Monday, October 24, 2016

4 Reasons Millennials Abandon Your Website

By Allison Gauss

Although several think pieces have portrayed millennials as selfish and entitled, data shows that this generation wants to do good. The 2015 Millennial Impact Report found that 84 percent of those surveyed had made a charitable gift in 2014 and 70 percent had volunteered. This is welcome news for social impact organizations, especially since there are approximately 75 million millennials in the United States.

 It’s important to note, however, that this generation is best mobilized when you communicate with them online. Many millennials have never lived in a world without computers and when they want to learn about a cause, news story, or person, the internet is their first stop. The quality of your nonprofit organization’s website can therefore be the difference between being championed by millennials and being ignored by them.

 To help you understand how to cater to this generation, we unearthed four reasons millennials abandon websites. Fortunately, they are all within your power to address.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

12 Not-So-Great Realities About Nonprofits and Social Media


For more than a decade the blogosphere has touted the power and promise of social media (this blog included), but there is also a downside to using social media for your nonprofit. Granted, the positives do outweigh the negatives, but it is important to step back occasionally and take a critical look at how social media is impacting nonprofit technology at your organization as well as your digital staff. Beyond the power and promise, nonprofit technology needs to produce results that can be quantified and that’s becoming harder to do in respect to social media.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Things to Expect When Working With Volunteers on Your Big Event

By Holly Alexander

When you’re hosting a fundraiser, it’s a joy to work with passionate volunteers. But, despite good intentions, it’s not always easy to get everyone rowing in the same direction. Although it is best to avoid assumptions of people, it is wise to know beforehand what you can expect when working with any number of volunteers on one event. Here is a checklist of things to keep in mind before your big day.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) meeting on October 18 cancelled

The regular monthly meeting of the Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) which was scheduled for Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be held from 5:45-7:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., in Charleston.

For information contact Carolyn Lackey at

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

7 Non-Profits Leveraging Mobile Apps to Further Their Cause

By Andrew Gazdecki

...Despite Apple’s restrictions on donations, non-profit organizations are still utilizing mobile apps effectively, especially to drive engagement and donations from the 80 million millennials who are tied to their phones and looking to support a good cause.

Aside from fundraising, many nonprofit and charity groups have found the mobile environment to be incredibly helpful to attracting new supporters and creating a more unified, connected community of existing contributors.

From a fundraising aspect, many nonprofits have found success using mobile-oriented platforms, such as text-to-give campaigns, mobile donation portals and other strategies. These allow a nonprofit to target existing and potential supporters on their mobile device, without expending the resources necessary to actually develop a functioning mobile app. Other companies, like Bizness Apps, offer enterprise publishing programs whereby iOS apps can bypass the App Store altogether, with apps living in what is essentially a private version of the App Store with fewer regulations. Other alternative means of fundraising include…

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

4 Techniques to Boost Volunteer Engagement

By Jeff Gordy
Neon CRM

While a lot of nonprofits have highly developed strategies in place for engaging donors, many haven’t put as much thought into how to engage their volunteers.

However, volunteers are key constituents in an organization. They contribute something as equally valuable as monetary donations — they contribute their time, skills, and passion.

Chances are, your organization wouldn’t be able to do the work you do (or be as successful at furthering your cause) without help from volunteers.

As such, engaging your volunteers really deserves the same amount of thought and effort as engaging your donors. If you haven’t been actively engaging your volunteers, it can be difficult to figure out how to best approach new strategies.

Don’t worry; we’re about to eliminate some of that uncertainty! In this post we’ll cover four techniques to boost volunteer engagement, including:

 * Recording volunteer data in your customer relationship management (CRM) system.
* Creating volunteer-specific outreach strategies.
* Offering a diverse set of volunteer opportunities.
* Hosting volunteer appreciation events.

By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll be on your way to creating a plan that attracts a larger, more engaged volunteer base.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

4 Case Statement Ideas That Worked

By the Non Profit Times

A strong foundation is the beginning to building a solid house. No matter how great your curb appeal, cracks in your foundation will cost you big time next time you renovate. Fundraising is the foundation your organization is built on, and should be a priority when proposing organizational change.

At the recent Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in National Harbor, Margie Kim, chief philanthropy officer at The Trust for Public Land, Daniel Scarpelli, vice president for philanthropy operations at The Trust for Public Land, and Rebecca Girvin-Argon, vice president for development at The Montpelier Foundation led a session titled “REV IT UP! Fundraising as a Driver of Organizational Change (and Revenue.)” During this session, the trio used The Trust for Public Land as a case study and discussed the following:

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