STRATFORD, Conn. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 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 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
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
New York, NY
The Alzheimer Society of Canada
America's Promise Alliance
The Anti-Defamation League
New York, NY
Breakfast Clubs of Canada
HER Foundation (Hyperemesis Education & Research)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Little Kids Rock
Cedar Grove, NJ
National Parkinson Foundation
PAPYRUS — Prevention of Young Suicides
Warrington, Cheshire, England
Southern Africa (10 countries)
Society for New Communications Research
Palo Alto, CA
Step by Step (Torch of Life)
The Compassionate Friends
Oak Brook, IL
The Early Years Institute
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
Weizmann Institute of Science
A description of each organization can be found at http://www.cyberalert.com/prgrants.html.
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.