Katie Ward

About Katie Ward

Katie is a graduate of Clemson University and a native of Denton, Maryland. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, running and visiting family and friends across the country. Katie’s passion for helping the Greenville community and her love of writing lead her to become Account Coordinator at DNA.

Learn to Engage Your Board in Fundraising on November 19

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership with Hollingsworth Funds, Community Foundation of Greenville, Graham Foundation and United Way of Greenville County, is pleased to announce that Kathy Hedge, executive director, author and nonprofit consultant from Washington, D.C., will present at Shine the Light’s “Leading for Sustainability.” This event is part of the 2014 Nonprofit […]

By |October 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Learn to Engage Your Board in Fundraising on November 19

DNA Presented at SCASA Conference

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a public relations and marketing agency for nonprofits in Greenville, SC, presented Recruiting via Social Media at the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) 2014 Personnel Fall Conference in Greenville on September 25.
“It is very important that school administrators are sharing appropriate, positive content about their districts on both […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Blog, Katie Ward, News, Press Releases, Social Media|Comments Off on DNA Presented at SCASA Conference

Expanding Leadership Beyond Your Walls

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership with the Hollingsworth Funds, Community Foundation of Greenville and United Way of Greenville County, hosted Expanding Leadership Beyond Your Walls, the third of a four-part series of Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums (STL), on September 9.

“It was great to see so many organizations discussing how they can collaborate […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits, Katie Ward, Nonprofit Seminars, Press Releases|Comments Off on Expanding Leadership Beyond Your Walls

Nelson Appointed to GADC Board

The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), the county-chartered organization tasked with promoting and enhancing the economic growth of Greenville County, has announced that Debbie Nelson has been appointed by Greenville County Council to an inaugural three-year terms on the GADC Board. Three other new board members join Nelson: Catherine Heigel, David Kelley and Charles […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on Nelson Appointed to GADC Board

DNA Talks Small Businesses Marketing

Debbie Nelson, founder and principal of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofit organizations, presented at the Bank of Travelers Rest Spring Joint Advisory Board Luncheon on May 20.

“I am always honored to share my experiences with the Greenville small business community,” said Nelson. “Incorporating marketing and […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Talks Small Businesses Marketing

How to Engage Your Audience with PowerPoint

If you’ve ever presented to an audience using PowerPoint, you know how difficult it can be to engage and keep the crowd focused. Aside from worrying about staying on time, remembering talking points and not fainting at the front of the room, presenters often worry about how to get the audience involved in the […]

By |March 17th, 2014|Blog, Creative and Design, How To, Katie Ward, Tips|Comments Off on How to Engage Your Audience with PowerPoint

DNA Presents to Clemson University Students

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented to a class of Clemson University communication studies students about stakeholder communications on March 3.

“Presenting to a class that I was sitting in as a student just two years ago is such a surreal feeling,” said Katie Ward, Account […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Public Relations|Comments Off on DNA Presents to Clemson University Students

DNA Presents at SCANPO Nonprofit Conference in Charleston

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented Get Your Nonprofit House in Order: Human Resources and Finance Strategies at the 2014 South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) Summit in February.

“Due to the success of this presentation during our Shine the Light on Your Nonprofit session […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Presents at SCANPO Nonprofit Conference in Charleston

DNA Presents to SC Recreation and Parks Association in Greer

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), the Upstate’s leading marketing and public relations firm for nonprofits, presented Telling and Selling Your Story to the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association (SCRPA) at their Southern Leisure Management and Trends Conference in Greer.

“We were honored to address this group of statewide leaders,” said Debbie Nelson, founder and president […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Presents to SC Recreation and Parks Association in Greer

New Year’s Resolutions for Non-profits

A new year brings change and opportunity for people. They set “New Year’s Resolutions” for a healthier diet, to exercise more often, practice their religion, read more books, etc. But what about nonprofit organizations? What types of resolutions should they make for the New Year? We have a few ideas…

Join a networking or industry-related […]

By |December 31st, 2013|Blog, Katie Ward, Non-Profit Resources, Tips|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions for Non-profits

10 Reasons We are Thankful at DNA

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided to share our “thankfulness” in the office for all of the support and guidance we received this year during our Shine the Light workshops. Everyone feels the urge to give back around this time, so we want to recognize those who gave to us year-around, allowing us […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Blog, Katie Ward|Comments Off on 10 Reasons We are Thankful at DNA

Pulling An “All-Nighter” For Upstate Nonprofits

Here at DNA Creative Communications, we’re always in the spirit of giving – even in the “off-holiday seasons.” DNA has dedicated many hours of pro bono work to nonprofits since our creation in 1997. Annually, DNA offers our Live Here Give Here (LHGH) program in which we partner with a nonprofit to donate our […]

By |November 25th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Pulling An “All-Nighter” For Upstate Nonprofits

DNA Receives Six SCIABC 2013 Palmetto Awards

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a Greenville public relations and marketing firm, received six awards from the South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (SCIABC) on November 7 in Columbia, SC.

“We are humbled and honored to have been recognized with six outstanding awards from the SCIABC,” said Debbie Nelson, president and founder […]

By |November 13th, 2013|News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Receives Six SCIABC 2013 Palmetto Awards

2013 Upstate CreateAthon Participants Announced

DNA Creative Communications Provides Free Marketing to Three Upstate Non-profits in 24 Hours

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a Greenville public relations and marketing firm, announces Greer Community Ministries, Greenville County Youth Orchestras and REACH Upstate as the 2013 Upstate CreateAthon participants. The 24-hour event will be held on October 24 & 25, 2013.

“DNA has always […]

By |October 9th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on 2013 Upstate CreateAthon Participants Announced

The Importance of Social Media Listening

With today’s technological advances, communications professionals can “listen” with more than just their ears.

Social media provides those in the public relations field with information we couldn’t gather in traditional ways, such as time of day, day of week, demographics, and negative and positive correlations. Certain programs have enhanced the insights we use to […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Blog, News, Social Media, Strategy, Web|Comments Off on The Importance of Social Media Listening

Ward Joins DNA Creative Communications Team

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) recently welcomed Katie Ward, of Denton, MD, as new Account Coordinator to their team. Katie’s responsibilities include the overall service and profitability for non-profit accounts, specifically public relations and marketing materials.

“I’m looking forward to using my skills to benefit the greater Greenville community,” said Ward. “My experience as an intern […]

By |July 26th, 2013|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on Ward Joins DNA Creative Communications Team

Call for 2013 Upstate CreateAthon Applications

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), a Greenville public relations and marketing firm, announces its launch of the 2013 CreateAthon as the first partner agency in the Upstate. The event will be held on October 24 & 25, 2013.

CreateAthon is a 24-hour, work-around the clock creative blitz during which communications firms across the world provide nonprofit […]

By |July 24th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Call for 2013 Upstate CreateAthon Applications

DNA Seminar Brings Funders and Non-Profits Together

Shine the Light on Your Non-profit 
DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in partnership with Hollingsworth Funds, Inc, the Community Foundation of Greenville and United Way of Greenville County, held an educational session, “The Funder/Grantee Dynamic: A Candid Conversation,” as a part of their “Shine the Light on Your Non-profit” series June 13 at the Kroc Community […]

By |June 17th, 2013|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits, Non-Profit Resources, Nonprofit Seminars|Comments Off on DNA Seminar Brings Funders and Non-Profits Together

Utilizing Pinterest for your Non-Profit

“Pin” Your Non-Profit to the Top
In today’s digital world there are multiple platforms to share your non-profit’s information with followers, sponsors and donors. Finding the most creative way to distribute content is often key to success. Most non-profits are on Facebook and Twitter to update followers through posts, images and video. But has your […]

By |June 7th, 2013|Blog, Katie Ward, Social Media, Web|Comments Off on Utilizing Pinterest for your Non-Profit

Debbie Nelson Receives AAF Silver Medal Award

DNA Creative Communications is pleased to announce that founder and president of DNA Creative Communications, Debbie Nelson, was awarded the Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Greenville. The Silver Awards dinner took place May 15, 2013 at the Commerce Club.

The Silver Medal Award is the highest honor a local AAF […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on Debbie Nelson Receives AAF Silver Medal Award

DNA’s Non-Profit Seminar Series Announced

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) is excited to announce that their 2013 “Shine the Light on Your Non-Profit” educational series will begin in June with its first session “The Funder/Grantee Dynamic: A Candid Conversation.”

“The Funder/Grantee Dynamic” will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.- noon, at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps […]

By |May 13th, 2013|News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA’s Non-Profit Seminar Series Announced

SC Public Relations Awards given to DNA by SCPRSA

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) received six awards at the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA) Run for the Mercury awards banquet that was held at The Loft at Falls Park in Downtown Greenville. DNA was recognized for their exceptional programs and projects they implemented for their clients over the 2012 year.

The banquet, […]

By |May 2nd, 2013|Greenville Nonprofits, Press Releases, Public Relations|Comments Off on SC Public Relations Awards given to DNA by SCPRSA