Happy Almost-Spring! With the weather warming and the ice finally melted, we hope you are as re-energized as we are, because it's going to be a busy season! In addition to The Big Payback and Nashville Fashion Week, there are a host of other upcoming charitable events and funding opportunities to tell you about this month. So read on... and thanks for all that you do!
                                                        The GivingMatters.com Team
How Are You (or Aren't You) Using Social Media to Raise Funds?    


A team from the Public Administration Department at Tennessee State University is conducting exciting research on if/how nonprofits leverage social media to increase funding, and how this may vary by size. Does your organization "mine" its social media data to identify new volunteers or donor prospects? Do you have a social media policy? Or is social media still the "wild west" to your organization?

Please consider assisting their efforts by participating in a brief 14-question survey, found here. The results of the research, as well as the final paper, will be shared with participants later this year!
Procrastinators, beware! You have less than one week to register to participate in The Big Payback! Join over 600 other Middle Tennessee nonprofits in this exciting 24-hour giving event by emailing a signed Participation Agreement to thebigpayback@cfmt.org
AND updating your GivingMatters.com profile by
TUESDAY, MARCH 24. Learn more at thebigpayback.org.
IMPORTANT: DO YOU THINK YOUR ORGANIZATION IS ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE BIG PAYBACK? CHECK THIS LIST! If you do not find your name, we do NOT currently have you registered. Please contact us at thebigpayback@cfmt.org or simply re-send your Participation Agreement and check your inbox for a confirmation email within 24 hours.
2014 Charitable Giving Report Shows Continued Growth in Online Fundraising   


Blackbaud's 2014 Charitable Giving Report, now available for free download at blackbaud.com, confirms that online fundraising continues to be a major growth opportunity for nonprofits. Online giving in 2014 grew 8.9% from 2013 for the thousands of nonprofits analyzed - on top of a 13.5% increase the previous year! Small organizations showed the most growth in this area, with a higher percentage of growth in online donations as compared to medium and large organizations. Though their resources are limited, "their sustained growth rates over several years are a promising sign," according to the report.  

The Charitable Giving Report includes data from 4,798 nonprofits, representing $16.2 billion in total fundraising in 2014. Download the full report at https://www.blackbaud.com/nonprofit-resources/charitablegiving.  

Get Fancy with Nashville Fashion Week: April 7-11

Nashville Fashion Week is a city-wide celebration of Nashville's thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events, the event encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city's diverse fashion and retail spaces throughout the week with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.   


NFW is founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, retail and media professionals who have combined their passion and resources to create a volunteer event spotlighting Nashville's growing fashion community. It supports the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund

of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


Learn more, and purchase tickets, at NowPlayingNashville.com. 

Opportunities and Deadlines

March 20, 8:30am - Salute to Excellence "Call for Entries" at CNM 

March 24 - The Big Payback registration deadline and GivingMatters.com profile update deadline

March 25 - Metro Nashville Arts Commission final grant application deadline 

March 30 - April 1 - Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, 102nd Anniversary Leadership & Networking Conference 


April 7 - Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards Luncheon  

April 7 - 11 - Nashville Fashion Week 

April 14 - LinkedIn Training at the Center for Nonprofit Management  

April 17 - Salute to Excellence award application deadline 

April 22 - "Telling Your Organization's Story" at the Center for Nonprofit Management

April 22 - Baptist Healing Trust Q2 full proposal deadline 




Rolling Deadlines:

Ingram Industries Charities 

Frist Foundation 

The Memorial Foundation 


*Discover Nonprofit Workshops at the Center for Nonprofit Management
*Read about Upcoming Funding Opportunities on the NPO Homepage
*Download the GivingMatters.com NONPROFIT USER GUIDE 
In This Issue
Monetizing Social Media
2014 Giving Report
Nashville Fashion Week
Opportunities & Deadlines
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