Allison Jones

Allison Jones

Content Crafter | Community Builder | Change Maker

Greater New York City Area
Writing and Editing

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Allison Jones's Overview

  • Editor at
  • Writer, Speaker, and Consultant at Nonprofits and Purpose-driven Professionals
  • External Affairs Manager at Explore Schools
  • Development Director at St. James School
  • Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) Coordinator at The Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Associate Producer at Yenza
  • Radio Rookie at WNYC Radio

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Allison Jones' Summary

My mom loves to tell this story about me: When I was eight, I asked her if cartoons were real. She told me they weren't and I stopped watching cartoons, preferring to focus on reading, writing, and telling my own stories.

Though she admired my inquisitive mind, she thinks she took something from my childhood---the joy of watching cartoons and getting excited like other kids.

I think she set me on a path that I am still following: Finding, creating, and sharing stories that inform and inspire. And for the past seven years I've been lucky enough to do this for innovative nonprofits.

Whether launching a new online publication or creating an organization's first annual report, I love helping nonprofits strengthen their brands, communities, and influence through thoughtful communications.

And, in case you're wondering, I've fallen back in love with cartoons (Bob's Burgers anyone?).

Get in touch if you want to work together or talk about content marketing, social media strategy, brand journalism, blogging, media relations, relationship building, and how to create a better world.

Allison Jones' Experience


Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2012Present (2 years 4 months) Greater New York City Area

Manage the social media and blog strategies for a global nonprofit that specializes in connecting people to jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships.

*Envisioned, launched, and currently manage successful job seeker publication. Featured in Huffington Post, Business Insider, Lifehacker, and more; receives 130,000 unique visitors each month; secured interviews with Peter Buffett, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and other thought leaders.

*Doubled size and engagement of Facebook and Twitter communities in one year and oversaw social media strategy for launch of Idealist Network for Action, resulting in #idealist trending on launch day.

*Recruit and manage 10+ volunteer contributors, an intern, and social/editorial calendar.

Writer, Speaker, and Consultant

Nonprofits and Purpose-driven Professionals

2010Present (4 years)

I write and present about how purpose-driven professionals can build careers that make a difference. My work has appeared in Forbes, Lifehacker, and more. I've presented at Demos, NYU, and other influential institutions on career paths for changemakers.

I also love helping nonprofits figure out how to use social media and content marketing to reach their goals.

To see the work I have done visit

External Affairs Manager

Explore Schools

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

July 2010June 2012 (2 years)

Developed and implemented fundraising and communications strategies and oversaw brand development for fast-growing charter school management nonprofit, serving over 1,500 students and 100 staff.

*Oversaw key branding initiatives including: a new tagline, organization’s first annual report, organization-wide outreach guidelines, frequent website and photo updates.

*Helped secure legal authorization for three charter schools and subsequent funding totaling over $1 million; required management of relationships with various stakeholders including funders, public officials, teachers, and parents.

*Launched and managed e-newsletter, which enjoyed a 40% open rate.

Development Director

St. James School

July 2008June 2010 (2 years)

Created and managed fundraising and marketing strategies at an inner-city Catholic school. Increased student enrollment by 5% in one year through new marketing initiatives. Secured more than $10,000 in funding for classroom enhancements and $23,000 for school support in one year by increasing community and donor engagement.

Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) Coordinator

The Village of Arts and Humanities

August 2007June 2008 (11 months)

Developed and managed a leadership training program for disadvantaged young people in Philadelphia. Increased participation in extra curricular activities for 80% of students, secured internships for 90% of students, and maintained at least 85% enrollment in program. Also worked on closely on grant reporting and monitoring for this program by co-planning funder visits and writing reports.

Associate Producer


January 2006August 2006 (8 months)

Invited by Peabody Award winning journalist to co-lead a journalism program in Cape Town, South Africa. Program encouraged disadvantaged youths to interview adults about apartheid for radio broadcasting. I developed curriculum, led workshops, edited interviews, and managed program finances.

Radio Rookie

WNYC Radio

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry

20032004 (1 year)

Allison Jones' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board Member

      LCU Fund for Women's Education
      • Education

      Recently joined the Board of Directors of The LCU Fund for Women's Education. We give grants to colleges and universities in New York City to cover the housing costs of women who are pursuing degrees in the arts and in public service.

    • Communications Co-Chair

      • Education

      Oversaw communications strategy for volunteer-run member-based organization that supports young nonprofit professionals in New York City.

      Increased social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, and increased member engagement by launching a monthly newsletter. Re-launched and oversaw organization's blog: In just three months I developed a committee of dedicated writers, implemented a content schedule, and saw an increase in web traffic generated, in part, from the content created by the blog.

Allison Jones' Publications

Allison Jones' Projects

  • Idealist Careers

    • February 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Allison Jones

    To better support our community of job seekers and changemakers, as well as strengthen Idealist's position as a great place for nonprofit jobs, I developed, launched, and currently manage Idealist Careers, an online publication that provides stories and tips on how to find, land, and love your social-impact career.

Allison Jones' Skills & Expertise

  1. Fundraising
  2. Blogging
  3. Editing
  4. Non-profits
  5. Non-profit Communications
  6. Grant Writing
  7. Program Development
  8. Event Planning
  9. Community Relations
  10. Social Media
  11. Social Networking
  12. Writing
  13. Strategic Communications
  14. Grants
  15. Communications Strategy
  16. Newsletters
  17. Nonprofits
  18. Program Evaluation
  19. Curriculum Design
  20. Media Relations
  21. Volunteer Management
  22. Public Speaking
  23. Community Outreach
  24. Training
  25. Community Development
  26. Program Management
  27. Research
  28. Journalism
  29. Marketing

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Allison Jones' Education

Haverford College

BA, Sociology


La Salle University

Certificate, Non Profit Fundraising

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