Stratford, CT -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/01/2013 -- Twenty-one not-for-profit organizations were awarded PR grants today consisting of free media monitoring service for 2013 by CyberAlert Inc., the worldwide online news monitoring, press clipping, broadcast monitoring and social media monitoring service. The award recipients were selected from over 200 grant applicants.
Each grant is for one free year of CyberAlert 5.0 Online News Monitoring Service. Award winners may also opt to receive CyberAlert's TV news monitoring service or social media monitoring services including blog monitoring, message board monitoring, online video monitoring and Twitter monitoring at no charge for the year. The grant also includes access to CyberAlert's online media measurement dashboard. The value of each grant ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on the services each grant recipient uses.
Seven of this year's grants concentrate on childhood and youth services. Other grant recipients provide services in health, scientific research, and culture. The 2013 award recipients are located in eight different states — California (3), Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Montana, New York (4), Vermont, Virginia — the District of Columbia, Canada (3), Israel, the United Kingdom, and Southern Africa.
In announcing the grants, William J. Comcowich, CEO of CyberAlert (www.cyberalert.com) explained that the grant program enables CyberAlert's to give back to the public relations profession, which is the company's major customer base. "It personally gives me great pleasure to be able to give these organizations the opportunity to obtain the benefits of a comprehensive media monitoring service that will help them assess their PR success, identify problems and issues, and improve their services," he stated. He added that he was especially tickled that he could help organizations that are serving constituencies of personal interest to him including foster children and underprivileged youths deprived of music education.
Since 2004, CyberAlert has awarded 185 media monitoring grants with a retail value of $525,000 to not-for-profit organizations in health, education, science, family services, the arts, the environment, disaster relief, and other public service areas.
In releasing the list of grant recipients, CyberAlert announced that, going forward, it will accept grant applications and make awards throughout the year instead of announcing all grants each year in January.
The following organizations were awarded 2013 PR grants for media monitoring from CyberAlert (www.cyberalert.com):
A Home Within
San Francisco, CA
Builds networks of volunteer mental health professionals who provide professional training and direct, pro bono services to foster youth. Promotes public awareness and advocates for the emotional needs of foster youth. .
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
New York, NY
Provides programs, services and national initiatives to provide optimal care to people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Also provides education for families, healthcare professionals and the general public about dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada
Provides programs and services to people living with dementia throughout Canada and funds research to find the cause and the cure.
America's Promise Alliance
The nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Through the Grad Nation campaign, mobilizes Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.
The Anti-Defamation League
New York, NY
Dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms. The organization is celebrating its Centennial Year in 2013.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada
Dedicated to feeding children in low-income neighborhoods across Canada. Provides funding, equipment, food donation, and management tools to 1,245 school breakfast programs that serve 18 million breakfasts a year to more than 130,000 children.
Strives to make e-books accessible for everyone by contributing to the development of open accessible standards (DAISY, EPUB 3) and supporting the inclusive publishing ecosystem around the world.
Empowers young people globally by using the universal language of soccer to educate youth about HIV prevention and to provide communities with access to HIV testing and treatment options, particularly in areas such as Eastern Europe and sub-Sahara Africa where AIDS has had significant impact on communities.
HER Foundation (Hyperemesis Education & Research)
Offers education, research, awareness and support for women and their families who are dealing with an HG pregnancy. An HG pregnancy involves debilitating dehydration and malnutrition caused by unrelenting nausea/vomiting that if left untreated can cause adverse effects to both the mom and baby.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. HSF has awarded $368 million in scholarships since 1975 and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation.
Little Kids Rock
Cedar Grove, NJ
Seeks to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged public schools across the U.S. by providing free training, resources, instruments and curricula to teachers.
National Parkinson Foundation
Seeks to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education and outreach.
PAPYRUS — Prevention of Young Suicides
Warrington, Cheshire, England
Maintains national UK helpline to suicidal young people and others concerned about them. Provides resources, training, and campaigning to prevent young suicide.
Southern Africa (10 countries)
A regional NGO working in 10 countries, The Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information and Dissemination Service aims to improve knowledge of health care providers, parents and guardians to effectively address treatment needs of children living with HIV and facilitate discussion on HIV treatment with children. SAfAIDS also promotes the sexual reproductive health and rights for young women and girls through advocacy and influencing policy.
Society for New Communications Research
Palo Alto, CA
Research and education foundation focused on emerging media and communications tools, technologies and trends, and their impact on business, culture and society.
Step by Step (Torch of Life)
Promotes organ and tissue donor awareness worldwide.
The Compassionate Friends
Oak Brook, IL
Self-help bereavement organization with more than 650 U.S. chapters providing emotional support to families going through the natural grieving process after the death of a child.
The Early Years Institute
A regional organization that serves as a catalyst for community partnerships and innovations to ensure all young children have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life by partnering with parents, teachers, schools, libraries, hospitals, places of worship, parks, museums, and community centers.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
Working in partnership with the National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior, raises funds for and oversees the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It has also created a museum in the Statue base, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, the American Family Immigration History Center and the Peopling of America Center, currently under construction. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects on the islands.
Weizmann Institute of Science
A center of basic multidisciplinary scientific research and graduate study, addressing crucial issues in medicine and health, energy, agriculture, and the environment, and more.
William J. Comcowich
Founded in 1999, CyberAlert (http://www.cyberalert.com) is a worldwide news monitoring, broadcast monitoring, social media monitoring and media measurement service. Its CyberAlert® 5.0 worldwide online news monitoring service monitors 55,000+ online news sources each day in 250+ languages in 190 countries. The company's TV broadcast monitoring service monitors the closed caption text and video feed of over 2,100 news programs on over 600 TV stations in all 210 markets in the United States. For social media monitoring, CyberAlert monitors over 75 million blogs worldwide, 100,000 message boards and forums, 200 video sharing sites, Twitter and Facebook.
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