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Nonprofit Mission Poetry Contest: Win $10,000


Note from Beth: A couple years ago, I organized a “Nonprofit Social Media ROI Poetry Slam” at SXSW.   Panelists told their case studies as poems.   So, when I heard about this grant program, I just couldn’t resist having a guest post about it.

Guest post by Juan A. Garcia Cid, Marketing and Media Manager Community TechKnowledge

How often does your organization step back and remember your mission? Sure, you know what your mission is, but how often do you refine the sense of mission that exists in the hearts of your staff, board members and supporters?

This year’s  Heart & Soul grant program, put on by the CTK Foundation Fund, is designed to do just that.

To win, you have to channel your creativity to write an original four- to eight-line poem or stanza that reflects the work or mission of your nonprofit. No poets on staff? Ask your supporters to write a poem for you.

The 1st place winner will receive $10,000 and will have their submission turned into a song to be used in public education or awareness. The song will be written and recorded by songwriter Bill Dillon who was recently exonerated after 27 years in prison thanks The Innocence Project and produced by Jim Tullio of Butcher Boy Studios. The contest is open to all nonprofits in the United States, Canada and the UK.

The winning nonprofits will receive one of the following grant opportunities:
•    1st place award is the song, plus a cash grant of $10,000 (US)
•    2nd place award is a cash grant of $5,000 (US)
•    The 2011 Blogger’s Choice Award, where a randomly selected blogger participating in spreading the word among nonprofits about the H&S Grant Award Program will choose a nonprofit applicant to receive a $1,000 cash grant
•    2 steel-stringed guitars, signed by all members of Los Lonely Boys (which you can auction for fund-raising)
•    Up to 20 technology grants, valued at $10,000, to nonprofits that indicate an interest

There is a quick turnaround on these grants. You must submit an application by midnight on March 28, 2011, and you’ll be notified if you’ve won on April 10. Visit to apply.

Follow the effort on Twitter at #ctkgrant

One Response

  1. It is very cool to have more philanthropic organizations use contests in a variety of ways. We have had tremendous response to our on-line idea contest, Prize2theFuture, which closes out entries on March 11. So far, more than 2,100 registered, more than 300 entered, all interested in giving the Community Foundation one great idea to transform one city block in downtown Birmingham.