Thursday, January 12, 2017

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Jan. 17

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, January 17
in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Chris Brooks, Director of Community Relations, East Cooper Meals on Wheels'

His topic will be:   “Seeking Grant and Business Support in Our Trident Area Community”

Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the grants process.

For more information, call 843.452.4492 or email

13 More Powerful Nonprofit Stats You Need To Know

Published  by  in Nonprofit Technology
I’ve always been a big fan of history.

While other kids in my class would groan over learning why the Alien and Sedition Acts were pivotal to understanding the threats to our First Amendment rights, I would dive deep on my own into the lessons I was taught.

If only I had that dedication in math.

I am a firm believer in learning from our past in order to avoid major pitfalls in our future. We all should learn from history to make the best decisions about present situations.

Nonprofits are no exception.

In order to help nonprofits to make the best decisions about their campaigns or whether they should invest in new membership management software, I have compiled yet another list of powerful statistics that all nonprofit professionals need to know.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Helping out for Jan. 4 from The Charleston Regional Business Journal

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

The Sisters of Charity Foundation is partnering with the S.C. Association of Nonprofit Organizations to design a comprehensive, statewide learning and development program focused on excellence in nonprofit practice.

The new, grant-funded program will provide opportunities that build on the foundation’s Carolina Academy program that trained more than 1,500 nonprofits leaders and practitioners over the past nine years. SCANPO is expected to announce the program schedule in the coming weeks.

Charleston Trees, a committee of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, is hosting its annual oyster roast fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lowndes Grove Plantation in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $45 each and include oysters, chili, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages plus live music.

The Glass Onion’s January charity tasting will benefit the cycling nonprofit Charleston Moves. It is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, and tastings will include local whiskeys, such as High Wire Distilling’s straight bourbon whiskey and Virgil Kaine’s ginger-infused bourbon, and small bites for $10 per person.

The ninth annual Chase After a Cure Gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $125 each and include hors d’oeuvres from Hamby Catering, auctions and live entertainment including Quiana Parler.

Proceeds will benefit Chase After a Cure and its mission to support pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.

For links to the above events and organizations, click here

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Three Major Nonprofit Trends For 2017

Gloria Horsley
Dr. Gloria Horsley is Founder of Open to Hope Foundation, a community where people can find hope after loss through forums and more.

 From operations and technology to marketing and fundraising, there are many trends shaping the nonprofit sector that I've seen firsthand at my own foundation and in the strategy we've laid out to achieve in 2016.

It’s important to start looking ahead to the new year when you are in the throes of annual budget planning. With that in mind, here are some of the areas our organization is focusing on based on key trends that your nonprofit may also want to consider: 
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

News of area nonprofits from Charleston Regional Business Journal

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

The Duke Energy Foundation has donated $25,000 to the S.C. Aquarium to support the traveling environmental education outreach program Rovers, underwriting service specifically to seventh-graders in Lee and Marion counties.

East Cooper Community Outreach’s Adopt a Family and Operation Fir projects are providing gifts and decorations to families. Adopt a Family collects donated toys, books, bikes and other children’s gifts to distribute for the holidays. The program has assisted 401 families, including 877 children, with 741 bags and boxes of toys since 2012. Operation Fir uses monetary donations to deliver Christmas trees and decorations to families in need.

Maris DeHart boutique, at 32 Vendue Range in Charleston, is participating in the Curator Covets donation program by donating 20% of selected sales through Feb. 28 to Lowcountry Orphan Relief. More information is available online.

The Music and Oysters for Wildlife fundraiser will be held from 1:30-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17 N. in Awendaw. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate and include all-you-can-eat oysters and music. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Coastal South Carolina.

Localpalooza, a fundraiser to benefit several Charleston-area nonprofits, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at 1630 Meeting St. in Charleston. Advance tickets are $15 through Jan. 15 and $18 afterward. Children 12 and younger get in free. Admission includes music, food and activities for children and adults. Nonprofits to benefit from the proceeds include Race 4 Achievement, We Are Family, Charleston Animal Society and CharlestonGood.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Emergence of Skill Based Volunteering and Employee Engagement Benefits

By Omid Ghiam
Guest author

It’s no question that strategic corporate engagement in philanthropic causes can greatly help the community on a deep level. It’s important to engage your employees and coworkers with nonprofits that are interesting to them. Sometimes it can be difficult pairing up the perfect events for your company. It’s hard to tell if your employees are really applying their knowledge to specific nonprofit events. All you can do is hope that all your corporate social responsibilities will fall into place. But sometimes instead of hoping, you have to discover the answer on your own. This is where skill based volunteering comes to play.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Blackbaud Reveals This Year’s Most Fascinating Philanthropy Stats

Charleston, S.C. (December 19, 2016) — Blackbaud, Inc., the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, has announced that its comprehensive, trusted collection of 50 Fascinating Philanthropy Stats has been updated with trend data from the sector’s latest reports. These statistics cover a wide scope of topics from donor characteristics, platform preferences, overall giving performance complete with context and analysis.
“As seen in this collection, the vast majority of giving to nonprofits comes from individuals, and that trend has been true for quite some time, foundations make up another 16 percent of giving and the rest comes from corporations and bequests,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of Data and Analytics. “These 50 statistics paint a picture of the sector’s performance so that fundraising professionals, media, partner organizations, and others can easily sort through the trends that matter to them.”