Monday, April 14, 2014

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet April 15

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, April 15, at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston from 5:45 – 7:30.

The speaker will be  Sandy Clair, Executive Director, Charleston Area Senior Citizens.   

Topic: What Grant Writers Need to Know About In-Kind Donations”

§        Does your organization rely heavily on in-kind donations?
§        Do you know what to include as in-kind donations?
§        Do you know how to track the current value of volunteer time?
§        Do you know how to determine the fair value of a donation?

In-kind donations not only show public support given to your organization but they also show “true costs” of activities. Be sure you are taking advantage of these valuable contributions and recording them correctly.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Channel: Nonprofit software deemed a must-have by many charities

Nonprofits represent a challenging market for channel companies.

On the one hand, there are lots of potential customers under the nonprofit banner. The National Center for Charitable Statistics puts the population of tax-exempt organizations in the United States at 1.4 million. This population includes public charities, private foundations and other groups, such as fraternal organizations. In terms of headcount, the nonprofit sector ranks third after retail and manufacturing, employing 10.7 million paid workers in 2010, according to the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Employment Data Project. That's twice the size of the employment rolls in finance and insurance, the project noted. We are definitely seeing people move toward trying to run their nonprofit like a business. Dean Quiambao, director, Amanino LLC

But nonprofits typically don't spend lavishly on IT. The percentage of donations spent on overhead versus core missions varies from nonprofit to nonprofit.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey Points to Tough Road Ahead

By Ruth McCambridge
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)

What the Nonprofit Finance Fund found in its 2014 annual survey of the financial state of nonprofits suggests that nonprofits are experiencing increased need for the sixth straight year and that need is expected to persist. Additionally, a record number of nonprofits are unable to meet that need.

Here are the topline results for the survey of more than 5,000 organizations. We will take a deeper look tomorrow.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nonprofit Navigators are Heroes and Heroines of Healthcare Reform

By Rick Cohen
          From The Nonprofit Quarterly

Regardless of one’s feelings about the Affordable Care Act, it is difficult to not admire the efforts of the nonprofit navigators who have been helping people sign up for health insurance on the exchanges. The navigators’ jobs were hardly easy, hampered by exchange websites ridden with “glitches,” to use the term of the moment, if not actually seriously and fundamentally flawed. Navigators were launched by the federal government way too late in the ACA timetable and given inadequate time to prepare and train, but they have generally persevered in their mission. As they struggled to help people sign up for insurance, they have found themselves under attack by state legislators and members of Congress eager to find ways to hinder and limit their activities.

The navigators are a stunning example of what it means to be a nonprofit: helping disadvantaged people access the resources and support they need and deserve and, in the process, making government programs actually work despite being riddled with elements that look virtually designed to make them all but dysfunctional.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Trend Report: Sector-Switching

By Jennifer Amanda Jones
NonProfit Quarterly (NPQ)

Until recently, the boundary between for-profit and nonprofit, at least in theory and public perception, was clear. There was a distinction, codified by legal status and crystalized in a collective understanding of disparate motivations and bottom lines. The for-profit world made a profit, and the nonprofit world made a difference.

Today, that boundary has become increasingly blurred, at least in terms of discourse. The term social enterprise isbandied about with very little exactitude. It is linked to the development of so-called hybrid forms like B corporations and L3Cs, neither of which have been proven to be monuments to effectiveness so far. Perhaps that is not where the real action is; perhaps it’s in hybridity—that is, borrowing from and linking to the work of the other sector while retaining a clear sense of integrity. (Nonprofit Quarterly will have much more about this last topic in the next edition of the print journal.)

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thinking About a Nonprofit Job? Here's What You Should Know

By Alison Green
U.S. News and World Report Online

If you’d like to spend your days helping people, working for a cause or otherwise doing something to improve your community or the world, working at a nonprofit might be for you.

Here’s what you should know about the vast and growing world of nonprofit work.

What does it mean to be a nonprofit? Nonprofits are organizations that work to improve the common good of society in some way, typically through charitable, educational, scientific or religious means. Their defining characteristic is that they don’t distribute a profit to private individuals (such as owners or investors); instead, they use all available revenue to serve the public interest in some way.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits

From Nonprofit Tech For Good
March 2, 2014
FINAL BOOK COVER for BlogBased on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. Written on the premise that all communications and fundraising are now mobile and social, Mobile for Goodprovides step-by-step how-tos and best practices for:
  • Writing and implementing a fundraising and content strategy
  • Launching a mobile-compatible website and email communications
  • Crowdfunding and social fundraising campaigns
  • Utilizing text messaging and text-to-give
  • Fundraising via smartphone apps and mobile wallets
  • Telling your nonprofit’s story through blogging
  • Creating visual content, such as branded images, infographics, and video
  • Using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr
  • Reporting live from events and communicating online in real-time
  • Crafting a mobile and social media policy
  • Avoiding mobile and social media burnout

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