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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, 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 2020 Intentions:

  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. Continue to host quarterly People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposiums around the state of South Carolina.
  3. Expand the membership of the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group.
  4. Begin offering culturally sensitive and culturally humble learning opportunities, workshops and trainings.
  5. 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.
  6. Engage and collaborate with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders who are already doing the work of racial equity.
  7. Encourage Black leaders to reach back to the upcoming generation so as to create a racially diverse, sector-wide leadership pipeline.
  8. Provide input into and offer support for Together SC’s race equity initiatives.

Past Events:

March 4, 2020 4-7 PM, Benedict College   

Nonprofits + HBCUs: Teaming up to Create a Pipeline of Young Black Professionals Into the Nonprofit & Philanthropic Sectors

April 2020

Advisory Group Planning Retreat - Map the path forward for the group / decide investment levels / membership benefits / future programming

May 2020

Zoom Call

Upcoming Events:

June 2020

Advisory Committe Planning Retreat for FY20-21

July 2020; Greenville, South Carolina  (postponed)

People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium

July 2020; "I Am Not Alright" Virtual Forum

More information to come

August 2020; Columbia, South Carolina

Black Philanthropy Month activities; more information TBA

Meet & Tweet - Learn about membership and join / Meet the leadership team / Networking drop-in; more information TBA

September 2020

Zoom Call

October 2020; Florence, South Carolina

People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium; more information TBA

November 2020

Zoom Call

December 2020

Black Nonprofit Leaders Group End-of-the-Year Kickback - Look Back/Look Forward / Celebration of successes / Networking engagement

Participation and Investment

  • Membership will be open to individuals affiliated as founders, staff, volunteers, board members or trustees of eligible nonprofit and philanthropic entities, including: educational institutions, civic and fraternal organizations, faith-based institutions and other public charities.
  • Members must be commited to working towards race equity and inclusion across the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 
  • Those seeking to join will undergo an application process  in order to gauge their level of dedication in addressing the unique issues that Black people serving in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors face.
  • Annual membership fee: $25   Due upon joining.
    Annual fees for membership are on an individual basis, not organizational.

Member Benefits:

  • Capacity building
  • Network and directory of industry peers
  • Educational resources
  • Professional development
  • Exclusive convenings
  • Technical content offered during gatherings

Information on how to join will be revealed at a later date. Stay tuned!

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 periodic planning calls and an annual planning meeting. Together SC purposes to fully support Black Nonprofit Leaders Group efforts.

2019-2020 Advisory Committee Chair:

Nicole Echols, Executive Director, Harvest Hope Food Bank - Pee Dee

Black Nonprofit Leaders Group Advisory Committee

Nicole Echols
Nicole Echols
Pee Dee Branch Executive Director Harvest Hope Food Bank
Advisory Committee Chair
Victor Durrah, Jr
Victor Durrah, Jr
Executive Director Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc.
Advisory Committee Member
Les Echols
Les Echols
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Advisory Committee Member
Joyce Ford
Joyce Ford
Executive Director The Naomi Project
Advisory Committee Member
Veronica Hemmingway
Veronica Hemmingway
Program Officer Coastal Community Foundation of SC (843)723-3635
Advisory Committee Member
Prischilla Ramsey
Prischilla Ramsey
Advisory Committee Member
Jennifer Robinson
Jennifer Robinson
Executive Director Empowered to Heal (843)779-5638
Advisory Committee Member
Shayne Kinloch
Shayne Kinloch
M.A., OCL Program & Operations Manager Together SC (803)929-0399x14
Point of Contact


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