Saturday, September 24, 2016

4 Case Statement Ideas That Worked

By the Non Profit Times

A strong foundation is the beginning to building a solid house. No matter how great your curb appeal, cracks in your foundation will cost you big time next time you renovate. Fundraising is the foundation your organization is built on, and should be a priority when proposing organizational change.

At the recent Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in National Harbor, Margie Kim, chief philanthropy officer at The Trust for Public Land, Daniel Scarpelli, vice president for philanthropy operations at The Trust for Public Land, and Rebecca Girvin-Argon, vice president for development at The Montpelier Foundation led a session titled “REV IT UP! Fundraising as a Driver of Organizational Change (and Revenue.)” During this session, the trio used The Trust for Public Land as a case study and discussed the following:

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Sept. 20

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5:45 - 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Patty Hambrick, EdD, Director of Academic Technology and Professor of Education at Charleston Southern University

The topic will be “The Grant Process.”

Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the grants process. For more information, email or call (843) 452-4492.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nonprofit calls for more community tutors in 2016-17 to expand impact

via Moultrie News

"In August of 2016 Reading Partners Charleston became Reading Partners South Carolina to better reflect the evolution of its geographic service area and the attention its program is receiving at the National level. Reading Partners South Carolina was granted generous funds from the South Carolina Legislature in coordination with the Department of Education to serve as a reading pilot for struggling readers in rural and urban, under-resourced schools.

 “We are excited about our transition to Reading Partners South Carolina as it represents the expansion into three counties across the state, as well as support and flexibility to expand our program service area going forward. Rural education is an issue in this state, in almost every county, and we are excited to partner with the folks in Columbia to pilot our program in more rural areas, while continuing to build upon our strong urban base,” says Kecia Greenho, Executive Director of South Carolina.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Top 12 Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors & Non-Profits

By Aliza Sherman

Thanks to the social web, each of us has the unprecedented ability to offer not only monetary support but also the reach of our own online networks in support of a cause. Non-profits can also tap into a myriad of sites enhanced by social media to turbo-charge fundraising campaigns and galvanize supporters.

 Here are some of the best funding sites that leverage social networks and online crowds to help you do some (social) good. If there are others that you find worthwhile, please share them in the comments.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How To Cultivate Prospects and Build Lasting Relationships

By Amy Eisenstein

"Cultivation is the process of building relationships, which is what fundraising is all about!

"Cultivation is NOT:

--  A monologue about how great your program is.
--  A single meeting.
--  A tour of your facility, highlighting the shiny new (or dirty old) equipment, classrooms, facilities, conference rooms, etc.

"Cultivation IS:

--  A dialogue between someone at the organization (usually the executive director and/or a board member) and the prospective donors.
--  About relationship building, which requires a series of meetings or interactions, over time.
--  An opportunity to educate a prospect about the benefits and outcomes of your organization and ignite his or her passion for the mission.
--  An opportunity to learn about a prospect and to understand his/her interests and what motivates her/her to give.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

6 Types of Stories that Spur Giving

By Nancy Schwartz
Nonprofit Marketing Coach and Problem Solver

As a fundraiser, you aim to change how people perceive your organization’s work and cause, then motivate them to give. Connection is the lubricant for this conversion, but the deadly dull way so many organizations discuss their work frequently gets in the way. Yawn!

Relevant messages wrapped in memorable stories (that strike the heart, then the head) are your way to compelling content and the conversions you seek.

But wait, there’s a problem—so frequently my mention of storytelling to nonprofit colleagues gets an eye roll. There’s so much generic, vague advice out there about storytelling, storytelling, storytelling, and so little concrete guidance and/or specific success stories, especially among nonprofits. You know what I mean.

So here’s a practical antidote to all that—six stories your organization already has to tell. Your first step is identifying the stories you have to tell in each category:
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Monday, August 29, 2016

A Better Way to Support Nonprofits

By Robert Peterpaul
Actor, writer and founder of RPP

If you’re on a mission to support a nonprofit organization, writing a check can go a long way. However, have you ever wondered where your money is really going? Have you thought about that little piece of paper you gifted to the foundation and how it truly contributed to the greater good? Have you ever wanted to be able tospecifically know how you helped an organization?

Well, guess what? Now you can.

There is an incredible new way to give, and it’s called MyFiki.

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