Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet March 21

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, March 21 from 5:45-7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Jamie Healy, Grants Administrator with the Charleston Animal Society.   Her topic will be:  “Grant Prospecting and Relationship Development”

For more information contact Carolyn Lackey at  carolynlackey@comcast.net

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Knight Makes $4.8M Philanthropic Investment in Local News

By Anne Eigeman
The Nonprofit Quarterly

[Recently], the news industry made some news itself when the nonprofit Poynter Institute released information about an $881,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to strengthen local journalism with a focus on digital and cultural transformation. Charged with building on conclusions from an initial program last year, the Poynter Local News Innovation Program will be open to up to 20 news organizations “of varying sizes, geographies and ownership models” per year over three years with content and training provided through online platforms and in-person workshops and seminars. The Poynter program is part of a larger collaboration between Knight and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism called the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative. (We covered the foundation of the Lenfest Institute, formerly the Institute for Journalism in New Media, in a series of articles last year, including one with a specific reference to Knight.)
In a statement, Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism, said the program, “recognizes the importance of a concerted, strategic effort to address the challenges that local news organizations are facing in the digital age.” She added, “This next phase will help to create a model for the digital transformation of news organizations that can be shared across the country, helping local journalists better connect with their audiences and develop new innovations in storytelling.”

Monday, March 13, 2017

Introduction to Seeking Grants at the Main Library March 16

"Introduction to Seeking Grants" will be held Thursday, March 16 from 12-1 p.m.  in the Foundation Center Resources Area on the Second Floor of the Main Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

Explore the grants database, learn basic and advanced search functions and research foundation profiles. Handouts will be provided, and participants can practice after the presentation.

CCPL is a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner with the Foundation Center. Visit www.foundationcenter.org for more information.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Helping Out for March 8 -- Nonprofit news from the Charleston Regional Business Journal

Helping Out for March 8, 2017

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

Lowcountry Wingapalooza will be held at 7 p.m., April 28 in the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed at 375 Meeting St. The annual event raises money for Eagle Harbor Ranch, a place for orphaned, neglected, abused or abandoned children ages 4 to 21.

Wingapalooza features a collection of Charleston’s wing restaurants, allowing attendees to sample and vote for their favorites. A panel of culinary judges also will be sampling, judging and selecting award winners in different categories.

Tickets include entrance into the event, a sampling of every wing restaurant and the chance to vote for a favorite. Drinks and alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online here.

Starting this month and running through May, Chase After a Cure is offering an opportunity to raise money for cancer research and a second chance for new year’s fitness resolutions with the Procrastinators Challenge.

Participants can sign up for one month or all three months and select the number of workouts in that time period along with fundraising goals.

Participants in the Procrastinators Challenge are encouraged to share their fundraising page on social media using #CAACFitness. Prizes will be given each month to the team/individual that raises the most money and for those who work out and share the most.

Chase After a Cure funds research and clinical trials that have the potential to help the lives of pediatric cancer patients. Since its founding, the organization has provided more than $500,000 to pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Click here for more information or to sign up for the Procrastinators Challenge.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Report: Senior Services Lag Population Need

By Andy Segedin
The Nonprofit Times

The population of Americans older than age 65 is expected to reach 98.2 billion by 2060, about double the U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2015. Aging services organizations (ASOs) have plenty of catching up to do in the meantime as such organizations currently lag in both number and resources.

The authors of Giving and the Golden Years, a special report by Giving USA, show that ASOs — nonprofits providing services for aging populations such as food programs, adult day care, in-home service and nursing — make up just six percent of nonprofits. This compares to 24.5 percent, the number of American households currently headed by someone age 65 or older. The location of such services is also of potential issue. “Retirement states” such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina all rank in the bottom quarter of states in terms of ASOs per capita. Great Plains states such as Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota rank near the top.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nonprofit news: Helping Out for March1

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 dailyjournal@scbiznews.com.

The Shifa Clinic’s annual benefit dinner is March 18 at the Holiday Inn Charleston – Mount Pleasant. The event includes speakers Dr. Altaf Hussain and Jennet Robinson Alterman and benefits the clinic’s health care outreach program for uninsured and underinsured people. Donations can be made and tickets can be purchased online.

Tiger Lily florist is giving away 200 daffodil bouquets on International Women’s Day, which is March 8. A requested $5 donation for the flowers will go to Thrive SC, which provides transitional housing, services and support for women and children survivors of domestic violence.

The Glass Onion’s monthly charity tasting, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 8, will benefit the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. Spring wines including Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc and Domaine Badoz Cotes du Jura Trousseau from the Country Vintner will be available along with small bites for $10 per person. Tickets are available online.

MUSC Health has partnered with the Charleston RiverDogs for community outreach of health care education and services. The partnership will include health consultation for RiverDogs concession selections, a breastfeeding station at the stadium and interaction with children to promote healthy lifestyles. RiverDogs players will have access to MUSC Health services.

We Are Family is hosting Closet Case, a popup thrift store, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Enough Pie, 1630-1 Meeting St Road, Suite 306, in Charleston. The sale will include a variety of items, such as vintage finds, funky housewares, furniture, or possibly a mounted unicorn head. We Are Family hopes to open a thrift store and drop-in center for domestically displaced youth. The pop-up sale is part of Charleston Work Week.

Destiny Community Cafe, at 5060 Dorchester Road, Suite 320, in North Charleston, is hosting a community effort from noon-2 p.m. March 9 to focus attention on food insecurity and social injustice. The cafe allows customers to pay what they can for a meal. A donation of $10 is suggested. Customers can also donate $20 as a pay-it-forward gesture or volunteer at the cafe in exchange for a meal.

An oyster roast to benefit Pet Helpers will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. March 17 at the Visitors Center bus shed at 375 Meeting St. in Charleston. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The seventh annual Dancing With The Ark’s Stars is at 7 p.m. March 11 at Pinewood Preparatory School, at 114 Orangeburg Road in Summerville. Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Ark, which provides services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

The 2017 celebrity dancers are:

Katie Arrington, ​vice president of operations, Dispersive Technologies
Roland Fulcher, ​orthodontist/ owner at Lowcountry Orthodontics
Rebecca Holtzclaw, ​cosmetologist/owner, Signori Mani Salon & Day Spa
Skipper Kress, ​beverage director, Red’s Ice House 
Suzanne Morgan, mortgage loan consultant, TowneBank Mortgage
Billy Penn, ​captain, Summerville Fire & Rescue Department
Thomas Taylor, chiropractor, Alignment Specific Chiropractic Clinic 
Hannah Wimberly, ​state trooper, S.C. Highway Patrol

The eighth annual Hope on Goat benefit, scheduled for 2-6 p.m. March 25 at Goat Island Gatherings, will benefit Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston. Tickets are $55 for adults, $20 for children 3-12 and free for 2 and younger and includes a ferry ride from the Isle of Palms Marina. Guests can bring their own food and beverages. No chairs or blankets are allowed, and seating will be provided.

The 29th annual Charleston Kids Fair is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26 at the Gaillard Center. Children younger than 18 get in free and must be accompanied by an adult. Admission for adults is $5. Proceeds will support Lowcountry students, scholarship programs and community organizations.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Online Giving to Nonprofit Organizations Reaches a Record High in 2016

Based on the largest analysis of charitable giving data, Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, has announced the availability of its annual Charitable Giving Report, featuring the most comprehensive look at how nonprofit fundraising performed in 2016. Released under the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, the report analyzes trends from more than $23 billion in fundraising revenue from 2016 and provides the latest insights from leading industry experts to help inform fundraising strategies.
“This fifth annual edition of the Charitable Giving Report includes expanded insights from the Blackbaud Institute,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of Data and Analytics. “For the first time, we’re including key insights into donor demographics, retention trends, generational giving, and significant online donations in addition to our charitable giving research.”
According to the report, overall giving to K-12 education and arts & culture sectors grew the most in 2016, and the healthcare sector experienced the largest decrease in year-over-year fundraising with a 4.5% drop. In 2016, overall giving to large organizations grew by 1.0%, medium organizations increased 1.7% and small nonprofits experienced flat growth while online giving to large organizations grew by 6.3%, medium organizations grew 11.4% and small nonprofits grew 8.1%, on a year-over-year basis.