Causality is now accepting grant applications for Fall 2011!

Causality is now accepting applications for the 2011 Fall Causality Brand Grant. The application pdf is now available for download here.

Causality offers full and matching service grants to help nonprofits and good causes access our branding, marketing and interactive services at no or low cost. Our grants help organizations build capacity with dynamic and sustainable tools to help elevate their brand communications and enhance their ability to serve their constituents. Causality will select a minimum of three of organizations to receive these service grants—past awards have been ranged in value from $1,000 – $45,000.

The Causality Brand Grant provides the following:
• Brand Development and Messaging
• Marketing and Fundraising Communications
• Web Site Design and Development, Email Marketing and Social Media Integration

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 start-up nonprofits. Please share this information with anyone who may benefit from this grant.

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

The grant application deadline is October 31, 2011. If you have and questions please contact me at 888-999-5592 extension 107 or terri@thinkcausality.com.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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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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Dynamic event branding makes for successful fundraising

JDRF

Steve Gaines Creative Director
We are pleased be able to finally unveil the event branding for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Seattle Guild’s 21st Annual Dream Gala. This year’s gala theme was Denim, Diamonds and Dreams and the event was held March 6th at the Seattle Sheraton.

The event is the largest of several events held annually by the Guild to raise funds in support of it’s mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The evening started with silent and wine auctions followed by dinner and live auction and culminating with an impressive entertainment guest—Lyle Lovett (we love Lyle!).

The Causality team developed the event branding and provided design execution of all of the event collateral including the save the date mailer, the invitation, the event catalog, notepads, name tags, signage, onscreen graphics, bags and even a custom wine bottle design. This event draws a large audience and raises an impressive amount of money—even Terri got into the action and walked away from the event with two nice pieces of jewelry from Seattle area artisans.

Most important is the success and impact of the event. The JDRF Seattle Guild announced that the 21st Annual Dream Gala Denim, Diamond and Dreams raised $3,008,000 for vital diabetes research!

Do good, help others, go home happy!

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Sayles into the sunset

Steve Gaines Creative Director
With the ramp up of Causality I admit I have been out of the loop on news, so I was a little slow on the draw learning today that Sayles Graphic Design of Des Moines, Iowa closed up shop in September. While you may not be familiar with them, their work inspired, and to some extent, influenced me as a designer. I had the privilege of meeting John Sayles and Sheree Clark when they were speakers at a CASSA (Communications Arts Society of San Antonio) event many years ago. As an officer on the CASSA board I met some great design professionals but being able to talk with John was a profound moment for a (much younger) creative professional getting a business off the ground. I found we had a lot in common and saw a design idol as someone who dealt with the same issues that I did.

The economy didn’t sink them. They were still on the top of their game. It appears that John and Sheree had just reached a point where they were looking for something different, something to take them to a next phase in their lives. As someone who has recently wrestled with issues of a greater sense of purpose, I have to salute them for their decision.

However, the designer in me laments their moving on. Good luck John and Sheree.

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