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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  crichardson@fmarion.edu or calling 843-661-1199. 

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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.

Tags:  Fred Sheheen  Nonprofit Leadership  SCANPO 

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