Establishing the Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications

The Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications will provide opportunities for college students to learn about and engage in the practice of strategic communications at nonprofits actively engaged in social change. The program will embrace diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, disadvantaged socioeconomic status, and first-generation college students, so that the field of public interest communications reflects multiple perspectives and experiences. The program honors the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as vice president for communications for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Karel was dedicated to expanding and diversifying the field of public interest communications; this program will further those goals. The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington (Roundtable) will select 5 fellows in the first year and up to 15 fellows in the second year and subsequent years for summer fellowships that will typically take place between their third and fourth years in college. Each fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend--$1,500 will be provided through a fund set up by the Roundtable and $1,500 will be matched by the nonprofit organization that accepts and hosts the fellow. At least one fellow will come from the University of Florida, Karel's alma mater and the home of the nation's first chair in public interest communications, in the University's College of Journalism and Communications. Fellows will attend a capstone event at the University of Florida each fall upon completion of their summer fellowship to discuss and present their experiences with fellow students and representatives from sponsoring colleges and universities and from their host institutions.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2012

Time frame: 7/15/2012 - 7/14/2014

Grant Number: 69824


Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington Inc.

1201 15th Street, N.W., Suite 420
Washington, 20005-2842


Amy Fishman
Project Director