The Causality Spring/Summer Brand Grant application is available!

The Causality Spring/Summer Brand Grant is open!

Causality offers full and matching service grants to help nonprofits and good causes access branding, marketing and interactive services at no or low cost. Causality will select a minimum of three of organizations to receive these grants, awarded as professional branding and marketing services, valued at $1,000 – $35,000 or more. These grants help organizations build capacity with dynamic and sustainable tools to help elevate their branding, marketing and interactive communications and enhance their ability to serve their constituents. We awarded a record number of grants during the Winter 2011 cycle to organizations across the US.

The Causality Brand Grant is a services grant that encompasses the full range of brand marketing and creative services that we provide on a regular basis:
• Brand Development and Messaging
• Marketing and Fundraising Communications
• Web Site Design and Development
• Email and Social Marketing

The Causality Brand Grant is available for a broad range of organizations that contribute to the greater good including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, social enterprises, education, faith-based and other “mission-driven” entities including start-up nonprofits who have not yet received 501(c)(3) status.

Questions? Detailed answers to frequently asked questions are available in a simple FAQ format on our web site at www.causalitybrandgrant.com.

Our next grant deadline is June 30, 2011. Please visit www.causalitybrandgrant.com to download the grant application pdf. If you have questions about our Service Grants, the application process or Causality please contact Terri Gaines at 888-999-5592 extension 107 or terri@thinkcausality.com.

If you work with multiple organizations or know others who may benefit from this opportunity, please feel free to share this information.

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Causality Brand Grant Winter grant announcement

Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding as we reviewed the Causality Brand Grant Winter applications—we received an unprecedented 115 applications, all from very worthy and impressive organizations. We are also able to award an unprecedented number of grants. We are pleased to offer Full and Matching services grants the following organizations:

Full Grants
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington
Community Voice Mail National
Families & Friends of Missing Persons & Violent Crime Victims
Pike Market Senior Center/Downtown Food Bank
Sea Scavenger Conservancy
Talking Talons Youth Leadership
WeSNIP

Matching Grants:
Allied Arts of Whatcom County
Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
Cancer Care Services
Cup of Change
Eastside Baby Corner
Explorations Academy Online
Grassroots.org
Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center
Imagine NW!
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
NAVOS
North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center
New Horizons Ministries
OSPREY Village
SAMMinistries
Village Community Services

These grant awards are conditioned upon a mutually agreeable scope of work and executed client agreement.

An individual email will go out to each and every applicant tomorrow, April 5 to formally award the grants and to notify those not chosen this grant cycle. Grant recipients will receive details on next steps for accepting the grant and how to proceed.Those not chosen this grant cycle will receive details on their status during evaluation, getting application feedback and what remaining capacity we may have regarding the matching service grants.

Thanks to all who applied!

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Causality Brand Grant – Winter 2011 cycle is open!

Whether you’ve been shoveling snow after a blizzard, scraping ice off your car windows or just enjoying a latté by the fireplace—there’s no doubt it’s still winter. But there’s no reason to let the cold get to you—it means it’s time for our Winter grant cycle!

The Causality Brand Grant Winter 2011 grant cycle is now open! Causality will select a minimum of three of organizations to receive full or matching service grants, valued at $1,000 – $35,000 or more that can be applied towards brand marketing and fundraising communications services to be performed by Causality. We awarded a record number of grants during the Fall 2010 cycle! Fall grantees include iSanctuary, Queens Council on the Arts, Faith in Action, NW Furniture Bank, Mentoring Matters, New Jersey Audubon, Knox Parks Foundation and Path With Art.

The Causality Brand Grant is available for a broad range of organizations and causes that contribute to the greater good including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, social enterprises, education, faith-based and other “mission-driven” organizations including start-up nonprofits who have not yet filed for 501(c)(3) status.

A Causality Brand Grant may be used for:

• Brand strategy
• Name development
• Brand/logo design and development
• Message development (tagline, elevator speech, key messages)
• Event branding
• Marketing / Fundraising materials: appeal/annual fund/capital campaign/major gift
• Web site design and development with functional tools and SEO e-marketing/social media tools
• Publications: magazines, newsletters, e-newsletters, annual reports

Questions? Detailed answers to frequently asked questions are available in a simple FAQ format on our web site at www.causalitybrandgrant.com.

Visit www.causalitybrandgrant.com to download the grant application pdf or email Terri Gaines at terri@thinkcausality.com for more information. If you work with multiple organizations or know others who may benefit from this opportunity, please feel free to share this information.

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Grant opportunity – Fall 2010

The Causality Brand Grant

Causality is launching the Fall 2010 grant selection process. This Fall, Causality will select a minimum of three of organizations to receive full or matching service grants, valued at $1,000 – $10,000 or more that can be applied towards brand marketing and fundraising communications services with Causality. The Spring 2010 grantees included Humane Society of Central Texas, Childhood Stroke Network’s Pediatric Stroke Stroll, Romance in a Can Film Festival and PugetSoundoff.org.

Are you looking for someone to:

  • Develop a clear brand strategy to help your organization have a greater impact?
  • Implement communications tools that connect and inspire action?
  • Maximize the effectiveness of online tools to reach out to your constituents?
  • Identify and connect with new donors in a relevant way?

A Causality Brand Grant may be used for:

  • Brand audit
  • Brand strategy
  • Brand/logo design and development
  • Marketing materials
  • Web site design and development with built in functional tools and SEO
  • e-marketing/social media tools and strategy
  • Event branding
  • Fundraising tools: appeal/annual fund/capital campaign materials

Grant applications are now being accepted until November 15, 2010.

To apply for a Causality Brand Grant visit www.causalitybrandgrant.com.

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Behind the scenes on the Boysville shoot

Steve Gaines Creative Director

Hopefully you have had the chance to see our recent Boysville spot. We are proud of it on a number of levels. First, we think it is a strong idea that our client let us run with. Two, we pulled it off on a small budget. Three, it turned my oldest son, Aidan, into a big-headed superstar. And lastly, but certainly not least, was the generous spirit of the talented people who worked on this project and all the great kids (and the parents who waited in the heat) who made this project a reality.

Our small crew included:

Coe Douglas, a true friend of Causality and writer who polished our idea and also acted as best boy/key grip/gaffer and all those titles we see in movies and don’t understand what they are.

Rick Lopez shot and edited the spot and suggested ideas that made the spot better. Without his time and effort we would have had a hard time producing a spot of this quality.

Rudy Ortiz, one of our art directors, who brought his niece and cousin as talent and helped out when we needed an extra pair of hands.

And I was there, to basically be bossy and say, ‘Read this line. Again. Again. Again.’

So in honor to those who made our shoot possible, we share these following photos with you.

crew1

Notice Rick’s homemade yet highly effective dolly system.

script

Here we are reviewing and assigning the speaking parts—using short reads to weave our story. Always remember, if you are going to use volunteer talent, don’t give them the Gettysburg Address to read.

crew2

My son stealing the show—and he hasn’t been the same since.

katie

We had a great location that made for a beautiful backdrop. We did have a few challenges. The day was windy and played havoc with audio and the park is located in the airport’s flight path—even more audio fun. There also tends to be all those inconveniences that come with people using a park—and walking into your shot or speaking, screaming and otherwise having a good time.

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