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Francis Marion’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute Presents Annual Fred Sheheen Award to Chris Manley

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, March 19, 2018

Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Together SC honored an upstate businessman with their highest award on March 6 at the 2018 Together SC’s Nonprofit Summit in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chris Manley president, executive director and founder of Rebuild Upstate, was presented the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership.

The award, named in memory of the late Fred R. Sheheen, the founding director of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute, is presented annually to a graduate of FMU’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute or a member of Together SC (formerly SCANPO) who has excelled in the management of their establishment through organization and resource development.

Manley’s Rebuild Upstate is a nonprofit organization that is focused on performing repairs to substandard housing occupied by children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Rebuild Upstate’s goal is to ensure their clients are able to remain in their own homes, free from unsafe conditions.

John Boyanoski, a member of the Rebuild Upstate Board of Directors, says Manley’s work has been immeasurably beneficial to not just the recipients of Rebuild Upstate’s generosity, but the entire Upstate region.

“As a direct and proximate consequence of Chris’ steady guidance, Rebuild Upstate has performed thousands of repairs to homes in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee Counties,” Boyanoski says. “This work, in turn, has enabled thousands of families to remain together in their own homes and, perhaps most importantly, this work has allowed those families to regain pride in their homes, and to transform those structures from an imperfect shelter into a source of personal dignity.”

Manley was presented with a not just the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership, but a $500 award, recognition through various communications across the state.


Francis Marion’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute presents annual award

Tags:  Fred Sheheen  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 


A Special Summit Message from Darrin Goss, Sr.

Posted By Darrin Goss, Sr. , Monday, March 12, 2018

It was inspirational to convene, collaborate and connect with so many Allies for Good this week at the TogetherSC #NPSummit18. We’re creating unstoppable momentum, and the positive energy is palpable.

I want to thank Madeleine and everyone who worked to bring together leaders from all walks of life, from South Carolina’s small towns and big cities, and from organizations of every shape and size. I’m impressed by the diversity of backgrounds and thought we have leading the nonprofit community in our state.

My Tuesday morning plenary, Creating a Culture of Courage, stressed the importance of our sector having the courage to conduct critical conversations about the greatest challenges affecting our diverse communities. I opened with imaginary newspaper headlines showcasing “What IF?” scenarios of South Carolina leading the nation in education, equity, infrastructure, and economic opportunity. 

But what if my “What IF?” headlines became a reality? As leaders across the state, we must embrace these aspirations. They don’t have to be mere dreams. We can actually make them happen. We will get there if we start by building our own internal capacity and credibility, and by turning outward to listen, learn, and discover what we don’t yet know. 

This listening and learning needs to happen in the communities in which we live, and in the communities of the people we serve. We have a problem with structural inequity within our communities. The courage I talk about is the courage to build credibility by speaking this truth. When we can understand that equality—people all starting from the same place—is not our reality, we can begin the work to achieve what I call real equity. Together we can get at the policies that perpetuate the problems, and reduce the barriers that have been keeping people behind for generations.

Coastal Community Foundation took an important step on our journey two years ago by committing to a policy of equity and inclusion. I consider it the bedrock of our work, and I’m witnessing it becoming a key element of our everyday practice. We are challenging ourselves to ensure equitable outcomes, from our board and staff to our grantees and vendors. 

This is just one example of how we could all be working to transform our dreams of a better (the best) South Carolina into reality. Our diverse organizations and the diverse communities we serve share the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

As I said in my speech, let’s not settle for a South Carolina at the bottom. Let’s "instigate" for a South Carolina at the top. Let’s come Together…SC!


Tags:  2018 SC Nonprofit Summit  Coastal Community Foundation  Darrin Goss Sr.  Nonprofit Summit 

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Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership

Posted By Cheri Richardson , Monday, February 5, 2018

In 2017, the Award for Nonprofit Leadership was named in the memory of Fred Sheheen, founder of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marin University.

The purpose of the leadership award is to recognize a graduate of Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University or a Together SC member who has excelled in the management of their organization through organizational and resource development. This award is sponsored by the Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University.

Recipients receive:

  • $500 cash award given by Francis Marion University.
  • A distinguished award to proudly display in their office
  • Registration for the award recipient at Together SC’s SC Nonprofit Summit
  • Recognition through NPLI website and newsletter(s)
  • Statewide recognition through Together SC communications with nonprofit, business, and foundation sectors
  • Local recognition through the organization’s newspaper media outlets

The 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership will be presented in Hilton Head at the 2018 SC Nonprofit Summit.

Deadline for submission:  Friday, February 9, 2018

Apply for the 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership today!

Click Here for Submission Form and Instructions

For questions about nominations, please contact Cheri Richardson with the Francis Marion University Education Foundation office by emailing or calling 843-661-1199. 

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Tags:  LeadershipSC  Nonprofit Excellence Award  Nonprofit Leadership  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 


Junior League of Columbia's 2018 Community Impact Grant request for proposals (RFP)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Junior League of Columbia (JLC) invites you to respond to our 2018 Community Impact Grant request for proposals (RFP). The JLC Community Impact Grant Program supports projects directly benefiting the greater Midlands area through our community partners, nonprofit organizations and agencies*.

JLC promotes voluntarism, develops the potential of women, and improves communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. Our current focus area is healthy children. A total of $150,000 will be awarded by JLC to Midlands’ organizations proposing transformational projects and initiatives of $25,000 or greater related to our mission and focus area and specifically addressing poverty and basic needs of children and families.

We look forward to supporting our partners in positively transforming our community through these opportunities! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

RFP Application Contents

  1. Cover letter, on your stationery, signed by the organization’s director
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Narrative (no more than two pages) with (a):
    • Project Description;
    • Brief statement of need to be addressed;
    • Goals and objectives, including dates for implementation and conclusion of project;
    • Target population;
    • Project activities/programs;
    • Proposal of collaboration with JLC volunteers on a long-term basis (this could include incorporating shift work for JLC volunteer or placement opportunities);
    • and Plan for measuring project results and reporting impact of project to JLC on an annual basis.
  4.  Project Budget (expenses and/or income)
  5. Organization Background (mission, major activities, and credentials for carrying out project)
  6. If you previously received a grant, please provide an update of the use of the funds and the outcomes.
  7. Conclusion (brief statement of long-term project plan and how JLC can play a role)
  8. Appendices (Attachments)
    • Verification of tax-exempt status (IRS determination letter)
    • List of officers and Board of Directors
    • Staff biographies and key staff resumes
    • Organization operating budget
    • Latest financial statement (audited preferred)
    • List of other current funding sources and uses
    • Current Annual Report
    • Support letters or endorsements (limited to maximum of three)  

    *JLC does not make grants to individuals or government agencies, or for capital building projects, lobbying, or religious purposes. Additional applicant organization requirements are available here. Please submit proposals by email to 

Tags:  funding  Grants  Junior League of Columbia  nonprofits  Together SC 

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New Internship Opportunity for Midlands Nonprofits

Posted By Alex Blauvelt, Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dear Nonprofit Members,

I wanted to share with you an opportunity that we have at the University of South Carolina to recruit students as interns for the Summer of 2018.

Through a recent donation the University has received, we have an opportunity for one student to be selected to engage in an unpaid internship (but be paid by the University) with a nonprofit organization in the Columbia community. These student(s) will be known as our Richter Interns. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain exposure to what it’s like to work in the nonprofit sector and for you to have some additional help in the great work that you are doing to serve the community and beyond. In order to be considered as an organization that could receive a student, the following is required for the internship:

  1. Your organization needs to be approved by our Career Center through the career management platform in the Career Center called Handshake, and your internship experience/internship description must be submitted to Handshake as well. The guide to become approved in our system can be found at this link. We ask that the internship have an educational focus to help the student gain real-work experience that will prepare them for their future. (This is not a part-time job.) The internship must align with our Community Internship Program (CIP) requirements included as a link in this email message.
  2. Place your intern under proper supervision, provide orientation, and train the student for the work environment and the condition of employment.
  3. Provide your intern with meaningful work assignments with gradually increasing responsibility related to their career goals.
  4. Participate in a mid-semester phone or site consultation with the student and Career Center staff
  5. Conduct a post-internship performance review of the intern that is provided by the Career Center

Additional Information:

  1. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018
  2. Internship work schedules, such as days and hours per week, will be determined by the organization. However, the recommended work hour requirement, which is found in the agreement, needs to be met (approximately 240 hours).
  3. This summer we will select one student, but in the future we will select more.


In order to be considered for this program, you must submit your internship experience into our system. If you would need assistance with setting up an internship experience for a student, please follow this link.

Click here to download the employer application.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Mullen at the USC Career Center by email at or phone at (803) 777-4466.

Tags:  Internships  Midlands  nonprofits  Together SC  USC 


ACTION ALERT: Federal Tax Bill Harms Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

Posted By National Council of Nonprofits, Monday, December 4, 2017

Take Action to Protect Public Trust in America’s Charitable Nonprofits

The House and Senate have passed separate versions of tax reform. The difference between the bills must be negotiated in what’s called a conference committee made up of a dozen or more Representatives and Senators who will be named soon. We write asking for your help in convincing all in Congress, and particularly the “tax conferees,” to preserve nonprofit nonpartisanship and to reject any changes to the Johnson Amendment.

Each bill contains multiple provisions that would harm the ability of charitable nonprofits to advance our missions. The most damaging is Section 5201 of the House-passed bill; it would radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for nonpartisanship of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations, known as the Johnson Amendment. Section 5201 would allow political operatives to pressure those organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for public office, and powerful donors to exert even more pressure by giving or threatening to withhold charitable contributions to get the organizations to endorse or oppose candidates the donors prefer. The proposed change would also make political donations – for the first time ever – tax-deductible when funneled through charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations.  

The Senate respected, but the House blatantly ignored, the widespread and resolute opposition to changing the law expressed by religious denominations and faith leaders, law enforcement officials, charitable nonprofits and foundations, and the vast majority of the American public. As the National Council of Nonprofits has warned, “This shameful attempt to advance the self-interest of politicians for more money and control at the expense of independent civil society must be stricken from the tax bill that comes out of the conference committee.”

All people have a vested interest in preserving the independence and nonpartisanship of the charitable and philanthropic sectors. We urge you to immediately take one or more of these steps.


Step One: Call your Representative and Senators (Capitol switchboard: 202-225-3121) and deliver this important message:

“I’m a constituent and I’m calling in opposition to a very harmful provision in the tax bill that would weaken the Johnson Amendment and politicize charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations against our wishes. The harmful provision is Section 5201 of the House-passed tax bill that is now in a conference committee with the Senate. It is imperative that Senator/Representative [NAME] reach out to every member of the conference committee and tell them the Johnson Amendment language in the House bill must be stripped from the final bill. Thank you.”


Step Two: Forward a link to this page as an Action Alert to your board members, employees, volunteers, and the people you serve and encourage them to join you in speaking up to preserve the independence and nonpartisanship of the charitable, religious, and philanthropic sectors. 


Step Three: Send tweets. Find your Representative and Senators, then send direct messages to their Twitter handles. Make use of those 280 characters to let them know how politicizing charitable nonprofits would affect your organizations’ ability to serve the community. Include the period at the start to send directly to your elected officials. (Be sure to include the period at the start so that Twitter does not think its a private reply) Here are some sample tweets:

.[Senator/Representative twitter handle] Tell the tax conferees to strip House Sec. 5201 #JohnsonAmendment language from the final #taxreform bill.

.[Senator/Representative twitter handle] Sec. 5201 of the House bill would be damaging to work of #nonprofits. Remove this language in the final #taxreform bill and protect the #JohnsonAmendment.

.[Senator/Representative twitter handle] Let #nonprofits and houses of worship focus on #CommunityNotCandidates. Strip House Sec. 5201 from the final #taxreform bill and keep #JohnsonAmendment in place.


Step Four: Write and send a letter to the editor or op-ed to your local newspaper. Examples of effective messages can be found by reading the op-eds and letters to the editor posted at Be sure to include the names of your Representative and Senators and “the Johnson Amendment” in your message – elected officials will definitely see what you have to say because they all use search filters that alert them when their names appear in print.


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Tags:  johnson amendment  National Council of Nonprofits  nonprofits 


Letter of Farewell from David Harper

Posted By David Harper, Executive Director of Pee Dee Land Trust, Monday, October 30, 2017

I have enjoyed five wonderful years serving as executive director of Pee Dee Land Trust (PDLT) and now the time has come for me to take the next step on my career path in conservation. 

I know that I am leaving an organization that is stronger than ever, with an exceptionally talented staff and a dedicated board. Together, we have accomplished much more than I could have ever imagined when I started in 2012, including:

  • A 77% expansion of our conservation easement program to over 27,000 acres;
  • Achieving substantial growth in our budget and investments;
  • Attracting a conservation community of 500 members who all love the land;
  • Merging with the Black Creek Land Trust; and
  • Achieving our second national accreditation. 

The good news is that the PDLT board has such confidence in our team that they have promoted Lyles Cooper Lyles to serve as the next Executive Director of Pee Dee Land Trust.

In the 2.5 years that Lyles has served as PDLT's Director of Education and Outreach, she has brought her wealth of nonprofit and for-profit business experience and broad network of friends and colleagues in the Pee Dee region to help take our success to the next level.

You can reach her at To compliment Lyles' expertise, Seth Cook, Director of Land Conservation, will take on an expanded role representing the Trust's growing conservation program.

Long Live the Pee Dee!

David Harper

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National Council of Nonprofits Shares Membership Ping, Featuring Together SC

Posted By Together SC, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Make an old idea new again! That's just what Together SC did when it (re)created its “Plenty in 20” webinars designed to complement its Carolina Leadership Seminars.

“Plenty in 20” is a form of micro-learning that provides useful nonprofit operations and leadership "how-to" information in just 20 minutes. As described by Ben Bullock, Director of Operations for Together SC:

"Plenty in 20” was going to the be the revamped “Weekly Wednesday Webinars.” But we realized that those weekly webinars were not getting the foot traffic we wanted. So, we modified things. We reduced the number and length of the webinars, added the “Plenty in 20” concept to the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program, and opened the webinars to everyone.”

There is a nominal cost to attend the “Plenty in 20” webinars and members of Together SC receive a discount on registration.

"Plenty in 20" is a nice strategy for engaging members, expanding a state association's outreach, attracting new members, and building capacity. Sounds like 20 minutes well spent.

Together SC also graciously shared its rebranding journey with the network during a recent Network Call, “Thinking about rebranding your state association? Hear what one state association has to share about its rebranding journey.”

After 20 years, the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations felt it was time to rebrand itself. With a vision to “reinvent” its identity that would encapsulate everything the organization does, SCANPO set out to completely change how it looks, talks, and behaves to become Together SC.

Thank you to Madeleine McGee (President) and Ben Bullock (Director of Operations) of Together SC, and Jessica Munday of TRIO Solutions, for sharing their time and insights with the network.

Warm regards,

Allison Higgins

Network Engagement Specialist


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USC College of Social Work Class Looking to Collaborate on Community Projects

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work invites organizations to submit project proposals for the spring 2018 Master’s Level Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities course. This is the second year for the service learning model in this course and we seek community partners to collaborate with us on this important and exciting process.

In this course, first-year master of social work students learn about stakeholder assessment, community engagement, and management in diverse settings. They apply their developing knowledge and skills in projects completed in partnership with coalitions, organizations, and government agencies in the region. The projects are structured to address an organizational or community practice question that your agency may need answered. 

Perhaps you need to know more about a target population for a program, effective program options for addressing a given issue, or how to reach or mobilize a stakeholder group. Students can engage with stakeholders, review the best available evidence, and recommend strategies for addressing the issue.

As described in the attached materials (See Download Link below), the project will correspond to the learning objectives for the course. The project must also include a point-person within your agency who will work with the student team and agree to attend both an orientation and the project presentations. Other relevant details include:

  • Projects will occur for the duration of spring semester 2018
  • Students will work in teams of four or five students.
  • Each student team will be led by a faculty member and a community liaison.
  • Students will have dedicated class time to work on the project, and will complete a comprehensive project report and presentation for your agency.

Organizations interested in hosting a project team or multiple teams can express their interest by completing a project proposal online.


Kirk A. Foster, PhD, MSW, MDiv
Associate Professor
University of South Carolina | College of Social Work | Columbia SC 29208

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Tags:  community  Midlands  social work  USC 


SC Future Minds Launches New Online Platform, Inspire A Career

Posted By Caroline Mauldin, executive director of SC Future Minds, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When I was five or six, a childhood friend had her birthday party on Mr. Knozit’s television show.  The jovial host, who became an institution in South Carolina educational programming, had a favorite question, and I couldn’t WAIT to answer it. “What will YOU do when you grow up?” he asked. I piped up with unbridled enthusiasm: “A cheerleader for the Carolina Game-cops [sic]!” Obviously.

It didn’t take long into my adolescence for me to realize that I didn’t quite have the chops for professional cheerleading. But it was also during those formative years that I was watching my dad build a local cable company and my mom build a retail company that helped artisans in Mexico. I was a lucky kid. Though I didn’t think much of it at the time, it was undoubtedly my exposure to their non-traditional, entrepreneurial paths that gave me the courage to pursue a unique career in public service.

A young person’s imagination is a powerful thing; but I daresay it is—often to our collective detriment—limited by what we know: the people, jobs, lifestyles, and communities we’re exposed to in our formative years. 

That’s why SC Future Minds is proud to partner with LeadershipSC on a new online platform, Inspire A Career. We want to expose South Carolina’s students, many of whom live in isolated communities, to what they may not know—the expansive universe of job opportunities that await them around our state.

The website, developed by LeadershipSC and hosted by SC Future Minds, serves as a matchmaking service for South Carolina professionals and public schools whose students will benefit from learning about different career paths. 

Through a simple online registration process, we will connect professionals in our database to schools and classrooms for career days or other job-oriented events. 

But the platform can’t work without you! 

We need professionals from all industries and backgrounds to offer their stories and adventures with classrooms around the state. The process takes three minutes, and you can even indicate how far (or short) you’re willing to travel. 

I encourage you to sign up today, and, like Mr. Knozit and my parents, help stoke the imagination and ambition of our future workforce. You, too, can Inspire A Career.


Caroline Mauldin is the Executive Director of SC Future Minds, a statewide nonprofit connecting private resources to public education as a cornerstone of social and economic progress in South Carolina.  Learn more about their work at 

Tags:  Inspire A Career  LeadershipSC  SC Future Minds  Together SC 

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