Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

The presenter will be Sudie Alexander, Foundation Center Trainer.    Her topic will be “Introduction to Fundraising Planning.'

The program is a joint presentation of The Foundation Center and the Charleston County Public Library, a Funding Information Network (FIN) partner with The Foundation Center.

Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the grants process.
For more information, call 843.452.4492 or

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Giving Together Has Exponential Effects On Communities

by Debra Mesch, Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Virginia Mills,Board Chair of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network

Philanthropy used to imply a flashy name and a big check. Today philanthropy involves many checks and many donors committed to working together to change lives and communities. Collective giving or giving circles, as they are known, have been quietly at work for decades. Now, they are front and center in the world of philanthropy as a movement that continues to gain in popularity, strength and results.

Collective giving is a form of grantmaking that involves learning, decision making and community building together – activities that particularly appeal to women donors. Participants who are part of a collective giving grantmaking organization, or giving circle, aren’t as likely to simply give a check and move on. They are engaged for the longer term. They want to learn about the needs of their community, read letters of inquiry from nonprofits, go on site visits, do due diligence on prospective grantees and ultimately vote democratically on which nonprofits receive grants. Moreover, they tend to not only stay involved in their organization, but often become donors, volunteers or board members of an organization that they encountered through the vetting process.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Digital Donors Changing Charitable Communications

By Andy Segedin
The Nonprofit Times

Digital donors are pushing charities to communicate with them the way they prefer. Millennials identified social media as the preferred method in 43 percent of cases, followed by email at 21 percent. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers both prefer email, 30 percent and 26 percent, followed by social media, 21 percent and 24 percent.

Nonprofits across the globe have responded. Three-quarters of organizations worldwide accept online donations. In addition, 95 percent of organizations have a Facebook page, 92 percent have a website and 83 percent use Twitter.

The data is from Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) 2016 Global NGO Online Technology report, which encompassed 2,780 organizations in 133 countries and 355 donors in 27 countries. PIR, located in Reston, Va., is the nonprofit operator of the .org and .ngo domains.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Helping Out for Feb. 1 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

Charleston Regional Business Journal

Mount Pleasant pediatric dental office Kids Teeth is hosting a Healthy Smile Selfie contest. During the month of February, take a photo of your children practicing good dental hygiene, upload it to your Facebook page and tag @kidsteethsc or share it on Instagram using #healthysmileselfie. For each entry submitted, Kids Teeth will donate $1 to Windwood Farm, a home for boys who have been abused or neglected. The winner will receive one year of free dental care and a child’s Fitbit.

Tiger Lily florist shop in Charleston has selected Chase After a Cure to participate in its new Charity in Bloom program. During the month of February, 20% of the proceeds from the Charity in Bloom special arrangement will support the nonprofit’s work funding pediatric cancer research. The arrangement includes a variety of pink and white roses and hydrangeas and is available in four sizes, with prices ranging from $85 to $200. Order the arrangement online or call 843-723-2808. Attendees at the ninth annual Chase After a Cure gala on Feb. 4 will have a chance to bid on the Charity in Bloom arrangement as part of a silent auction. Click here for more information on the event.

Charleston has been named one of eight communities nationwide as “Great American Defense Communities” by the Association of Defense Communities. The Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball team was cited among the many reasons for Charleston’s recognition with the support provided by the club to military families. Over the next six months, each community will host a local event recognizing its selection. The events will culminate in a special reception and congressional breakfast during the Defense Communities National Summit June 19-21 in Washington, D.C.

Bosch will host the third annual Bosch 5K run at 9 a.m. March 18 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Participants can register online and will receive a New Balance race shirt. Proceeds will benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center.

Carolina Youth Development Center will hold its annual Shuckin’ for Shelter charity oyster roast from 2-5 p.m. March 25 at Oakley Farms, 112 Paso Lane in Moncks Corner. Proceeds will benefit the Callen-Lacey Center for Children, an emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving children in foster care who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Attendees can bring their own food and drink. Music, cornhole, children’s games and activities will be part of the event.

Kirk Saville with BJ's Wholesale Club (right) surprised Robin Smith, a teacher at Edmund A. Burns Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, with a donation of more than $100,000 to help fund classroom projects in the Lowcountry through 

BJ’s Wholesale Club has donated $100,000 to fund all classroom projects listed by teachers in Charleston, Summerville and neighboring communities through the crowd-funding website The donation from BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 141 teacher-led projects, benefiting 846 students in 65 local schools.

The 13th annual Respite Care Charleston golf tournament fundraiser is April 3 at the Seabrook Island Club. Registration is $150 per person and includes greens fee, cart, lunch, contests, refreshments and awards reception. Tickets for the reception and awards ceremony are $25.

The Pork & Pearls oyster and pig roast benefiting Windwood Family Services will be held from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Volvo Cars Stadium on Daniel Island. Tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12. Admission includes live music, beverages and all-you-can eat oysters and barbecue.

Charleston Surfrider’s Love Your Ocean fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Redux Studios, 136 St. Philip St. in Charleston and will feature a silent auction, live music, beer from SweetWater Brewing, vodka from Cathead and food from Middleton Place restaurant. Each ticket is $15 and includes one drink. All proceeds will support Charleston Surfrider’s programs and campaigns, such as Rise Above Plastics and Ocean Friendly Restaurants.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

5 Steps on Building Traffic to Your Nonprofit Blog [Infographic]

By Alan Rita

Raising awareness is one of the top priorities of nonprofit organizations. You need people to support, uphold, and take action to pursue your goals. More importantly, you need their donations to keep these pursuits alive.
The only problem is that your budget can be really tight, especially for a nonprofit blog. To raise brand awareness, you need to develop a solid promotion strategy that’s not only cost-effective, but is also sustainable in the long run.
Without further ado, here are seven steps you should try to bring traffic to your nonprofit blog:

1. Start with Content

Your content will be the most important tool you have for growing your blog. You need to express your dedication as a nonprofit blogger by consistently publishing quality content. This could be anything such as news updates, opinion pieces, to actionable advisories that will get your audience more involved.
Apart from written content, you should also incorporate other content types in your strategy to compel and engage your audience:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Helping out for Jan. 25 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
The Charleston RiverDogs and Charleston County School District have partnered for Reading Around the Bases, a baseball-themed reading program for local students.
The 12-week program began Thursday, with participating second-grade students receiving a Reading Challenge packet with a scorecard, tracking sheet and personal baseball card. Students move around the bases on their scorecard based on how many pages they read: 100 pages for a single, 200 for a double, 300 for a triple and 500 for a home run.
RiverDogs personnel will visit schools throughout the program to serve as volunteer readers. The winning second-grade class from each school will receive special seating and recognition at a RiverDogs game May 31.

Charleston Young Professionals, a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with Be A Mentor, a nonprofit organization headquartered in North Charleston, to encourage young professionals’ involvement with area young people. Be A Mentor has programs designed to help children from elementary to high school age with academics, career choices, goal-setting and socialization skills. An information session will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Coastal Community Foundation.

SC Thrive is offering free help to many taxpayers with current year returns and up to three years of back taxes. Anyone with an adjusted gross income of less than $65,000, or $95,000 for married filing jointly, is eligible. You can file online or get help at the following locations:
Berkeley County Prosperity Center, at 325 E. Main St. in Moncks Corner, and Dorchester County Prosperity Center, at 222 Old Trolley Road in Summerville. More locations for tax preparation help are available here.

The seventh annual Duke Pitchforks concert to benefit Halos is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. in Charleston. Advance tickets are $10 for students and $25 for general admission. Tickets at the door will be $15 for students and $30 for general admission, if any remain.

Eli’s Table, at 129 Meeting St. in Charleston, is hosting a Dinner for a Cause on Tuesday, with 10% of all dinner sales donated to the Jackson Parker Foundation.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bandi Elkins names SCANPO membership development manager

From the Moultrie News

Brandi Elkins has been named the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations' (SCANPO) membership development manager. In this role, Elkins will oversee serving the association’s members and working with the organization’s membership committee to attract new members from across the state.
Elkins joins the SCANPO team with more than 14 years of experience in managing nonprofits as an independent consultant, a chief financial officer and an executive director, including previously running the Mount Pleasant-based nonprofit, Creative Spark. She has served as board treasurer for the League of Charleston Theatres, has been a member of the Charleston Marathon’s YEA Grant Program Review Committee and has served as a fiscal agent for the inaugural year of Engaging Creative Minds in the Charleston County School District.
A Mount Pleasant resident, Elkins enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Eric, her daughter Evelyn and their two German Shorthaired Pointers, Mosby and Ruger.