|Musings from Susan
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
For Palmetto Grant Consulting, 2015 has been a year of growth and change. I’d like to take the time to let you know some of the exciting developments in our offices. In the first quarter, we brought on an experienced Business Operations Manager to help guide our financial strategy. Rosalind Fletcher joins us from the corporate world, bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight to the position.
Over the summer, we expanded our presence in the Southeast, adding a Business Development Manager dedicated to North and South Carolina. A true renaissance man, David Condon lives in Columbia, SC, and joins us with a wealth of nonprofit experience. If you’re in the Carolinas, please look him up!
In order to be attractive to funders in this extremely competitive world of funding, organizations must demonstrate that they are highly effective, properly governed, and well-positioned to implement programs that work. In the spring, we introduced a new service to our clients, a comprehensive Organizational Assessment, which ties into a more focused Grant Capacity Assessment. The questionnaire and report provide nonprofits with a valuable process for identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses. We also increased our capacity in the areas of Strategic Planning and Board Development, adding seasoned professionals who can provide comprehensive, considered guidance to nonprofit leaders.
And just this month, Palmetto Grant Consulting began a partnership with GrantStation, a leading online presence for grant funding information, nonprofit resources, and education. We will be presenting webinars through their site, and posting some of our own material on their pages. We will also begin sharing their newsletter GrantStation Insider with our clients, which includes timely information and references to grant opportunities.
Giving Tuesday and GA Gives Day
Created by the 92nd Street Y, and now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday
is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
In addition to national online giving sites, most states have a designated day for online giving as well. November 12th is Georgia Gives Day
, a collaboration of Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) in partnership with participating nonprofits, state agencies, corporations and businesses, associations, foundations, and public relations and advertising firms. Georgia Gives Day is an initiative that has been co-created by the nonprofit sector itself. It doesn’t support one cause or one locale – it’s everyone in the state’s nonprofit sector pulling together to consider life and community without nonprofits. Do a little research, and find out your state’s online day of giving.
However you support your community, make sure that your voice is heard by letting people know the causes and service providers you sponsor!