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Igniting Impact with Lights of Gratitude

Posted on December 8, 2023

Dear Firefly Friends,


So what have you done for the community lately?


No, that’s not a direct question to you, but rather a question our nonprofit clients often get asked - and welcome the opportunity to answer.


This year, Firefly had the challenge of creating engaging new communications materials for many of our clients as they seek to connect more deeply to their donors and the folks they serve and to inspire new people to invest in their missions.


We’ve highlighted several of them - and our work – below. The links take you directly to their accomplishments so you can see for yourself the impact they have and the generosity of our community.


I am also delighted and humbled to share with you that Firefly was named Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Treasure Coast Chapter. It has been deeply fulfilling to give of our time, talent and treasure throughout our 20-year history of service. 


During this holiday season, we hope that you too, find nourishment for your soul through the spirit of giving. 


With deep gratitude,

Stacy Weller Ranieri

Chief Illuminator


Every baby born healthy, every mother supported, every father involved.


The Martin County Healthy Start Coalition lives out this life-changing mission every day, and the numbers prove their effectiveness.


In addition to media releases and communications, Firefly helped Healthy Start to re-imagine and create a more compelling annual report and annual appeal package. Some highlights from Healthy Start’s 2002-2023 report:


·       92% of Martin County babies were born full-term.

·       0% of women died in childbirth.

·       175,000 diapers were distributed to families in need.


Click here to see the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition Annual Report 2022-2023.

Helping People Succeed provides resources to build success for people of every age. Their extensive programs help infants build healthy brains, young children get ready for school, families stay strong, and adults with disabilities find and keep a job.


Firefly assisted Helping People Succeed with their annual report which they call “The Gratitude Report.” We can all be grateful for metrics like these:

  • More than 490 children developed their brain readiness for language and learning.
  • 100% of toddlers in its program were ready for school.
  • 45 adults with intellectual disabilities volunteered at local nonprofits, with a value of $160,000 for their efforts.

  Click here to see the Helping People Succeed Gratitude Report 2022-2023

Equine Rescie and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) is devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and adoption of abused, abandoned and neglected horses. Helping horses to heal is life-giving work for its staff and volunteers, and as of this year, its Begin Again program enables rescued horses to become rescuers - working with children, veterans, and others who find equine therapy to be a healing and cathartic way to begin a new life.?

Firefly created their new annual report showcasing the heart and spirit that goes into rescuing horses and getting them the love they deserve.


  • 488 horses have been rescued since 2000.
  • 92 volunteers donated 23,316 hours last year.
  • $90,724 was spend last year on feed and hay.

Click here to see the ERAF Annual Report 2022-2023. 

Six years, $1.4 million dollars! Impact100 Martin lives up to its name. Those dollars raised are part of a beautiful story of philanthropic women coming together and the impact they are having on our community through the power of collective giving. Game-changing grants of $100,000 each can alter the trajectory of a nonprofit.

Growing to more than 300 members and giving out ten (10) $100,000 Impact grants since its founding, Impact100 needed to tell its members and the community at large what those grants have funded:


  • Feeding the hungry
  • Bringing prenatal care to pregnant women
  • Equipping a dental lab to give care to our neediest children
  • Extending a lifeline to women experiencing domestic abuse
  • Building job training skills for at-risk teens
  • Refurbishing a beloved environmental center.


Firefly worked with Impact100 on brochures, rack cards, invitations, newsletters, event flyers, and sponsor materials to showcase the power of women’s philanthropy in our community. Learn more about Impact100 Martin by clicking here

House of Hope deserves the widespread praise it receives for its work in empowering Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship, and the Firefly Group is honored to be part of its communications team. Beloved in Martin County and throughout the Treasure Coast, House of Hope also got special praise from a much larger audience this fall.

Food Bank News, an online publication with a national circulation, assigned a reporter to interview House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri and Dave Lee, Director of Food Procurement & Distribution, for its October issue. Firefly is delighted its efforts to gain media attention for such a deserving client paid such big dividends.

Find the House of Hope article here. Learn more about House of Hope by clicking here.

Yeehaw! It was another sold-out crowd at One Martin’s Farm-City Luncheon in November at Rockin H Ranch in Palm City. The Firefly Group loved every minute of managing this event, now a treasured tradition in our area.


Each year One Martin brings together urban and rural residents to celebrate the important relationship between farmers, consumers, business and civic leaders, and everyone in between who contributes to the community’s safe, abundant food supply.

This year’s program included a panel of younger, local farmers and ranchers whose families have deep roots in Martin County’s agricultural history. 


Learn more about One Martin, Farm-City, and Martin County culture here.

The Florida Ranches Calendar captures a unique look at generations of environmental stewardship and is used as a tool to tell the story of Florida’s ranches and the critical role they play in honoring and preserving Florida’s agricultural heritage.


Now in its 19th year of production, the calendar is truly a labor of love for Firefly. With captivating photography by internationally renowned photographer Carlton Ward Jr. and others, paired with informative captions, the calendar serves as a yearly guide by providing insight on recent conservation successes and a glimpse of life on working cattle ranches. In a digital age, the Florida Ranches Calendar remains a classic printed treasure—a wall calendar to enjoy all year.

To get your copy, visit our website or click here.

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