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Stewart Spinks Honored for Community Contributions During National Philanthropy Day

Greenville, S.C. – Nov. 26, 2019 – The Spinx Company founder, Stewart Spinks, and his wife Martha, were recently awarded “Individual Philanthropist of the Year” on National Philanthropy Day. The Spinks were given the honor by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an association dedicated to generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Since 1986, Nov. 15th has been recognized as National Philanthropy Day, to honor donors, volunteers, leaders, foundations and others who participate in philanthropy.

“We are so honored to accept the award for Individual Philanthropist of the Year,” Stewart Spinks said. “Being a good neighbor and supporting the communities that help support us is extremely important to my family and the Spinx Company.”

Stewart Spinks is heavily involved in a variety of philanthropic organizations including the American Cancer Society, FAVOR Greenville, March of Dimes and others.  He also founded his own charitable organization, The Spinks Family Foundation, which focuses on growing healthy kids where we live, work and play, by partnering with programs that focus on improving health, education, wellness, and moral growth for the children of South Carolina.

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 1,400 employees, it is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in the state. Spinx is committed to making life easier by fulfilling people’s everyday needs with fresh, on-the-go food, beverages and other convenience products delivered in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Through the Spinx Xtras Loyalty program and the Spinx mobile app, the company offers its loyal customers savings on fuel and special promotions. For more information about Spinx or the Spinx Xtras program, visit the company’s website at www.spinx.com.

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Navigating Fundraising for Political Campaigns

Navigating the political world when it comes to fundraisers can be tricky. When working on behalf of a candidate, it is of utmost importance to know their positions on the issues when asking for financial contributions.

  1. Determine your goals and set strategies with your candidate

Make it a priority to set goals with your candidate and decide how frequently you should meet. As a true extension of your candidate, you must work together to determine how much you must raise in order to run a successful campaign. Set consistent meetings to refine the campaign strategy and expectations.

  1. Organize your lists and gather correct contact information

Your list is the key to a successful political fundraiser. Making calls and sending personalized emails takes a great deal of time, so you should prioritize compiling your contacts to ensure you maximize reach. This is where a small team completing research can make this effort more effective, keeping in mind that your candidate will want to connect to prospective donors in addition to maintaining their relationships with previous supporters.

  1. Reach out to potential host committee sponsors the moment a date is set

First and foremost, set the date for your fundraiser. This will give you time to reach out to potential donors and provide the candidate the opportunity to get ahead of filing their quarterly report. At this event, supporters old and new will be able to hear the candidate’s position and offer additional funds.

  1. Personalize communication

Know your candidate’s platform! It is wise to personalize phone calls to each and every prospective donor, beginning with those who have been supportive of your candidate in the past. When you speak knowledgeably on your candidate’s positioning and express gratitude for potential supporter’s interest, you stand to raise more donations and strengthen your client’s campaign and event attendance.

The steps above are meant to serve as a starting point for a political fundraiser, keeping in mind that a lot goes into supporting a successful campaign. Dedicating time, developing a deep understanding of your candidate’s platform and getting creative will set your candidate above the rest.

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Carolina Nephrology Makes Charitable Contribution to Foundations that Hit Close to Home

Upstate Medical Practice Donates to Physician’s Family Foundations

Greenville, SC | Nov. 14, 2019 – Carolina Nephrology, a top provider for patient kidney care in the Upstate, recently donated $10,000 to three foundations that hit very close to home for the medical practice. These three organizations, the “I Got Legs” Foundation, Rader Ward Foundation, and CP Now, are all closely related to three of their practicing physicians, making these contributions very special.

The “I Got Legs” Foundation began when its founder was involved in a horrific car accident and since then, has been dedicated to rehabilitating individuals with physical challenges. The founder, Adam Gorlitsky, is nephrologist, Dr. Barry Gorlitsky’s, brother.
The Rader Ward Foundation is closely tied to Dr. William Ward, as he and his wife started the organization following his son Rader’s suicide. Their mission is to provide scholarship support for creative children that would benefit from an alternative educational philosophy.

Lastly, CP Now is an organization that aims to optimize the lifelong health, wellness and inclusion of people with cerebral palsy. Dr. Blake Shusterman’s wife, Michele, started the national nonprofit because their daughter Lily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and she wants to continue to improve the lives of those affected by cerebral palsy.
During this season of giving, Carolina Nephrology was eager to contribute to causes that are not only revolutionary, but also strongly connected to their organization and its mission. For more information on Carolina Nephrology and their practice, please visit www.carolinanephrology.com.

Carolina Nephrology specializes in the treatment of kidney disease and hypertension. The physicians of Carolina Nephrology are committed to delivering quality kidney care by utilizing the best clinical data, education and technology available. Carolina Nephrology is located in six areas throughout the Upstate, with the main office in Greenville at 203 Mills Ave. The practice has 14 nephrologists who are all board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology, as well as eight physician extenders.