Thursday, December 1, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Tuesday, Dec. 6

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet  Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:45-7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Main Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Edie Blakeslee, Regional Vice President Coastal Community Foundation.

The topic will be the Coastal Community Foundation's plans to streamline the grants process.

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

For more information, call 843.452.4492 or

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Southern Trends Report: Philanthropy in the Southeast Region

From The Foundation Center

The Southeastern Region was home to 15,439 foundations with assets of $98.5 Billion
and giving of $7.0 Billion in 2014.

The Southern Trends Report provides key data on the growth of Southeastern philanthropy, including trends in the number of foundations, assets and giving over a ten-year period. The report also offers an overview of responses to questions regarding foundations’ grantmaking practices from a 2016 market analysis of the Southeastern Council of Foundations’ membership.

Monday, November 28, 2016

There’s More Than One Way to Fund a Nonprofit

By Allison Gauss

Fundraising is not just asking for donations. This is one aspect of nonprofit development, but the overall fundraising landscape is quite varied. Nonprofits can fund their work with sponsorships, grants, individual giving, events, fee-for-service, and more.

 This is good news because having multiple streams of revenue protects nonprofits in cases where one fundraising source falls through. To diversify your nonprofit’s revenue sources, it helps to know what opportunities are available. Here is an introductory overview of some of the main sources of revenue for modern nonprofits.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

8 Ways to Diversify Your Fundraising Strategy

By Ellie Burke

Similar to the way that a well diversified investment portfolio helps shareholders, it can pay off to diversify your fundraising revenue streams. If you rely heavily on one strategy, such as a large annual event, your organization’s overall success and growth becomes dependent on that single event and its outcome. Therefore, your mission and the people, places, and things you impact also rely on that one major event as well.

 Though you may do all that you can to plan for a big fundraiser, you can’t guarantee everything will go smoothly. What if a horrible storm prevents attendees from making it to your annual gala? Recently, the Academy of Music was forced to cancel their annual fundraising ball due to a state of emergency in Philadelphia. Their primary source of income was lost for the year due to something entirely out of their staff’s control. The success of your organization and its programs should not be left up to chance.

While we can’t always eliminate risk, we can mitigate it. This is where your expanded fundraising portfolio steps in. By investing in different areas, a downturn in one wouldn’t likely impact other components in your portfolio. Instead of breaking all the eggs in your basket, you’ve just dropped one.

 If you’re currently using a limited number of strategies, you’re missing an opportunity to employ other methods that can help expand your audience, increase revenue, and protect the health of your organization in the event of a downturn. Use the following suggestions to supplement traditional events, grant writing, and your standalone donation form. Each section includes helpful tips for getting started.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Why is it important to diversify fundraising?


If there’s one thing the economic downturn has taught us – as individuals or as nonprofit organizations – it’s that diversification is key. Philanthropic and corporate funding sway alongside the economy. In a booming economy, they have more money to give (and in the case of foundations, they have more money that they have to give).

 There’s no simple formula that will apply to all nonprofit organizations. For example, an organization that provides job training to low-income people and is customized to meet the needs of specific large employers is likely to cultivate more corporate funding than the average organization. A scientific research institution may rely largely on government funding. Nevertheless, it’s a safe bet that you shouldn’t be putting all your eggs in one basket. The most important thing is to achieve a balance of funding that’s reliable, flexible and diversified enough to meet your needs.

          (Check out the Fundraising FAQ in this article)

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Creating a Culture of Well-Being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: the First Step

By Beth Kanter

I am thrilled with the response to The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout as my co-author and I have been sharing the ideas on a virtual book tour during the last month.  One of our hopes for the book was that it would spark conversation about the need for self-care as part of doing the work.   I was thrilled to see this blog SSIR blog post, Five Myths that Perpetuate Burnout Across Nonprofits by Ann-Sophie Morrissette..

 As a trainer, one of the most exciting parts of working on a book is developing instructional materials based on the content and leading workshops to help put the ideas into practice.    Over the past six months, I have been developing and piloting workshops on self-care and we-care as part of the leadership development training I do.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Nov. 15

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5:45-7:30 pm at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be Tom Keith, President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.  His topic will be "How Nonprofits Can Improve Their Future Success with Foundations."

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

For more information, email or call 843.452.4492.