GRANT RECIPIENT MEDIA KIT

Congratulations on your grant from CFHoCo!

Your program is important and worthy of media attention. Publicity and media coverage will help ensure the success of the funded project, your organization and the Community Foundation of Howard County. To help you communicate the impact of your work, we have provided a Grant Recipient Media Kit.

CFHoCo is always interested in capturing the stories of our grantees. Telling your story helps to tell our story! Compelling storytelling helps communicate to our donors the importance of supporting projects like yours. We often feature stories of our grantees in our marketing materials, including our newsletters and annual report. If you have a story that you would like to share, please contact Dan Flynn, Director of Development, Marketing & Communications or Dee Athey, Director of Grants and Community Engagement.

The following materials are intended for the use of CFHoCo grantees and will help you get the recognition your project and organization deserve. Here are some suggested ways to announce your project’s grant award:

RECOGNITION

Please acknowledge the Foundation’s support with our name and logo in publications, programs and signage for any event or presentation funded that received grant funding.

Please always use our full name—Community Foundation of Howard County—when referencing the Foundation. Where possible, please include the written acknowledgement below as well as the logo:

This grant was made possible by the Community Foundation of Howard County.

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This project was funded (or funded in part) by a grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County.

LOGO USE

  • There are two logo versions in both color and reversed out white logo for use on a dark background. Use whichever best fits your publication preserving original colors. Place the logo upright and do not alter it in any way. Acceptable use of the Foundation’s logo includes, but is not limited to: websites and social media channels; newspaper ads, TV ads; newsletters, postcards, brochures.
  • We encourage you to use the CFHoCo logo where suitable.
  • If your received funding from a specific fund (such as Youth in Philanthropy or Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County) please contact Dan Flynn in order to receive the correct logo.

PRESS RELEASE

  • Issue a press release announcing the grant award, always try to include pictures of the program and check presentation, along with the CFHoCo logo and the logo of your organization.
  • Utilize the Sample Press Release as a guideline. We are happy to provide a quote for your press release. Please email us to request a quote from a Community Foundation representative.
  • Consider hosting events to mark your project’s major milestones. Include donors, elected officials and community leaders in photo opportunities. Invite media to cover the event and distribute a pre- and post-event press release with the newsworthy highlights, as appropriate.

OFFLINE & ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

  • Feature the grant award in newsletters, eblasts, social media, donor update letters and on your website. Include a compelling photo of the project or the residents you are serving, the check presentation, etc.

INFORM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS/GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

  • Please notify your board about your recent grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County.
  • Letters from community organizations help legislators understand the importance of investing public funds in your community.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is a free and effective means to spread your message! Engaging, authentic content is the goal for any account. Always try to use an image when you post.

Please be sure to like or follow our accounts (@CFHoCo) and we will follow you back.

  • Facebook  (www.facebook.com/CFHoCo)
    • Like the Community Foundation of Howard County’s page and we’ll like your page
    • Mention @CFHoCo in grant related posts, photos and events
  • Instagram (www.instagram.com/CFHoCo)
    • Follow Community Foundation and we’ll follow you
    • Mention @CFHoCo in grant related posts, photos and events
  • Twitter (www.twitter.com/CFHoCo)
    • Follow Community Foundation and we’ll follow you
    • Mention @CFHoCo in grant related posts, photos and events

Sample post:

“We’re so excited to receive a community grant award of $____ from @CFHoCo to support our operations. This grant will allow us to _____ and serve our mission to ______ in Howard County.”

“Thank you to @CFHoCo for a community grant of $____ to help support our operations. This grant will allow us to _____ and serve our mission to ______ in Howard County.”

OUR NAME AND ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION

Please use “Community Foundation of Howard County” when referring to the organization. When including a description, please use the following:

For more than 50 years, the Community Foundation of Howard County has served as a knowledgeable, trusted partner that forges connections between donors and nonprofit organizations to provide impactful investments in Howard County. In 2020 the foundation awarded more than $3.6 million through 457 grants to organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Funds to support grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit CFHoCo.org or call 410-730-7840.

SHARE YOUR STORY

  • The Community Foundation of Howard County would like to hear how a grant from the Foundation helped your organization. If you would like to share your story of impact from a grant at the Foundation, please send a narrative to Dan Flynn. Video stories are encouraged as well.
  • CFHoCo highlights its grantees through the media, on our website and in our Annual Report. Email images with labels or captions to Dan Flynn, Director of Development, Marketing & Communications, at dflynn@cfhoco.org or phone Dan at 410-730-7840 x8 with questions about publicizing your grant.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

We always want and need compelling images! Take advantage of opportunities to capture and share appealing photos. The Foundation features grant recipients in our printed publications, on our website and on social media accounts. So please share your images with us. With advance notice, we can often arrange to attend events or visit programs.

VIDEO OF PROGRAMS

At times, we like capturing videos of programs that we fund. If you are hosting events connected to something we funded, or if there is a good time to observe your program in action, please contact Dan Flynn so we can arrange to record part of it. If you already have footage of a program to share, please send it to dflynn@cfhoco.org.