About Relief Communications

Cari Feiler Bender

Now celebrating 21 years, 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, President and 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 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, Mural Arts has been featured in numerous national and international outlets, including CBS Sunday Morning, TIME Magazine, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, The Kelly Clarkson Show, 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 creating and implementing a master plan for FDR Park, Parks on Tap, Centennial Commons, and various programs to support and sustain all of Philadelphia’s parks;
    • Prevention Point Philadelphia, a public health and social services organization working at the intersection of drug use and poverty, which is the largest harm reduction operation in the country; 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 for their prestigious Hall of Fame, and she was formally inducted in 2021. Recently, she served 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 Old City Philadelphia with her husband and two children.    

Clients in the News...

Mural Arts Featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mural Arts Philadelphia was featured as a Good Neighbor on The Kelly Clarkson Show with Executive Director Jane Golden and Color Me Back participant Norman Bonk.

Prevention Point Highlighted on NBC National News

NBC Now’s Zinhle Essamuah highlighted the work of harm reduction organization Prevention Point Philadelphia and their work to prevent overdoses.

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Color Me Back Featured on WHYY

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Color Me Back program was featured on WHYY, highlighting the impactful work of individuals experiencing economic insecurity.

CBS Mornings features Ed Bradley Historical Marker Unveiling

CBS Mornings features Ed Bradley Historical Marker

National CBS News features Mural Arts’ Color Me Back initiative

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Color Me Back initiative featured on national CBS News.

New York Times quotes Prevention Point Philadelphia on spike in overdose deaths

New York Times quotes Prevention Point on overdose deaths.

Mural Arts Philadelphia & Streets Dept Launch Artist-Created Posters Advocating for First 100 Days

Mural Arts Philadelphia, in partnership with curator Conrad Benner, created First 100 Days, a new art project designed to engage the public around policy issues.

Step Up to the Plate provides Christmas Meals

Step Up to the Plate and Prevention Point Philadelphia worked with caterer Catering By Design to provide hot meals and a festive environment for individuals experiencing housing or food insecurity during the pandemic.

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.