About Carol Buckheit

June 7, 2010

Why I’ve Had the Best Jobs Ever

I get to spend my days working alongside do-gooders, largely from the nonprofit sector.  We inspire, figure out creative ways to use technology and media to fire people up, even help pass some laws.  We introduce folks to the arts, to their opinion leaders, and to the power of philanthropy—with social media, the press, and web communications.

Changing our little corner of the world is great fun.

Carol Buckheit

Back in the Day

After a stint in the neurosciences (true!), I cut my teeth in the nonprofit sector as a community organizer, fundraiser, communicator lobbyist, and event organizer extraordinaire. Then came the coolest part: teaming up to direct communications for Love Makes a Family, helping to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Together with a myriad of government and community leaders and coalition partners, we used the power of storytelling for a massive public education campaign that changed hearts and minds.

I went on to found Nonprofit MediaWorks, providing strategic communications consulting and training to some fantastic organizations, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Connecticut Voices for Children, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, Child Health and Development Institute, Music Haven, National Association of Social Workers/CT Chapter, the Hispanic Health Council, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, and many more.  I’ve also trained nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and Canada on social media, advocacy, and media outreach strategies, largely through the fine folks at Idealware (“the Consumer Reports of nonprofit technology”) and the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits.

Since then, I’ve been part of the top-notch communications team at one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the country, where I managed their online communications and social media channels, and delved into the world of using big data to inform and make change.

My Escapes

Find me body surfing off the Rhode Island coast, cruising the Union Square Greenmarket, compulsively reading the New York Times, commiserating with my book groups, and plotting the planet’s ultimate perennial herb garden.


At right: A thrill I will never forget: Married same-sex couples from all over Connecticut gathered on the Capitol steps in Hartford to celebrate the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in our state.  Photos by Glenn Koetzner

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