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Charity Spring Digest: New Site Promotes Your Charity's Contest on Twitter

Saturday edition of the the Charity Spring Patch Digest

Patch Tips: Patch U Internships for College Students!

Patch U launched in September 2010 with the mission of developing strong relationships with students, faculty, and career services offices on college and university campuses around the country. Through these relationships The Patch hopes to give students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience working with a Patch site as interns, student freelancers or bloggers. Learn much more here.

Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

The annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge invites teams of students and their adult advisors to tackle local (K-5), regional (6-8), and global (9-12) environmental problems or issues and find replicable green solutions. This year's challenge will award prizes totaling more than $300,000. Now entering its fifth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens FoundationDiscovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association, and the College Board. The program invites entries from students and team advisors (who must be full- or part-time school employees) in the United States. A panel of environmental experts and science educators will judge teams based on their research, analysis, and the potential of their solution to be replicated on a larger scale. (Deadline 3/5/13)

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through Environmental Solutions for Communities, a new grant program designed to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects of 18 months. (Deadline 12/3/12)

NEH Grants: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. Planning grants up to $40,000; implementation grants up to $350,000. This initiative is meant to help cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. (Deadline 12/4/12)

NIH is seeking proposals for research on how the elderly have been affected by the recent financial crisis or comparable elements of past economic downturns. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum funding period is 5 years. (Deadline 1/7/13)

Fairfield County Charity & Donor News

Gov. Malloy designates Nov. 15th as National Philanthropy Day® in Connecticut. 

The CT Association of Nonprofits has its Tenth Annual Nonprofit Conference on November 19, 2012.The day will showcase the success and perseverance of the nonprofit sector in Connecticut.

Donor Relations

How the next generation of wealth is revolutionizing philanthropy as we know it.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

How social impact bonds help investors bridge philanthropy and business goals.

Six cause marketing campaigns you can learn from.

Media Tips

The State of the News Media (the annual report on American journalism).

Social Media Tips

Competwition is a FREE website that enables brands such as your charity to upload a competition, which they then promote to their 71,000+ Twitter followers, with a high majority being from the USA. Even better, once users enter your Competwition, they will automatically follow your company's Twitter account and auto tweet a message of your choice. Competwition features competitions from around the world with brands regularly gaining over 2,000 Twitter followers with a single competition. Even a number of celebrities are utilizing this powerful tool.

Thought for the Day

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research in this good TED talk on vulnerability.

Charity Spring

See what nearly 2,500 people around the world are reading at Charity Spring (live since October 4th). For many additional links to help you build financial support and awareness for your Fairfield County cause see the Charity Spring Patch Digest homepage.

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