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This is our first post for Fairfield County charities! See what nearly 2,300 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. Please comment here to let us know what news and opportunities you want us to find for you or to simply let us know what you think. 

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Fairfield County Funding Opportunities

Get up to $800,000 from the CT Department of Education to enhance the lives of immigrant children and their families. (Deadline: 11/9/12)

The Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Grants range from $20k-$75k. Online grant application here. (Deadline 11/1/12)

The Safeway Foundation funds nonprofit organizations in Connecticut. They make grants up to $25k in the following areas: Health and Human Services, Hunger Relief, Education, and Helping People with Disabilities. (No deadlines)

A partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), this award of $10,000 recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. (Deadline 11/12/12)

The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives you an opportunity to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000! (Deadline 11/12/12)

Breaking Fairfield County Charity News

Fairfield County Sports Commission inducts Hall of Fame members at its annual Sports Night awards dinner at the Greenwich Hyatt.

Fairfield County needs a Great Give! The Patch reports here about The Great Give 2012 in the New Haven region.

Connecticut Residents Advised to Check Out Charities Before Responding to Solicitors

Donor Relations

How Stanford University raises more than any other university each year: a model that works even for small nonprofits.

How the Y recruits affluent donors to its cause.

Home sells for $3.3 million in Norwalk: be the first charity to send these new homeowners a welcome packet to the community -- featuring your charity.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

GE Foundation Developing Futures in Education program: A leader in U.S. education reform.

Recent GE Corporate Citizenship Report focuses on sustainability efforts that benefit people, planet and economy.

Media Tips

Reinventing your media strategy.

Social Media Tips

Ten mind-blowing Youtube statistics.

Top tools for editing videos for Youtube and other outlets.

Thought for the Day

“We had the experience but missed the meaning..."

T. S. Eliot, “The Four Quartets,” in Collected Poems 1909-1962(New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970, 194.

Doing the work while forgetting the beauty of the cause can lead to compassion fatigue. Sometimes simply being present to the cause, stepping away from the to-do’s of fundraising, for example, and visiting the program under the guise of getting a story and photos can break the spell.

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Mary Weber October 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Thanks! Already linked to a possible funder for a project!

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