Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Facebook Opens Up 'Donate' Button To All Nonprofits

By Eleanor Goldberg
Impact Editor, The Huffington Post

This new Facebook feature is hard not to like.

The social network announced recently that all nonprofits can now add the “Donate Now” button to their cause’s page. Some are calling the feature more of a “call to action” though, because once users click on the button, they’re redirected to the organization’s external page to support the group. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top 20 Nonprofit Marketing & Social Media Books

From topnonprofits.com

In seeking to identify the top marketing and social media books for nonprofits, topnonprofits.com reached out to 10 of the individuals/teams on their Top Nonprofit Blogs list who specialized in marketing and communication.

Each of these experts was asked to provide a list of their top 3-5 nonprofit marketing books they would recommend. The top 20 of these books are listed below. The books with the most votes are ranked first, with ties being settled by a combination of relative rankings (compared to all 40+ marketing books evaluated) based on number of Amazon ratings, average stars, and year it was published. The twitter handle for each of the voters can be found next to the corresponding book. All of them are worth following!

As in their Top 20 Fundraising Books list, some new additions to their own reading lists were uncovered.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Advancing Philanthropy: Moving from Fundraising to Financing

By Nell Edgington
via www.socialvelocity.net

Note: Nell Edgington wrote the following article for the journal "Advancing Philanthropy." You can download the Nonprofit Finance section of the magazine, of which this article is part, on the Association of Fundraising Professionals website.

It has been a really difficult few years for nonprofits, particularly their fundraisers. But the bad news is that the situation won’t get easier any time soon. In order to keep up, nonprofit leaders have to recognize that traditional fundraising doesn’t work anymore.

 In fact, traditional fundraising is holding nonprofits back by forcing them to wear out their boards, staffs, and donors, focus efforts on low-return activities, subsist with inadequate technology and infrastructure, and ultimately distance them from their missions.

 Nonprofits must emerge from the broken fundraising mold and instead develop a sustainable financing strategy that will bring mission to fruition.  That means that nonprofits have to break out of the narrow view that traditional fundraising (individual donor appeals, events, foundation grants) will completely fund all of their activities.  Instead, nonprofits must take a big step back and create an overall financing strategy. Nonprofits must move from fundraising to financing.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Improving Your Nonprofit Through Skills-Based Volunteers

By  Marjorie Ringrose, Director of Social Impact at Social Venture Partners Boston.

via yourmarketontheworld.com

While it uncomfortably discounts the tremendous joy and value that comes with volunteering, there’s a volunteer-to-fundraising calculus that nonprofit and philanthropic leaders intuitively understand. People who volunteer for an organization are more likely to donate to it. They give larger contributions and donate more often and for longer periods of time than those who don’t volunteer.

One-in-four American adults volunteer with nonprofits, but few nonprofits use skilled volunteers as well as they could. Only 15% report volunteering their professional and management expertise. Most serve food, tutor children and provide transportation. These are certainly vitally important, but there is clearly more room for skilled volunteering. Why isn’t there more?

Is it because volunteers don’t want to offer their professional skills? No. The longevity of engaged philanthropy, the growth of corporate voluntarism, and LinkedIn’s more than four million members wanting do skills-based volunteering and/or join a board demonstrate professionals’ desire to volunteer their skills.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Sept. 15

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the auditorium of the  Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street in Charleston, from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

The presenters will be Mary Jo Thomas-Delaney, Grant Services, Inc. and Ken Ryan, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, KRyanCreative, LLC.

Topics will be:  “Are You Ready to Write a Federal Grant Proposal?" and "Federal Grants - My Journey Thus Far."

Join us for an overview of the federal grants process by an extremely successful federal grant writer followed by a first person account of tackling the system and process.

Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the grants process.

For more information, email carolynlackey@comcast.net or call 843.452.4492.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The South Carolina Arts Commission welcomes ArtPlace America to the Lowcountry

The South Carolina Arts Commission welcomes ArtPlace America to the Lowcountry!

ArtPlace America is coming to the Lowcountry September 21-22, and you're invited to participate in one of three informational sessions about its National Grants Program.

Come learn more from Director of National Grantmaking, F. Javier Torres, and Program Assistant, Leila Tamari.  They are visiting to encourage applications from South Carolina.

Participants can attend any of three sessions (RSVPs are NOT required.):

Sept. 21 from 9:30-11:30 at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston

Sept. 22 from 9:30-11:30 at the Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island

Sept. 22 from 4-5:30 pm at the Colleton County Museum, 506 East Washington St., Walterboro

Topics include: 

What is creative placemaking?
An overview of the grant process.
What makes a strong application?
A discussion of how the arts have been used to "move the needle" to address relevant and challenging community issues.

Who should attend?

Anyone and everyone interested in learning about how you can be supported to creatively make change in your community! Artists, arts organizations, designers, community developers, planners, city and town administrators, community residents, business owners, faith and religious groups, philanthropists, and more are invited to learn more about arts-based strategies to community development. The National Grants Program will fund anyone regardless of tax-exempt status.

Consider these questions:
What's your understanding of how the arts change communities? Have you identified a community issue that leverages arts and culture as an intervention?  What part do partners play? In what geographic "place" will you work to solve this community-based issue? Who sits at "the table" when the decisions are made for this intervention? How will you measure success?

These and other questions will guide the conversation and provide specifics about ArtPlace's grants program that offers $50,000 to $500,000 to support place-based arts projects as they relate to advancing our communities. Since 2011, ArtPlace has invested $66.875 million in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes, in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Its National Grants Program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to improving the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities through arts-based strategies.

The timeframe:
ArtPlace will open its call for projects in early January 2016.


ArtPlace America (www.artplaceamerica.org) is a 10-year collaboration among 15 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions who are dedicated to positioning art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. 

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. ArtPlace does this through a national grants program and five community-wide investments; it seeks to understand and disseminate successful practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations, and communities with one another.

F. Javier Torres, Director of National Grantmaking

F. Javier Torres was the Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Boston Foundation for over three years. Under his leadership, the Foundation's arts strategy explored the role of culture as a tool for transformation, sustainability, and as central to the development of vibrant communities. In his tenure, Javier has successfully supported the Foundation in balancing the institution¹s whole contributions to the field across several grantmaking mechanisms as they sought to impact the regions whole cultural ecology. In partnership with the Boston Foundation's donors, Javier supported the Foundation in stewarding $10 million dollars annually to the field. Prior to his role at the Foundation, Javier spent six years as the Director of Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, a program of IBA, a community based multi-disciplinary arts complex that operates as a regional presenter and local programmer for Latino arts. Currently, he serves as Secretary of the board of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and is a board member for Grantmakers in the Arts. He has previously served as a board member for MASSCreative, a member of the MA Governor's Creative Economy Council and Chair for the Boston Cultural Council.

Leila Tamari, Program Assistant

Leila Tamari joined ArtPlace America as Program Assistant in 2015. Most recently, Leila was Programming Coordinator at Creative Time for over three years, where she led various engagement initiatives and produced a diverse range of major public art projects in New York City, from solo artist commissions such as Suzanne Lacy's Between the Door and the Street (2013) and Kara Walker's A Subtlety... (2014) to group shows like Funk, God, Jazz, & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn (2014). Prior to her career in the arts non-profit sector, Leila was trained as a visual artist. She received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History with a Museums Concentration, and while there, she collaborated with notable artists Rick Lowe and Wendy Ewald, which led her to produce public art projects on a larger scale in her native town-New York City. With a budding passion for exploring public art practices globally, Leila presented her field research on public art spaces in Israel and Palestine at the 2011 Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference.


Ken May, executive director

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Special Thanks!
Charleston County Public Library
Penn Center

Colleton Museum & Farmer's Market

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Decade Later, New Orleans Nonprofits Cite Gains, Yet Worry Over the Future

By Megan O'Neil
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Melissa Sawyer founded the Youth Empowerment Project in 2004 in 1,200 square feet of rented space in Central City, a poor black neighborhood a mile southwest of the French Quarter. Her budget was $235,000, a combination of local grants and a state contract to help 25 young people caught up in the criminal-justice system.

 Today, the nonprofit has a $3.5-million operating budget. It owns its headquarters on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a resurgent commercial corridor, and serves up to 800 youths annually, providing education, and job- and life-skills programs. 

The accelerant was a burst of philanthropic dollars in New Orleans in the years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita roared through, overwhelmed the levee system, and caused catastrophic flooding.

 "We have grown so much over the last 11 years," Ms. Sawyer says. "Quite frankly, I don’t know where we would have been if Katrina hadn’t happened."

 Still, for all the organizational gains, Ms. Sawyer is deeply worried about sustainability. She recently had two six-figure, multiyear grants from national grant makers expire with no replacements in sight. And she worries about the young people who pass through her doors every day and make up some of metropolitan New Orleans’s ugliest statistics: a third of children are living in poverty, just 57 percent of black men are employed, and incarceration rates are triple national figures.

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