Gift of Communication

What is the Gift of Communication?

Gift of Communication is a pillar of the IABC Foundation that encourages our members and chapters to give back to their communities with our professional skills and sometimes our financial support. Our goal is to work with local social service or other nonprofit agencies, such as United Way, helping them to address their communication challenges by providing our communication counsel and training. United Way is a global organization like IABC and has many branches around the world.

We recognize that many nonprofit social service organizations have limited financial and other communication resources and may depend heavily upon volunteers to deliver their services and fulfill their missions. Often it may be difficult for them to communicate effectively with their clients, supporters and the general public.

Gift of Communication identifies local nonprofits with unmet communication challenges and links them with communicators who will help them develop appropriate solutions to meet their needs. In some cases, Gift may take the form of an intimate workgroup of members and students working closely with agency representatives; in others, it may include training symposia or other resources to help build agencies’ communication skills.

In addition to providing a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the community, Gift of Communication demonstrates how communication professionals add value to any enterprise. What’s more, it also provides our members with an outstanding, dynamic professional development experience.

Gift at IABC World Conference

Since 2010, the IABC Foundation has hosted an international Gift of Communication event in conjunction with IABC’s World Conference. Participating communication professionals are invited to provide pro bono advice and counsel to help local charitable organizations to address their most pressing communication challenges.

Gfit 2017_AThe most recent international event will be held Sunday, 3 June 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST.  The 2018 conference will be held in Montreal at Palais des congrès de Montréal, and IABC will partner with Centraide of Greater Montreal and the communications professionals will help selected agencies:

  • Make a difference in the Montreal metro area.
  • Provide communication advice and counsel that helps local nonprofit agencies.
  • Get professional development experience.
  • Be part of a success story grounded in real world challenges.
  • See the power and value of communication in action as a force for good in the world.

Check out this video, recorded before the Gift Event at #IABC17.

Gift of Communication Micro Grants

In 2017, the IABC Foundation offered three-$200 USD micro grants for IABC chapters to host a Gift event. The purpose of the Gift of Communication micro grant program was to support IABC chapters efforts to give back to their communities through the Gift of Communication initiative. These small grants were designed to help financially support the efforts of chapters globally and offer an opportunity for them to give back.

2017 Gift of Communication Micro Grant recipients:

  • IABC Barbados
  • IABC Great Plains
  • IABC Maritime Canada

Stay tuned for information on any upcoming micro grant opportunities. At this time, the IABC Foundation is not accepting applications.

Give the Gift of Communication

Gift Button PhotoGift of Communication initiative allows chapters to get creative and explore what Gift format best fits the needs of their communities. Many chapters have adopted the Gift concept to meet their local needs, while maintaining the concept of giving back to the community.

The IABC Foundation Committee developed a Gift of Communication toolkit launched at the International Leadership Institute in Dallas TX February 23-35th. This toolkit is designed exclusively for IABC chapters to help plan, promote and run a successful Gift of Communications event.

If you’d like to put on a Gift event at your local chapter – we’d love to hear about! Reach out to .






Any Questions? Contact Kirsten Peterson, IABC Governance & Foundation Manager