Monday, October 20, 2014

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Oct. 21

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, October 21 in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Amanda Holling, Business Librarian, Charleston County Public Library.  Her topic will be Demonstration of Research Databases with Information for Nonprofit Grant Writers”

Amanda will demonstrate databases such as the DemographicsNow which has lots of easy-to-find demographics & statistics that would be helpful for grant writing,

Other databases demonstrated include the Small Business Reference Center (SBRC) and Business Source Premiere. SBRC has the full text of several of the Nolo Press books including a couple on fundraising and running nonprofits.  Business Source Premiere has a large number of trade journal articles including journals covering the nonprofit sector. 

If time allows, we will also have a “Q&A Session” to address questions on grant writing.
Hope you can be with us tomorrow night and enjoy Mary Jo’s Annual Delicious Halloween Treats!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

US Charitable Aid Lags in West Africa’s Ebola Fight

Voice of America

Despite the U.S. government’s widespread effort to fight Ebola in West Africa, with thousands of troops and hundreds of millions of dollars, the private sector has shown little enthusiasm for charitable giving to the beleaguered region.

A few individuals and organizations have shown largesse. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan recently pledged $25 million of the couple’s Facebook fortune to the CDC Foundation to combat the virus. Earlier, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationcommitted $50 million to international efforts, and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s family foundationdonated at least $20 million.

However, for most Americans, Ebola is "on our news radar, but it doesn’t seem to be on our philanthropic radar," said Patrick Rooney, associate dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Since March, the virus ravaging West Africa has killed more than 4,500 and sickened at least twice as many, almost entirely in Guinea, Sierra Leone and especially Liberia. While recent infections in the United States have brought home the disease’s worldwide threat, to date “overall giving in this disaster has been pretty low – particularly by households and corporations,” Rooney said.

He and other experts attribute the tepid response to several factors:  Americans’ limited familiarity with the continent, uncertainty about how best to help, and a perception among some potential donors that the U.S. government already is responding sufficiently on their behalf.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11 nonprofits showcased at S.C. Federal Credit Union Foundation Fair

From Moultrie News

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Foundation is pleased to host 11 nonprofits to showcase the role of corporate giving and power of employee engagement. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at the corporate headquarters, 6265 Rivers Ave.

In conjunction with the 2014 International Credit Union Day and its theme, “Local Service, Global Good,” the evening will offer opportunities for involvement in each of its featured nonprofits.

The 11 nonprofit partners include: American Red Cross – Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, American Red Cross – Columbia Region, Lowcountry Food Bank, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Trident United Way, United Way of the Midlands, Georgetown County United Way, Water Missions International, Eagle Harbor Ranch and the South Carolina Federal Employee Relief Fund.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nonprofits Must Show How They Serve the Common Good

By Mark Rosenman
In "The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit organizations and foundations have to make hard strategic choices about how and where to take action as problems grow worse and resources are stretched even thinner. Essentially, they need to think about their distinctive societal role in considering their options.

organizations seeking ways to do good: social-benefit corporations, for-profits owned by nonprofits, groups offering social-impact bonds and market-financing schemes, and other efforts that have increasingly blurred the lines between nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Based on findings from years of personal polling from the back seats of taxicabs around the nation, I've found the public thinks that nonprofit organizations are characterized by volunteerism, sacrifice, and donations from rich and poor—all in service to those in dire need. But that’s clearly not true for much of the charitable world. What, for instance, makes a nonprofit day care center different from a for-profit one across the street?

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Wells Fargo donates to 19 nonprofits in 'day of giving'

From The Savannah Morning News

Wells Fargo employees have picked 19 nonprofits across Savannah for $1,000 grants as the bank’s Days of Giving program celebrates its fifth anniversary in Savannah. The program allows employees to honor groups that are helping in their local communities.

“The collective work of these 19 nonprofits makes a huge impact in our communities,” said Olga Lopez, area president for Wells Fargo. “Our community has a variety of needs, and we are honored to support these groups in their efforts to change Savannah for the better — one step at a time.”

The following groups received their checks Wednesday at a community breakfast at Woodville-Tompkins Career High School, 151 Coach Joe Turner St.:

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Foundation Center Releases Innovative Data Visualization Platform

"Foundation Maps" Shows Who Is Funding What Around the World

New York, NY — October 8, 2014. Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Maps, a data visualization platform that helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. Foundation Mapsgives users the ability to generate maps and charts revealing connections between funders, their grants, and their partners around the corner and around the world.
"Access to detailed funding data — and ways to make sense of that information — is essential to understanding the field of philanthropy, your place within it, and new opportunities to make a difference," said Lisa Philp, Foundation Center's vice president for strategic philanthropy. "Foundation Maps sets a new standard for the field when it comes to facilitating transparent, effective, and collaborative philanthropy."
Foundation Maps serves as the platform on which a variety of subscription-based, free, and custom projects are built. Relying on Foundation Center's deep databases of foundations and their grants, it covers more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion made by over 33,000 foundations to nearly 300,000 recipients around the world.
Foundation Maps can be valuable to various types of users, including:
  • A foundation program officer who wants to identify new partners for collaboration.
  • A philanthropy network searching for information on funding programs in its area of interest and details about the associated grants and grantmakers.
  • A foundation consultant who seeks a solid understanding of broad trends in the field and needs to constantly monitor changes across the sector.
  • A nonprofit fundraiser who wants to use maps and charts to bolster the case for funding support in a geographic region or subject area.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Local nonprofit asks for financial help in fight against poverty

By Jim Tatum
Summerville Journal Scene via The Post and Courier

The Charleston Human Services Commission will have a new name to match its expanded service area in January.

The nonprofit, which operates largely on federal funds, helps the economically underprivileged with a variety of issues, from medical needs to educational assistance.
The commission works in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties and recently added Beaufort and Jasper counties.

The agency will change its name in January to the Palmetto Community Action Partnership, Executive Director Arnold Collins told the Dorchester County Council on Monday.
"Tri-county no longer works for us - we have added to that," he said.

But the additional counties means more clients - and with federal budgets flat, those dollars that fund the commission only go so far, Collins said.