Black Nonprofit Leaders Group

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.


  1. To foster ongoing dialogue and curate and encourage a space for purposeful, responsible change among nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in order to incorporate race equity, inclusion, achievement, and belongingness for Black people, and to provide culturally aware and culturally sensitive strategies, policies, and practices to entrench those changes into organizational practice
  2. To curate and encourage a program of culturally aware, competent, and humble learning opportunities, partnerships, collaborations, and access to resources for Black people serving within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  3. To offer programs, initiatives, convenings, workshops and learning opportunities for Black people, specifically, and as well as programming for other People of Color serving the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  4. To act as mentors, advisers, and opportunity-makers for younger generations in order to provide a reservoir of social capital for those with limited access
  5. To create and encourage a pipeline of young Black professionals into the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors

FY 20-21 Objectives

  1. Craft an environment in which race equity and inclusion is embedded into the culture of every nonprofit and philanthropic organization within the state of South Carolina.
  2. Host regular virtual gatherings offering culturally sensitive and culturally humble learning opportunities.
  3. Expand participation in the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group.
  4. Create space for nonprofit leaders of color to map relationships with other state, national, and local agencies in order to increase their individual, and collective impact.
  5. Engage and collaborate with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders who are already doing the work of advancing racial equity.
  6. Encourage Black leaders to reach back to the upcoming generation to help create a racially diverse, sector-wide leadership pipeline.
  7. Provide input into and offer support for Together SC’s racial equity initiatives.

UPCOMING EVENTS: (details coming soon)


  • March 2020 - Nonprofits + HBCUs: Teaming up to Create a Pipeline of Young Black Professionals Into the Nonprofit & Philanthropic Sectors
  • July 2020 -"I Am Not Alright" Virtual Forum
  • November 2020 - "Being A Black Leader in Today's World" Virtual Forum


  • Membership will be open staff and volunteers of Together SC member organizations
  • In additon, individuals affiliated with not-yet member organizations will be invited to join and given a one year complimentary Friend members.
  • Members must be commited to working towards race equity and inclusion across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Member Benefits:  network of peers, educational resources, professional development, and exclusive convenings
  • Sign up and join the conversation

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 may be invited to represent the BNL Group by attending key events with, and on behalf of, Together SC as opportunities arise
  • They will be asked to participate in monthly planning calls and an annual planning meeting; Together SC purposes to fully support Black Nonprofit Leaders Group efforts

Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Leadership Team

Nicole Echols

Nicole Echols

Pee Dee Branch Executive Director, Harvest Hope Food Bank

Chair / Together SC Board Member

Alecia Brewster

Program Director, Sustaining Way

Trimease Carter

Youth Engagement Manager, Eat Smart Move More SC

Letitia Dowling

Director, Denmark Cares

Les Echols

Les Echols

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

Shawn Edwards

CEO, Solutions by Shawn Edwards

Joyce Ford

Joyce Ford

Executive Director, The Naomi Project

A'Netra Hardy

A'Netra Hardy

Regional Outreach Paralegal, SC Legal Services

Shayne Kinloch

Jermaine Singletary

Jermaine Singletary

CEO, Binding Ties, inc.

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

Sherrie Snipes-Williams

CEO, Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Together SC Board Member

Travis Wharton

Economic Mobility Manager, United Way of Greenville County

Travis Williams

Travis Williams

Founder & Executive Director, African American Prosperity Network

Jessica Sharp

Jessica Sharp


Nonprofit Consultant with Sharp Brain Consulting , Sharp Brain Consulting

BNLG Coordinator

Rodney White, Jr

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern, Together SC

Social Work Intern


People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Philanthropy As Social Capital 
January 24, 2020  Columbia Museum of Art   Columbia, SC
Speakers, Panelists, and Facilitators



People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Building and Maintaining Social Capital 
October 25, 2019  Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC   
Speakers, Attendees



People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Building and Maintaining Social Capital 
July 26, 2019  Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC