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In honor of graduation season, we highlight an amazing college graduate ... and the nonprofit that helped her and thousands of other former Virginia foster care children achieve their college dreams. In today's show, BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill interviews: Dr. Jennifer Gentry, executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.Dr. Rachel Strawn, Great Expectations Program Director for the Virginia Community College System.And Andrea Laney, a 20-year-old Tazewell County former foster child who graduated Southwest Virginia Community College thanks to Great Expectations.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
We celebrate Moms on this Mother's Day Special episode of Buzz4Good! BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill shares his conversations with:Huddle Up Moms director of community outreach Kim Butterfield. Huddle Up Moms began in Southwest Virginia with the mission of empowering mothers through education, connection, and support.Blue Ridge Women's Center, which provides resources for women encountering an unexpected pregnancy. BUZZ featured BRWC in April 2021 on Blue Ridge PBS.And accompanying today's show, we play selections from the Roanoke Valley Children's Choir Spring 2022 Concert.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
Yes, we know Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is just a minor Mexican holiday that's become Americanized. But on today's show, Buzz4Good creator Michael Hemphill uses the day to:Highlight a slice of Southwest Virginia's Hispanic community with a conversation featuring Kat Pascal and Illiana Sepulveda, co-founders of Latinas Network, which supports Latina Women with business development, professional development, and representation.Catch up with Bruce C. Bryan, president and owner of 5Points Creative. a full-service marketing agency that has helped several nonprofits on BUZZ ... and celebrates 5/5 like no other.And AAF Roanoke president Carrie Cousins offers a Cinco de Mayo-inspired "No Budget Marketing Minute."Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
In honor of Earth Day, today's show features nonprofits whose mission is environmental conservation and outdoor recreation – along with a for-profit business that's helping support their work. BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill talks with:New River Land Trust, which helps landowners preserve the rural character of their property in perpetuity.LEAP (Local Environmental Agricultural Project), which manages farmer's markets, mobile markets, community gardens and a community kitchen in support of local growers and low-income consumers.Southwest Native, which is donating a portion of proceeds in April 2022 to support the environmental work of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge.Clean Valley Council, which promotes conservation and sustainability.And AAF Roanoke president Carrie Cousins brings the "buzz" with a free Earth Day-themed marketing tip for nonprofits.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
On today's show, BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill remembers the tragedy at Virginia Tech that took place 15 years ago on April 16, 2007. He also:Talks with Ian Fortier, executive director of the Grandin Theatre, which is celebrating its 90th birthday. Learns about The Least of These Ministry, which helps fill in some gaps for individuals experiencing homelessness. Explores with Roanoke Cultural Endowment executive director Shaleen Powell the “Healing Arts” — the theme of an upcoming BUZZ episode. And promotes GIVE Roanoke, coming up April 20 and coordinated by the Council of Community Resources. Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
On today's show BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill celebrates 5 years of RAMP with director Mary Miller and chats with Blue Ridge Women's Center on its May 7 Walk for Life. Also:We highlight 16 different nonprofits participating in the inaugural GIVE Roanoke on April 20 coordinated by Council of Community Services.We promote our community watch party on April 13 for our new TV episode on Virginia Children's Theatre and Tudor House.And AAF Roanoke president Carrie Cousins shares her latest installment of "No Budget Marketing Minute."Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
On today's show, BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill praises a recent fundraiser he attended in support of Virginia Children's Theatre, which made its clients, rather than its leadership, the stars of the show.Plus:FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge executive director Julie Whalen shares her nonprofit's 2021 pivot to embrace our entire region, which included an inspiring partnership with Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM).We talk up the Blue Ridge Marathon, and its impact on local nonprofits.And AAF Roanoke president Carrie Cousins shares her latest installment of "No Budget Marketing Minute."Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
On today’s show we feature a nonprofit that was bourn out of incredible tragedy: the 2020 suicide of a Roanoke, Virginia icon, Louis Tudor. BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill shares his conversations with Louis’ wife, Jessica, and two of the guiding lights of the nonprofit created in his honor and memory, Tudor House. Michael also features the marketing agency who helped Tudor House create a new website: Nero Digital Design, owned by Michael Craighead.We also share the work of the Council of Community Services, which is busily preparing for the first ever GIVE Roanoke day on April 20. Mark your calendars for this special day of giving in support of more than 70 nonprofits serving the Roanoke Valley.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
While COVID cases are in decline, its impact on in-person events will remain with us for a long, long time. In today's episode, AAF Roanoke president Carrie Cousins and BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill share some marketing tips to help nonprofits more effectively promote their fundraising events.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
Excerpted from our Buzz4Good! radio show ...EMPOWERMENT. BADASSERY. INSPIRATION. MENTORSHIP. These are the 4 values of  Building Beloved Communities, which provides community-centered solutions for small businesses, delivers expert business solutions for nonprofits, and creates community-minded leaders through training and educational workshops. BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill talks to company founder Bonnie Chavez and and director of operations Shannon Dominguez about how they're building beloved communities across Virginia and the United States.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
At the start of the pandemic in spring 2020, fundraising events for nonprofits, like everything else, went all virtual. Since then, many if not most events have either stayed virtual or adopted a hybrid model that allows a nonprofit’s friends and fans to attend in person or online. Buzz4Good host Michael Hemphill recently reconnected with Brooke Battle, a classmate at Birmingham-Southern College, who way back in 2012 started Swell Fundraising in Birmingham, Alabama. At the time … well, Swell Fundraising was ahead of its time when it came to helping nonprofits with virtual and hybrid events. Today, though, because of the pandemic and its lasting impact on community gatherings of any kind … Swell Fundraising finds itself in prime time.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.
Excerpted from our Buzz4Good! radio show ... digital marketing specialist Carrie Cousins shares 3 New Year's resolutions to help nonprofits attract more donors, volunteers and clients to their cause. Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.Buzz4Good! is hosted by BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill and American Advertising Federation of Roanoke president Carrie Cousins, who has appeared on two episodes of the TV show BUZZ helping nonprofits with their digital marketing needs.
Merry Christmas! Instead of our usual show featuring marketing tips and tools for nonprofits, today we feature recent musical performances by our region's nonprofit community.So in this hour, we share with you performances from the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Children’s Chorale, Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, Blacksburg United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke Catholic School and Patrick Henry High School. We hope you enjoy our nonprofits' sounds of the season as well as a wonderful Christmas, and that we all commit ourselves to being even more of a buzz4good in 2022. Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Buzz4Good! is hosted by BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill and American Advertising Federation of Roanoke president Carrie Cousins, who has appeared on two episodes of the TV show BUZZ helping nonprofits with their digital marketing needs.
Excerpted from our Buzz4Good! radio show ... digital marketing specialist Carrie Cousins shares some simple steps to help nonprofits spin better websites to attract more donors, volunteers and clients to their cause.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.Buzz4Good! is hosted by BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill and American Advertising Federation of Roanoke president Carrie Cousins, who has appeared on two episodes of the TV show BUZZ helping nonprofits with their digital marketing needs.
Excerpted from our Buzz4Good! radio show on December 11, 2021 ... here are 5 easy-to-do marketing strategies to help your nonprofit's year-end giving.Are you a nonprofit with an event that we could help promote? Or a marketing problem we could help fix? Contact us and we’ll share on an upcoming episode.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  FOLLOW US:F A C E B O O K ➜ http://facebook.com/buzz4good​​I N S T A G R A M ➜ http://instagram.com/buzz4good​​L I N K E D I N ➜ https://www.linkedin.com/company/buzz...T W I T T E R ➜ http://twitter.com/buzz4good​​W E B S I T E ➜ http://buzz4good.com​​- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - They’re not the rich and famous. They don’t run for office, preside over boardrooms, walk the halls of power. In a society seduced by celebrity and status … they have neither. Their capital isn’t financial, but social. Their profit comes not from the thing they sell, but from the good they do.They are our nation’s nonprofits. The United States has more than 1.5 million nonprofits — from homeless shelters, food banks and rescue squads to children’s choirs, science museums and animal refuges — that employ one out of every 10 Americans. Like any company, nonprofits have salaries and bills to pay, a budget to balance. They require money. And if enough people don’t know about them, don’t believe in them, don’t support them — in short, if they lack BUZZ — they suffer and die.Buzz4Good! is hosted by BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill and American Advertising Federation of Roanoke president Carrie Cousins, who has appeared on two episodes of the TV show BUZZ helping nonprofits with their digital marketing needs.
Performing arts organizations have been among the hardest hit nonprofits during Covid-19. From the ballet to Broadway, nonprofits that rely on ticket sales from live audiences packed inside enclosed spaces have scrambled more than most industries to figure out how to survive.Southwest Virginia Ballet has been no exception. When we first featured the Roanoke dance company in August 2020 on BUZZ (episode here) artistic director Pedro Szalay and executive director Carol Jessee were struggling to figure out if, when and how to present its annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, the company’s defining work for most of its 30-year history. Their answer — came in part by being featured on BUZZ and their immense creativity and can-do spirit … and is a case study in how to maintain your nonprofit’s vision and mission in spite of a pandemic. BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill chats here with Pedro and Carol.
In our Covid-quarantined world, are we screen-fatigued or is video still king in nonprofit marketing? How do you create a TV show with all the social distancing and masking guidelines? What is the biggest marketing need that nonprofits have? And how can a college student who is interested in marketing and design help? Both on this podcast and BUZZ the TV show, BUZZ creator and host Michael Hemphill is used to being the one asking the questions. But Michael recently had the camera and microphone turned on him by Rachel Pottern Nunn, a first year Master's of Fine Arts student in Virginia Tech's Arts Leadership Program. Rachel's research  centers on the efficacy of visual storytelling for nonprofit marketing ... especially at a time when the public is both overwhelmed by and hungry for digital content.
There is glory in your story … so writes Carlos Maestas in his new Amazon best-seller Mommy Lied To God, part memoir and part how-to book for nonprofits seeking to craft their own stories to better share their mission and engage more supporters. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Carlos is a standup comedian and author, and through his company Key Ideas where he also serves as chief storysmith, Carlos helps nonprofits, universities and foundations tap into the equity of their stories in order to inspire and motivate audiences. This week BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill connected  by Zoom with Carlos to learn more about how nonprofit organizations can find their special stories so that they stand apart … and stand ahead. 
It feels like a lifetime ago, but just last year in August 2019, Douglas Jackson was named Arts and Culture coordinator for Roanoke, Virginia. In that role he was to oversee the city’s thriving public arts projects as well as funding for the city’s nonprofit organizations — from the symphony and live theater to science, transportation and art museums, and a variety of popular cultural festivals. Eight months into the job, Douglas, like the rest of the country, was confronted by the viruses of COVID-19 and racial injustice. BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill invited Douglas by Zoom inside the hive to learn more about how arts and culture nonprofits are responding to these crises.
How BUZZ Came to BE

How BUZZ Came to BE

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BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill switches sides at the interview table to be interviewed by Christina Nifong about how BUZZ the TV show came to be. Christina Nifong is a freelance writer and creator of the popular newsletter, Nourishing Stories, and she’s followed our journey since we aired a pilot episode of BUZZ in November 2019 at the Grandin Theatre. On August 5, 2020, four episodes of BUZZ begin airing on Blue Ridge PBS featuring four unique non-profits in Roanoke, Virginia, being impacted by COVID-19.
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