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 Spring/Summer 2011 awards

We received an overwhelming 166 qualifying grant applications for the Causality Brand Grant Spring/Summer 2011 cycle. Each and every organization was simply amazing and we wish we could be of service to all.

We are pleased to announce the following grant awards:

The Full grant recipients are:
Tiny Diamond Earrings
Hope Luncheon
Pemaquid Watershed Association
Redeeming Soles

The Matching grant recipients are:
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston-Harris County
Dreams R Us
Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County
Florida Certified Organic Growers
Forever Jordan Foundation
Low Vision Resource Center
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque
Washington Homeownership Resource Center
Positive Perspective Mentors & Educational Services
The Society for the Increase of the Ministry
Solar San Antonio
St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School

All grant awards are conditioned upon a mutually agreeable scope of work and timeline.

All applicants will receive an individual email during the week of July 18th to further explain their application status:

• Grant recipients will receive details on next steps.

• Applicants not awarded a grant will receive details on how to get application feedback and the option to pursue matching service grants based on availability.

The next grant application cycle will launch in September, to automatically receive the application by email be sure you have opted in at www.causalitybrandgrant.com.

Thanks to all who applied!

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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 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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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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