Well, it’s nearly New Year’s Eve, and everyone is getting hard core about reflecting and setting resolutions.  It’s a funny thing about the conclusion of a year; if it was marked by failure, loss, and frustration reflection is painful, but if it was marked by success, peace, and prosperity reflection is quite enjoyable.

I am happy to say that 2018 was a positive year for Civic Support, and here are five reasons why…

1. We hosted our Second Annual Marketing Boot Camp

Thanks for funding from United Way of Greater New Bedford we were able to host our second annual “Marketing Boot Camp”.  Yet again it was a full house in terms of participants as we covered topics of branding, copywriting, social media marketing, and website development.  We plan to host another Marketing Boot Camp in 2019, so stay tuned! Click here to learn more about the workshop and to download useful resources.

2. Jenny Lee Paiva became our Director of Communications

Jenny has been with Civic Support pretty much since day one, when she agreed to intern with us.  Over the years she has become a specialist on social media marketing and is now our Director of Communications!  Click here to read more about our new DoC.

3. Our First Crowdfunding Campaign

Since Civic Support was founded in 2011 we have had a lot of “FUNdraisers” (brewery tours… silent discos… Sip N Support…) but we have never asked for donations.  Thus, kicking off our first crowdfunding campaign was a bit nerve wracking.  What if people didn’t understand our mission?  What if nobody donated?  What if this somehow tarnished our reputation?

Luckily, #AVoiceforNonprofits resonated with a lot of people, especially those who have seen first hand what we have been doing for the past eight year.

We passed out goal, but the campaign continues until the year’s end and every penny we raise helps ensure 2019 is an equally successful year.  So please, consider donating before the clock runs out!

4. Nonprofits Supporting Nonprofits 

We probably weren’t the only nonprofit to feel the pinch this year.  Various organizations saw significant changes in funding models, and yet they continued to persevere (a testament to the strength of small nonprofits!).  We worked on a number of projects this year, including organizing a warm clothing drive at GroundWork for New Bedford Homeless Advocates, and giving a social media presentation at the Legal Center for Nonprofits.

The warm clothing drive continues until the end of the year, so if you are able to drop off items your donations are much needed!

5. Be the Change SouthCoast 

In our eight years of operation we have met so many generous and impactful individuals and organizations in the Southcoast Massachusetts region.  SouthCoast Serves has proven that when nonprofits work together, the impact of volunteerism and community service can grow.  Yet when it comes to the digital setting something seems to break down– everyone is sharing their messages but they aren’t always being heard!

Hence we are very excited to launch “Be the Change SouthCoast“, a Facebook group in which anyone is welcome share opportunities and ideas for making the SouthCoast an even better place to live, work, learn, and grow.