Friday, May 19, 2017

Advice for Nonprofits on Hiring the Next Great Fundraiser—Don’t Overlook Older Candidates

By Pamela Barden

I received an email the other day from a man who was in a fundraising class I taught a few years ago. I remember well his enthusiasm for fundraising as he planned to transition from a career in the aerospace industry to the nonprofit arena. He was already an active volunteer and was passionate about helping nonprofit organizations raise funds. That is what led him to my class.

Today he has completed his education and volunteers with a program for which he helped secure funding. But he has not yet been hired as a fundraiser. Why? My sense is that many nonprofit organizations today want to hire twentysomethings. After all, they know social media and can quickly build an active presence on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or whatever the latest social media fad is.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet May 16

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, May 16 from 5:45-7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street in Charleston

The presenter will be John Van Dalen, Supervisor of the Grants Database and Reference Librarian at the Charleston County Public Library  His topic will be:  "How to Find Grant Opportunities for Your Nonprofit"

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

For more information, call 843-452-4492 or email

Friday, May 5, 2017

Helping Out for May 3, 2017 -- Nonprofit news 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

Tiger Lily florist has chosen Be A Mentor for its May edition of Charity in Bloom. Through the end of the month, 20% of the proceeds from the program’s special arrangement will be donated to the mentoring nonprofit organization.

The arrangement for Be A Mentor includes peaches and pinks through roses, spray roses, stock, sweet peas, peonies and accents of green mini hydrangea.

The Charity in Bloom program works to increase awareness and raise funds for nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families through medical research, education and mentorship.

The arrangement is available in four sizes, for $75, $95, $125 and $150; it can be ordered online or by calling 843-723-2808.

Charleston Animal Society is holding a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Baker Motor Co. at 2121 U.S. Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant.

 Rein and Shine, Horses that Heal, is one of almost 80 therapeutic riding facilities nominated in the Lexlin Gypsy horse giveaway. The top 20 facilities to receive the most online votes through June 15 will win a specially trained therapy horse for their program.

Rein and Shine, an accredited facility from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, has been providing horseback riding therapy since 2001 to adults and children with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges.

Share Our Suzy’s 13th annual Fun-raiser at The Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. May 27.

The event will include live music and food from local food purveyors.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 the day of, with a $100 “Friends of Suzy” VIP option available. All tickets include food and drinks and can be purchased online or by calling 843-410-7970. All net proceeds from the event will directly benefit breast cancer patients in the Lowcountry.

The Glass Onion’s May Charity Tasting, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 10, will benefit Birthdays for All. The tasting will include beers from Westbrook Brewing Co., paired with small bites, for $10 per person.

Attendees who bring new toys for kids to the event will receive a free deviled egg. The organization needs gifts for kids ages 1 to 21, with the 18- to 21-year-olds being people with special needs. The largest need is for ages 12 to 18, such as lotions, craft kits, jewelry kits, Axe products and Pokemon cards. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy has awarded its first ArtFields exhibition prize to Joseph Dreher of Decatur, Ga., for his 144-by-288-foot piece titled Not a Mural Mural, portrait stencils carved out of veneer plywood.

Dreher will receive $5,000 from the conservancy and will be create a work of art to be displayed at a city of Charleston park later this year.

The award is part of the conservancy’s new Art in the Parks initiative, an effort to install temporary public art displays in Charleston city parks through collaborations with other arts organizations, including Artfields, the Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the nonprofit Redux Contemporary Art Center. The Art in the Parks program also will offer educational opportunities and artist-led workshops for adults and children.

Enough Pie is celebrating two new murals at the Martin Luther King Jr. pool.

The Under the Sea: Mural Kick-Off is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at 155 Jackson St. in Charleston.

A team of local artists led by Greer Farrell and Meg Goettsches has created two large-scale exterior murals facing the pool, with turtles, jellyfish and coral reefs. The murals teach about ocean health through a three-part pledge created by The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina to protect the oceans.

The kickoff event will include music, snacks, drinks and giant bubbles.

Tips for Nonprofits on Measuring Social Media Metrics that Matter

By Aine Creedon
Nonprofit Quarterly

When it comes to establishing a digital strategy, nonprofits know by now that we need to grow our online audiences. A big part of that is connecting to our communities through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But now that there is endless data we can monitor from all these social channels, is your organization aware of what metrics are important to track?

 At NTEN’s 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference, Debra Askanase, founder and digital engagement strategist at Community Organizer 2.0, held an informative session on advanced social media practices. The session took social media management to the next level, focusing on what metrics nonprofits should be focusing in on to help make decisions around online engagement.

 Three important questions that can help guide your organization in what data should be valuable to track:

 Does it inform our decisions?
Does it check our progress?
Does it show if we matter?

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Helping Out for April 26, 2017 -- Nonprofit news 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 Charleston County Public Library will serve free breakfast to children in need this summer through its participation in the Seamless Summer Feeding Program run by the Charleston County School District.

The program is an extension of the National School Lunch Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. No approval process is required for participants to redeem free breakfast.

The library system will serve breakfast to children and teenagers ages 18 and younger at these branches, except July 4:

Cooper River Memorial Library, 3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston: June 6 through Aug. 2; 10-11:30 a.m Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road, North Charleston: June 8 through Aug. 3; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, Charleston: June 6 through Aug. 4; 10-11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St., Charleston: June 6 through July 27; 10-11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island: June 6 through Aug. 2; 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston: June 12 through July 28; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
McClellanville Library, 222 Baker St., McClellanville: June 6 through July 25; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston: June 6 through Aug. 1; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
For more information, contact the district’s program manager, Jeremy Tunstill, at 843-297-2240 or via email.

Local law enforcement agencies will administer the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 20 locations across the Lowcountry.

The day is intended to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

A list of local collection sites is available online.

Wild Birds Unlimited in Mount Pleasant is hosting a bird feeder cleaning event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit Keeper of the Wild.

Feeders can be dropped off all day; between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. attendees can learn more about Keeper of the Wild and meet Breelee, an educational, non-releasable Southern flying squirrel. A donation of $5 per feeder is requested, to go to Keeper of the Wild.

The MUSC Cystic Fibrosis Center is holding a happy hour fundraiser for cystic fibrosis from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 3 at Lagunitas Charleston TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary on East Bay Street.

Lagunitas will donate 100% of beer sales to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which supports research and drug development for cystic fibrosis. A donation of $10 at the door is suggested. The MUSC center will provide heavy appetizers on the third-floor loft at Lagunitas. Drinks must be purchased at the bar.

Donations can be made directly to the center online.

Atlas Technologies Inc. has signed on for the second year as the title “King of the Courts” sponsor for the 17th annual Bocce Bash to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.

The Bocce Bash has raised more than $800,000 in the past 17 years. Teams spots are still open. Registration is available online.

Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 11 Steps From Cover Letter to Budget

By Joanne Fritz

Although grant proposals are far from a slam dunk or an answer to a funding emergency, they do have a role to play in supporting most charities. Grants, to be successful, should be part of your overall fundraising plan, have their own calendar, and a dedicated grant writer, either on staff or contracted.

Grants come from a variety of sources such as a foundation, a corporation or a government agency, but most require similar information.

Here are the most common sections of grant proposals, and the information you should include: