SMJ Fellowship Program

Empowering Nonprofit Communicators for Impact

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! Act Now! Registration closes on October 30th

Fellowship registration is over !!!

The SMJ Fellowship kicks off on November 14th. We hope to see you there!

We believe
in diverse voices

At SMJ Communications, we believe in the power of diverse voices in strategic communications. That’s why we are excited to introduce the SMJ Fellowship – Fall 2023 Cohort aimed at supporting nonprofit communicators.

Our Mission

At SMJ Communications, our mission is clear: Empower and equip communicators to make a positive impact in their communities. We provide ongoing support and learning through a structured cohort model, amplifying the voices and perspectives of nonprofit communicators.

Who Should Participate?

Are you a professional transitioning into a communications role? Do you have limited to moderate communications experience, or are you looking to expand your communications roles? If yes, then the SMJ Fellowship program is for you.

Fellowship Highlights
Our program is designed to provide you with a rich learning experience through a series of virtual sessions. Over the course of six months, you’ll engage in:

Monthly virtual sessions with industry experts, where you'll gain insights and knowledge from professionals in the field.

A dynamic Fellows Slack channel for networking and collaboration, connecting you with a community of like-minded communicators.

Regular monthly office hours with SMJ Communications, offering you personalized guidance and support throughout the program.

Access to a wealth of valuable resources, toolkits, and templates, all conveniently accessible online to help you excel in your nonprofit communications role.

This immersive virtual format allows you to participate from anywhere, making it easier for you to enhance your communication skills and make an impact in your community.

Programming Calendar

Our program is divided into two comprehensive segments. In the first three months, you’ll dive into the basics, branding, and strategic planning. The following three months focus on managing the message, engagement and relationships, and thought leadership. We cover key areas like media relations, branding, reputation management, crisis communications, social media, community engagement, interpersonal relationships, design basics, storytelling, and thought leadership.

Programming Calendar Months 1-3

Month Topics
Month 1: Back to the Basics
  • Kick off meet & greet
  • Communications 101
  • Social media
Monthly office hours with SMJ
Month 2: Branding
  • Website audit how-to
  • Photography best practices
  • Storytelling
  • Branding
  • Design basics
Monthly office hours with SMJ
Month 3: Strategy & Planning
  • Developing an annual communications plan
Monthly office hours with SMJ

Programming Calendar Months 4-6

Month Topics
Month 4: Managing the Message
  • Crisis communications
  • Key messaging
  • Crafting audience-specific messaging
  • Reputation management
Monthly office hours with SMJ
Month 5: Engagement & Relationships
  • Media relations
  • Community engagement
  • Town halls & Coffee chats
  • Two-way engagement
Monthly office hours with SMJ
Month 6: Thought Leadership
  • Thought leadership
  • Strategic communications roadmap
  • Closing + Commencement

Key Dates and Registration

Mark your calendars! Our program kicks off with Welcome & Onboarding in the first week of November. The first virtual session is scheduled for November 14, 2023. But remember, registrations are due by October 30th. The cost for each participant is $5,000, payable in two installments.

Looking to have your fellowship sponsored? Click here for an SMJ Fellowship Proposal Email Template to share with your organization’s leadership.

$5000 USD


Ready to join us on this impactful journey? Register now!

Have questions or need more information? Contact us.

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