Thursday, May 26, 2016

7 Tips On How Nonprofits Can Attract Corporate Funding: Part One

Steve MariottiFounder of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Author of An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

There are an astounding 1.5 million nonprofit organizations operating in the U.S. today. And just like the over 100 million businesses that get launched every year, those organizations need funding. However, while business startups spend their first years presenting a compelling case to potential investors, nonprofit must do this year after year.

In my own career, I’ve spent a lot time in that process, trying to learn how to raise the millions of dollars needed to make an entrepreneurship education dream into a reality. Today NFTE’s budget is $13 million, with much of that funding coming from the corporate community—a natural partner in helping kids build their own business and business skills in order to escape a future in poverty.

Those corporate foundations and philanthropies rely on a team of experts to forge partnerships with nonprofits around the world who often share their social vision. Anuja Khemka is an expert on this subject matter and has been working in the corporate world for ten years. Most recently serving as Vice President at the JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy group, she has spent years evaluating proposals and helping partners shape projects worthy of corporate funding. Today Anuja, who is a Management Fellow at Columbia University focusing on Social Enterprise Administration, shares her valuable insights into the corporate funding world.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Fueled by first-year success, Ohm Radio expands and embraces

By T. Ballard Lesemann Special to The Post and Courier

In a sea of high-budget, corporate-run radio stations, the fiercely independent Ohm Radio 96.3 FM not only made a splash last summer with a unique approach to presenting music and community coverage, but it has survived despite great odds.

“We are so excited how this project has evolved and how the community has come together to see it grow,” says Ohm Radio President Vikki Matsis. “We have other projects in the works and really want to educate the public on media reform issues.”

Under the guidance of Matsis and board member Lee Barbour, both of whom are active musicians in the local scene, the community radio station began as a project branching from Media Reform SC, a South Carolina nonprofit dedicated to fair and independent media ownership.

The ball got rolling in 2013 when Media Reform applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to create a new station on the FM dial. In 2014, they were granted a construction permit to bring low-power programming to town.

Since its launch last August as a low-power station with limited range, Ohm Radio successfully established itself as Charleston’s first community-based, commercial-free radio station. Broadcasting 24 hours a day/seven days a week from a tower atop the Joseph Floyd Manor on the upper peninsula, Ohm Radio survived its year, which is quite an accomplishment for a very small group of volunteers and supporters.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blackbaud announces expansion in South Carolina

Charleston (May 18) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced plans for a new world headquarters on Daniel Island in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Blackbaud’s state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center will expand its community outreach and is expected to create 300 additional high-tech jobs over the next five years.
Today’s announcement expands upon Blackbaud’s already rich contribution to developing the high-tech corridor in South Carolina. Blackbaud, which has operated in Berkeley County since 2000, is the largest publicly traded software company in the state and was recently recognized on Forbes’ 25 Fastest-Growing Public Tech Companies list. Nearly half of Blackbaud’s rapidly growing workforce resides in the Charleston area, proving the great potential that exists at the intersection point of high-tech and philanthropy in the East Coast’s burgeoning “Silicon Harbor.”
“For nearly 30 years we’ve called South Carolina home, and we’re proud to deepen our roots in this great state with this generational investment,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud’s president and CEO. “This community is very important to us, and this project improves our ability to give back in even more meaningful ways while boosting the local economy. I’d like to thank the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County, and the City of Charleston for their continued support of Blackbaud, and for their commitment to making South Carolina a place where technology companies and those they employ can thrive.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet May 17

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) will meet Tuesday, May 17 from 5:45-7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The topic will be:  “Putting Your Nonprofit in the Best Light for Funders.”

The presenter will discuss the importance of your organization’s 990, and will look specifically at the expense portion of the 990 where important mistakes are often made. These mistakes ultimately affect the perception of your organization to potential funders.

The presenter will be Chris Burgess, Full-time Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston, Arts Management Program.

Monday, May 9, 2016

From Nieman Reports: Do we need a new kind of nonprofit structure to support news as a public good?

By Julia Cage,

Some observers argue that the media themselves are responsible for the worrisome situation they find themselves in because of their many mistakes and their failure to adapt to the new world. My diagnosis is somewhat different: The media have not hit on the right economic model because they have failed to comprehend the nature of the crisis and therefore continue to react with outdated reflexes. Most debate is focused on “the death of print,” but what matters is not the medium but the message. The most important issues of quality content and the organizational structure of the media have been neglected.

In short, the question is not whether the media should be subsidized. It is rather whether they should be granted a favorable legal and tax status in recognition of their contribution to democracy — a status comparable to that long enjoyed by many other participants in the knowledge economy. Some see the interest of billionaire investors such as Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, and John Henry as the harbinger of a new golden age: Once again, newspapers will be flush with resources and staff.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Five Things Every Nonprofit Needs to Survive

By Phil Andrews

Every nonprofit needs five essential elements to survive in today’s economy.

  At the top of the list is good governance. Good governance requires that the board of directors is kept abreast on policies and procedures governing nonprofit law. Good governance includes good recordkeeping, regular board meetings, regular board minutes, accurate minute, and financial oversight. The Board of Directors sets the direction of the organization as set forth in the bylaws of the organization.

  Good leadership is always important to success in the nonprofit world.   Leadership inspires members of the organization to do the visionary work to act in ways that align with the mission, values, and strategic plan of the organization. Leadership is often dynamic in nature; at different points of the spectrum leading will require different strategies.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

For small, grassroots nonprofits, Lowcountry Giving Day can make a big impact

By Deanna Pan
The Post and Courier

In Emily Hoisington’s classroom, it’s not uncommon for students to arrive hungry because they didn’t have dinner the night before, or dressed in unwashed and torn clothing because they had nothing else to wear.

As a student-teacher at Mitchell Elementary, a high-poverty school in downtown Charleston, Hoisington knows firsthand what happens when students’ basic needs aren’t met at home: They’re distracted. They can’t focus. They’re not prepared to learn.

 Four years ago as a freshman at the College of Charleston, Hoisington, who’s now 22 and a week shy from graduating, co-founded Charleston Hope, a grassroots nonprofit serving more than 2,000 students at five Title 1 schools in the Lowcountry.
  Next fall, Hoisington plans to pilot a new project in one of Charleston Hope’s partner schools, a basic need’s closet outfitted with toiletries, canned goods, uniforms, undergarments and school supplies, available to any student at any time year-round.

 To keep the closet stocked and maintained, Charleston Hope needs to raise $15,000. On Lowcountry Giving Day, Hoisington hopes donors will rise to the challenge.

 “For small nonprofits like us, days like these are really important,” Hoisington says. “I think when people donate to small nonprofits, especially the little ones, you can really see the impact that you’re making with your financial donations.”

 Unlike years past, any registered nonprofit can participate in the third annual Lowcountry Giving Day, set for Tuesday.

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