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Three local experts team up to inspire nonprofit groups

Three communications experts in the Jacksonville area—Emily Rawitsch, Tiffany Manning, and Fred Boyle— have

Emily Rawitsch, Fred Boyle, Tiffany Manning

Emily Rawitsch, Fred Boyle, Tiffany Manning

 pooled their resources to give one non-profit in the U.S. a dramatic design makeover. We Inspire — a grant program created by designer Emily Rawitsch — is taking applications from nonprofit organizations across the country and will award one winner a year-long collaborative partnership, providing $75,000 in design, photography and web development services.

The grant program has been a long time coming, starting with Rawitsch’s commitment to community and belief in the power of design. After that, it took building the right team to make it happen. “When I brought Tiffany Manning and Fred Boyle on board, I knew that it was a great match,” says Emily. “We are all passionate and motivated about our respective fields. Tiffany is an amazing commercial photographer, and Fred is a very savvy Web developer. All of our skills complement one another, which makes this collaboration so powerful.” 

Rawitsch and her team believe that design and communication are catalysts for change. The grant asks, “What do you inspire?” The organization that best answers that question will be awarded a host of communication and marketing services to include brand identity (logo, letterhead, tag line), print communication (brochure, newsletter, invitation, advertisement), Web communication (site design and development, search engine optimization, social media consulting), and photography (including an extensive library of original images).

More important than the services, however, is the partnership. “The grant goes beyond just donating design,” says Rawitsch. “We are placing a large emphasis on education so the nonprofit can maintain their brand and build on the work of the grant into the future.”

Interested nonprofit organizations can review the terms of the grant and apply at www.we-inspire.org. Applications are due by January 15, 2010, with the partnership set to begin in February.

Rawitsch is the owner and creative director at Studio Orange Design (www.studiorangedesign.com), an award-winning creative firm specializing in marketing design for print and web communications. Manning is the owner of Tiffany Manning Photography (www.tiffanymanning.com), a commercial studio specializing in lifestyle, portrait, and fashion photography. Boyle is the owner of Subtle Technology (www.subtletech.com), a Web development company that partners with clients to find the best solutions to their particular marketing problems.


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