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Open Letter from SCANPO Board Chair Member Ted Hendry

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hello, 

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” South Carolina is fortunate to have so many extraordinary nonprofit leaders doing extraordinary work every day. It is work worth doing, and it changes the lives of people and the life of our great state in measurable ways.

On July 1 we began a new fiscal and program year at SCANPO. Our commitment to you this year is to continue growing our ability to serve, support and strengthen you, the nonprofits and nonprofit leaders of South Carolina. I encourage you to take full advantage of the many services, learning opportunities, and networking events offered by SCANPO during the year. You will learn and grow, and, you’ll have a little (maybe even a lot) of fun along the way.

We ask that you fully engage with SCANPO in 2016-17 because we firmly believe that well-managed and responsibly governed nonprofits result in stronger and healthier South Carolina communities. When we all join together to participate in opportunities to build the knowledge, promote collaboration, and strengthen our collective voice, we become better leaders, our nonprofits become stronger, our communities are changed for the better and our state is transformed.  

That’s the prize for working hard at work worth doing.

I am honored to serve as chair of SCANPO for a second year.  As we enter a new year, I want you to help me in thanking our retiring board members who ably served for many years, and in welcoming our new board members and committee chairs.  I appreciate their leadership and their commitment to SCANPO and to you!

Thank you for working hard at work worth doing. Thank you for working together. Together for good.

Thank you,
Ted Hendry
Board Chair
SCANPO

 

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Calling all SCANPO business partners - Share your expertise!

Posted By Margaret Kramer, SCANPO, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Calling all SCANPO business partners!

A huge part of SCANPO’s mission is to provide comprehensive, innovative learning opportunities to our members. You—our business partners—are our main resource of expertise on a variety of topics to help the SC nonprofit sector thrive.

We want to remind you that now is the perfect time to share your knowledge and connect with hundreds of nonprofit leaders by running a Weekly Wednesday Webinar or presenting at theNonprofit Summit in Columbia from March 6-8, 2017. Below are a few topics our members let us know they would love to learn more about:

  • Governance / law
  • Development / donor relations
  • Leadership / collaboration
  • Marketing
    • Social media
    • Digital media campaigns
  • Operations

These are only a few suggestions—if you have others, we would love to hear them! Apply to present a Weekly Wednesday Webinar by downloading the application attached to this blog and emailing your completed form to Margaret at margaret@scanpo.org. To apply for a Summit presentation, click here to access the RFPSummit proposals are due by July 15!

We can’t wait to hear what you have to share with our state’s nonprofit community!

The SCANPO Team

P.S. Has your SCANPO business partner membership lapsed? Take the time to renew today on our website. We want to continue working with you, “Together. For Good.”

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Planning for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit has Begun

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, June 20, 2016

It's that time of year again! We are excited to share that things are starting to come together for the 2017 South Carolina Nonprofit Summit in Columbia on March 6-8.

If you are interested in being a presenter or speaker at the Summit, you must submit your proposal by July 15 in order to be considered. 

Summit speakers are able to attend the day of their session for free, and they can attend the entire Summit for $125. 

The rates for the Summit are:

  • One Day - $120 for Members, $220 for Non-Members
  • Two Days - $200 for Members, $300 for Non-Members
  • Three Days - $275 for Members, $375 for Non-Members

Exhibit booth rates are:

  • $350 for Nonprofit Members
  • $650 for Business Partner Members
  • $950 for all Non-Members

If you are as excited about this event as we are, we invite you to mark your calendar and book a room today.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 Summit Steering Committee for making this all possible:

  • Tom Keith, co-chair - Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC
  • Rhett Mabry, co-chair - The Duke Endowment
  • Graham Adams - SC Office of Rural Health
  • Beth Franco - Eat Smart Move More SC
  • Katherine Swartz-Hilton - Columbia College
  • Erika Kirby - BlueCross BlueShield of SC
  • Casey Pash - Junior Achievement of Greater SC
  • Heather Sherwin - Central Carolina Community Foundation
  • Katrina Spigner - Re-Source Solutions
  • Naomi Torfin Lett - United Way Association of SC
  • Charles C. Weathers Sr. - The Weathers Group

We hope to see you all in Columbia on March 6-8 for three full days of leadership, learning and networking!

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Strategies for Effective Board Governance

Posted By Rachel Hutchisson, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Blackbaud, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hello, SCANPO friends!

Thanks to those of you who joined Madeleine and me during SCANPO’s Wednesday Webinar as we discussed the role and responsibilities of a Governance Committee and how you can create a great experience for all of your Board members. As Governance Chair of the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) for the last three years and a former SCANPO Board member, I’ve spent a lot of time learning just what makes a successful committee. Below are a few key points from our podcast (which you can listen to here), as well as some helpful CCF and SCANPO resources for your reference.

First of all, what are the primary responsibilities of a Governance Committee? It’s not just about recruitment...

  • Determine how the Board operates – define and frequently review your by-laws.
  • Facilitate Board nominations and orientation – have a written and tested process.
  • Define Board policies – make sure your by-laws are keeping up with the growth of your organization.
  • Outline Committee roles and responsibilities – each Committee needs to know how it helps your organization’s mission, as well as the scope of its power.

Still, recruitment is a very important part of the Governance Committee. How can you make it a successful process?

  • Allocate sufficient time – this can be a year long process.
  • Have prerequisites / requirements for service – and be sure to write them down.
  • Pay attention to recruitment for committees – it’s not just about the overall Board.
  • Have agreed-upon written criteria each year to guide the diversity of your Board.
  • Bring in new members as a “class” once a year – have a well thought-out orientation.

My last big point is crucial for an effective Committee. How can you make the overall Board experience worthwhile?

  • Provide Board mentors – help new members feel welcomed, and utilize the experience of returning ones.
  • Continually check in with new members to see how they’re enjoying the experience.
  • Let Board members sit in on different Committees before deciding which to join.
  • Keep up Board education at every meeting – education should never stop!
  • Have conversations with members before they serve a second term – make it a peer-to-peer experience.
  • Interview members leaving the Board – what did they think of the experience, and how can you improve it for the future?

For some real word examples, check out the Coastal Community Foundation’s Board Member and Governance Committee Responsibilities documents:

You can also view SCANPO’s Board Member Agreement document here. Don’t forget that SCANPO offers its members a free hour of consultation with your Board Chair and CEO/ED.

And finally, your Governance Committee is the backbone to your Board and plays a huge role in successfully reaching your mission. I encourage any one of you interested in being a part of a Governance Committee to take on the challenge! I can tell you it’s a rewarding experience.

Thank you,

Rachel Hutchisson

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy

Blackbaud, Inc.

Tags:  Blackbaud  board  Board Governance  coastal community foundation of sc  SCANPO 

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SCANPO mourns loss of Fred Sheheen, arts and education advocate

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, June 9, 2016
Our entire team at SCANPO was deeply saddened earlier this week when we received news that Fred Sheheen had passed away on Monday in a tragic car accident. 

Fred was a staple in the nonprofit community. He founded, directed and taught at the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University, where many of our SCANPO team and members received their education and training. 

Every year, he presented the Award for Nonprofit Leadership at the Nonprofit Summit and our team always looked forward to seeing him in attendance. 

In addition to his contributions to our nonprofit community, Fred was also the director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership. He served as the executive director for South Carolina’s Commission on Higher Education for more than a decade. Fred taught an honors course on South Carolina State Government for the University of South Carolina, worked as a journalist and served as press secretary for former South Carolina Governor and Senator Donald Russell.  

A graduate of Duke University and the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University, Fred also received honorary degrees from Lander University, Claflin University and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. 

Fred is the father of state Senator Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw. In addition to his son and his family, Sheheen is survived by his wife, Rose; brothers Bob and Austin Sheheen and their respective families; and daughters Maria Sheheen Spring and Margaret Sheheen Bishop and their respective families.

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2017 SC Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Posted By Derek Lewis - Award for Excellence Selection Committee Chair, Thursday, June 2, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Is Your Nonprofit Excellent? Do You Wish It Were?

Since 2004, SCANPO has been recognizing organizations that embody excellence within our sector. Using the Guiding Principles & Best Practices as a framework, the Award for Nonprofit Excellence singles out two organizations that  embody this continued pursuit of excellence

Don’t Stop Believin’: Excellence is a Journey, not a Destination

SCANPO believes that excellence isn’t the completion of a checklist, it is a fundamentally transformative pursuit of the highest standards and practices.  We hope each SCANPO member organization uses the Guiding Principles & Best Practices as a living document, allowing us the opportunity to re-evaluate our practices and priorities.

With a Little Help From Your Friends: Learn From Your peers

SCANPO has assembled a core group of  leaders from 10+ winning organizations from across the state who are willing to share the steps each took to lead their staff and volunteers through their own Pursuit of Excellence.  Some are multi-million dollar agencies with multiple layers of staff; others are one or two person shops who rely on volunteers for day to day operations.  Our previous award recipients are as diverse as our state.

Glory Days: The Benefits of the Award for Excellence

I have the privilege of not only serving as the SCANPO Award for Excellence Committee Chair, but also the honor of being one of the award recipients.  The award carries with it a $1,000 credit for SCANPO summit expenses and some great publicity- as well as a snazzy award.  But, more importantly are the intangible benefits. We have had funders, donors, and future board members who CONTACTED US after hearing we won, asked us how they could get involved, and were excited to have us come and share our path to excellence with others. It was some of the most meaningful recognition our organization has ever received.  Here are some of the benefits the award brings:

  • A $1,000 credit to use for the Nonprofit Summit and other trainings or publications.
  • Recognition at the 2017 Nonprofit Summit including the presentation of a distinguished plaque to display in your organization’s office
  • Participation in Guiding Principles & Best Practices peer learning session at the Nonprofit Summit and at regional gatherings.
  • Mentor future award applicants as they articulate their journeys toward excellence.
  • Recognition through SCANPO communications, social media, and local and statewide media
  • A SC Award for Nonprofit Excellence decal to display on your website and other social media.

 

Step By Step: Ready To Get Started?

We have built a series of webinars and online resources to help you on your journey. First, visit the SCANPO Award for Excellence webpage. Here we have provided a video that provides more information about the award and the benefits of applying, and a link to the online application and instructions. Also, consider attending the July 7 Journey To Excellence Webinar: How to Apply for the Award for Nonprofit Excellence

We also have a great calendar of online trainings. Whether you are ready to apply or whether you just want more information on the Guiding Principles & Best Practices, consider attending these free online forums (Click on the links below to register):


July 7, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m
. Journey To Excellence Webinar – How to Apply for the Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Aug 11, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Webinar – Pursuing Excellence I:  Learn How Previous NPE Award Recipients Pursued and Attained Excellence – Guiding Principles 1 – 4

Sep 8, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Webinar – Pursuing Excellence II:  Learn How Previous NPE Award Recipients Pursued and Attained Excellence – Guiding Principles 5 – 9

Oct 6, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. Journey To Excellence Teleconference – Final opportunity to ask and have your questions answered before draft deadline.


Finally, I encourage you to reach out to Sharon Thomas, SCANPO Member Services Manager. She is an incredible resource, and has done some remarkable work in helping nonprofits in their pursuit of excellence. 




Derek Lewis

Executive Director, Greenville First Steps
Chair, SCANPO Award for Excellence Selection Committee
SCANPO Board of Directors

Tags:  award  excellence  Governance  Guiding Principles & Best Practices  nonprofits 

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UPDATED: Final Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Announced

Posted By SCANPO, Friday, May 27, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2016

UPDATE: In response to the new overtime rule, the Independent Sector and Department of Labor will host two webinars for nonprofits: 

The U.S. Labor Department announced overtime final regulations yesterday that, when they go into effect on December 1, 2016, will mean that most employees earning less than $47,500 per year will be entitled to overtime compensation, regardless of whether they are currently classified as executive, administrative, or professional (white-collar) workers.

The final rule applies to employers in all sectors, but in an effort to address longstanding confusion about how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the overtime regulations apply to nonprofit employers and employees, the Department of Labor (DOL) also published a special overview and guidance for nonprofit organizations:

Overtime Final Rule and the Non-Profit Sector

Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act 

Read more about how this may impact your organization here, here and here. Visit the DOL website for current updates

Here are key details in the new rule and how it will apply to nonprofits:

Salary Level Threshold: The new regulations will raise the standard minimum level for salaried, exempt workers from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The new level is pegged to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers from the lowest wage Census Region in the country. The final rule also raises the compensation level for highly compensated employees (subject to less-detailed duties tests) from its previous amount of $100,000 to $134,004 annually. That rate was established to match the 90th percentile of annual earnings of full-time salaried workers nationally.

It is important to remember that white-collar employees can be exempt from overtime only if their jobs meet all three tests for executive, administrative, or professional employees. In addition to receiving a salary at or above the new thresholds, each exempted employee must also exercise the job duties of those categories and be paid on a salaried basis. For more information, see the Background section (below) and Classifying Employees Correctly in the resource section of the National Council of Nonprofits' website.

Effective Date: December 1, 2016. The new rule does not phase in the higher salary thresholds over a longer period of time, as had been requested by many commenters during the rule-making process.

 Budget Adjustments: Nonprofits with budget years ending on June 30, 2016, will need to develop new budgets for the fiscal year beginning in six weeks that take the new changes into account. Nonprofits with budget years ending on December 31, 2016, have more time to adjust and plan for 2017.

Automatic Increases: The final rule establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years, with the first update to take place in 2020.

Does this Regulation Apply to My Nonprofit? This is a simple question with a complicated answer for each nonprofit, and depends on where your employees perform their duties, the nature of your revenues, and the work that individual employees perform.

o Coverage Through State Law
In at least 11 states, the changes to the federal rules will automatically apply to virtually all   employees and employers. The reason is that these states expressly incorporate by reference the FLSA regulations into state law by way of statute, regulation, or administrative ruling. These states are Alaska, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. There may be more states in this category as the result of court decisions; nonprofits are advised to check with local legal counsel for more information.

o Enterprise Coverage 
All employees of an organization will be covered by the FLSA and overtime regulations if the entity has annual revenues of at least $500,000, measured by volume of sales made or business done. The DOL special guidance for nonprofits states that “non-profit organizations are not covered enterprises under the FLSA unless they engage in ordinary commercial activities,” which it explains “are activities such as operating a business, like a gift shop.” The guidance further provides that “income that a nonprofit organization uses in furtherance of charitable activities is not factored into the $500,000 threshold. Such income might include contributions, membership fees, monetary and non-monetary donations, and dues (except for any portion for which the payer receives a benefit of more than token value in return).”

o Individual Coverage
Even if the employer does not meet the standard for “enterprise coverage,” an individual employee will be covered by the FLSA if he or she engages in interstate commerce or in the production of goods and services for interstate commerce. This can include such activities as regularly making out-of-state phone calls, receiving and sending mail or email, ordering goods from out-of-state suppliers (such as Amazon), and handling credit card transactions. The DOL special guidance for nonprofits provides three examples to help nonprofit employers understand their obligations.

Duties Tests:  The Labor Department asked during the rule-making process whether the itemized changes were needed in the duties tests for executive, administrative, and professional employees. DOL decided not to make any changes in the new regulations.

Non-Enforcement Special Exception: The Labor Secretary announced that the Department will not enforce the higher salary thresholds until March 17, 2019 for providers of Medicaid-funded services for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in residential homes and facilities with 15 or fewer beds. This means that those employers will have an additional 28-month grace period before being required to pay overtime for affected employees. See Non-Enforcement Policy statement.

Employers have various options to comply with these change in overtime rules, ranging from increasing exempt employees’ salaries to the new level, converting them to hourly employees and paying overtime, or making other changes to benefits or operations. See Part III of the DOL special guidance for nonprofits for more information.

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Welcome New & Renewing Members (Week of May 16)

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, May 16, 2016

Our statewide nonprofit family is growing! Join us in welcoming our newest member by liking them on Facebook.

And, it's always great to see our current members return for another year of fellowship, learning, advocacy and fun!

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National Council Survey Seeks Input from Government funded Nonprofits on Proposed Federal Labor and OMB Regulations

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Policy changes coming out of Washington, D.C. are expected to affect the costs and operations of nonprofit organizations that have government grants and contracts.

The policy changes involve the expected publication of the Labor Department’s revised overtime regulations AND potential revisions to the OMB Uniform Guidance affecting how nonprofits spend grant funds.

If your nonprofit has grants or contracts with the local, state, tribal or federal government, please take a few minutes to complete the National Council of Nonprofits' brief but important survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/overtimeandcontract

Visit the National Council's website to learn more about these policy changes

Chances are your organization is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and thus any new regulations would not have impact.  Here's an opinion that nonprofits are not subject to FLSA. 

Here's an opinion on why not to fret.

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Social Change Requires a New Nonprofit Leader

Posted By Guest Blog: Nel Edgington, Thursday, April 21, 2016
Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

The new millennium has been a difficult one. A struggling global economy, threatening climate change, crumbling education and healthcare systems, and a widening income gap are just a few of the social problems we face. And as our social challenges mount, and the government increasingly offloads services, the burden shifts to the nonprofit sector.

It is time for a new kind of nonprofit leader, one who has the confidence, ability, foresight, energy, and strength of will to find and deliver on solutions.

It is time we move from a nonprofit leader who is worn out, worn down, out of money and faced with insurmountable odds, to a reinvented nonprofit leader who confidently gathers and leads the army of people and resources necessary to create real, lasting social change.

In my mind, here is what the new nonprofit leader should look like:

Unlocks the Charity Shackles
“Charity” is more than a word, it’s a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished. “Charity” harkens back to the beginnings of philanthropy, which was largely the purview of women and viewed as tangential to and less valuable than the more important “business” of the male-dominated world. While charity was an afterthought, social change is rapidly becoming an integral part of the economy. As social problems mount, we must shift from the “charity” of our predecessors to an understanding of social change as part of everything we do. And nonprofit leaders must confidently and assertively articulate the critical importance of their work and why it requires real investment, because social change is about changing larger systems. So it takes real, significant investment of resources, not the pennies that charity requires.

Moves From Misplaced Gratitude to Impregnable Confidence
In the nonprofit sector there is such a pervasive power imbalance that misplaced gratitude, or gratitude for acts that are actually NOT helpful, often gets in the way of real work. If a nonprofit leader acts grateful when she should actually voice frustration or disappointment (with a delinquent board member or a meddlesome funder), she is cutting off authentic conversations that could result in more effective partnerships. Nonprofit leaders must rise from bended knee with confidence in themselves, their staff, and their social change work to articulate what they really need. To be truly successful, a nonprofit leader needs a board that will move mountains, donors who fully fund and believe in the organization, and a staff that can knock it out of the park. And they get there by being honest about, not grateful for, the roadblocks in the way.

Lives, Breathes and Leads Strategy
Real social change is only a pipe dream if it is not connected to smart strategy. To get there a nonprofit leader must ask board and staff to answer some key strategic questions like:
What change do we want to create?
Where do we fit in the external environment?
How do we measure if that change is happening?
What are the right activities to get to there?
What is the most sustainable financial model to get there?
What people and networks do we need with us?

These are not easy questions, and finding the right answers is even harder. But that is true leadership. 

And part of that strategy may involve a (formerly feared) move into advocacy. 501(c) 3 organizations have long been told to stay out of politics. The myth is that charity is too noble to be mired in the mess of pushing for political change. But the fact is that simply providing services is no longer enough to solve the underlying problems. Nonprofits are increasingly recognizing that they can no longer sit by and watch their client load increase while disequilibrium grows. Nonprofits must (and many already are) advocate for changes to the ineffective systems that produce the need for their existence.

Uses Money as a Tool
Without money, a compelling, inspiring, world-changing vision for social change is only a sentence on paper. As much as we might like to deny it, nonprofits exist in a market economy, and without a smart plan for how a nonprofit will secure and use money there is no mission. So instead of dreaming up magic bullet fundraising schemes, a nonprofit leader must develop an overall financial model for her work that fully integrates with the organization’s mission and core competencies. And because money is so central to mission, you cannot make decisions about the organization, about programs, about staffing, really about anything without understanding the financial implications of those decisions

Embraces the Network
If instead of building an institution, a nonprofit leader built networks, she could be much more effective at creating long-term social change. A true leader leaves her ego, and the ego of her organization aside in order to assemble all necessary resources (individuals, institutions, funding) to chart a path towards larger social change. Instead of thinking just about her organization, her staff, her mission, her board, her donors, the nonprofit leader must analyze and connect with the larger marketplace outside her walls, the points of leverage for attacking the problem on a much larger scale than a single organization can. A nonprofit leader understands that the network approach — particularly for nonprofits that are so resource-constrained — can create a much larger effect than a single entity can.

I believe that what separates great leaders from mediocre leaders is an ability to inspire others to greatness beyond what they thought possible. A true leader asks us to rise above our current circumstances – and in the nonprofit sector where more and more is being asked of organizations with less and less, those circumstances are often dire — to do more and be more than we ever thought possible. It is with that kind of real leadership that lasting social change can happen.

 

About the Author

Nell Edgington has almost 20 years of experience innovating in the nonprofit sector. At Social Velocity she helps nonprofit leaders chart a strategic direction, achieve financial sustainability, engage their boards, and become more effective leaders.

In addition to leading Social Velocity, she writes and speaks extensively about moving the nonprofit sector and the philanthropy that funds it to become more effective at creating social change. Author of the popular Social Velocity blog, Nell has also contributed to the Huffington Post Impact blog, the Foundation Center blog, CausePlanet, Fundraising Success Magazine, the Philanthropy 2173 blog, the About.com Nonprofit blog, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Mission:Innovation blog. 

She is the author of The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs (2011, Harvard Education Press). Nell is also a member of the national Leap Ambassadors Community, a network of over 70 nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners working to create a high performing nonprofit sector.

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