Glad to help nonprofits at PR Gives Back

Fun brainstorming communications strategies and tactics with local nonprofits at PR Gives Back today! The South Sound group of the PRSA Puget Sound Chapter and WA Nonprofits sponsored this free event at the STAR Center. It marks the third year the groups have held this event in the South Sound. I’ve also been involved in the other two events. It’s a great way to give back to the community with free public relations counseling.

Photo of PR Gives Back roundtable discussion

PR Gives Back roundtable discussion

About PR Gives Back

PR Gives Back is Cindy Sharpe’s gift to our region. Cindy Sharpe, APR, was involved in PR Gives Back in Tampa, FL. When she moved to Puget Sound, Cindy introduced this wonderful idea to us — thank you! PR professionals volunteer two hours of their time to help a nonprofit. About 20 nonprofits participate in each event. This year the event planning committee included Cindy, Jennifer Aalgaard, Victoria Lane, Libby Catalinich and Liz Glavish — thank you, all! Well done!

Last year, PR Gives Back was held in Seattle, and the event is planned to take place in Seattle again in early 2017. Watch the PRSA website for more details.

Nonprofits – register by April 6 to participate in GiveBIG

Nonprofits in the King County area — if you’d like to participate in the one-day online giving event called GiveBIG, please register with the Seattle Foundation by April 6. Many nonprofits in Pierce and Snohomish counties also participate.

In 2015, GiveBIG raised over $16 million in 24-hours to help local nonprofits in the areas of health, education, food, housing, environment and more. Social media helps encourage people to give generously on this one day. Many other organizations provide matches and additional funding.

Logo of GiveBIG

Custom logo that nonprofits can use to promote GiveBIG. Credit: Seattle Foundation.

The Seattle Foundation provides a toolkit of templates, logos and marketing materials to help nonprofits promote GiveBIG.

They also offer webinars to explain how to promote the event and make the most of “stretch funds.”

Here is a link to the online registration form due April 6. Best wishes!

 

Improve Tacoma and Pierce County with a Spark Grant

Neighborhood leaders and grassroots organizations can obtain up to $1500 to improve Tacoma and Pierce County with a Spark Grant. Grant applications are due by March 18.

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation awards these grants to “support everyday people who want to spark positive change.” South Sound Together sponsors this round of grants. Here is a look at the nine current Spark Grant projects.

Returning a trail back to the forest at Sehmel Homestead Park

Photo of volunteers at Sehmel Homestead Park

Volunteers take care of the trail at Sehmel Homestead Park.

Thank you to the volunteers who replaced an unwanted trail with rocks, branches and trees and planted new plants at Sehmel Homestead Park on Saturday. This “Art of Wilderness Gardening” returned the old trail back to the forest.

Photo of volunteer

Volunteers made a difference and had fun, too!

Great Peninsula Conservancy organized this “trail decommissioning” event and partnered with PenMet Parks, Pierce County Master Gardeners, WA Native Plant Society, and Gig Harbor High School. Thank you for your time and for making a difference in our parks and natural areas!

More pictures of the Nov. 7 trail stewardship day are available on Flickr and YouTube.

Disclaimer: Engage Northwest is a communications consultant for Great Peninsula Conservancy on this project.

Apply for a Strengthening Pierce County grant

Nonprofits can apply for a Strengthening Pierce County grant with The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Nonprofits should have annual operating budgets of less than $1 million and share the Foundation’s values of collaboration, leadership, integrity and innovation. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Apply online October 12, 2015 through January 12, 2016.

For more information:

Good luck!