As it turns 40, Winston-Salem-based Excalibur Direct Marketing is making a mark on the area nonprofit community by offering $40,000 in pro bono marketing services to a selection of nine organizations.

The company received an “overwhelming response” to its 40th Anniversary Community Grants Program, according to Mary Craig Tennille, vice president of the company’s advancement division. The program received applications from 65 nonprofits around the state with combined funding requests of more than $600,000.

“Obviously, the need is great in our nonprofit community for additional funding for a variety of deserving programs,” Tennille said.

Founded in 1973, Excalibur is a national direct marketing firm that specializes in database analysis, direct mail, creative, printing and fulfillment, as well as strategic marketing consulting.

“Our growth and success in business is a happy byproduct of our commitment to delivering results for our clients and communities,” said Excalibur founder and President J.D. Wilson.

The 65 applications for the grant program were evaluated by an independent panel of community members in light of the impact Excalibur could have for them.

Those receiving grants are: Arts for Life (Weaverville), Bookmarks (Winston-Salem), Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County (Winston-Salem), N.C. Black Repertory Co. (Winston-Salem), Safe Habor Rescue Mission (Hickory), SECU Family House (Winston-Salem), Winston-Salem Piano Teachers’ Association (Winston-Salem), and Yadkin Arts Council/Willingham Theatre (Yadkinville).

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