Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Doing Good: Foundation supports local nonprofits that serve kids

By Devika Rao
For the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Rite Aid Foundation on Sept. 18 presented five $10,000 KidCents grants to five local, kid-focused non-profit organizations across the Atlanta area to continue their work in improving the health and well-being of children. The grants are in celebration of an enhancement to The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, an in-store round up program that supports non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children.

“We wanted to focus on the kids because our core value is to take care of our neighbors,” said Todd Davidson, pharmacy district manager for Rite Aid. “With this new phase of KidCents, we were excited to get involved with the great charities that work to better our kids lives.”

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuning In: Local nonprofit to launch Charleston-oriented radio station

By Abigail Darlington, The Post and Courier
They're starting a radio station.

Ohm Radio

What: A proposed noncommercial radio station for local music and community discussion.
Founders: Media Reform S.C., a local nonprofit organization.
Channel: 96.3 FM.
Launch Date: Fall 2015.
"Should it say 'Community radio station?' " Vikki Matsis said from behind her laptop as she and other members of Media Reform S.C. drafted the opening of their first email newsletter about Ohm Radio.

"I think, keep it simple. It creates some intrigue," said Lee Barbour, a local musician and board member of the nonprofit. He's also Matsis' husband. "It's not every day people hear about a new radio station."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

By Linda Poon

"Charities and individual philanthropies have given generously and they can make a big difference," President Obama emphasized yesterday during his announcement of U.S. plans for addressing Ebola.
 Indeed, one nonprofit has had a huge impact from the start of this outbreak. Doctors Without Borders established the first treatment centers back in March after officials confirmed that the virus had killed 59 people in Guinea.

The group's president, Dr. Joanne Liu, has been critical of the international response, calling it "too little, too late."

Now, with the outbreak surging in West Africa, nonprofits and philanthropists are ramping up their efforts.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Thursday, Sept. 11

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:45 - 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Main Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

Presenters will be Jennifer Ross, Gibbes Museum of Art Director of Development and Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections. Their topic:  “Lessons Learned - Securing a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant”. 

The special guest for the meeting will be Louise Milone, Regional Training Specialist with the Foundation Center in Atlanta.  She will give an overview of her role at the Foundation Center. 

 For information call 452-4492 or email carolynlackey@comcast.net.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New “Shared Insight” Fund Opens to Help Build Constituent Engagement

By Ruth McCambridge
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)

The power and value of deep constituent engagement and mutual accountability between nonprofits and constituents is a theme often repeated by NPQ. So our coverage of the nonprofit elements of this new "Shared Insight" grant program feels like a possible understatement because many of the foundations involved are philanthropic leaders. Could this mean that philanthropy will, in the future, support more seriously and consistently the democratic purpose of the nonprofit sector?

Today, seven foundations announced a collaborative grantmaking program aimed at helping foundations become more open about information sharing and helping nonprofits be more responsive to and better informed by the people meant to be helped by the organizations’ work. This second category of grants, dubbed “grant proposals for collaborative approaches to hearing from the people,” is divided into two areas: one focused on practice and one on research. This component of the Fund for Shared Insight is open to proposals from nonprofits that want to build systems that engage and use the intelligence of the communities being served to build the effectiveness of their organizations.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Executive Q&A: Competition, technology forcing nonprofits to change

By Patricia Simms
The Wisconsin State Journal

The nonprofit world has changed in the last 10 years, with increased competition from for-profit companies in fields like hospice and home health care — services once dominated by nonprofits, says Melanie Ramey, CEO of The Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts (HOPE) of Wisconsin.
Ramey has spent much of her career heading a nonprofit.

“Slightly more than half of the hospices in the U.S. are for-profit,” she said. “Many of them are parts of national chains or are owned as a division of a national corporation. Their reimbursement is the same, but they have the advantage of centralized purchasing power, issuing stock, and the other opportunities of a for-profit business.”

Rapid technological change is also pressuring nonprofits, she said.  For example, hospices, regardless of size, have been forced to collect a lot of data in the last few years to file claims for reimbursement and to comply with other Medicare requirements.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nonprofits have a history of advocating for social change

By Kelly Otte
The Tallahassee Democrat (FL)

In the four years I've been writing this column I have talked mostly about nonprofit management and board governance. Having high-performing volunteer and professional leadership is the difference between organizations with good ideas and those actually making impactful strides towards accomplishing their mission.

I view effective and efficient management as strategies for achieving the greater good. For me, the greater good is in working to change the way our society views issues important to me. I'm proud of my work as a nonprofit manager, but I'm more proud of my work as a social change agent.

I came to nonprofit work because I had been volunteering in battered women's shelters in Nevada and Virginia. In 1986, I was completely outraged at the lack of institutional and legal concern for women being killed by their boyfriends and husbands. My first mentor, Dr. Alice Twining, in Norfolk, Va., told me I could earn a living while working to change the way society viewed battered women and their children. Then she hired me for my first paid position in a nonprofit.

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