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Hubbard House wins ‘We Inspire’ grant

hubbard houseThe “We Inspire” grant team has chosen Jacksonville’s Hubbard House as recipient of its national grant. Hubbard House has been providing shelter and outreach services for domestic violence victims and their families in Duval and Baker Counties since 1976, and will now receive up to $75,000 worth of creative marketing services including strategy development, a new brand identity, new print collateral, a new website and custom photography.

The “We Inspire” team, which is also based in Jacksonville, is designer and grant founder Emily Rawitsch; photographer; Tiffany Manning; and web developer Fred Boyle. The team was looking for a nonprofit organization that best answered the question: “What do you inspire?”

Hubbard House was selected out of four impressive finalists from all over the country including the Center for Human Services in Sedalia, Mo.; the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz.; and SKIP of New York , N.Y.. The finalists were selected out of 33 applications sent from 12 different states.

Rawitsch said, “The final decision came down solely to inspiration. We were looking for an organization that was open to collaboration and was passionate about their cause. In the end, we were surprised to find this amazing nonprofit in our own backyard.”

She continued, “When we got off the phone with Hubbard House, we had goose bumps. They pointed out that domestic violence is more than a personal issue. If violence is in the home, it is in the community. This is when we saw the potential for a huge ripple effect. We know that the challenges of Hubbard House will challenge us. Together, we will begin a yearlong journey, as we ask questions and explore options. We will focus on the goals of the organization, and use design as a vehicle to overcome their challenges.”

Jami Gaff Bueker, chief development officer at Hubbard House, said “We are truly grateful to be the recipient of the We Inspire Grant. We know that with the help of Emily, Fred, and Tiffany, Hubbard House’s mission will be better understood throughout the community. We are excited to start work with them and look forward to seeing the results.”

She continued, “Many nonprofits do not have the budget or the means to hire communications professionals, and we are fortunate that the ‘We Inspire’ team has reached out to nonprofits like us to donate their time and talents.” 

Work on the project will begin immediately.

More information on “We Inspire” can be found on its Web site, or by following Twitter @weinspire.

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