Non-profit Groups Encouraged to Apply for Pro Bono Scholarships

For immediate release                                  Contact:    Ed Barks
Monday, April 8, 2019                                                      (540) 955-0600

Organizations that do good work in their communities deserve a break. As part of its commitment to giving back, Barks Communications has issued new pro bono scholarship guidelines.

Barks offers scholarships to non-profit groups seeking help with their communications strategy. The grant typically takes the form of a keynote speech by President Ed Barks to the group’s members. In certain cases, he may offer a consultation with senior leadership, a seminar, or a communications training mini-workshop.

As the guidelines read, “Ed Barks is pleased to offer his services to certain non-profit, educational, and charitable organizations on a pro bono basis. He donates his time and talents to causes he believes in and organizations he views as effective advocates.”

“We make the submission process easy,” Barks said. “There are no tedious forms to fill out. Applicants simply need to explain briefly why they want our help, what services they seek, and some basic background about their organization.”

In order to ensure the organization is serious about its needs and committed to the program, Barks requests some courtesies in return. “It doesn’t need to impact their budget since funds are tight for most non-profit groups,” he added.

For example, the group might allow Barks to invite a small number of guests to its program, introduce him to its board members and other affiliated influencers, and grant the right to use videos and photos taken at the event by the organization. The guidelines contain a menu of suggestions from which applicants may choose. Or they may put forth creative ideas of their own.

The pro bono scholarship guidelines are available upon request to bona fide charitable and non-profit organizations. Interested groups are invited to submit requests for pro bono scholarships in writing.

Ed Barks works with communications and government relations executives who counsel their C-suite leaders, and with businesses and associations that need their messaging to deliver bottom line results. They gain an enhanced reputation, more opportunities for career advancement, and achievement of long-term business goals. He is the author of A+ Strategies for C-Suite Communications: Turning Today’s Leaders into Tomorrow’s Influencers and The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications since 1997, he has taught more than 5000 business leaders, association executives, and other experts how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and advocate before policymakers.