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PR Grants Awarded by CyberAlert To 16 Not-for-Profit Organizations

Grant Recipients Include Alzheimer's Foundation, Lutheran World Relief, Youth Vote Coalition, Poison Control Centers, La Leche League International, and Earthwatch.

STRATFORD, CT. — 01/16/04 — CyberAlert LLC, the online media monitoring and press clipping service, today announced the 16 recipients of its public relations grants to not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Canada. The grants are for one free year of online media monitoring service using CyberAlert 5.0.

More than 400 not-for-profit organizations applied for the grants during December.

Not-for-Profit PR Grants Valued at $45,000

In announcing the public relations grants program in December, CyberAlert ( promised a minimum of five grants with a retail value over $25,000. The company actually made 15 awards to 16 different organizations. The retail value of the grants approximates $45,000. One grant is shared by similar organizations with the same media monitoring needs and goals.

CyberAlert also announced that it intends to award the grants annually.

"We were surprised and delighted by the exceptionally positive response of the PR community to the grants program," said William J. Comcowich, President and CEO of CyberAlert. "Making choices from among so many worthy organizations was difficult indeed."

Recipients of PR Grants

The following organizations received grants.

CyberAlert PR Grant Awards
ACCION International
Boston, MAFights poverty worldwide through microlending.
Alzheimer's Association
New York, NYDisease research and programs/services for individuals with the disease, their family members, and caregivers.
American Association of Poison Control Centers
Washington, DCPromotes reduction of injury, illness, and death from poisonings and greater public use of the national poison emergency hotline.
Bread for the World
Washington, D.C.Anti-hunger advocacy organization
Buckner Orphan Care International's Shoes for Orphan Souls
Dallas, TXCollects and distributes shoes to orphans in more than 30 countries around the world.
Oakland, CANon-profit, environmental law firm that provides free legal service to organizations and communities fighting for a cleaner environment.
Earthwatch Institute
Maynard, MAEngages volunteers worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
First Book
Washington, DCGives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
Vancouver, BCProvides communication services, media training, media relations and marketing assistance to Canadian charities and not-for-profits.
La Leche League International
Shaumberg, ILAdvocates for breast feeding and infant nutrition worldwide.
Lutheran World Relief
Baltimore, MDWorks with parishes and partners in 50 countries to help people, grow food, improve health, build livelihoods, strengthen communities, end conflict and recover from disasters.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
Washington, D.C.Advocates for philanthropy that is more supportive of organizations working for social and economic justice.
(Canadian Red Cross)
Calgary, AlbertaProvides education and services on abuse/violence prevention among teenagers.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Washington, D.C.Research and education organization seeking to improve K-12 education, especially among poor and minority children.
(Joint Award)
a) Youth Vote Coalition
b) New Voters Project

Washington, D.C.Denver, CO
Nonpartisan coalitions working to increase the political involvement of young Americans.

Selection Criteria for PR Grants

When CyberAlert first announced the availability of PR grants, the company had not yet developed criteria for selection. After reviewing all grant applications in detail, the following general criteria evolved:
  1. organization performs public services for broad constituencies in education, health, environment or social services.
  2. organization would benefit from national or international press clipping service.
  3. organization plans to use the free clipping service for broader purposes than measuring media exposure for the organization itself.
In the end, the selection process favored smaller national and international organizations with innovative services that benefit the young, the poor, the environment and other charitable organizations.

"It was Bill Gates of Microsoft who said 'Giving away money effectively is almost as hard as earning it in the first place', stated Comcowich. "After personally reviewing more than 500 grant applications, I agree. All the same, we're absolutely thrilled that we were able to triple the number of grants and that CyberAlert can effectively help more not-for-profit organizations than we expected. We look forward to continuing the PR grants program for many years and continuing to give back to the PR community that helped us grow and prosper over the past five years."

About CyberAlert

Founded in 1999, CyberAlert is a worldwide press clipping, media monitoring and Web clipping service that monitors over 13,000+ online news media each day in 17 languages. CyberAlert also monitors Web message boards and UseNet news groups for consumer insight about companies, products, key issues and trends. Clients specify their key words and CyberAlert delivers via daily e-mail (7/365) all new clips found the previous 24 hours.

Additional information about CyberAlert services is available at

William J. Comcowich
President and CEO
CyberAlert LLC
Phone: 203-375-7200

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