Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 11 Steps From Cover Letter to Budget

By Joanne Fritz

Although grant proposals are far from a slam dunk or an answer to a funding emergency, they do have a role to play in supporting most charities. Grants, to be successful, should be part of your overall fundraising plan, have their own calendar, and a dedicated grant writer, either on staff or contracted.

Grants come from a variety of sources such as a foundation, a corporation or a government agency, but most require similar information.

Here are the most common sections of grant proposals, and the information you should include:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Helping Out for April 19, 2017: Nonprofit news from the Charleston Regional Business Journal

Charleston Regional Business Journal

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

Low Country Harley-Davidson and the Warhorse Brotherhood Motorcycle Club are hosting a Veterans Information Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Harley dealership.

The event will give veterans access to information about local, state and federal programs, as well as connect them with nonprofit organizations that service veterans.

All veterans, current military and family members are invited to attend the free event. Lunch and entertainment will be provided.

Friends of James Simons is holding The Feast, a fundraiser to support outreach for students in need, from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at Marshall Walker Real Estate.

The event includes food and beverages from local vendors including Smith Street Pizza, Home Team BBQ, Twenty-Six Divine, Huriyali and Butcher & Bee; music from The Very Hypnotic Band; and Low Country Photo Booth. Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker will be the host.

Individual tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; couples tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Wich Cream is selling special tribute ice cream sandwiches honoring local farmers. Wich Cream will donate $1 from every tribute wich sold — both mini and regular sizes — back to the farmer.

“Pure Celeste” is the first flavor, because Wich Creams are made with Celeste Albers’ Green Grocer milk. “Pure Celeste” uses Albers’ favorite flavor, vanilla bean, and her favorite flower, rose, and favorite spice, cinnamon. The wafer is made with Carolina Gourdseed corn grown by Celeste and ground into cornmeal by Anson Mills.

The flavor debuted at the Slow Food Charleston’s 2017 Snail Awards and is available now at the downtown Charleston, West Ashley, Sunday Brunch, Johns Island, and Mount Pleasant farmers markets and for special order.

Willow Salon’s downtown location at 4 Liberty St. will host a barbecue and blues event from 6-9 p.m. April 28 to raise money for the fight against blood cancer. Salon owner Nicole Snyder is a 2017 Woman of the Year candidate for the Lowcountry’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event will include food from Smoke BBQ, music from The Green Thieves and raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door; suggested donation amount is $25 per person. All ticket proceeds benefit the society.

The Arizona State University Alumni Association, in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation, is organizing the Pat Tillman Honor Run – Charleston from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at MUSC Health Stadium.

The ASU Alumni S.C. Club will join runners and walkers for a 4.2-mile family-friendly race to raise money to support the Tillman Scholar program.

More information is available by email to the event captain, Joel Jackson.

Keeper of the Wild is holding a Baby Shower from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads. The event is a donation drive for nursery items for the organization, which works to rehabilitate animals that have been injured or abandoned.

Tickets are free; donations are requested. Volunteers and Keeper of the Wild rehab animals will be present. Visitors can take a picture with a possum if they make a donation.

Items requested include fleece blankets, receiving blankets, pillowcases, 20-quart containers, gram scales, cotton balls, Smart Water, Kaytee rodent block, sugar-free baby food, kitten food, naturally shed deer antlers, bird cages and guinea pig cages

Medical equipment such as French 2.8 and 3.5 one-hole feeding tubes; syringes, including O rings of 1/2, 1, 3, 5 or 10 cubic centimeters; and Miracle Nipples can be purchased online through Chris’s Squirrels & More LLC and donated.

Raffle entries will be given to attendees for the following items brought: Puppy Esbilac (Powder Stage 1), Nutrical, Snuggle Safe, Now Pure brewers yeast, and heating pads that do not shut off automatically.

Liza's Lifeline's 8th Annual Golf Tournament is set for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club.

Proceeds allow Liza’s Lifeline to help victims of domestic violence get out of immediate danger. Along with funds, the tournament helps raise awareness in our community.

Registration is available by email or by calling Doug Warner at 843-991-9085. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals to meet April 18

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, April 18 from 5:45 - 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Martha D. Ciccarelli, CFRE, Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, College of Charleston.

The topic will be “Identifying and Advancing Certified Fundraising Prospects.”

This program will be useful for anyone involved in grant writing - not just for those in higher education.

Denise has many years of fundraising experience and has served in her present job at the College since 2010. Prior to that, she served as Director of Development for the MUSC School of Nursing for eight years. Other experience includes Crisis Ministries and the S.C. Aquarium.

For more information contact Carolyn Lackey at

Monday, April 10, 2017

Helping Out for April 5, 2017 from the Charleston Regional Business Journal

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

The St. John’s Fire Department will host its annual Spring Into Safety event during the Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at Freshfields Village, with tours of the fire engine, fire extinguisher training, escape planning, safety tips and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog at the Village.

Kevin Wadley, Kdog Production and The Royal American are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Royale happy hour party at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive in Charleston, to benefit Charleston Parks Conservancy from 3 to 7:30 p.m. May 5. The band Brianna y Sus Guardianes Del Norte will perform. Rebel Taqueria food truck will be serving food, and there will be Chihuahuas, tequila, sombreros, margaritas, beer and pinatas.

Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy.

Fresh Future Farm has taken over the leadership role of managing Chicora Place Community Garden. The farm and Metanoia have also reached an agreement to provide support for classes to occur at Fresh Future Farm.

The garden sits between Orvid and Calvert streets at 3107 North Carolina Ave., within the Chicora/Cherokee Neighborhood of North Charleston.

The city of North Charleston purchased the Community Garden, a former trailer park, with greenbelt tax funds to create a recreation space in the Chicora-Cherokee community. After receiving a $1,000 grant from the Healthy North Charleston, Metanoia turned a portion of the space into a garden in 2011. Germaine Jenkins was a Metanoia board member and a Clemson Extension master gardener and resident garden volunteer.

This year, Metanoia has awarded a $23,000 grant to support Fresh Future Farm’s efforts to manage the garden and host quarterly Introduction to Home/Urban Gardening trainings at the farm a few blocks away.

Fresh Future Farm will coordinate volunteer groups to work at the garden on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon, and to seek funding for the garden. The farm also hopes to create one or more paid internships to take care of the space between monthly workdays and to add an outdoor fitness center.

Charleston Library Society is hosting a series of Wide Angle Lunches, with a theme for the year of Making Community. The lunches will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25. Individual tickets are $20 for society members and $26 for nonmembers; season passes are available for $75 for members and $95 for nonmembers.

The Glass Onion has selected Lowcountry Local First as the featured charity for their monthly tasting, set for 5:30-7:30 tonight. The event will include cocktails with Dixie Vodka paired with small bites, for $10 per person.

For every ticket sold, $5 will benefit Lowcountry Local First, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Windwood Family Services is partnering with Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center and Darkness to Light to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and blanket the area with pinwheels during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

During the month of April, look for pinwheel gardens all around Charleston County as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Since 2008, the pinwheel has been the national symbol for child abuse prevention, through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Windwood plans to place close to 2,000 pinwheels throughout the Lowcountry, each one representing 10 children in our state who suffer from abuse or neglect.

In addition, the city of Charleston will sign a proclamation declaring Charleston a “Pinwheel City,” and the town of James Island will present a proclamation at its April 20 meeting declaring April “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

Pinwheel gardens will be at these locations during the month of April:

North Charleston: Park Circle, Tanger Outlets, Trident Technical College
West Ashley: Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Citadel Mall
Johns Island: Johns Island Library, Tattooed Moose, Sea Island Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood Public Library
James Island Town Hall
Charleston County Public Library
Tot Lot on Sullivan’s Island

Mount Pleasant: Towne Centre and the Patriots Point Athletic Complex

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tech Wellness in the Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

By Beth Kantor

I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.”  If you are attending the NTC, please join us.  The session is designed to answer three questions:

 Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what are the best practices to avoid it? (Beth)
When does technology boost personal productivity for nonprofit professionals and when does it get in the way? (Aisha)

What are some examples of technology and nonprofit case studies that supports health, fitness, and wellness in the nonprofit workplace? (Gina)

During our book tour for The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,” my co-author, Aliza Sherman and I discussed the issue of effective personal use of technology, including taking breaks, standing desks, and other tips geared for the individual.    In the book, we also talk about technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, but I have been looking forward to an opportunity to go deeper on how teams of people in nonprofits can avoid technology overload caused by collaboration platforms and process.   This connects very nicely to the leadership development for emerging leaders that I’ve been working on lately.   This blog post shares some thoughts.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nonprofits: Helping Out for March 29 from the Charleston Regional Business Journal

Charleston Regional Business Journal

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

The third annual Southern Garden Party, benefiting Lowcountry Orphan Relief, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at Quarters C in the Charleston Navy Yard Historic District.

General admission is $35, and tickets can be purchased online. The theme is Alice in Wonderland, and guests are encouraged to dress the part.

The event will include a children’s fashion show using clothing donated to Lowcountry Orphan Relief’s distribution center, plus live music, a DJ, a photographer, food and drinks. Mimosas, a hat contest and a wine pull with wine bottles valued at $10-$50 will be available for an extra charge.

BJ’s Wholesale Club has donated $10,000 to Ladson Youth Organization, a youth sports league in Berkeley County. The donation, from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, will help fund upgraded facilities at Tom Conley Park.

In addition, the partnership gives Ladson Youth Organization the opportunity to raise up to $100,000 through the BJ’s Fuel Your Fundraiser Program. For every new member who joins BJ’s through the program, the Ladson Youth Organization will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Slow Food Charleston has announced the finalists for the second annual Snail Awards.

The 2017 Legend Award will honor Nathalie Dupree. She will receive the Carolina Gold Trophy created by artist and ironworker Robert Thomas and will be a part of the evening’s festivities.

Winners in the categories of The Activist, The Provider, The Artist (in Food and in Beverage), The Place, and The Snailblazer will receive a Le Creuset Dutch Oven with a custom iron snail knob. The Snailblazer will also receive a $1,000 grant.

The finalists are:

The Activist: An individual or organization that is a spokesperson for the Slow Food mission.

Brian Ward, Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center (Farm)
Lindsey Barrow and Kate Dewitt, Lowcountry Street Grocery
Angie Dupree, One80 Place
The Provider: A producer or provider of food at a community’s most basic level.

Pete and Babs Ambrose, Ambrose Family Farm
Chris and Nicole Wilkins, Root Baking Co.
Mark and Kerry Marhefka, Abundant Seafood
The Artist: An individual or business that is using refined skill to create or curate something unique in the community.

In Food:

Kevin Johnson, The Grocery
Jacques Larson, Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter
Chris Stewart, The Glass Onion
In Beverage:

Jaime Tenny and David Merritt, Coast Brewing Co.
Matt and Angie Tunstall, Stems and Skins
Scott Schor, Edmund’s Oast
The Place: A business that adheres to Slow Food principles in its practices and philosophies.

Middleton Place
The Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter
Medical University of South Carolina Office of Health Promotion
The SnailBlazer: A publicly nominated category from which a $1,000 SnailBlazer Grant will be awarded to an individual whose work is positively 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Report: Nonprofits Serving Rapidly Expanding Aging Populations Financially Wanting—And That’s a Big Problem

By Ruth McCambridge
Editor in chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly

Last week, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to social welfare programs. “Meals on Wheels sounds great,” Mulvaney said during a White House news briefing, before adding, “We’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.” (So, making sure that older people can eat as more of them age in place is not a fulfillment of a promise?)
That, and the revelation that the House version of a proposal that would rewrite the Affordable Care Act has been fashioned to place the aging (from 50 on) and the poor at most risk, has riveted the public’s attention to the targeting of a growing aged and aging population, which is being unfortunately layered atop nonprofits already struggling with systemic weaknesses.
This special report from Giving USA, “Giving and the Golden Years,” is not so much about giving as it is about the financial stability—or, rather, the lack thereof—of aging services nonprofits. This report becomes extraordinarily important in light of several factors:

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