IABC/Chicago Members to Provide the 'Gift of Communication' to Six Chicago-area Not-for-Profit Agencies

Nov 29, 2010, 15:00 ET from IABC/Chicago

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Chicago-area not-for-profit agencies will receive a special gift on Dec. 4: Pro-bono advice and support for their two most pressing communication challenges.

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The advice and support will be courtesy of the Chicago chapter of the International Association of Business Communications (IABC/Chicago) and its "Gift of Communication" program. The Gift of Communication program is being offered for the first time in the Chicago area, although it has been offered in past years by other IABC chapters in Canada and the United States. Promoted by the IABC Social Responsibility Committee, the Gift of Communication program links charitable organizations in need of strategic or tactical communication advice and support with communication professionals.

IABC/Chicago members will meet with six charitable organizations that were identified by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as needing communication support. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at the DePaul University Chicago Loop campus.

The six agencies are:

"Each agency will be meeting with a small communication team that will include two communication professionals and one student from IABC student chapters at Loyola and DePaul universities," said Greg Gordon, event chairperson, and senior vice president, research and strategy at L.C. Williams & Associates. "After a brief opening, session participants will break into their teams to work through the agencies' communications challenges."

There is no commitment for communicators to provide assistance to the agencies after the session, though other IABC chapters that conducted this event have found that the relationships formed during the session often continue.

IABC/Chicago President Tom Keefe is a member of the IABC SR Committee and brought the Gift of Communication program to IABC/Chicago. "The beauty of the 'Gift' program is that it provides an opportunity for professional communicators to give back to their community using the skills and experience that they've developed over their careers," Keefe said. "I hope that this becomes an annual tradition for IABC/Chicago, and I look forward to participating in this inaugural event."

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves about 15,000 members in 80 countries with a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate communication, public relations, employee communication, marketing communication, media relations, community relations, public affairs, financial communications and government relations. IABC/Chicago (http://chicago.iabc.com) is the oldest IABC chapter in the world.