Below are current professional development opportunities, offered by or in partnership with Central Carolina Community Foundation, for nonprofit professionals.

  1. AAPC Professional Development Award
  2. Fundraising School with Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE


AAPC Professional Development Award

The African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) of Central Carolina Community Foundation promotes, increases and supports Black philanthropy throughout the Midlands. AAPC will award $5,000 for Black nonprofit leaders to obtain professional development. By providing these awards AAPC’s objective is to help grow and retain black leaders within the Midlands’ nonprofit community.

Award Information

  • The professional development award will cover registration for a conference, webinar or certification cost up to $500. Awards will not cover travel expenses or the purchase of materials (e.g. books, laptops, tablets).
  • The award does not have to cover the full cost of professional development and can be used to cover partial costs.


  • Applicant must identify as Black/African American
  • Applicant must work for and/or serve on the board of a nonprofit located within the 11 counties of the Midlands (Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter) for a minimum of one year prior to December 1.
    1. Preference will be given to individuals who work for and/or serve as a board member at a Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofit within the Midlands region.

Additional Requirements

  • Professional development must be completed before June 30.
  • Professional development must directly relate to the applicant’s role/responsibilities at their nonprofit.

Award Timeline

  • Application is open from January 1 to May 30 (or until all funds have been expensed)
  • Applications will be sent to the AAPC scholarship review committee every third Tuesday of the month and decision(s) will be made two weeks after.


For further information, please contact Jamesha Shackerford. Phone: 803-254-5601 x301.


Fundraising School with Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE

Do you wish your organization could raise more money so you can improve your services and generate reliable sources of income to fund your work? Do you want to be more comfortable in your role as a fundraiser? 

Learn how to become an inspirational fundraiser using Rachel Ramjattan’s simple fundraising blueprint! 

Fundraising School is an immersive capacity-building program that helps leaders reduce their fears of fundraising, increase board engagement in fundraising, and improve their fundraising vision, strategies and systems.

Fundraising School is a virtual program that includes six half-day webinars with homework assignments. A minimum of two staff per organization should attend. The school, while ideal for small/medium-sized nonprofits, can work for any size organization. 

The Fundraising School has been implemented in other parts of the country, but this would be the first time the Fundraising School is offered in SC. Past participants have developed special events, fundraising plans, technology systems for donor documentation, communication plans to current and potential donors, and board of director engagement plans, and written a compelling case for support for their nonprofit. Participants raised an average of $10,000, increased new donors, and secured recurring gifts over the course of the 10-week program. 


Tuition is $2,500 per organization. If accepted into the Fundraising School, CCCF would award a grant to the nonprofit to cover the cost of the program. 


Fundraising School is a virtual program that includes 6 half-day webinars with homework assignments. Upon graduation (session 7), you’ll have completed your own:

  • Technology plan
  • Case for support
  • Communication plan
  • Fundraising plan
  • Plan to raise $10K

Who Should Join

Two members from each organization must attend the Fundraising School. Participants could include:

  • Executive directors
  • Board members
  • Development staff 
  • Staff with limited development experience, but great potential! 


  • Session 1: Get Right-Sized Tech
  • Session 2: Inspire people to give
  • Session 3: Earn predictable money
  • Session 4: Raise $10K now
  • Session 5: Get your board on board
  • Session 6: Create a fundraising plan
  • Session 7: Graduation

Key Dates

  • Virtual Information Session (required): February 1 – 10:00AM (60 minutes)
  • Classes: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (save the dates now!)
  • Graduation: May 10, 10 a.m. to Noon


Fundraising school applicants will need to:

  1. Register for the Information Session and attend the webinar live on February 1, 2022, at 10 a.m. or watch the recording via our website. Seats in Fundraising School are limited.
  2. Complete the application by February 18. 

If accepted, participants must also order the No More Duct Tape Fundraising book. This will be the textbook used for the Fundraising School. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your fundraising capacity, connect with other nonprofits that share your same experiences, and secure 1-on-1 support from a thoughtful and innovative nonprofit fundraiser!