'Neil

Mobile Engagement for Your Community by Amy Gahran

Social Media Strategy for Foundation Leaders by Beth Kanter

New Models for Neighborhood Engagement by Eric Freedman

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