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SCANPO Announces Series of Board Leadership Summits

Posted By Debbie Nelson, SCANPO, Friday, July 29, 2016
Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016

Hi SCANPO friends,

The hundreds of nonprofits we work with in South Carolina – including you – all have powerful missions, dedicated staff and an engaged Board. Our focus at SCANPO is not only to support the entire sector working together but also to connect and strengthen each individual organization’s relationship between Board and staff.

Later this year, we will roll out a series of Board Leadership Summits in all parts of South Carolina, which are designed to provide learning opportunities and a platform to share experiences to your organization’s leadership. These Summits, for SCANPO members only, are exclusively for Board members and CEOs. They are available in four areas of the state: 

  • Midlands Board Leadership Summit
    • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    • Location: United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon 
    • REGISTER NOW  
  • Kershaw County Board Leadership Summit (Tentative)
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    • Location: Central Carolina Technical College, Kershaw County Campus (1125 Little Street, Camden, SC)
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon 
    • REGISTER NOW
  • Lowcountry Board Leadership Summit
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    • Location: The Citadel, Mark Clark Hall Buyer Auditorium, Charleston, SC
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon
    • REGISTER NOW
  • Upstate Board Leadership Summit
    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • Location: Furman University, Melvin & Dollie Younts Conference Center
    • Time; 8:00 am - Noon
    • REGISTER NOW

Please visit our Board Leadership Summit page to find out more about each Summit, including a sample agenda and details on registration fees.

SCANPO is dedicated to helping leadership within every organization grow (see our other training opportunities here). We hope your Board and CEO will take the opportunity to strengthen their relationship and in turn, your organization.

Thank you,

Debbie Nelson

Knowledge Network Services

SCANPO


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New & Retiring SCANPO Board Members

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Friday, July 8, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to share that we recently welcomed seven new members to our Board of Directors! Each of these new members will serve a three-year term and be responsible for helping SCANPO strengthen our state’s nonprofit community through learning opportunities, advocacy and collaboration.

Join us in welcoming:

Thank you to everyone who applied or submitted nominations to help us fill these seats. We are confident that these new members will prove to be invaluable assets to our organization in the following years.  

We would also like to extend a special thank you to the seven board members who will be retiring this year. Your contributions over the years have helped established SCANPO as a trusted and well-respected organization, and for that, we thank you.

Join us in thanking:

See our full list of current board members.

* Ms. Kirby was appointed by the Board on June 28, 2016, to fill the remainder of Scott Graves’ term pursuant to Article III, Section 7 of the Bylaws.

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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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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.

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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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Laura Allen to step down as SCANPO's membership development manager

Posted By SCANPO, Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our membership development manager Laura Allen has experienced a nonprofit executive's ultimate dream – a transformational gift!

As many of you know, we share Laura’s time with the Children’s Security Blanket – a precious charity she serves part-time in Spartanburg that helps children with cancer. The Children’s Security Blanket helps their parents with the heavy burden of getting them to life-saving treatments – often traveling great distances to specialized pediatric oncology treatment centers.

Laura’s efforts to help one family caught the attention of two total strangers – an out-of-state couple who provided an apartment where a Spartanburg family shared Christmas with their gravely ill daughter as she underwent surgeries at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The couple were intrigued with Laura and The Children’s Security Blanket and how personally they cared for this family; they also gave a big gift to help The Children’s Security Blanket.

Now, they have committed a major multi-year gift, and they have challenged Laura to help children all across South Carolina, maybe even beyond! As you might imagine, this will require Laura’s full attention, so SCANPO will be losing her very soon.

Laura has done a wonderful job for SCANPO in her membership capacity and we will miss her very much. She loves what we do, expects to rely enormously on our services and business partners as she grows The Children’s Security Blanket across the state.

Please join us in celebrating Laura’s extraordinary opportunity. We wish her well, and hope to keep you posted on The Children’s Security Blanket’s lifesaving adventure in the months ahead! Congratulations, Laura!

 

Below is a letter from Laura. 

 

TO MY SCANPO FRIENDS:

It’s true…I have been leading a double life!  In addition to my part-time role managing membership development for SCANPO, I have been serving (also part-time) as the first-ever Executive Director of a precious charity, The Children’s Security Blanket (CSB), serving children with cancer in Spartanburg County.  

A nonprofit dream has come true for CSB – a major donor has challenged us to expand systematically our services across the State for children whose families are challenged by the rigorous demands of traveling to treatment services, often all across the country. 

I will be leaving SCANPO to devote my entire efforts to this lifesaving work, but I shall cherish the many hundreds of our members and colleagues whom I have met, and I shall remain a great SCANPO fan.  This year’s Summit was a great success, right in my hometown, and I shall look forward to being with you next year in Columbia.  Meanwhile, I shall be sharing our progress at CSB, and no doubt will be in touch with many of you with partnering ideas.

My best wishes to Madeleine, Ben, Sharon, Debbie and all who deliver SCANPO benefits to us each day.  My thanks to Ted, Reid, Mac and so many of our Board members who have helped this to be a spectacular time for me professionally.

All the best,

Laura

Laura S. Allen

 

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Nominations Sought For SCANPO Board

Posted By Anita Case - SCANPO Governance Committee Chair, Monday, February 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2016

Dear SCANPO Members.

You can help strengthen SC’s nonprofit community by nominating strong candidates for SCANPO’s Board of Directors

We have decided to fill five seats with new Directors.  Directors serve three-year terms and the Board meets four to five times a year, typically the last Tuesday of the second month of the quarter. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to review our current Board Member Responsibility Statement!

Given the current composition of the Board and the ongoing desire to have a diverse and representative Board of Directors, our Committee seeks candidates who:

  • are senior staff members of organizations that are active SCANPO members in good standing; 
  • believe in and already are engaged in SCANPO’s work as evidenced by involvement with the Nonprofit Summit, regional gatherings, committees, etc;
  • believe in life-long learning and the value of SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices. Strong consideration will be given to nominees from organizations which have received the Award for Excellence or individuals who have received the Award for Leadership; and
  • help increase the diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, geography served, member type, and skills represented on the Board so that the Board is reflective of the diversity of its membership and the charitable nonprofit sector in South Carolina.

At least fifty-one percent (51%) of the Board must be employees of organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in accordance with SCANPO Bylaws.

We will close nominations on Friday, March 11th at midnight so we can discuss during the Summit.

Our goal is to email the final slate to voting members in April when you will have two weeks to review and vote. New members will be invited to attend the Board retreat in May.

Please Submit your Nominations here! 

Thank you for your time and input. I look forward to seeing you at the Summit. 

Anita

 

Anita Case

SCANPO Governance Committee Chair

Executive Director, Affinity Health Center, Rock Hill

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