About Relief Communications

Cari Feiler Bender

Relief Communications, LLC was founded in 2001 to provide comprehensive communications services to the non-profit sector. Relief Communications provides a broad range of capabilities tailored to meet specific client needs in media relations, media training, or communications planning. Cari Feiler Bender, founder of Relief Communications, LLC, applies over 25 years of experience in conceptualizing, managing, and implementing communications projects for non-profit organizations.  A few examples:

  • Directing all public relations efforts to launch Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s $10 million tourism initiative, Once Upon A Nation, which debuted Summer 2005 in Philadelphia’s historic district, continued with the opening (and ongoing operation) of Franklin Square in July 2006, with seasonal celebrations including the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.
  • Conducting all media relations and public relations initiatives for the renowned Mural Arts Philadelphia since 2006, including participation in several projects related to the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the visit of Pope Francis in 2015, and the Royal Visit of Prince Charles and Camilla in 2007. Since 2006, the Mural Arts Program has been in numerous national and international outlets, with features in CBS Sunday Morning, TIME Magazine, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, PBS NewsHour, Condé Nast Traveller, CNBC’s Squawk Box, National Public Radio, and Reuters News Service.
  • Coordinating development and implementation of all communications strategies for AIDS Fund since 2004, including promotion of Black-Tie GayBINGO and AIDS Walk Philly.
  • Leading media outreach and communications strategies for current clients such as:
    • Fairmount Park Conservancy whose projects include The Oval, Parks on Tap, Centennial Commons, and various programs to support and sustain Philadelphia’s parks;
    • Prevention Point Philadelphia, a public health and social services organization working at the intersection of drug use and poverty; and
    • Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, which preserves affordable homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods using volunteer resources.
  • Creating strategic communications plans and media trainings for a variety of organizations such as The Barnes Foundation and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Through her work with numerous not-for-profits as staff, volunteer, and consultant, Cari has a unique perspective on their needs. In December 2017, Cari gave a TEDx talk, How to Make Your Story THE BIG STORY. In 2020, the Philadelphia Public Relations Association selected her to be inducted into their Hall of Fame. She currently serves as a Peer Panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. In 2017, she received the “40 in 40” Award from WOMEN’S WAY. She has co-chaired several special event committees for The Career Wardrobe and now sits on its Advisory Board. She also lectures to communications students periodically at colleges and universities. Cari holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.    

Clients in the News...

Exhibition featuring artists impacted by criminal justice system featured on WHYY

WHYY’s Peter Crimmins covered the Mural Arts Philadelphia opening of the Rendering Justice exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

PBS NewsHour features Mural Arts Artist in Residency at District Attorney’s Office

Mural Arts Philadelphia and Fair and Just Prosecution created a groundbreaking Artist-in-Residence program at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) featuring the creations of artist James “Yaya” Hough. PBS NewsHour ran a story in September 2020, nine months after they originally filmed it.

TIME Magazine Highlights Important Work of Prevention Point Philadelphia

Prevention Point Philadelphia’s Syringe Services are highlighted in an important piece in TIME Magazine.

CBS This Morning Features Mural Arts Space Pads

CBS This Morning featured Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Space Pads and other creative measures highlighting beauty and public health together.

Mural Arts Philadelphia Removes Frank Rizzo Mural – Philadelphia Inquirer

Mural Arts Philadelphia removed the divisive Frank Rizzo mural, as covered in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Step Up to the Plate Food Service Initiative Featured on NBC10

NBC10 spotlighted Step Up to the Plate, a food service distribution program for individuals experiencing housing or food insecurity.

Associated Press covers Mural Arts Residency Program at Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Mural Arts Philadelphia partners with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Art for Justice to create residency for ex-inmate artist.

CBS3 visits Mantua playground for Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Mural Dedication with Mural Arts Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation dedicate mural inspired by Drexel’s Young Dragon Summer Camp.

33rd AIDS Walk Philly fundraising success featured on KYW Newsradio

AIDS Fund Philly’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk brought thousands of people together and raised over $300,000 for the fight against AIDS

Site/Sound Festival gets beautiful coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Site/Sound, a partnership of Mural Arts Philadelphia, Friends of the Rail Park, and American Composers Forum, was a highlight in the Philadelphia art scene in October.