ComNet18

The Communications Network Annual Conference

ComNet — The Communications Network annual conference. 

The Frank Karel Scholarship

2018 winners

Anaiis Ballesteros, Expect More Arizona

Ashley Chambers, California Housing Partnership Corporation

David Hadden, Headwaters Montana, Inc.

Lauren Jackman, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Savannah Kuang, Social Justice Collaborative

Maria Mejia, Children Now

Lisa Reinsberg, International Justice Resource Center

Jenna Casey, Mission Graduates

Dietlind Lerner, Center for Justice and Accountability

Jessica Kizorek, Eyes On Your Mission

Skye Christensen, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

Claire Wagner, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

Virali Modi-Parekh, Center for Environmental Health

Rebecca Wolfson, Healthforce Center at UCSF

Neetu Balram, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

Essrea Cherin, Media in the Public Interest

James Carter, Collegiate Directions Inc

Virginie Pointeau, Western Landowners Alliance

Alexandra Fenwick, NEO Philanthropy

Wilda Wong, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Rachel Tschida, Access Press

Jermaine House, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Aparna Mukherjee, FUSE Corps

Krista Walton Potter, Global Fund for Women

Ariane Le Chevallier, Friends of the Children


WHAT is THE FRANK KAREL SCHOLARSHIP?

The scholarship allows The Communications Network to offer complimentary registrations to nonprofit staffers and communications-focused academics who would not otherwise be able to attend ComNet18.  

Ten scholarships will be offered to local, San Francisco-based nonprofits.  An additional 15 scholarships will be offered globally.

Were you awarded a Frank Karel Scholarship to attend ComNet17?  You're eligible for a discount to ComNet18.  Please email Emma at elister@comnetwork.org for more information.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP? 

Full-time, nonprofit staff and communications-focused academics with a demonstrated need for financial assistance who wish to attend The Communications Network's annual conference.

Please consider applying for a scholarship if:

  • You are a staffer at a 501c3 NGO

  • You are an academic or graduate student pursuing research in communications in the social sector

  • You have a demonstrated financial need

  • You can identify how attendance will benefit you/your organization

  • Preference will be given to those whose roles are directly linked to communications

This scholarship is NOT for you if:

  • You work at a foundation, consultancy, or B corp

  • You work at an organization represented on The Communications Network Board

  • You received a scholarship to attend ComNet17

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER? 

Thanks to the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, the Frank Karel Scholarship covers the cost of registration and one pre-conference workshop at ComNet18.  Additionally, the scholarship allows you to receive a discount on the conference for the following year.  A scholarship does NOT include travel, lodging, or other incidental expenses.  

DOes THE SCHOLARSHIP PAY FOR HOTEL AND TRAVEL COSTS? 

Unfortunately no. We are unable to cover travel, lodging, and other incidental expenses for the conference. 

WHAT WILL I NEED IN ORDER TO COMPLETE MY APPLICATION? 

  • Your contact information

  • The name and location of your nonprofit/university

  • Your job title, a job description, and an explanation of how your role is related to communications

  • A brief explanation of what you hope to gain/learn at the conference—noting how attending ComNet18 will help you and your organization improve, and how you will contribute to the conference/field

  • A demonstrated financial need—this can be a letter from your staff leader/supervisor acknowledging the lack of available funds for professional development

WHEN DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY APPLICATION?

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm Friday, August 3, 2018.

I'VE COMPLETED THE APPLICATION, WHEN WILL I LEARN IF I WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP? 

We hope to notify all scholarship recipients by COB Friday, August 10, 2018 so that they have ample time to make travel and lodging arrangements. 

COMNET18 IS HAPPENING IN San Francisco. IS THERE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR San Francisco-BASED NONPROFIT STAFFERS? 

Yes. 10 of our 25 scholarships will be reserved for local nonprofit staff.  

WHo was Frank Karel?

In the mid-1970s, Frank Karel was hired as the new communications lead for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The first ever. And he didn't know where to begin or what to do... So, he picked up the phone and called a colleague with a similar sounding title at The Rockefeller Foundation, who graciously invited him to lunch to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead.

And with that lunch, The Communications Network was born. Today, The Communications Network counts more than 1,300 members from social sector organizations across the globe.

Frank would later join The Rockefeller Foundation as its communications chief and help the foundation expand its leadership in the philanthropic sector.

In the spirit of honoring this history, The Rockefeller Foundation is the founding sponsor of The Frank Karel Scholarship at The Communications Network’s annual conference.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Please see our ComNet18 FAQ here.