Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city opens voting for one non-profit to win $20K in advocacy

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Three of Florida’s creative and advocacy leaders are asking the public to determine which of five worthy causes will win a stronger voice in Tallahassee.

Open voting has begun today in the inaugural Cause + Effect campaign, where one Orlando-area nonprofit will win $20,000 in free infographics, advocacy and marketing

The trio of companies are, which specializes in infographics, known also as “issue visualization”; Prismatic, the Orlando-based branding and advertising group formerly known as FDG Creative; and Southern Strategy Group, Florida’s foremost lobbying firm. is an infographics studio in downtown Orlando co-founded by Kelly Cohen of Southern Strategy Group and Stephanie Darden of Prismatic. Among their clients are ICAMR, Clean the World and Red Light Management.

Supporters nominated their favorite nonprofit beginning Jan. 1, with 286 nonprofit organizations nominated online, and 2,214 ballots cast.

The top-five vote getters are Harbor House of Central Florida, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Nathaniel’s Hope, the Orange County Early Learning Coalition and the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

Final voting continues on the website through April 10. The winner will be unveiled at private event May 13.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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