Non-Profit Management

CAEAR Coalition

CAEAR Coalition, a national membership organization representing Ryan White Program grantees, service providers, and consumers, is a leading voice for a strong federal response to the domestic AIDS crisis. For seven years, High Noon Communications has managed the daily operations of the coalition. Working closely with the volunteer board of directors from across the country and a government relations firm, High Noon is responsible for:

  • financial management;
  • dues collection;
  • planning quarterly member and board meetings;
  • developing advocacy and outreach materials;
  • coordinating quarterly constituent advocacy days;
  • development and maintenance of the website; and
  • grant writing.

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Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services

The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) is a coalition of community members and health departments from urban jurisdictions highly impacted by HIV/AIDS.  High Noon:

  • plans quarterly coalition meetings, including
    • site location;
    • on-site coordination and venue liaison;
    • participant travel; and
    • program and materials development;
  • manages organizational finances and budgets;
  • supports leadership in management of a federal grant; and
  • is leading the development of the organizational website.

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U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated through a variety of avenues, including the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ and numerous education initiatives. High Noon worked with USGBC to develop and implement the inaugural year of its Excellence in Green Building Education Awards Program. High Noon:

  • distilled USGBC's early efforts to develop the awards program into a report to guide further discussions;
  • facilitated numerous discussions to build consensus among the awards task force on key program components including the awards' goals, criteria, and submission requirements;
  • wrote a final report outlining the task force’s decisions for presentation and approval;
  • developed the judging criteria and process;
  • managed the submission process and organized entries for judging;
  • prepared rating sheets, tabulated results, and wrote a synopsis;
  • facilitated the judging process; and
  • notified winners and prepared an analysis of lessons-learned.

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Communications and Marketing

American Oceans Campaign

American Oceans Campaign (now merged with Oceana) was a national organization dedicated to building public awareness about ocean conservation and implementing stronger protections for the world’s oceans. High Noon Communications conducted a communications audit of all organizational materials and developed and implemented a series of recommendations to create a unified, more professional set of materials. Specific products included uniform guidelines for logo usage and templates for newsletters, a new organizational brochure , issue-specific brochures and fact sheets, several editions of the newsletter and a calendar of publications. 

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Health Care of Southeastern Massachusetts

HCSM is a non-profit health and human service organization serving communities across Massachusetts. High Noon Communications worked with HCSM to convert an in-person training for substance abuse professionals into an on-line training course in under two months.

While HCSM had an existing website, it had no on-line training capabilities. High Noon developed a site structure and design that meshed with the existing HCSM website while establishing an identity for the on-line training center. High Noon built the site, including on-line registration, pre- and post-testing and homework submission, and formatted and posted the weekly lectures, reading assignments, and homework questions.

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Health Privacy Project

The Health Privacy Project is dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of health privacy and the role it plays in improving health care access and quality. High Noon wrote and/or produced a number of educational and policy-related documents that reinforced the project’s position as a leading resource for both consumers and policy makers. Specific tasks included:

  • writing and production of Exposed: A Health Privacy Primer for Consumers;
  • production of The State of Health Privacy: An Uneven Terrain (A Comprehensive Survey of State Health Privacy Statutes);
  • organizing a national consumers’ summit on new federal health privacy regulations; and
  • editing Genetics and Privacy: A Patchwork of Protections and three volumes of Implementing the Health Privacy Rule in California.

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International AIDS Conference

The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, bringing together over 20,000 researchers, journalists, and activists. High Noon has been a member of the conference communications team for three conferences— 2006, 2008 and 2010. Among the services High Noon has provided in the lead up to the conferences are input and editorial support on the conference communications and marketing plans, production of the invitation program and outreach materials, development of PowerPoint presentations, preparation and placement of print and online advertisements, and development and implementation of the social media strategy, including the first conference blog. High Noon has also provided on-site support in the conference media center. Tasks have included:

  • writing official daily press releases and press conference talking points;
  • coordinating the daily newsletter;
  • handling social media (Twitter, Facebook, blog)
  • fielding media inquiries;
  • managing the document center; and
  • staffing press conferences with conference leadership and notable guests, including President Bill Clinton and Bill and Melinda Gates.

High Noon provided similar support for the 5th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx)

MAPRx is a coalition of patient, family caregiver, and health professional organizations committed to safeguarding the well-being of patients with chronic diseases and disabilities under Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. High Noon Communications has worked with MAPRx since the introduction of the prescription drug program to implement strategies to raise awareness of the program and to connect beneficiaries to information that can help them make informed decisions about their participation in the program. High Noon:

  • developed, built, and maintains a website that easily links to a wide variety of resources;
  • conducted extensive media outreach for the website that resulted in placements in a number of major newspapers, including the Washington Post, LA Times, and Seattle Times;
  • developed and implemented a strategy to outreach to Congressional offices with information and materials to help them respond to constituent inquires;
  • developed an electronic outreach kit to encourage applications for the program’s low-income subsidy; and
  • produces a variety of educational materials. including a question-and-answer document sent to benefits counselors nationwide.

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Meeting Planning

Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for the Technical Arts

During his November 2005 visit to Washington, DC, the Dalai Lama visited the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts, a public charter school in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood. High Noon Communications managed the logistical arrangements for the Dalai Lama’s visit to the school, including event coordination, development of the program, and liaison with State Department security. High Noon also managed press relations for the visit, including creating a media advisory, press release, and packet, and managing all on-site media.

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Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI)

CDFI is a national network of community development loan funds, banks, credit unions, microenterprise lenders, and others devoted to extending capital, credit and financial services to low-income communities across the nation. High Noon Communications worked with CDFI Coalition for four years to organize its annual conference. High Noon:

  • managed the registration processs, including developing online registration capabilities and tracking;
  • planned meeting logistics and served as liaison with meeting venue staff; and
  • staffed the three-day meeting.

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Endangered Species Coalition

As the guardian of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) speaks on endangered species issues for some 360 environmental, conservation, religious, scientific, humane, sporting and business groups around the country. High Noon Communications planned ESC’s silver anniversary gala.  Responsibilities included venue research, menu selection, event invitation and program development, RSVP management, award selection, liaison with event honorees, and on-site logistics.

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National Cancer Registrars Association

The National Cancer Registrars Association is a not-for-profit association representing cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars. NCRA's primary focus is education and certification with the goal to ensure all Cancer Registry professionals have the required knowledge to be superior in their field. To that end, NCRA hosts an annual educational conference attended by more than 1,200 cancer registrars. High Noon Communications manages the exhibit hall at the conference and is responsible for:

  • exhibit booth marketing and sales;
  • communication with exhibitors; and
  • on-site oversight of all exhibitor logistics.

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National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit

The National AIDS Housing Coalition’s (NAHC) advances the creation, development, management and growth of housing for people living with HIV/AIDS by educating legislators and public policy makers about the need for housing programs and encouraging new initiatives and better coordination between federal agencies. To that end, NAHC organizes a national research summit bringing together researchers and policy makers. High Noon managed key components of the Summit. High Noon:

  • managed registration, including organizing online registration capabilities, preparing weekly registration reports, and responding to enquiries;
  • planned meeting logistics, including food and beverage, A/V, room set-ups, and signage, and serving as the pre-event contact with hotel personnel;
  • monitored and updated the budget;
  • prepared and produced meeting materials, including a CD with key research documents and reports and the meeting binder; and
  • managed on-site logistics.

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Writing & Editing

Fight for Children

Fight For Children is an independent, not-for-profit organization that recognizes, promotes, and cultivates quality education for low-income children in Washington, DC. High Noon has edited several Fight For Children publications including the report  Every DC Child a Champion and its 2009 annual report.

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International AIDS Society

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 14,000 members from more than 190 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. High Noon manages the writing and production of the IAS’s quarterly newsletter, developing the editorial calendar, assigning and writing articles, editing text, selecting photos and managing production (July 2010, March 2010, November 2009). High Noon also updated the organizational brochure and edited the 2009 annual report.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program supports medical care and support services for uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS across the U.S. High Noon has produced a number of materials for several clients on policy, programmatic and historical aspects of the program.

High Noon drafted significant portions of a federal website on the history of program, including the story of its initial legislative passage and the creation and development of each of the program’s five components: Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D, and Part F. To prepare the histories, High Noon interviewed a number of the key players, analyzed the legislative history and Congressional record, and reviewed dozens of news stories.

High Noon also wrote editions of CAREAction, the newsletter of the federal agency that manages the program. The topics included quality care standards and mental health and HIV.

Working with CAEAR Coalition, High Noon has produced a number of policy analyses and proposals related to the program over the past ten years. Notable among them are Congressional testimony, analyses and implications of program funding patterns, and legislative proposals.

Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit research and education organization representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. High Noon has written press releases to market and promote ULI publications, including Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a Sustainable Future and Getting Density Right: Tools for Creating Vibrant Compact Development.

U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. High Noon has worked closely with USGBC staff and outside consultants in the writing and editing of USGBC publications, including several with a focus on building greener, healthier schools and campuses. In addition to editing the documents, High Noon was recognized as a contributing author on some volumes, crafting executive summaries and ensuring that language and structure were geared to the targeted audiences. The publications include: