ThriftSmart Celebrates 10 Years

Posted on July 8, 2015 in Member News

ThriftSmart, a nonprofit social enterprise with two area thrift stores, kicks off their 10th anniversary celebration in July. Throughout the month, ThriftSmart stores are offering special sales on Wednesdays and Saturdays, culminating with a store-wide 50% off sale with giveaways on Saturday, July 25th.

Special promotions and sales in July include the following:
• 10 cent clothing on Wednesdays
• Surprise sales from 10am to noon on Saturdays July 11th and 18th
• Guess the bale weight contest July 1 – 24th, winner of $100 gift card announced July 25th
• Store-wide 50% sale on Saturday, July 25th

Also on July 25th, the first 50 customers in each store will receive $10 ThriftSmart gift cards and throughout the day, customers will have the opportunity to win door prizes.

ThriftSmart gives 100% of their profits to benefit four locally-based charities that are impacting lives both locally and globally – Mercy Community Healthcare, African Leadership, New Hope Academy and The Belize Project. ThriftSmart’s Nashville store also hosts ESL and sewing classes for refugees and immigrants.

“We couldn’t have provided affordable shopping for thousands of families and given nearly $500,000 to our charity partners over the past 10 years without the support and generosity of a community who shops, volunteers and donates goods at our stores,” says co-founder and executive director Dick Gygi. “At its heart, ThriftSmart is about community.”

Shoppers can take advantage of anniversary savings at both ThriftSmart stores. Locations and store hours are as follows:
4890 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
9am-9pm Monday – Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday

454 Downs Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37064
9am-8pm Monday – Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday

For more information, visit

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort

Posted on June 24, 2015 in Member News

Longmont, CO, June 22, 2015—Nonprofits have engaged in social enterprise for decades, yet they often do so by the seat of their pants without holistic programs and supports to explore, develop and launch social ventures. True to our entrepreneurial, startup roots, Colorado once again is leading the way for nonprofit social ventures with just such a program.

The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange)—a project of interSector Partners, L3C and JVoyles Nonprofit Consulting—is accepting applications for Front Range nonprofits to be part of its third Social Enterprise Exchange Cohort. Within a peer networking and learning environment, nonprofits will develop social enterprises over the course of nine months starting in January 2016. Each month will focus on a different business development topic such as social enterprise readiness and ideation, engaging stakeholders in the process, feasibility studies and market research, and writing and pitching a business plan. The first year culminates with nonprofits pitching their new businesses for support and funding, and a second year of services includes launch and implementation support. Think Tech Stars or Unreasonable Institute, but designed specifically for nonprofits – the original social entrepreneurs!

In the inaugural cohort, eight nonprofits designed and developed new business focused on jobs for low-income and hard to employ community members (like Art Restart and Strong, Smart and Bold Beans), recycling, child safety (the Children’s Hospitals of Colorado Safety Store), and even a luxury camping business designed to introduce and educate people to the wonder and value of Colorado’s prairie. In 2015, nine nonprofits followed the inaugural cohort’s path by joining the second Social Enterprise Cohort, now at the halfway point of developing their new social ventures. Motivations for considering social enterprise include loss of government and other funding, a desire to build more sustainable nonprofits, the chance to direct more funding toward mission-focused activities and the opportunity to employ clients.

Through the support of generous funding from the Third Generation of Hunt Alternatives, The Denver Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, The Piton Foundation, The Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of Colorado, Bright Mountain Foundation and local community sponsors such as Vectra Bank and Emily Davis Consulting, The Exchange is offered to nonprofits at a significantly subsidized rate of $8,000 per organization including the core curriculum and a year of launch and implementation support.

Applications will be accepted through August 14, 2015. To learn more about The Exchange, its funding, partners or to apply for the program, visit or contact us by phone. High resolution images from the inaugural and 2015 cohorts, as well as additional information about the businesses launched are available upon request.

For more information contact:
Caryn Capriccioso, MNM


GrantStation Launches the PathFinder

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Member News

Minneapolis, MN:, Inc. announces the release of the PathFinder, a free, interactive website designed to assist the grantseeker in discovering the right resources to achieve their professional development goals.

As you navigate the rough terrain of the grantseeking world, finding high quality, professional development opportunities can be a daunting task. GrantStation’s new PathFinder guides the grantseeker, whether they consider themselves to be a novice, experienced or advanced, on the journey to improve their grantsmanship skills.

The PathFinder offers three simple ways to discover new learning opportunities: via the Find Your Path tool, or you can Search or Browse the library of resources The Find Your Path tool generates a customized learning plan based on individual experience, organizational role, and interests, while the Library offers profiles on quality resources in grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.

GRANTSTATION offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as the resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. GrantStation has searchable databases of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; profiles of Federal financial assistance programs; state-level financial and technical assistance provider resources; and a constantly growing database of international grantmakers. For more information, visit GrantStation at 


Patricia Summers

Director of Special Projects 877-784-7268 

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