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Musings from Susan

“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— John F. Kennedy


Make It Personal!

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way we communicate. The nonprofit world has benefitted greatly from platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – connecting causes with donors and expanding the public reach for even smaller community programs. With the click of a mouse, we can promote our next fundraising event, praise our amazing volunteers, and share achievements and challenges. In fact, some studies, as this TEDTalk describes,  show that these new forms of communication can actually deepen personal relationships. But that doesn’t mean we should forgo the personal in our pursuit of the mass message.

Sit across a table. In our busy and increasingly virtual world exchanging phone calls, email, or even texts is sometimes the only contact we have with co-workers and partners. And while it’s easy to keep up to date on big initiatives and specific details, it can be more difficult to read a subtle or complicated situation. The solution – make time to have a personal meeting. Don’t just check in for 10 minutes at your next networking event. Make lunch plans, invite someone to your office for an unstructured conversation. You’ll be surprised at how much more information you can gather just by sharing space.

Set a standing date. Because PGC functions as a virtual company, it takes advantage of many online tools. We use file sharing data, and send team information on a regular basis. But we also make it a point to sit down together in the same room at least once a quarter, to catch up on a business and personal news. Think about the major players in your organization. Wouldn’t you benefit from a regular meeting with certain collaborators, supporters, or vendors?

Distance a challenge? Maybe too many miles separate you and people you work with every day. There, technology can actually come to the rescue to bridge that gap. Try Skype or a similar videochat program such as Viber or ooVoo. Some days you just need to talk directly to that friendly face. For group meetings and sharing documents, Webex and Freeconferencecall.com can facilitate conversations.

How do you stay connected on a personal and professional level? Let us know at #palmettogrants.com!
Today’s Website:
Giving USA 2016
http://givingusa.org/

Once again, The Giving Institute has compiled an illuminating report tracking charitable giving in the United States. The big takeaway this year - charitable donations hit a record for the second year in a row, at an estimated $373.25 billion. Giving USA is the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public-service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Visit the site to learn highlights from this year’s report, and order copies of the report in various forms.
Today’s Organization: 
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
http://rmhc-carolinas.org/

The Ronald McDonald House located in Greenville, SC was built in 1989 and is one of 300 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, all united toward a common purpose: To provide hope, encouragement and comfort to families struggling with their child’s illness. Every year, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the national level aspires to improve the health and well being of 3.7 million children worldwide by assisting their families.
 
Greenville’s Ronald McDonald House serves as a home for critically ill or injured children and their families, providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most. The House features large living and dining spaces, including a full service double kitchen, 12 guest rooms with their own bath, laundry services, a playroom, computers and internet access, as well as an outdoor area which includes a BBQ area and children’s playground.
 
We’re thrilled to support Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas in its capital campaign, a plan to double the number of rooms available for families and increase the amount of space and amenities to help make a family’s stay as comfortable as possible.
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