This new Blackbaud Institute report provides research-backed best practices for marketing, promoting, soliciting and fulfilling a sustained giving program. (PRNewsfoto/Blackbaud)

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New study provides research-backed best practices for marketing, promoting, soliciting and fulfilling a sustained giving program

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the availability of a new report, “Sustainers in Focus Part 2: Proven Practices for Success,” featuring research-backed best practices for marketing, promoting, soliciting and fulfilling a sustained giving program. This highly-anticipated second installment of the Sustainers in Focus series released by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact shares strategies that have been proven to produce significant results for social good organizations based on rigorous research and analysis.

“Until now the sector has only had anecdotal evidence about what might work to make a program successful, but this study explores variances in sustainer program returns across different organizations in different sub-sectors to determine the true research-backed best practices that have worked for real organizations,” said Chuck Longfield, Blackbaud’s chief scientist. “These are proven practices, not just advice that might work, that are shared in a clear, concise way to provide an easy-to-follow roadmap to success. They can be broadly applied and repeated to increase sustainer program performance across the entire sector.”

In Part 1 of the series, “Sustainers in Focus: Uncovering the Value of Retained Revenue,” the Blackbaud Institute concentrated on showing the financial justification for sustainer giving as a strategic approach to building donor base stability and maximizing value. Part 2 documents the best practices for increasing sustainer program performance across the nonprofit sector.

Six Proven Practices Uncovered by Blackbaud’s Sustainers in Focus Part 2 Report

  1. Ask new donors to give on a monthly basis.
  2. Convert multi-year, single donors to sustainers.
  3. Make monthly giving the website default.
  4. Use a credit card updater service and update invalid credit card data.
  5. Encourage donors to use electronic funds transfer.
  6. Steward your sustainers.

“I have been building monthly giving programs for more than 35 years. Monthly giving programs remain one of the best ways for nonprofits to dramatically increase the lifetime value of their average donor,” said Harvey McKinnon, author of the report’s foreword and best-seller Hidden Gold. “In this report, you’ll see the practical strategies that can actually lead organizations to build a thriving monthly donor program…Its research-backed findings provide a proven recipe for success… If you, like me, are always searching for the most effective and efficient fundraising strategies, you’ll find Sustainers in Focus Parts 1 & 2 are invaluable companions.”

For more information about the Blackbaud Institute, visit www.blackbaudinstitute.com. To read the full findings on research-based best practices for sustained giving programs, download the report at www.blackbaudinstitute.com/sustainers.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community-nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents-Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

About the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact
The Blackbaud Institute drives research and insight to accelerate the impact of the social good community. It convenes expert partners from across the philanthropic sector to foster diverse perspectives, collective thinking, and collaborative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Using the most comprehensive data set in the social good community, the Blackbaud Institute and its partners conduct research, uncover strategic insight, and share results broadly, all in order to drive effective philanthropy at every stage, from fundraising to outcomes. Knowledge is powering the future of social good, and the Blackbaud Institute is an engine of that progress. Learn more, sign up for updates, and check out our latest resources at www.blackbaudinstitute.com.

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Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

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What:  Carolina’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration

When:  Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where:  Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed

Cost:  Ticket Information

Carolina’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration

The Charleston Cinco de Mayo Festival was founded in 2006 and takes place annually on or near May 5th, a Mexican holiday which is widely celebrated throughout the United States in order to celebrate Latin heritage and culture.  The event provides an opportunity for Charleston residents to experience Hispanic food, dance, and music.

2017 Lineup


PLEASE NOTE: *Performances will be held rain or shine under the roof of the bus shed
On-site parking provided for a small fee


Sushi Blue will be this year’s official after party venue for Cinco de Mayo Festival.


Stay tuned for more information on what we have in store to keep you going once the main event ends. www.charlestoncinco.com
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trident Li teracy Association. www.tridentlit.org

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By Brian Vosicky
About a year and a half ago, I wrote an article for the Island Packet about my personal experiences with PTSD and how the USCB Sand Sharks Veterans club helped unite fellow servicemembers who may be struggling to cope with civilian life.  I spoke about the deepest wounds being unseen and that many people aren’t fully aware of the severity of the problem until it is too late to act.

 

On March 31st, Nick Becker – US Army combat veteran, USCB student, SSV member, and my friend – tragically succumbed to his hidden wounds and took his own life.  

 

Nick was loved tremendously by all who knew him.  Known best for his witty sense of humor and Chesire-cat grin, he was always a bright light in the room.  People would naturally gravitate towards his magnetic charm.  He was incredibly intelligent, compassionate, fearless and had a true warrior spirit.

 

Nick was one of the first friends I made at USCB.  Despite the style and class I may exude in my writing, I do not always seem as approachable in person – Nick saw right through my grizzled demeanor from the beginning.  There’s an old saying that war veterans can recognize the “thousand-yard stare” in the eyes of a fellow vet, so perhaps he saw that I was struggling, too.  

 

We bonded while exchanging a few war stories, often making light of sometimes darker subject matter.  It was cathartic for both of us to share our toughest experiences with each other, knowing that we were safe to fully express what we were going through without a fear of social repercussions.  It helped me a lot – I wish I could have helped him even more.  

 

While I had no problem committing to SSV community outreach efforts on my own, it was always an added bonus to discover that Nick was going to attend the event as well.  There was never a dull moment with him around.  Even while picking up trash after festivals in Old Town Bluffton, Becker would always manage to find some cold brews for the group to enjoy.  He was always a people-pleaser who was never afraid to roll up his sleeves.  

 

Above all else, I truly admired his moral character.  He was a fellow proponent for the sciences, secular humanism, skepticism, globalism, liberty, and justice.  Like me, he despised hypocrisy, so he always made sure to practice what he preached.  

 

He was a friend to all and a protector of the weak.  While we shared many similar views on politics, religion, philosophy, business, and ethics, I most enjoyed when we were at odds.  His sharp intellect, vast knowledge, and life experiences often challenged my most stringent beliefs.  I will truly miss having that challenge. 

 

I urge all of you to keep fighting for the ones who have already fought for all of us.  When the troops come home and the media coverage fades, the war isn’t over – not for everyone.  Stay vigilant to veteran organizations, donate, volunteer, write to your legislators, and keep reaching out to those you suspect might be suffering in silence.  No one should ever have to feel like they are going through this alone.

 

“My parting words to all of you is to have a sense of humor, the world is a funny place.” -Nick Becker

 

Brian Vosicky is a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Email him at vosickybrian@gmail.com.

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Outdoor performance of local musicians, poets and more

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 26, 2017) –  The Bend, a 17-acre property on the banks of the Ashley River, is proud to present Marsh Jam, an outdoor performance featuring local musicians, comedians and storytellers. In collaboration with Eddie White and the team behind Awendaw Green Barn Jams, Marsh Jam will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and is open to the public at no cost in North Charleston. Gates will officially open at 4:30 p.m.

“By undertaking collaborative projects like Marsh Jam, The Bend is committed to serving the Charleston-area as a natural commune for artists, cultural experiences and goodwill,” said Susan Pearlstine, owner of The Bend. “We invite everyone in the community to join at no cost and enjoy an incredible lineup of up-and-coming talent.”

Marsh Jam will feature the following acts (in order of appearance)

  • Hip-hop artist, Tyler Cash

  • Comedian, Vince Fabra

  • R&B singer and songwriter, Poppy Native

  • Hip-hop artist, Johnny Jr.

  • Comedian, Jeremy McLellan

  • Blues rock band, Honey Smoke

The Bend is located on 3775 Azalea Drive in North Charleston. To learn more about the property, experiences and events, visit www.thebendcharleston.com.

About The Bend

Purchased by locally-owned Pearlstine Company in 2014, The Bend is a 17-acre natural gathering place on the banks of the Ashley River looking to create mindfully with a larger community vision guiding all decisions. The property’s history dates back to the 1600s in a series of land grants made by the Lords Proprietors and has gone by the names Stock Prior, Quarter House, Accabee Plantation, Ryedale, Anna Brae, Malona, and most recently Ashley Shores. Open to the public, The Bend will deliver a series of cultural events and learning experiences to share with the community. For more information, visit www.thebendcharleston.com or follow The Bend on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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What:  Shaggin’ on the Cooper

When:  Saturday, April 29th – 7:00 PM

Where:  Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park/Pier

Cost:  $10.00 / $8.00 in advance (Ticket Information)

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for summer and Shaggin’ on the Cooper! Live music of all varieties will fill the air with local bands performing throughout the season at the Mount Pleasant Pier. All ages are invited to let loose, breathe in the harbor breeze and dance the night away under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

2017 Schedule
Gates open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m.
• April 29 with The Sugarbees
• May 13 with Shem Creek Boogie Band
• June 10 with Ocean Drive Party Band
• July 15 with The Counts
• August 12 with Vinyl Daze
• September 9 with The Coppertones

Admission
• Advance general admission: $8
• At the gate: $10 (based on availability)

Gates open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m.

Online registration ends at midnight on the day before each event. On the day of the event, admission can be purchased by calling 843-795-4386 by 2 p.m. or at the event gate if available.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens we are gearing up for an exciting event on Sunday, May 21. “An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars” will benefit Make-A-Wish® South Carolina.

Charlton Singleton and Contemporary Flow will perform. Top chefs, including executive chef Michelle Weaver at Charleston Grill and Sermet Aslan owner of Sermet’s Southernterranean Cuisine/Bar, will feature some of their best creations.

The lovely Erin Kienzle, host of Lowcountry Live on ABC News 4, will host this event. The fast-paced bidding during a live auction will be directed by Tom Crawford from Ultimate Benefit Auctions LLC.

We’ll have a silent auction, too. Some of the silent auction items donated so far include a cooking class led by Nathalie Dupree and dinner with world-renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green. If you like driving excitement, BMW is offering a spin around the test track at their Greenville plant.

Event Details

Ticket Information

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Beautiful home on Rutledge Avenue

Each day in the Lowcountry is a magical journey of discovery.  From every angle, we are blessed with a beauty and serenity.  It is a way of life where nature and humanity come together.  This tapestry of architecture, history, decor, nature and all its elements makes for a place honored for its rich and historic traditions.

Enjoy this visual gallery of iconic Lowcountry imagery.

In flight – Sunrise on Folly

 

Pineapple Fountain stands proud

 

Zero George

 

Churches of of James Island

 

Brittlebank Park Pier

 

Calm on the Charleston Harbor

 

Morris Island Lighthouse

 

Early morning on Waterfront Park

 

Clouds over Park Circle (North Charleston)

 

Sky and ocean come together as one

 

Our friends at Carnival Cruises

 

Rainbow Row

 

White Point Garden Sunrise

 

Boat at rest on Stono River

 

St. Michael’s Church at night

 

St. Philip’s Church

 

Sunrise over the marsh

 

Love in Charleston

 

College of Charleston Cougar

 

Breathtaking sunset at Bowens Island

 

Cooper River Bridge from up above

*Photo Credit:  Mark A. Leon

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What:  Belk Charity Sale (All Belk Locations – Mount Pleasant / North Charleston / West Ashley)

When:  Saturday, April 29th – 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Cost:  Charity sale ticket are $5 and can also be redeemed for $5 OFF your first purchase during charity sale hours and pre-sale

The Charity Sale will take place on April 29th from 6am-10am in every Belk Store.

This Charity Sale is a private, four-hour sale dedicated to supporting local non-profit organizations. Participating charities will have the opportunity to raise money for their organization while private sale customers receive 20% – 70% off Belk purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely-discounted brands.

Charity sale ticket are $5 and can also be redeemed for $5 OFF your first purchase during charity sale hours and pre-sale. Limited exclusions apply. One ticket may be redeemed per customer.

By purchasing a $5 ticket, customers can support a worthy cause and enjoy store-wide discounts during the private sale.

You can even reserve your merchandise for the event beginning on April 19th, prior to the sale. Just ask an in-store associate.

Details on Belk’s Commitment to Giving

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The Restoration Hotel

By Mark A. Leon

We are back with ten (10) more amazing and fun filled activities in Charleston, SC that are completely free.  Some do require some effort on your part, but we promise they will fulfill your sense of adventure, curiosity and wonder.  Come with us and explore more Free Charleston.

Amazing Free Activities and Attractions in Charleston, SC

  • Free Yoga on Tuesdays at Riverfront Park Join us at King of Pops – Charleston for a free yoga class #KOPYOGACHS at the beautiful Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Ave North Charleston SC 29405). every Tuesday May 2nd – September 26th from 6:15-7pm. The class will be taught by the talented Beth Cosi, founder of Bendy Brewski Yoga. So grab your mat, a friend, and some money for pops after class and join us for this FREE community family friendly event!
  • The Restoration Hotel Art and History Gallery – Relive the aura and chic history of our great country through the open gallery at The Restoration Hotel on Wentworth Street and then head in to the elevator and enjoy a cocktail or snack at The Watch (gorgeous rooftop bar).
  • Movies on the beach – All spring and summer long, enjoy great movies with a backdrop of the ocean right on Folly Beach.

    Avondale Art Gallery

    Bring food, drink, blanket and spend a night under the stars.

  • Open Mic Poetry and Music – Every Monday evening, East Bay Meeting House offers some of the most creative poets and musicians Charleston has to offer.  Come and watch or sign up to perform.  There is no charge.
  • Farmer’s Markets – If there is something the Charleston area does well is support our local farmers, vendors and food trucks with our farmer’s markets.  Throughout Charleston County, you are sure to find one every day of the week.  Click the link for your complete guide.  Many offer free live music to enjoy as well.
  • Avondale Outdoor Art Gallery – We love the outdoors and we love art.  Avondale found a way to bring it all together.  Located behind some of the Avondale communities favorite restaurants and stores is a display of some of the best street art in the area.
  • Unitarian Church / Cemetery – In a quieter part of historic Charleston is the Old City Jail and Unitarian Church.  If the doors are open come right in.  The staff will be eagerly waiting to tell you the whole history.  When you walk through the

    Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge

    hallowed cemetery, you may even be walking on the final resting place of Edgar Allen Poe’s love Annabel Lee.

  • Gateway Walk – Perhaps one of the most hidden secrets in Charleston is right before your very eyes.  The Gateway Walk is a carefully marked trail that will take you through some of the most historic churches and streets of our fair city.  Enjoy the architecture, gates, grounds and take it all in.
  • Bridge Walk / Run – Though we have one of the largest 10K in the country with the Cooper River Bridge Run, the other 364 days are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.  This 5 mile round trip span is not only healthy and a great workout with its steep incline, but if provides one of the most beautiful views overlooking the Charleston Harbor.
  • MUSC Urban Farm Lunch and Learn Sessions – MUSC has a community garden on Bee Street that is filled with sunflowers, rosemary, lemon trees, orange trees and more.  They offer free gardening lessons and tips to the community at no charge.  Click the link for a schedule of events.

We hope you continue to enjoy the wonderful free offerings Charleston has.  Take advantage of all that is around you.

 

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We are painting the pineapple at The Glass Onion!! with Wine and Canvas Charleston
We are teaching “Holy City Welcome” at The Glass Onion this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm
Sign up on our website or mobile app!
Eat! Drink! Paint!
The less “talent” you have the better! Our artist-instructor will guide you step-by-step!

Register Here

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