resources to help impart our ideas and promote our mission, activities, and programs

Tell Us A Little About You?

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We are conducting a survey to learn how you and other supporters feel about the work that the Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates does. Gaining your input will help us to strengthen the impact of your partnership with us and inform our current planning efforts to best support Refuge and Hatchery Friends.

This survey should take around 6-10 minutes to complete or slightly more if you have a lot to share! Please note your answers will be treated in confidence.

With your assistance, the Coalition of Refuge Friends and Advocates (CORFA) fosters a network of nonprofit organizations supporting the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System.

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Expanding your Reach: Leveraging Social Media to Connect with New Audiences

Social media is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay updated with the latest trends and best practices. Sarah’s presentation focused on some quick tips to get your Friends group moving in the right direction! Topics centered around platform selection (Facebook, Instagram, etc), visual content, storytelling and how to best engage your community. If the terms #hashtag and #influencer confuse you and/or make you laugh, this is the webinar for you!

Presenter: Sarah Meyer is a passionate and dedicated leader with a strong sense of commitment to making a positive impact in her community. Sarah currently works as the Executive Director for the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Sarah brings a wealth of experience and expertise in communications, program development, fundraising, and advocacy; the majority of her career has been spent within the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Under Sarah’s guidance, the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands has experienced significant growth and expansion, increasing its reach and impact in the community. Sarah’s ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission and engage supporters has resulted in increased funding and support for critical programs and services at Balcones Canyonlands

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Creating a Buzz: How to Use Social Media to Build Awareness & Support for Refuges & Hatcheries Friends Groups

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This webinar helps your refuge and hatchery friends group leverage social media to share your story and support campaigns. We covered best practices for creating engaging content, building an online community, and amplifying your message to a wider audience. We’ll also share tips and tools for using social media to support the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s ongoing refuge staffing crisis campaign and provide a toolkit to help you get started.

Presenter
Eden Taylor, Communications Manager
National Wildlife Refuge Association

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Webinar: Engage Your Audience With Stories

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

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Don’t you love a good story that engages your senses and makes you want to take action?

We’re wired for stories. From the very beginning, as individuals and as a species, we immerse ourselves in stories from the arrival of our children to reminiscing about family members who have passed.

The stories we tell about our organizations let folks know why we exist and the impact we’re having on those we serve. The stories we tell about the work being done on our refuges and hatcheries should motivate folks to care about and support these sites.

This webinar addressed:

  • Why storytelling is effective
  • Essential building blocks of a story
  • Types of stories needed
  • Finding and sharing your stories
  • Outcomes and measures

Here are the materials from the webinar:

We want to thank the presenters which were you, the Coalition of Refuge Friends, and Advocates/National Wildlife Refuge Association team

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