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OCTOBER 15 · Communicating effectively with funders is an ongoing (and sometimes perplexing) question for non-profits. Occasionally, we work with a client who’s willing to try something completely different to get their point across. We designed this newspaper for The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities as a way to share outcomes of a proposed grant to the vanBeuren Charitable Foundation. The newspaper spoke directly, providing prompts for conversation and questions during their meeting and also as an engaging take-away for grant officers after the meeting was over. One month later, RICH announced it had secured the funding—a three-year, $500,000 grant for its Catalyzing Culture initiative which leverages Newport’s history to build an innovative cultural and economic sector for the city and state. While we’re not taking credit for the grant itself, we believe strongly that non-profits benefit from the ways in which design helps to tell their story, gives form to their intentions, and brings them closer to achieving their goals.