Wells Fargo Updates Philanthropic Program

Wells Fargo has re-focused it’s charitable giving priorities on affordable housing, financial health, and small business growth. At the state or local level they may also continue to fund arts and culture, civic engagement, education, the environment, human services, and workforce development.

For more information, new grant deadlines, and details for your state or county, visit:

USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

July 8th is the deadline for submitting pre-proposals for $235M in grant funds for innovative conservation partnerships.  A wide variety of government and nonprofit entities are eligible.  For information on the program see their program page. For the solicitation go to For the solicitation announcement go to  For more information on their program check out their fact sheet below:

Patagonia grants available for grassroots environmental organizations

Patagonia, the popular outdoor equipment maker, has two grant programs of interest to nonprofit environmental organizations.

From Patagonia’s grant announcement:  “We support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We help local groups working to protect local habitat, and think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues – particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection – in the public mind. ”

Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded for projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, focus on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.

The next round of grant applications is due in August. For More Information


Patagonia funds another grant as well: The World Trout Initiative funds only groups and efforts working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon, and other fish species within their native range. For more information 

PRDC wins Dominion Resources grant

Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic, a nonprofit dental safety net clinic in Orange, Virginia, was awarded a 2014 grant from Dominion Resources to purchase equipment for its denture laboratory.  The grant was written by CFE with assistance from Kellina Mitchell, PRDC’s Executive Director.

Photo courtesy of Phil and Susie Audibert at Audibert Photo



Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic annual newsletter 2014

Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic is a regional dental safety net clinic in the Piedmont area of Virginia with a mission to serve low income residents of Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Louisa and surrounding counties.  This nonprofit printed and snail-mailed a newsletter to its own mailing list at a cost of almost $2000 (using nonprofit bulk postage rates) to reach 1200 individuals. Following the success of the Art Center In Orange, in 2013 the Clinic switched to a newspaper insert format distributed to 27,000 area homes for a cost of approximately $1500.  This cost-effective method of distribution broadened the Clinic’s reach and allowed it to thank donors, inform patients, report to the public on mission milestones and share the story of a PRDC patient (“Reason To Smile”).  For more information on PRDC visit

The newsletter was written with substantial input and support from PRDC’s Executive Director Kellina Mitchell and designer Kelly Radzowski at K-Art and Design ( )