CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Frank Brown Community Partnership, established and operated by South Charleston-based internet marketing firm, Bricks Without Straw, is once again accepting applications for free digital marketing services. These services include website design and social media marketing and are targeted for West Virginia community charitable organizations serving children.
“Times are really hard, so nonprofits spend most of their resources directly helping people, even though fundraising and marketing are critical to the ongoing success of nonprofits,” explains Jamie Summers-Brown, president of Bricks Without Straw. He regrets that marketing and fundraising efforts in the nonprofit community – especially those devoted to the needs of children – are often piecemeal. “My web design business gave birth to the Frank Brown Community Partnership when I realized we could actually help charitable organizations thrive.”
Each year, Bricks Without Straw selects a West Virginia-based charity to receive website services free of charge. Summers-Brown is pleased that the Community Partnership is now focused solely on nonprofits serving children, where the benefits are significant. Services will include either initial website design and development or redevelopment of an existing brand and website. To date, the Frank Brown Community Partnership has given back over $250,000 in free services.
Past awardees are grateful for the Community Partnership. Charleston-based Education Elevators, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring students through partnerships with businesses, is the most recent awardee. The organization uses their website as a primary tool in the recruitment of business mentors.
“Our website was just kind of put together, sort of a place-saver,” recalls Allison McJunkin, Executive Director at Education Elevators. “We knew we needed something more professional to attract more businesses, but we lacked the funds for a total website revamp.”
“Jamie had an eye for how things could work better,” adds Vinnie Feller, Communications & Logistics Manager. “Our new website is more visually attractive. It gives us a more professional look in line with our goals and it will be a better face for our organization.” The Education Elevators staff is now proud to share their website with prospective business partners.
Applications to the Frank Brown Community Partnership must be submitted by representatives of the interested nonprofit children’s charitable organization. Qualifying organizations must be approved by the State of West Virginia with headquarters in West Virginia. The program will begin on December 1st and Applications must be received no later than December 31, 2022.
The partnership is resuming its annual award of free services after a two-year pause due to the Covid pandemic that required all company resources to be devoted to local and international business clients.