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Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas to Say Thanks

Write or Contact a Mentor
In 10 seconds or less, you can probably think of someone special in your life—a teacher, neighbor, relative, friend or coach—who has helped shape you into the person you are today. Simply put, that person was (and perhaps still is!) a mentor to you.

Maybe it’s someone who gave you reassurance […]

By |December 11th, 2012|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits, Tips|Comments Off on Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas to Say Thanks

Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Gardeners

Start (or join!) a Community Garden.
As suggested by its name, a community garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people. Moreover, regardless of its size or location, every community garden has one common goal: to produce food, flowers and/or herbs for nearby friends, families and neighbors that need them most. […]

By |December 10th, 2012|Blog, Strategy, Tips|Comments Off on Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Gardeners

Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas to Join

Register for Organ Donation
During the holidays, we give gifts to show we care – and what could show you care more than the gift of life? According to Donate Life America, there are more than 115,000 people in the United States currently waiting for an organ transplant. An average of 18 people die every day […]

By |December 7th, 2012|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits, Tips|Comments Off on Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas to Join

Nonprofit Matters: Charitable Reflections on Branding

Some of the most beautiful cities in the world are known for their fountains. I believe that Greenville is indeed one of those places. I am also quite smitten with Rome and its Trevi Fountain…so much so, that I named our family cat Trevi.

As you gaze into a fountain and listen to the soothing […]

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Six Ways to Make Your Nonprofit Event a Success

A nonprofit organization can utilize a special event as a tool for fundraising or raising awareness of its mission in the community – but events are time and money consuming. Following guidelines throughout the planning process can help make your event a success by streamlining the focus of the organization.

To hold a successful event, […]

By |December 7th, 2012|Blog, Event Management, Non-Profit Resources, Strategy, Tips|Comments Off on Six Ways to Make Your Nonprofit Event a Success

Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Conversations

Visit with Our Senior Citizens.

For many of us, the holiday season means a time for celebrations, family gatherings and fun memories. However, for senior citizens living by themselves, in a nursing home facility or within Hospice care, the holidays can be a somewhat lonely time of the year.To alleviate this, many senior centers and […]

By |December 6th, 2012|Blog, Strategy, Tips|Comments Off on Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Conversations

5 Resources for Women-Owned Businesses

DNA Creative Communications stresses the importance of collaborating with other organizations that influence and change our community and our industry in positive ways. DNA has complied a list of several professional organizations that your woman-owned business may benefit from.

1.   Furman University’s Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate is designed for women of all ages […]

By |December 6th, 2012|Blog, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Resources for Women-Owned Businesses

‘Tis the Season! Ways to Give Back that Don’t Involve Cash

As we ring in the holiday season, we also enter into the time of year where philanthropic giving traditionally reaches its highest levels. According to The Center on Philanthropy, the average person makes 24% of their annual charitable donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Average donation amounts also tend to be higher per person […]

By |December 5th, 2012|Blog, Non-Profit Resources, Tips|Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season! Ways to Give Back that Don’t Involve Cash

Greenville Early College Inspires and Prepares Students for Success

Last month, I had the privilege of attending the Greenville Early College Opening Celebration at the University Center of Greenville. The Early College is a program that was specifically designed to meet the educational needs of about 40 rising sixth graders in a personalized learning environment that provides the skills and tools to assist […]

By |December 3rd, 2012|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits|Comments Off on Greenville Early College Inspires and Prepares Students for Success

Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Internet Shoppers

Donate online, in an indirect way.
Your time on the Internet can translate into donations toward your favorite charities! Websites like GoodSearch are dedicated to empowering people to ‘change the world with simple everyday actions’; in this case, simply by searching the internet.

How do they do it? By designating that 50% of the site’s sponsored […]

By |December 1st, 2012|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits, Tips|Comments Off on Ways to Give Back this Holiday : Free Ideas for Internet Shoppers

5 Resources for Communications Agencies

DNA Creative Communications encourages collaboration with other organizations to create, influence and change our community and industry in positive ways. Listed below are five professional organizations that your agency may benefit from.

1.   The American Advertising Federation is an advertising trade association that seeks to maintain and strengthen the quality of the advertising industry. In order […]

By |November 25th, 2012|Blog, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Resources for Communications Agencies

DNA Honored on National Philanthropy Day

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honored five Greenville companies for their contributions to the community on National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15.

DNA Creative Communications, a full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm, was nominated for the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award at the AFP awards luncheon, along with BB&T, Corley Plumbing, Michelin and […]

By |November 20th, 2012|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Honored on National Philanthropy Day

DNA accepting applications for 2013 Live Here Give Here Program

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) is now welcoming applications for its 2013 LIVE HERE GIVE HERE (LHGH) pro-bono program. Through the year-long initiative, DNA donates its services to strategically support a nonprofit’s annual communications campaign.
“LHGH is much more than a pro-bono service; it’s a partnership,” noted Debbie Nelson, Principal and Founder of DNA. “As we […]

By |November 15th, 2012|Blog, Non-Profit Resources, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA accepting applications for 2013 Live Here Give Here Program

Book Review – Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

In Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement, R. Jack Hansen and Jerry P. Haas examine the personal aspects of transitioning from full-time work to part-time work or full retirement. The authors aim to bring to the light the issues of relationships, self-image and personal significance in retirement. They interviewed retirees about their own […]

By |November 15th, 2012|Blog, Non-Profit Resources|Comments Off on Book Review – Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

Nonprofit Matters: Find Your Nonprofit Passion

Thank you to the Upstate Business Journal (UBJ) for inviting me to be a regular contributor to this new publication. My column Nonprofit Matters will present  information relevant to nonprofit professionals and community leaders in a question and answer format. I am so excited about this opportunity to share my passion and expertise. My first column […]

By |November 9th, 2012|Blog, Greenville Nonprofits|Comments Off on Nonprofit Matters: Find Your Nonprofit Passion

DNA Creative Communications Recognized with Two MarCom Awards

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) recently received both a Gold MarCom and Honorable Mention award from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP). The Gold award recognized DNA’s exceptional efforts in the development of a brochure for Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center. The literature was created as a part of an annual campaign […]

By |November 8th, 2012|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Creative Communications Recognized with Two MarCom Awards

5 Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

DNA Creative Communications believes in collaborating with other organizations that influence and change our community and our industry in positive ways. Listed below are several professional organizations that your nonprofit may benefit from.

1.   The South Carolina Association of Nonprofits (SCANPO) is a statewide membership organization that strengthens nonprofits through board and professional development, collaborative work […]

By |November 1st, 2012|Blog, Non-Profit Resources|Comments Off on 5 Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

SC Independent Colleges and Universities Names Debbie Nelson to the Board of Trustees

Debbie Nelson, founder and principal of DNA Creative Communications, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).
“I am so honored to have been named to the board of trustees of SCICU. Some of my biggest priorities are giving back to the community and advancing higher […]

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DNA Seminar Empowers Nonprofits to Tell Their Stories

Greenville S.C. (October 29, 2012) – DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Hollingsworth Funds, Inc., and United Way of Greenville County, continues its 2012 “Shine the Light on Your Nonprofit” educational series with its fifth session “Power Pitch: Amplify Your PR through Storytelling” on November 7th.

“Power Pitch” […]

By |October 29th, 2012|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Seminar Empowers Nonprofits to Tell Their Stories

DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Two New Interns

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) welcomes two new interns, Emily Massey and Arley Turner, to their team.

Massey is a senior at Clemson University where she will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She is from Tallahassee, Florida and was recruited to Clemson based on athletics. Since her freshman year, she has […]

By |October 18th, 2012|Blog, News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Two New Interns

Book Review – The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want: The Nine Little Things That Matter Most

At the heart of every nonprofit, there is a board of directors that is vital in keeping the organization alive. In The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want, June Bradham interviews board members from around the world about what makes them eager to join a board and help make an organization successful.

Bradham reveals the […]

By |October 13th, 2012|Blog, Non-Profit Resources|Comments Off on Book Review – The Truth About What Nonprofit Boards Want: The Nine Little Things That Matter Most

DNA Welcomes Walbridge to Team

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) is pleased to welcome a new intern, Kayla Walbridge to their team.

Walbridge is a senior at Clemson University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Public Relations and a double minor in Business Administration and Media Studies.

“I am very excited to have been […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|News, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Welcomes Walbridge to Team

Workshop for Nonprofit Boards Feature National Speakers

DNA Creative Communications (DNA), in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Hollingsworth Funds, Inc., and United Way of Greenville County, is hosting a seminar “Power Surge: Maximizing the Board Chair/ED Relationship” on October 24th.The half day workshop is designed exclusively for Board Chairs and Executive Directors and will focus on key functions […]

By |October 1st, 2012|Nonprofit Seminars, Press Releases|Comments Off on Workshop for Nonprofit Boards Feature National Speakers

Branding 101: Distribute a Detailed Brand Guide

The brand guide outlines the detailed standards and regulations of your brand. This should be distributed to anyone who is associated with your brand to ensure they represent your organization with integrity. Any uses outside of the brand guide will devalue your visual and verbal style. By distributing a brand guide to your staff, […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Blog, Branding, Branding and Communications, Non-Profit Resources|Comments Off on Branding 101: Distribute a Detailed Brand Guide

Branding 101: Provide Materials to Your Brand Ambassadors

Once you have a well-developed, consistent, accurate representation of your organization, what do you do with it? There are many outlets for your brand display. Use it consistently across all mediums—websites, promotional materials, signage, ads, social media. Still, an often forgotten but effective form of brand exposure is word-of-mouth, and who better to spread […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Blog, Branding, Branding and Communications, Non-Profit Resources|Comments Off on Branding 101: Provide Materials to Your Brand Ambassadors