Peer Networking that Affirms Your Excellence!

Together SC seeks to create space for its Black members to increase their impact within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors while being affirmed, supported, and encouraged. Culturally humble learning opportunities, convenings, and workshops offered through the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group (BNL Group) will equip individuals to secure leadership roles while embracing their cultural heritage as their most important asset.

Purpose

The BNLG exists to strengthen the leadership capacity of our members, to unite our members through community, and to advance the sector to one that prioritizes the voices of Black employees.

Objectives

We strive to...

  • Create a community of leaders, from entry-level to executive, committed to improving the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
  • Strengthen the leadership capacity of Black leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
  • Create a sector that values and prioritizes the voice of Black employees.

2022-2023 Events 
  • Kick-Off Event: Friday, September 23 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Columbia 
  • Virtual Learning Event: Wednesday, October 19 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM via Zoom 
  • Virtual Learning Event: Wednesday, November 16 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM via Zoom 
  • Regional Event: To be held in January across the state 
  • Virtual Learning Event: Wednesday, February 15 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM via Zoom 
  • Virtual Learning Event: Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM via Zoom  
  • BNLG Symposium Event: Friday, May 19 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Columbia, SC 

Participation

  • Membership is open to staff and volunteers of Together SC member organizations
  • "What Are We Waiting For?" a call to action by Nicole Echols, Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Chair
  • Member Benefits: a network of peers, educational resources, professional development, and exclusive convenings
  • Sign up to join the conversation.
  • See who's already engaged:  Black Nonprofit Leaders Directory

Leadership Structure

  • Each year Together SC will invite a team of experienced nonprofit and philanthropic professionals to help lead the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group. They will be responsible for program content planning and providing overall direction for the BNL Group.
  • They will be asked to participate in planning calls and an annual planning meeting.

Please reach out to us if you have questions about the BNLG.

You can email BNLG Coordinator, Jessica Sharp at Jessica@sharpbrainconsulting.com.

Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Leadership Team

Nicole Echols

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs, HopeHealth Inc

Chair / Together SC Board Member

Les Echols

Les Echols

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, M.I.N.G.L.E. of the Pee Dee

Letitia Dowling

Director, Denmark Cares

Trimease Carter

Trimease Carter

LMSW

Program Officer, Central Carolina Community Foundation

Joyce Ford

Joyce Ford

Executive Director, The Naomi Project

A'Netra Hardy

A'Netra Hardy

Regional Outreach Paralegal, SC Legal Services

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

CEO, Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Together SC Board Member

Travis Wharton

Travis Wharton

Dir. of Education and Economic Mobility, United Way of Greenville County

Jessica Sharp

Jessica Sharp

PsyD, MPA

Nonprofit Consultant with Sharp Brain Consulting , Sharp Brain Consulting

BNLG Coordinator

Desmonies White

Desmonies White

MSW

Data & Sustainability Coordinator, Together SC

Together SC Staff Liaison