Top 5 resources for Third Sector PR and Communications

What do you do when you start in a new third sector communications post with a blank piece of paper and the freedom to shape your organisation’s digital profile?

To avoid being overwhelmed by the technical jargon regarding the digital world we’ve compiled our top 5 list of resources to help you on your way:

1. Websites

Lots of resources including free how-to guides and online training courses on digital comms on KnowHowNonProfit.
Fundraising UK Ltd helps charities in the UK and internationally to use digital tools and channels to enhance and extend their existing fundraising activities.
Insight, advice and best practice from the Guardian Voluntary Sector network.

2. Forums & Blog Posts

Together We’re Better is the online community for not-for-profit digital professionals
Zoe Amar is a charity marketing and digital communications expert and freelance consultant with extensive experience in developing and delivering marketing, digital communications and social media strategies.

Kirsty Marrins has been working in Communications for the charity sector for the past seven years and has been responsible for social media, PR, managing websites, producing enewsletters and copywriting. She has presented at a number of conferences and is a Media Trust trainer. Kirsty is also a proud Trustee of the Small Charities Coalition and a CharityComms mentor.

Charity Chap is a digital marketer. He helps charities use digital channels to raise more money and reach more people. charitychap.com

3. Social & Actual Networking

Charity networking events from the I Am Networking group on LinkedIn.
@nfptweetup has been created for charities & nonprofits wanting to use digital & social media more effectively. Founded [email protected], sponsored by @justgiving & helped by many.

4. Consult the experts

Sound Delivery are a specialist digital media training, production and consultancy company with a passion for digital storytelling, offering hands-on training workshops and creative production services to help organisations to tell their stories better and get their messages out to new audiences.

The Media Trust improve the way your organisation communicates through training, consultancy, film production and distribution services.

Third Sector Lab is Scotland’s leading digital media agency working solely with voluntary, social enterprise and public sector clients. We provide a wide range of digital services, including website design, social media strategy, training and event support. We’ve been privileged to work with a wide range of clients including Oxfam, Voluntary Action Fund, Enable Scotland, Tramway Theatre, Relationships Scotland and Voluntary Arts Network.

5. Membership & Mentoring

Join a network of charity communications professionals and take advantage of the excellent resources to help you and your organisation develop your communications.
If your organisation is eligible, become a member of the Small Charities Coalition, it’s free to join and you can apply for a mentor too.

Many thanks to all the contributors on The Third Sector PR and Communications Facebook group for providing their expertise and advice.