ChangeCommunications offers a wide variety of services aimed at optimizing your organization’s visibility in the media and the philanthropic world. We also work with individuals to maximize their personal and professional vision, mission, and professional work.

For Organizations and Individuals:

We offer

  • Expert strategy in communications and resource development
  • Writing services including op-eds, ghost writing, speeches, website content, grant writing, and more
  • Training in best communications strategies for long-term impact
  • Public speaking training for impact
  • Communications audits
  • Media outreach
  • Web + app development
  • Social media strategy and maintenance
  • Creation of campaign strategy and marketing materials
  • Media and resource development training
  • Comprehensive fundraising strategy including grant-maker research, targeted donor outreach, board development, and networking support
  • Counseling on best strategies for community and ally outreach, engaging in productive messaging
  • Direct mail writing, targeting, list purchasing and vendor management

Additionally, we work with a talented array of designers, pollsters, lobbyists, and others to meet your needs.

For Rabbis and Synagogues:

Strategic communications isn’t taught in rabbinical college. How to write an oped is different from how to write a sermon. Professional social media presence is different from posting likes and congregational photos of Sukkahs and visits to Israel. Speaking from a stage–or speaking to a journalist or a community group–or a donor–is different than speaking from the Bimah. ChangeCommunictions offers unique services for rabbis and their congregational boards and staff. We work with you to hone your skills in messaging, public speaking, media outreach, community engagement, and donor cultivation.

We work with rabbis and other clergy, with congregational staff, and congregational boards to ensure that what you say and how you say it, what you write and how you write it, achieve your goals. We advise congregations on crisis management. We work with boards to achieve their internal goals and to reach out to the congregation for new recruits. We train staff on how to create the best communications outreach efforts for your congregation. We advise clergy and their team of staff and lay leaders on how to become spokespeople in their communities for the values that the congregation represents.

Based on our unique experience, we will work with you to determine your needs and the best outcome. CEO Jo-Ann Mort has advised numerous clergy and lay leaders in the US and Israel. She has a unique understanding of the challenges and with her background in progressive US politics and in-depth knowledge of Israel, she brings a particular set of talents and strategies to the work.

For Philanthropists:

The true power of communications for philanthropists isn’t just about getting a foundation’s name in the media; it’s about impact. Impact for the issues you are funding or impact for communications support for your grantees. Transforming the debate, shaping the dialogue, and inspiring new partners — these are what make strategic communications a necessary force multiplier, not an add-on. In an age when old and new media bombard our computers and smartphones 24/7, it’s simply not strategic grantmaking not to have a communications strategy that will raise your donor efforts above the constant noise, headlines and news flashes.

Put simply, communications strategy maximizes the power of your giving. By telling compelling stories and making clear and convincing arguments, foundations and their grantees can strengthen their mission, but only if communications is a fundamental element of the impact strategy. Large foundations often have communications professionals on staff, but small and medium-size foundations also can play in this space by leveraging expertise and understanding the tools available to them.