LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 29, 2015) – Public relations professional Devon Chestnut will reveal the PR benefits organizations can derive from a corporate giving program and explain how non-profits can become recipients of corporate gifts as guest speaker at the January professional development meeting of the Dick Pope Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).
The meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at the Cleveland Heights Golf & Country Club in Lakeland and is open to the public. FPRA extends a special invitation to representatives of organizations with an interest in learning more about giving and receiving corporate gifts. Chestnut’s talk will be titled: “Lessons from a Corporate Philanthropist: Enhancing public relations through the giving or receiving of corporate donations.”
“Developing and implementing a strong corporate giving strategy provides a win for the organization as well as the community. Devon Chestnut’s presentation will contain valuable information for organizations looking to build or enhance their corporate giving. It also will give helpful tips to non-profits on the best way to position themselves to become recipients of corporate giving,” said Marybeth Soderstrom, president of the FPRA chapter, in inviting members and non-members of FPRA to attend this meeting.
Chestnut, who holds the prestigious accredited in public relations (APR) status, is regional manager of communications and public relations for Cox Communications in Gainesville, FL. In this role, she is responsible for internal communications for an employee base of 1,800, in addition to managing community outreach efforts within the Central Florida markets.
She has worked in the PR profession for more than 10 years and for the past seven years has managed all aspects of corporate giving, including the development of strategic plans and implementation tools, review and approval of contribution requests, and reporting and communicating corporate giving results to internal and external audiences.
In addition to managing Cox’s giving strategy, Chestnut was instrumental in developing an employee giving program that enables employees to acquire grants for the charities of their choice. This program has not only increased employee awareness of Cox’s community support but has also given them a voice in its corporate giving.
“We encourage everyone with an interest in corporate giving to attend this meeting to learn from Devon Chestnut, one of Florida’s foremost experts on this topic,” said Marybeth Soderstrom, president of the FPRA chapter,
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