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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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.

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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.

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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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New event brand has special meaning to Causality


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Steve Gaines Creative Director
We are pleased to reveal the event branding for the upcoming 9th Annual Family Retreat for Children’s Hemiplegia & Stroke Association (CHASA) to be held in Florence, Alabama. CHASA is the first non-profit organization in North America to offer information and support to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy. This is our second year of branding this event and the organization has a special place in our hearts—one of our dear friend’s son, Evan, suffered a stroke shortly after birth. Evan is a vibrant, fun little guy who isn’t letting the effects of his stroke slow him down.

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