Unsolicited, yet flattering emails continue to be sent to thousands of nonprofit leaders across the country from a new entity created by a long-time for-profit consultant located in South Carolina.
This effort is in no way connected with SCANPO or the SC chapters of AFP, or any of the national organizations with whom we work, including National Council of Nonprofits and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
After receiving questions from hundreds of our members, we feel we must speak out on this issue.
Here's the scoop as explained in a terrific article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
They say that your name was submitted as a nominee for their Board of Governors. The email may have also mentioned your current or past work with SCANPO or your own organization. SCANPO is not affiliated with this group in any way, either in partnership or endorsement.
We take the privacy of our members very seriously. We do not give out contact information or loan/sell our lists to any other entities. We did not submit any names to their organization for nomination. Nor did we knowingly give them member information of any kind.
Clearly they have assembled quite the list of “nominees,” as thousands have received their “exclusive invitation.”
Board Governance Practices
If your organization has used SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices, you know the importance of a strong, well-informed and engaged Board of Directors.
For almost 20 years, SCANPO has worked collaboratively with other statewide networks: United Ways, Community Foundations, and the National Council of Nonprofits to promote tested and effective best practices in nonprofit management and governance which represent the best thinking in our sector. SCANPO encourages healthy, balanced, and accountable relationships between nonprofit boards and staff.
This new entity seeks to entice you into a new way of thinking - by recommending that your board should practice limited engagement and responsibility. These are not board governance practices that you will learn in any SCANPO training sessions or ones that we would recommend.
National Council of Nonprofits
If you are interested in becoming involved with a national network, we remind you of our affiliation with the National Council of Nonprofits. As SCANPO members, your organization automatically participates as an Affiliate Member of the National Council of Nonprofits. If you are not currently receiving updates from the National Council of Nonprofits, please feel free to sign-up for their e-newsletter.
Consider unsubscribing to their emails so they will know you don’t see the need for yet another national professional network that competes with existing entities.
SCANPO will continue to reach out and work to better understand their intent.
Finally, if you have any questions, or want to know more about proven credentialing programs available for nonprofit leaders such as CFRE, or about SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices and the Award for Nonprofit Excellence, please do not hesitate to contact us.