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Thanking You and the Community

WfddlinkupdateEvery non-profit has unmet needs in reaching its potential or in achieving specific unfunded opportunities. Excalibur, with a 40-year history of community engagement, has awarded nine grants totaling more than $40,000-worth of pro bono direct marketing services to help deserving organizations motivate donors and prospects.

Eligibility:   The Excalibur Community Grant was made available to any non-profit organization in the geographic area the company services, with preference to those having direct impact on North Carolina, without regard to being a client of Excalibur.

Criteria Used for Grant Approval:  Grant requests were reviewed by a panel of independent community members with expertise in marketing and fundraising.  Grant recipients were selected based on the clarity of their request and the demonstrated impact that Excalibur’s services can help realize.  Grants are intended to help organizations accomplish unmet needs or strategic goals, not to support general operating budgets or programs.

Grant Results: Sixty-five non-profit organizations in North Carolina submitted applications for the grants. “We had an overwhelming response to our 40th Anniversary Community Grants Program,” said Mary Craig Tennille, vice president of Excalibur’s Advancement division. “We received more than $600,000 in funding requests. Obviously, the need is great in our non-profit community for additional funding for a variety of deserving programs.”

Grants have been awarded to the nine organizations listed below to help meet unmet needs; improve existing efforts; expand programs, services or geography; better promote targeted messages; achieve unfunded strategic goals; increase base of donors or audience; increase efficiencies and effectiveness of communications; or raise awareness.

2014 Grant Recipients and Scope of Work

Arts For Life (Weaverville, NC): Fundraising consulting to help capitalize on a growing fundraising event.

Augustine Literacy Project (Winston-Salem, NC): Marketing consulting and materials to help increase awareness of their newly branded entity.

Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC): Annual Fund strategic planning and materials development to address new and current donors.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County (Winston-Salem, NC): Marketing project aimed to increase younger generation of volunteers and donors.

North Carolina Black Repertory Company (Winston-Salem, NC): Database consultation to enhance the organization’s future growth.

Safe Harbor Rescue Mission (Hickory, NC): Marketing project to help grow an untapped source of funds for the organization.

SECU Family House (Winston-Salem, NC): Database analysis and giving program to help a growing program expand to the next level and increase donor retention rates.

Winston-Salem Piano Teachers’ Association (Winston-Salem, NC): Marketing program for an annual event that promotes and benefits music students through scholarship funding.

Yadkin Arts Council/Willingham Theatre (Yadkinville, NC): Marketing project to support and grow an arts-based organization outside Forsyth County, as well as to increase the age range of event attendees and donors.

“I’ve always been passionate about achieving our clients’ goals and collaborating with business, arts, education and non-profit leaders to make good things happen for our communities,” said J.D. Wilson, founder and president of Excalibur. “Our growth and success in business is a happy byproduct of our commitment to delivering results for our clients and communities.” 

For additional information, please contact us at 336.744.5000, or via grants@excaliburdirect.com