← View All Articles

S.C. Philharmonic seeks experienced fundraiser

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2023*
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: salary negotiable / FT / benefits
The South Carolina Philharmonic seeks an experienced development associate to guide the organization’s annual fund campaign and work with the development/deputy director and executive director in all aspects of fundraising, including grant writing, donor prospecting and stewardship, special events and fundraisers. This position requires a self-starter with a high level of professionalism, the ability to multitask, strong organizational and people skills and database proficiency. The person who holds this post will work collaboratively with the professional staff and leadership to advance the artistic vision of the organization and gain financial support through the telling of its story. Learn more about this position here.

Application process

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by June 30, 2023* to info@scphilharmonic.com. *The SCPhil website advises that the position could be filled before the deadline and encourages early applications.

Jason Rapp

Central Carolina Community Foundation rings bell for fundraising school

Midlands arts nonprofits encouraged to apply for pilot program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 18, 2022

Over the years, Central Carolina Community Foundation nonprofits have connected well with Rachel Ramjattan and learned a lot.

She has gone out on her own and recently started “The Fundraising School." The school, while ideal for small-medium sized nonprofits, can work for any size organization. The CCCF board has approved funding for up to 20 organizations to participate in the fundraising school. The cohort will begin March 8 and there are 7 sessions in total that will be wrapped up by May 10. CCCF asked the S.C. Arts Commission to share this opportunity with grantees to see if any have interest in participating. The cost per nonprofit is $2,500 and two people from each nonprofit should attend (additional staff are $1,000 each). The application period will close February 18. Nonprofits in the following counties are eligible:
  • Calhoun
  • Clarendon
  • Fairfield
  • Kershaw
  • Lee
  • Lexington
  • Newberry
  • Orangeburg
  • Richland
  • Saluda
  • Sumter

How to apply

To set up an account and apply for admission start on this page. Questions? Reach out to CCCF's Erin Johnson: erin@yourfoundation.org or 803.978.7822.  

Jason Rapp

Fundraising partnership features works by homeless photographers

'Through Our Eyes Project' comes to Columbia

[caption id="attachment_48225" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Provided photo. Click to enlarge.[/caption]

Hundreds of images taken by homeless photographers will soon be on display at Columbia's Koger Center, the centerpiece of an exhibit designed to raise awareness and money for local organizations that serve them.

People experiencing homelessness often cite a feeling of being invisible. Founded in 2016 by Spartanburg pastor and avid photographer Jason Williamson, Through Our Eyes Project (TOEP) gives homeless people a voice by allowing them to document their everyday lives with disposable cameras. The photos are then curated into an exhibit that celebrates the photographers and provides a personal view of homelessness that few have ever seen. TOEP has had successful runs in other South Carolina cities such as Boiling Springs, Greenville, and Spartanburg and extended to other states: Alaska, Massachusetts, and neighboring North Carolina. Williamson reflected on previous experiences: “The things that are always surprising is the amount of joy that a lot of people have—whether it’s a pet they’ve adopted, a child, or a friend. There’s a lot of joy, and that’s the part of the project that really caught me off guard,” he said. “We like to say that the cameras are disposable, but the people are not.” TOEP typically partners with host churches to connect with relevant nonprofits as recipients of funds raised from project sponsors, opening reception ticket sales, and the general public, who can vote for their favorite photos for $1 per vote. The top three photographers who receive the most votes will receive gifts with the money raised. [caption id="attachment_48224" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Provided photo. Click to enlarge.[/caption] The Columbia project debuts with a ticketed opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. “We’ve wanted to bring TOEP to Columbia for several years now,” said Allison Caldwell, local missions director at Shandon Baptist Church. “We’re proud to partner with Oliver Gospel, Toby’s Place, and Family Promise of the Midlands to highlight what they do for homeless men, women and children in our community, and how others can help.” Opening reception tickets are available at Shandon.org for a donation of $25 or more. Held in the Koger Center’s upstairs gallery, the reception will include hors d'oeuvres, live music, partner booths, and a first glance at the images captured by more than 30 photographers. Space is limited and advance tickets are required to attend. After Nov. 3, the exhibit will be open for free public viewing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 19. For more information visit Shandon.org or contact Allison Caldwell, Shandon Local Missions Director (803.528.0740 or acaldwell@shandon.org).
Disclosure: SCAC Communications Director Jason Rapp, editor of The Hub, is an active member and current deacon of Shandon Baptist Church and volunteered on a steering group for this project. The SCAC is not a project funder. This story was a submitted news release.

Submitted material

Chapman Cultural Center seeking corporate giving manager

Apply by August 11. Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg is seeking a corporate giving manager who loves Spartanburg and the arts. He/she must thrive on connecting people with great causes. Making calls and meeting strangers in local businesses is a must. Chapman Cultural Center is a fun and exciting work environment that produces meaningful work for the entire community. Corporate giving manager is responsible for assisting with the fundraising of the United Arts Annual Fund Campaign and works closely with the senior development staff in creating and implementing an annual fundraising and stewardship plan with goals, objectives, and strategies for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate gifts. Description of work/primary job factors: Fundraising

  • Actively cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate donors in the Upstate region looking for revenue growth and increased corporate donor investment
  • Collaborate with the development staff to design and execute United Arts Fund campaign collateral including brochure, online giving campaigns, and direct mail solicitations, etc.
  • Assist in managing ROIs of direct mail solicitations and recommend potential opportunities for additional direct mail campaigns
  • Manage donor recognition and stewardship program to retain donors and encourage increased engagement in the arts
  • Work with the development staff and marketing and communications director to convey our mission, value, and relevance in a manner that is highly compelling in all of our communications and marketing materials
  • Lead organization to increase donor retention with special emphasis on first-time corporate donors and lapsed corporate donors
  • Assist with the development committee of the board of trustees to successfully implement United Arts Fund annual campaign, stewardship activities, and events
Special events
  • Assist development team with Cultural Champions luncheon, Peggy Gignilliat reception, and other donor recognition events
  • Attend community cultural events and represent United Arts Fund Campaign at festivals and community events
Annual giving campaign administration
  • Utilize Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge software and target analytics to support strategic donor cultivation and solicitation; and to prepare campaign management reports, campaign forecasting, prospect tracking, etc.
  • Work with development associate to insure accurate and timely gift record-keeping, management of database, and all records, files, gift processing, pledge reminder and donor acknowledgements
  • Provide support for the president, development staff, and campaign chairs, committee members and other campaign leadership as well as the board of trustees. Attend development committee related meetings, scheduled board meetings and monthly executive committee meetings
Salary range: $30,000 - $40,000 depending upon experience. Find more details and application instructions online.

Music Foundation of Spartanburg seeks development director

The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is seeking a development director to develop, implement, administer, evaluate, and monitor an aggressive fundraising program. This is a 30-hour per week position requiring some nights and weekends.  Salary commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Primary responsibilities will be to develop and secure funds to reach/surpass fundraising goals through a variety of financial development vehicles including:  1) individual gifts and individual donor upgrading, 2) corporate gifts and sponsorships, 3) foundation support for specific programs and projects, 4) advertisement solicitation, and 5.) special events. Duties and responsibilities

  • Major and planned giving: Expanding the number of leadership gift-level ($2,500+) and planned gift supporters. Developing goals and strategies for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each donor. Engaging in face-to-face solicitations with donors and prospects and securing leadership-level gifts. Conducting prospect research and actively leading the identification of major gift prospects to bring new supporters into the organization.
  • Annual support: Implementing strategies to most effectively renew and increase gifts from annual support donors (gift capacities of less than $2,500). Solicits donations and cultivates relationships with donors in order to develop, secure, and maintain new income sources for present and long term financial support.
  • Corporate sponsorship and ads: Identify, solicit and cultivate new and existing corporate sponsors and advertisers to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Grants: Leading and expanding the foundation grants program. Cultivating relationships with local foundations as strategically appropriate.
  • Events: Planning and executing strategic cultivation and stewardship events, as applicable.
  • Database: Maintaining confidential fundraising information in our database (eTapestry). Ensuring the accuracy of donor records. Creating and running relevant reports (including donor activity, revenue projections, and development program performance) and sharing them with the Executive Director, finance staff, and Board of Directors.
  • Communications: Ensures that all communication to and from donors and potential donors (individual and corporate) are handled in an accurate, timely, and professional manner.
  • Goals: Working with the Executive Director, creates financial development goals, monitors progress, and develops strategies to ensure fundraising goals are attained.
  • Other duties as necessary.
  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, marketing or a related field with specialized training in fundraising management highly desirable.
  2. Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising and fundraising management, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  4. Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities, project management and meeting deadlines with strong planning and organizational skills.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to music@spartanarts.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2017, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. About The Music Foundation of Spartanburg The Music Foundation of Spartanburg is the largest professional performing arts organization in Spartanburg with roots reaching back to the 1880s.  Our mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music.  The numerous mission based programs include: the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (including a Classics Series and Espresso Series), Music Sandwiched In, SPO on the Square, Spartanburg Music Trail, Link Up, Peanut Butter & Jam, and, the most recent addition, the Bluegrass Concert Series.

Grant writing workshop offered by Charleston Association of Grant Professionals

GrantsThe Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) and the Office of Grants at Charleston Southern University present "Grant Writing Basics: a Step-by-Step Journey Through the Six Parts of a Proposal" on Tues., July 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at  Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29406. The workshop will be presented by grant writer, reviewer and trainer Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, distinguished professor at Charleston Southern University and author of "The Educator's Guide to Grants for Schools and Nonprofits." Registration and a brown bag networking lunch begin at noon; drinks and desserts will be provided. The workshop takes place from 1 - 4 p.m. From the selection of a memorable title to the creative impact of a capacity-building dissemination plan, participants will acquire the necessary skills for a powerful proposal design.

  • What are the four tried and true ways to begin a Project Summary?
  • Why does one need both qualitative and quantitative data in a Justification Plan?
  • How does one create targeted Objectives?
  • What are the elements of a realistic Evaluation Plan?
  • What does a robust Timeline and activity table look like?
Answers to these questions, along with samples, strategies, and stories about the real world of grant writing make this workshop a good choice for both beginners and intermediate level grant writers. The workshop includes a materials packet, book, and newly updated CD of hundreds of funding sources. Registration is $40 for Charleston Association of Grant Professionals members and $50 for non-members. Find a location map and register online. Workshop facilitators are Dr. Patty Hambrick, director of academic grants at Charleston Southern University, and Carolyn Lackey, grant writing consultant and founder, Charleston Association of Grant Professionals. Contact Lackey at 843.452.4492 or carolynlackey@comcast.net for more information. About the Charleston Association of Grant Professionals The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) was founded in 1998 to give area grant writers the opportunity to network and to improve their grant writing skills through training and opportunities to meet funders. Now in its 18th year, CAGP continues to offer professional development opportunities for grant writers and cover a variety of grant-related topics at our monthly meetings.

Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg seeking development associate

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg is seeking a development associate to support all fundraising activities. This position includes primary oversight of the donor database as well as generation of all fundraising reports as needed by the development department and all mailings. The development associate oversees the integration of records from the box office, merging all duplicates, and interacts regularly with the finance director to ensure clean financial data. This position works closely with the senior development director in the execution of cultivation and solicitation of corporate, individual and foundation gifts. The development associate is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the senior development director. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and as needed. Stewardship and Donor Relations

  • Responsible for all donor acknowledgements and assists with regular donor "touches"
Annual Fund -- responsible for coordinating and implementing annual fund activities
  • Generate invoices for pledged gifts and mail at least quarterly
  • Assist with folding, stuffing, sealing and stamping large mailings
  • Assist in the execution of all United Arts Fund collateral including brochures, online giving campaigns, direct mail solicitations, etc
  • Coordinate the printing, production, and mailing of all United Arts Annual Fund direct mail appeals, monthly anniversary letters and annual corporate grants and requests
  • Coordinate with senior development director to assist with the bi-yearly phone-a-thon including preparation of calling materials, and follow-up letters
Database Management
  • Utilize Blackbaud Raisers Edge software and Target Analytics to support strategic donor cultivation and solicitation and to prepare campaign management reports, campaign forecasting, prospect tracking, etc
  • Ensure accurate and timely gift record-keeping, management of database, and all records, files, gift processing, pledge reminder and donor acknowledgements
  • Post daily pledges/gifts/grants/payments to Raisers Edge database
  • Maintain data in Raisers Edge by running various clean-up queries and manually adjusting data or merging/purging records
  • Generate email lists from Raisers Edge for Constant Contact emails
  • Coordinate with director of finance to reconcile information between Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge monthly
  • Prepare all necessary fundraising reports
  • Assist senior development director in executing three annual donor stewardship events
  • Associates degree in a related field or 4 years related work experience
  • Raiser’s Edge proficiency with data entry, queries, exports, reports, batch gift entry, conditional mail merges, and database clean-up
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of software applications, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Must be able to work independently, and handle confidential information and navigate sensitive situations
  • Detail oriented; ability to set priorities, work without supervision, and handle multiple tasks
  • Organized and efficient
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to foresee a need and act upon it
  • Physical requirements: 8+hrs of sitting, walking, talking and listening. Able to lift up to 25 lbs. Close vision to read monitors. 7+ hours of computer work per day
To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to  LHemond@SpartanArts.org. The mission of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Founded in 1968 with a current budget of $2.1 million, The Arts Partnership is the oldest and largest countywide arts agency in the state of South Carolina, conducting the 19th largest United Arts Fund in the United States raising $1.2 million in grants and contributions. www.chapmanculturalcenter.org Via: Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg

Columbia Museum of Art seeking corporate giving and membership manager

The Columbia Museum of Art, located in Columbia, S.C., is seeking a corporate giving and membership manager to oversee three main areas of fundraising activities: sponsorships, corporate membership, and general membership. Responsibilities: Actively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate donors through membership and sponsorship, as well as individuals for sponsorships to meet or exceed the annual revenue goals. Act as primary contact for corporate donors to cultivate the relationships and build the corporate donor base. Maintain and grow the sponsorship prospect list to actively solicit individuals as well as companies for support of exhibitions and programs at the CMA. In charge of ensuring that the general membership goals are met. Develop and manage all general membership and gift acknowledgement strategies, activities, processes, and outcomes. Supervise the membership coordinator. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the director of development. This position includes significant social engagement. Extra work outside of normal working hours is typically necessary. Social obligations outside of the normal workday with current and prospective donors are necessary. Read the complete job description and find out how to apply: http://www.columbiamuseum.org/about/work-cma.

South Carolina State Library offering free grants research and proposal writing classes

The South Carolina State Library is offering two grants research and proposal writing classes open to the public at no charge. Grants Research: Finding a Funder for Your Nonprofit Organization. This class helps individuals working with nonprofit organizations locate information on grants available from private foundations and corporations using the South Carolina State Library's electronic and print resources. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are offered on two different dates:

Proposal Writing Basics - This class will focus on what needs to be included in all grant proposals.  Sessions will be offered on two different dates: Both classes will be held at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia and are free; however, registration is required.  For more information, please contact Information Services Librarian Dawn Mullin at 803-737-3762 or dmullin@statelibrary.sc.gov.

Engaging Creative Minds seeks director of development and communications

Reporting to and in partnership with the executive director, the director of development and communications will spearhead these efforts as Engaging Creative Minds continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the director of development and communications will have the opportunity to build on our current efforts in public relations, brand awareness and fund acquisition and management. Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute ECM’s strategy for annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations to reach/surpass fundraising goals set by ECM’s board of directors
  • Manage the implementation of fundraising software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and school districts
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Develop and manage special events
  • Create and secure sponsorship packages
  • Develop and track proposals, donations and reports for all foundation and corporate gifts
  • Assist in preparation and management of annual organizational budget
  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Five-plus years experience in nonprofit development
Skills needed:
  • Expert knowledge of fundraising techniques
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising software
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems
  • Ability to handle sensitive information discreetly and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent project management skills to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must be able to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Knowledge and interest in arts education
  • Experience in and ability to assist director of operations with recruiting and management of volunteer staff
Email letter of interest with salary requirements and resume to Robin@engagingcreativeminds.org. Job will be posted until filled.