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#BrewingGood on #GivingTuesday

Posted By Zach Sykes, Octagon Solutions & Kathryn Harvey, Neuesouth Marketing, Monday, July 22, 2019
Hello #AllyNation!

What would happen if we connected and really engaged all the brilliant marketing folks working in and with nonprofits across our great state?

Imagine your voice amplified across SC. Imagine the strength of our collective voice!  

As Business Partners, we here at Octagon and Neue South Marketing love that Together SC gives us the opportunity to work with passionate nonprofit leaders. We were so wowed last year by all those who helped create #yalltogetherSC, our state’s first ever #GivingTuesday celebration, that we’ve offered to help build an affinity group for marketing folks who want to learn and work together year-round.  

That’s right, we're expanding #yalltogetherSC to celebrate and connect great people doing good work.

First step is engaging marketing "do-gooders” who want to collaborate. We’ll start by #BrewingGood on #GivingTuesday. Then, tackle the 2020 Census, and who knows what else it could lead to!

On the second Monday of every month at noon, we'll host a one-hour, call-in work session. Join us to hear great tips from your marketing peers and help design collaborations that you can implement in your own shop. 

Don’t miss out. Help build our network of marketing do-gooders—sign up now: #yalltogetherSC

Our first call is Monday, August 12 at noon. Register now to hear what’s in the works and help plan.

Let’s celebrate #yalltogetherSC!


Zach Sykes,                                            Kathryn Harvey,
Octagon Solutions                                   Neuesouth Marketing  


Tags:  #yalltogetherSC  Giving  Giving Tuesday  Marketing 


#yallTogetherSC: Marketing Mondays

Posted By Zach Sykes, Octagon Solutions, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hey Y'all,

We hope you are having a great summer! As you may know, we are right at 5 months away from December 3, also known as GIVING TUESDAY 2019! 

Over the past few months we have been speaking to YOU, our nonprofit allies all over the state, about how to better structure this year's #yalltogetherSC campaign. 

After much thought and discussion, we landed on two main goals for 2019:

  1. Amplify the great work that YOU are doing on this day and throughout the giving season as best we can and; 
  2. Work with regional partners to plan coordinated, FUN Giving Tuesday events around a central theme that won't pull you away from your own campaign goals. 

We'll work with our marketing partners and use our digital and social media channels to promote these events and help spotlight what great work you're doing locally.

In addition, to better learn from each other and keep the conversation going, we are expanding#yalltogetherSC to represent not just Giving Tuesday, but a group of "do gooders" in the Palmetto State who want to collaborate on other projects, too.

So, the second Monday of every month at noon, we will host a one-hour call with guest speakers and updates on these projects. We hope you will join #yalltogetherSC and participate in these calls. Upcoming topics include Giving Tuesday and The 2020 Census. 

If you would like to be a part of #yalltogetherSC, please visit and complete the signup form on the home page. 

Our first call is August 12 at noon. Be sure to sign up so you'll receive the call calendar and agenda. 

This group encourages two-way communication, so expect us to reach out soon to find out what you're up to and how we can help spread the word about it. 

Thanks for all that you do and for being a part of #yalltogetherSC!  


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Tags:  #yalltogetherSC  giving  Giving Tuesday  marketing 


USC Law School Opportunity for Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law, which provides free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations of all types, is accepting clients for the fall 2019 semester.


Students provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations, under the supervision of Professor Jaclyn Cherry, in transactional matters that include incorporation, preparation of by-laws, preparation and filing of 501(c)(3) applications, contract review, preparation and negotiation, real estate, intellectual property and land use issues. Students may attend board meetings, provide advice on various legal matters, and provide legal assistance to start up organizations or organizations that are merging, converting or spinning off new ventures.


The number of clients that can be assisted is limited and once capacity is reached a waiting list will be created. 


If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact Professor Cherry as soon as possible at or 803-777-3394.


Click Here for More Information

Jaclyn A. Cherry 

Jaclyn A. Cherry


Jaclyn Cherry is a leading expert in nonprofit and tax exempt law. She serves as an advisor for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and has co-authored several nonprofit tax exempt articles and texts including the 3rd edition of her casebook Tax Exempt Organizations: Cases and Materials (2014) and Understanding Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations (2012). Jaclyn served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2014–June 2018 where she oversaw and managed the Law School curriculum and all academic programs and services.  Jaclyn teaches nonprofit, tax exempt and other courses, including the nonprofit organizations clinic and small business capstone course at the Law School. Her presentations include “Nonprofit Board of Director Governance” for the Advanced Leadership Academy in cooperation with the Initiative on Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

She serves on the advisory board of the Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough Center on Professionalism, is a member and advisor of the American Law Institute, and founding member of the South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (SCVLA).  Jaclyn served as the Chair of the Veterans Clinic Director hiring committee during the fall 2017. She was a co-chair of the Governance Review Committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association of the American Association of Law Schools and won the G.G. Dowling Faculty Award given by the University of South Carolina School of Law to a faculty member who typifies to fellow faculty outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and legal scholarship.  Jaclyn was a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and Associate Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education at Duquesne University School of Law. She has practiced law and served as General Counsel to many nonprofit tax exempt organizations. She served as board president of the Bethlehem Project, was a board member of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and a board member of Redstone Highlands Presbyterian Seniorcare. She is the author of several chapters in the recently published SC Nonprofit Corporate Practice Manual, 2nd ed. (2015).

Tags:  law  Legal  nonprofit legal help  USC 


The Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute Applications Open

Posted By Chuck MacNeil, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Dear Allies, 

Get excited for another amazing opportunity!

The Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute (NPLI Institute) at Francis Marion University is now accepting applications for its nineteenth season.

This very valuable program is something that hundreds on Non-Profit executive staff throughout South Carolina have taken advantage of. The classes this year will be in Lake City, SC in a newly renovated facility specifically redesigned for this type of training experience. The NPLI format obligates participants to attend eleven full day sessions spaced over a seven-month time-frame. Thusly, each session is spent with a different instructor covering a variety of subjects that every non-profit leader can benefit from. The faculty include experienced non-profit leaders, seasoned university faculty members, and public officials.

The sessions include practical insight on processes that non-profit leaders benefit from and take home to apply within their own organization. Case studies provide more in-depth examples of successful practices to enhance the effectiveness of overseeing a non-profit entity.

Lunch is provided each day during which guest speakers are invited to address attendees on additional subject matter relevant to the non-profit sector.

A key benefit from the NPLI program is networking with fabulous people who are passionate about their own organization and their mission, and who share mutual desires to learn how they can improve their own efforts to advance the goals of their non-profit work. The class size is capped at 30 to ensure that each participant can have a productive experience. Therefore, applying early is greatly encouraged.

As the NPLI program is supported by FMU and the Darla Moore Foundation, tuition is relatively inexpensive at $350 for the entire program.




Applications to the upcoming NPLI class are available on the FMU website or by contacting Evrik Gary at or at 843-661-1199.

Chuck MacNeil

Director, Non-Profit Leadership Institute 

Tags:  Francis Marion University  Fred R. Sheheen  NPLI 



Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, June 10, 2019


I hate to break it to you this way, but those who were forced into the iniquitous institution known as slavery were not all freed by the stroke of President Abraham Lincoln’s pen nor did the Emancipation Proclamation liberate every one of our ancestors.

*record scratch*  *stare directly into the camera*  *insert any other action that denotes shock*

I realize that the above statement defies what many of us have been taught, and most of what we have read. But, stay with me. 


It is a fact that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863.  It is an even more significant truism that while slavery had been outlawed, this law was not enforced in Texas.  Neglecting to do so was partly attributable to the fact that the territory known as Texas was geographically isolated.  However, much more was at play. Other reasonings for the failed execution of slave freedom were much more nuanced. Yet, the tactics were familiar. 

As the Civil War neared its end, Texas’s population swelled by almost 50%. Who made up these migrants? Slave owners and the individuals they had enslaved. Turns out this great Texan migration was a pointless attempt to circumvent the directive to grant enslaved people their rightful freedom. 


It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, an entire two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, that all of those who had been forced into slavery gained their freedom. Kisa ki te pase?*  Glad you asked.     

In 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Texas and brought with him the following order: 

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” —General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865 

Yep, Gordon slapped down the Big Joker. The Ace of Spades. With that pronouncement the last of the American enslaved – not a small number at around 250,000 souls – were on paper, free. On paper. 

In reality, it was largely the same old, same old. Many owners refused to allow these people to walk free, some refused to even share the news with their enslaved. Others did what came natural to them and murdered, through the act of lynching, those individuals who dared to claim the freedom that was always rightfully theirs. One first person account by an ancestor named Katie Darling explained that she was forced to continue working for her female captor for another six years, being routinely beaten along the way. 


The remarkable ability Black people have to not only survive, but to find a way to thrive, is miraculous. That they can create moments of joy and celebration while wading through the muck and mire of systemic oppression and inequity is rooted in their regality. The Juneteenth Celebration is a prime example of the strength Black people possess and their refusal to be crushed under the weight of unimaginable atrocities.  Newly freed people began celebrating what is now known as Juneteenth on June 19, 1866 – exactly one year after Gen. Gordon’s announcement. Despite the climate thrust upon them, our ancestors chose to dance to the melody that the word freedom produced. 

So, why haven’t you ever heard of Juneteenth? Why don't more people observe this momentous occasion? There are a few reasons.  Many of our ancestors were too traumatized to discuss the past and found no delight in relaying even the “positive” moments.  Likewise, possessions are not allowed to possess.  The enslaved had no heirlooms that would memorialize Juneteenth, or any other occasion, to hand down to their children. 

Secondly, it is tough to celebrate freedom when you have never fully realized it, because even though slavery was abolished, slavery by another name(s) sprang forth: Black Codes. Jim Crow. Reconstruction. Mass Incarceration.  Despite their renaming, these institutions are alive and well, even today.


Recently, there has been a resurgence of Black people celebrating their rich, deeply spiritual, culture and traditions. Juneteenth was never completely snuffed out as many Americans of all races have annually celebrated this day of liberation, though the numbers doing so have been significantly lower than those who observe July 4th. 

The hope-inspiring news is that there is a growing population of Americans who are intentional about commemorating the vital role enslaved Black people played in building this country, 200,000 of whom fought in the Civil War. In the face of slavery, segregation, violence, structural racism, targeted public policy, and more, Black people have persisted. 

Juneteenth is an opportunity to remember and honor that staunch determination and God-given resilience. 


This Juneteenth and beyond, Together SC is resolved to support you, South Carolina’s Allies for Good, as we work together to advance racial equity. We are exploring strategies to increase awareness around 2020 Census, our newly formed Black Nonprofit Leaders Group will gather in Spartanburg SC on July 26th, and our 2020 Nonprofit Summit will have Race Equity as its theme. 

We are committed to making South Carolina an even greater state.  We begin by taking steps to ensure the nonprofit sector is an environment where racial equity and belongingness are the standard. 

Forever committed to the work,


Join the celebration!  

There is a plethora of events around South Carolina celebrating Juneteenth.  We have amassed a list of a few of them:

Rock Hill 

We hope you will take your whole family! 

Additional resources about the history of Juneteenth: 

Here's The One Thing You Need To Know About Juneteenth And The Emancipation Of Black People

History of Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth 

Videos about Juneteenth:

What is Juneteenth? 

Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch III, leads a tour through the Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate #Juneteenth


*All subheading titles were derived from the song “Freedom” by Beyoncè Knowles

*Kisa ki te pase (Creole language) translation: “So, what happened?”


Tags:  Juneteenth 


Vision for the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit Focuses on REI

Posted By Taylor Ion, TRIO Solutions, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2019

When asked during the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit closing session what was the most important issue for our nonprofit community to address, over 30 percent of attendees said racial equity. We heard you!
As co-chairs for the next year's Nonprofit Summit, we are already deep into planning our state’s annual gathering of Allies for Good and promise you an immersive learning experience that will help you and your organization better understand and tackle issues of race, equity and inclusion (REI). 
Our aim is that as Allies we:

  • Understand SC’s history and the embedded systems of advantage and disadvantage, and how these systems continue to create inequities in our state;
  • Commit to change from the inside out—examining our organizations' practices through an REI lens;
  • Increase our confidence and ability to have courageous conversations within our personal networks, organizations and communities;
  • Connect with in-state groups, coalitions and experts engaged in this work—our network of REI champions.     

We are committed to making sure your attendance at the Summit is one that is both personally and professionally rewarding. The following experience principles will guide the planning committee’s choices and actions:

1.     Our collective history matters— We can’t move forward with intentionality and impact if we don’t ground ourselves in our shared SC history. Whether you are a native or are from off, a shared context for how race impacts the health, education, housing and other outcomes of our state is critical.

2.     Acknowledge the discomfort—We know that our attendees will be at various stages in their understanding of REI initiatives and conversations and will do all we can to prepare attendees for the conference and what to expect. But we won’t be afraid to “trouble the waters.” During the conference, we will not blame nor apologize but will respect, listen and move to collective understanding and action. If people are not uncomfortable, we aren’t going deep enough.

3.     Make the learning and action personal—We will provide opportunities that allow attendees to reflect and tell their own stories. We will create opportunities where it is safe to share, so that everyone who attends can be heard by someone.

4.     “Inspirational”, not just “best” practices—From the design of the conference to the selection of the speakers, we want the experience to build on the successes in our state and beyond. Attendees will be inspired by what they hear, see and experience before, during and after the Summit.

So, save the dates for the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit on March 4-6 (NOTE: These are new dates!) at the Marriott in downtown Columbia! And use the list of resources to get your mind and heart ready…Here are a few to get you started.
We hope you plan to join us as we continue to learn and tackle this critical issue together.

Your Allies for Good, 


Tags:  2020 SC Nonprofit Summit  Allies for Good  REI  Together SC 

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Get a Beer and Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics (GBUNPD)

Posted By Taylor Ion, TRIO Solutions, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Next month, join your Nonprofit Alliance and Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy nonprofit leaders for their celebration of *Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships (*BEER for short) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. hosted at Topside Pool Club, overlooking downtown Greenville.

If you're not familiar, the now national event was proposed and made popular by Vu Le, author of the blog Nonprofit AF and our 2019 Nonprofit Summit keynote speaker. Back in a 2016 blog post Vu wrote about wanting one thing: an informal meet-up for funders, nonprofits and foundation trustees to spend more time with each other with no agendas, to break down power imbalance and strengthen relationships in our sector. Proposed as "Get a *BEER and Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics Day" (GBUNPD), it took off with several nonprofits around the country and celebrated annually! 

"Our event last year was such a hit because it gave nonprofits and funders a chance to relax, visit and celebrate the great work we do together," said Katy Smith, Facilitator at GPP of their 2018 event. "This truly was a social meet-up filled with creative conversations and we’re excited to join NPA in hosting it again." 


This year, the purpose will remain social and despite being called BEER, will have other drinks of your choice. First two drinks are free! And like last year, you can enter to win a copy of of Vu’s book, Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build EPIC Partnerships which is a must-read if you ask us.

You can RSVP here to join the fun!

*Please let us know if you are interested in sending more than three representatives from your organization.

*Nearby parking is available at Riverplace parking garage or Falls Street garage. Topside Pool Club can be accessed by using the elevator at 600 Falls Park Drive (lobby/elevator shared with Jianna).

Tags:  BEER  Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy  Nonprofit Alliance  nonprofits  Vu Le 

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Possible Proviso Could Impact Nonprofits

Posted By Ann Timberlake, Together SC Lobbyist, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

UPDATE (5/23/19): The Conference Committee removed the proviso from the Budget. Thank you to folks who called their legislators/Conference Committee members!

Transparency for nonprofits to account for state funds is a good thing. But ill-conceived provisos like the one added by Senator Tom Corbin to the Senate budget are not. Hopefully, reason will prevail in the budget conference committee that meets again this Thursday afternoon.

Provisos are one year amendments to the budget. There is already language on the books (117.21) requiring nonprofits receiving state funds to report on the goals for the money, the implementation success and the current operating budget. 

Corbin would ask nonprofits to also report how the funds were used to staff positions and the salaries for each position - but the caveat is the last sentence which says that “the provisions shall not be construed as requiring the disclosure of confidential or proprietary information.”

If you know a member of the House Ways & Means Com, you can ask that member to share your concerns with the three House conferees (Rep’s Murrell Smith, Gary Simrill, and Todd Rutherford). Personal contact with your local W&M member is best because the conferees are overburdened with requests. 

Together SC is working to educate legislators about the value of nonprofits to South Carolina and I'll be at the State House this week urging the House conferees to reject the unnecessary Corbin proviso so we can work with legislators next year to improve bills already filed that would establish fair and transparent reporting standards (H3133 and S491). 

 Ann Timberlake, Timberlake Communications, TSC Lobbyist 

Tags:  Advocacy  Budget  Nonprofit Leadership  SC State Council  Together SC 

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Census 2020: A policy issue that we can all get behind.

Posted By Chynna A. Phillips, MSW, MPH, Saturday, May 11, 2019

Guest blog by:
Chynna A. Phillips
Research and Policy Manager
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

APRIL 1, 2020 is Census Day. What are you doing to prepare?

Before I begin, please note that this blog post is not meant to make its reader proficient on all things Census. My purpose is simply to share that no matter how daunting the task is of achieving a complete and accurate count of all individuals living in South Carolina, there is a role that everyone can and should play in preparation for Census 2020.

The Rationale

Long before there were Ted Talks explaining the power of courage and vulnerability, and blogs outlining the steps to effectively use ones’ voice, nonprofits have been leading by example for years. Through compelling stories and exposure to the truths of the work their organizations do, nonprofit leaders evoke action from potential donors, build trust with their clients and communities, and motivate their staff and volunteers alike. When large systems fail to meet the needs of the collective, and misguided leaders defund services; nonprofit leaders step in. Nonprofits step in to advocate that their communities and the individuals within them are supported and seen through a lens of power and resilience. On a daily basis, nonprofit leaders challenge, advocate, and push boundaries.

It is this daily drive, that leaves us to wonder, what would happen if nonprofit leaders and those around them collectively worked toward a goal that had political implications? For many reasons, all of which hold some level of validity, policy is an area that many nonprofits choose not to venture. Our separate missions and organizational values present unique challenges making it difficult for many to see a shared topic worth working toward. While we can wrestle with finding what that topic is for weeks or even years, I have a thought.

I submit to you, that the upcoming Census is an issue that cuts across all sectors, missions, and communities. Assisting in this effort does not pull us away from our missions, but draws us closer to the very individuals our missions calls us to serve. For better or worse, we are all impacted by the results of each census. According to the US Census Bureau:

“The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative and school districts. The population totals also affect funding in your community, and data collected in the census help decision makers know how your community is changing.”

The community impact that the upcoming census may have is vast, and the list of ways the census information is used is extensive. (See Appendix A: 50 Ways Data Are Used.)

Spoiler Alert: You may be the leader you’re looking for…

As you begin to question and search for who is doing the work around Census 2020, you may find that no one has started. And that’s ok! What lead me to be appointed as the chair of the Complete Count Committee for the City of Columbia is simply asking questions and not stopping until I found an answer worthy of the community I serve. After being informed that the City of Columbia was already making this a priority (no surprise there), I offered to lend my gifts in whatever way I can. Of course, I have experience in community organizing and other assets to bring to the table, but at its core is the heart and passion for the task at hand. And that is equally important if not at times more important. 

Actionable Steps...Steps you can take!

Whenever new topics are thrown into the mix, the question of organizational capacity is always one that rises to the top. Here are a few quick tips that may resonate with your organization.

1. Arm yourself with trusted Information

In the age of information, it is hard to sift through the wide birth of data being generated every day. Here are a few tools to consider. 

  •  Census.Gov - Your one stop shop for all of your Census needs.
  •  2020census.Gov - Access to official Census 2020 operational plans, FAQs and more.
  •  Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM). Find out how well your state is doing by assessing the hard-to-survey areas.
  •  Hard to Count 2020 - Another tool that can assist in identifying hard-to-count areas.
  •  Confidentiality -  Did you know it is a crime to share identifiable information given on the census? Individual records are protected by law (Title 44, U.S. Code) and confidential for 72 years!
  • American FactFinder - Ever wonder where all that information goes? This is an easy way to pull the data you need from the American Community Survey.

2. Educate your staff and board

Getting buy-in from all those involved not only leads to better outcomes but also increases the number of people in the community who can speak to the importance of Census 2020. 

  •  Request a presentation or the information of the representative working in your county. Contact the regional office for your state. For South Carolina, it is The Atlanta Regional Office. This office is also responsible for North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Host a Census Solutions Workshop (See Appendix C): Businesses, city officials, community-based organizations, or any other persons or groups can host a workshop. The Census Bureau created a toolkit that gives step-by-step guidance on how to host a workshop. The toolkit is available at For more information, please contact U.S. Census Bureau at

3. Educate your constituents/clients.

With the changes being made to Census 2020. The more we can dispel myths and prepare communities for the upcoming Census, the better we will all be. 

4. Make the information you share available to all of your clients.

While the U.S. Census Bureau has done their best to provide clear and concise information on their website, access to that information presents a challenge for all communities.

5. Develop an organizational plan

How will your organization send out the information? Will it be by mail, Facebook page, flyers in waiting rooms, in bathroom stalls, etc.? No way is right or wrong. This plan will depend on the organization and where you get the most engagement. The Census will be different this year, so having an understanding of the process and changes in advance is key.

  •  This step is especially important for organizations that serve hard to count populations (Examples of hard to count populations are; children, those experiencing homelessness and poverty, those who reside in rural areas.)

6. Serve as a partner for your local Complete Count Committee (CCC).

Many complete count committees will need trusted members of the community or organizations who will be willing to share information they develop to educate the community about the upcoming Census. 

7. Help the U.S. Census Bureau recruit new talent.

Help is needed at all levels. There are part-time and full-time options for all who apply.

8. Don’t stop there!

These are just examples, and there are many more ways
you can get engaged and help those that need the information. 

  • For assistance with strategies call your local CCC or County US Census Bureau Rep., etc. For additional information about the CCC Program, please contact your regional census center. South Carolina:
  • You do not have to be an official CCC to advocate for the Census. There may be other organizations and efforts taking place in your community. I have heard a buzz in various areas across the state, so this is exciting news. Happy searching! 


If the road ahead looks too daunting, I will leave you with this, “It is easy to get overwhelmed by the level of need. But you must take it one issue and one ‘grant’ at a time. Doing something will always be better than doing nothing. The risk is too high, not to do something,” Tom Keith, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

My friends the risk is too high not to be engaged in this work! The future of South Carolina is relying on a complete and accurate count of all that reside in our state. And we are just the people to help make that happen. Happy Counting Everyone!

Let me know what you are doing to support Census 2020. I would love to know. Let’s keep the conversation going. #SCCounts 


When she speaks, people listen. Whether she is talking about the latest thing her baby boy learned, or telling the staff about the latest research she found, people listen because of Chynna’s fierce and passionate voice.

Chynna cares deeply about health equity and advocating for vulnerable populations, and uses her gift of voice to speak for and with others. Not only is she passionate about serving others, but she does it well. Chynna’s belief of “excellence is the standard by which you should operate” has been passed down from her family, and is evident in her work as the Foundation’s research and policy manager.

Lastly, Chynna has the ability to light up the office when she walks in. Making even the grumpiest morning person smile, her laughter and kind spirit is infectious. Ironically, she mirrors the character of her hero, Dorothy Irene Height. Height was a lifelong Civil Rights and Women’s Rights activist. Chynna admires Height’s commitment to what she believed in, her humility, and her poise. It is safe to say that Chynna is following in her footsteps.

Favorite Quote:
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” James Baldwin

Education: M.S.W. and M.P.H. (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC); B.A. in Sociology (Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH)

Community Engagement: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society

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The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a statewide foundation that works to reduce poverty through action, advocacy, and leadership. Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Tags:  2020 Census  Advocacy  Census  Guiding Principles & Best Practices  Leadership  Public Policy  Sisters of Charity 


New Report: Relentlessly Pursuing New Donors is Hurting Nonprofit Fundraising

Posted By Marc A. Pitman, Concord Leadership Group, Monday, April 1, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2019


  • New report explores critical issues facing fundraising in America
  • SWOT and PESTLE analyses of US fundraising
  • Eight issues explored in depth, including:
    •  Diversity and inclusion
    •  “Stagnant” giving levels
    •  Crisis in donor retention
    •  The rise of giving and fundraising through social media
    •  Professional standards
    •  Implications of recent tax reforms on charitable giving
  •  The Critical Fundraising (USA) Report can be downloaded from:

The fundraising sector in the USA will face worsening results if it fails to invest in retaining the donors it already has.

The warning comes in a new report – the Critical Fundraising (USA) Report – published by the international fundraising think tank Rogare and launched at the AFP International Conference in San Antonio, TX, today (1 April 2019).

In one of the report’s essays, Greenville-based leadership expert Marc A. Pitman points out that nonprofits on average are losing almost six of every ten new donors. This results in nonprofits mistakenly focusing on the more expensive “donor acquisition” strategies than doing the much more cost-effective work of keeping the donors they have.

The problem, Pitman argues, is that many nonprofits are started to fix an issue, with little regard to how they will fund the work. In fact, in The Concord Leadership Group’s 2016 study of nonprofits, sixty-two percent of nonprofit leaders reported their nonprofit’s strategic plan lacked a fundraising plan.

Pitman says:

“This retention issue could be rooted in the lack of seeing fundraising as a core component of running a nonprofit and relegating fundraising to an afterthought or a ‘necessary even.’ Rather than spending time to implement best fundraising practices, board and staff keep doing the same thing – mailings and events and ‘nagging people’ – without measuring what works.”

He adds:

“The message of donor retention’s proven ability to have a disproportionate positive impact on fundraising needs to be heard by nonprofits.”

The Critical Fundraising (USA) Report was researched and compiled by a task group of Rogare’s International Advisory Panel, led by Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, of Windmill Hill Consulting, who says:

“This Critical Fundraising Report is our perspective of key issues and trends that affect fundraising in the US. In compiling this report, we present, to the best of our ability, evidence-based information, not personal opinions, focusing on topics we believe are issues that warrant a deep analysis.

“In no way is this report meant to serve as a solution for all the key trends and issues we identified. Rather, we hope that it inspires conversation, reflection, and constructive responses to lift and strengthen the sector in the United States.”


Issues explored

Issues identified and explored in the CFR (USA) Report are:

  1. State of public trust in the nonprofit sector and the nonprofit starvation cycle – author: Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE (Windmill Hill Consulting)
  2. Stagnant donor retention rates and national giving levels  – Marc A. Pitman, CFC (Concord Leadership Group)
  3. Tax reform and what it means for charitable giving  – Cherian Koshy, CFRE (Des Moines Performing Arts)
  4. The current and anticipated fundraising talent crisis – James Green, MBA, CFRE
  5. Defining standards for fundraising – Heather R. Hill, CNM, CFRE (chair of the Rogare board)
  6. Diversity, inclusion, and gender equity – Ashley Belanger (Ashley H. Belanger Consulting)
  7. How data, technology and social media are affecting fundraising – T. Clay Buck, MFA, CFRE (Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada)
  8. The misalignment of social fundraising data sources and donor relations Taylor Shanklin (Pursuant).


In all, the report makes 23 recommendations, including:

  • Remove from donor communications all language that promotes the percentage of the donation that is allocated to programs
  • Conduct more research into and develop fresh thinking on donor retention, particularly around gifts that are not intended to be renewed annually, and how relationships are measured with donors who only give sporadically
  • A raft of measures to encourage inclusion at an organisational and individual level
  • Develop a new set of standards for professional practice that include the levels of knowledge needed to practice as a fundraiser
  • Invest more in multi-channel communications, new technologies and social engagement.

Download the Critical Fundraising (USA) Report:

Ian MacQuillin, director of Rogare – says in his introduction to the report:

“The United States of America holds a special – and perhaps privileged – place in global fundraising, exerting an influence that extends much further than its 50 states. There is sometimes a sense that the ideas and practices emanating from US fundraising are world-leading ideas and practices, both from the Americans developing and promulgating these ideas, and fundraisers in the rest of the world who receive them.

“With such reach and influence, it is a good idea to be able to critically reflect on the current state of US fundraising – to look not just at what’s working, but also at what’s not working so well, where the current knowledge gaps might be and how we could fill those gaps.”


Members of the USA CFR task group will present ideas and conclusions from the report at a session –  entitled ‘A critical look at fundraising in the United States’ – at AFP ICon on Monday 1 April, from 1.15 to 2.30 in room 217A.

The Critical Fundraising (USA) Report is the third in the series following the publication similar reports for Ireland and Scotland in 2017. Work is currently under way on reports for Canadian and Italian fundraising.

The Critical Fundraising (USA) Report can be downloaded from:



Concord Leadership Group founder Marc A. Pitman helps leaders, especially in nonprofits, lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. He’s the author of Ask Without Fear!® – which has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. He’s also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank.

Marc’s expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News. Marc tweets regularly at @marcapitman.

He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family!

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