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Possible Proviso Could Impact Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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!

Tags:  data  donors  Fundraising  report 


Sign on to this Letter to Congress! Repeal the Parking Tax on Nonprofits!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Thursday, March 28, 2019

It was in a paragraph somewhere...

One of those "little things" in the sweeping 2017 Tax Reform Act was a new 21% "Unrelated Business Income Tax" (UBIT) on charitable nonprofits on "Parking Benefits", designed to somehow "maintain parity" for the repeal of such tax deduction for for-profit companies.

What Parking Benefits?

Does your organization provide parking for your employees? Perhaps some spaces in a garage or parking lot? Or perhaps you provide bus passes or Uber/Lyft credits for your employees? For-profit companies used to be able to write such expenses off on their taxes, while nonprofits were already exempt. When Congress repealed that deduction, they decided that it was "only fair" to make nonprofits pay an extra tax, where there was none before. Taxes for 2018 are due on April 15, 2019.

We don't think that's fair at all.

Why should our donors' contributions go to pay an income tax on an expense, and one that for-profit businesses don't have to pay? Together SC's position on this is: 

“Charitable nonprofit organizations provide services and social good for all South Carolinians, and in recognition, are exempted from income and other taxes. These exemptions allow the contributions of citizens to be used completely to further the missions of the causes they care about, and not to have a portion of their contributions be diverted by taxes.”

Most of Congress Agrees!

Repealing this tax isn't very controversial, but it's pretty low on Congress' priorities right now. A national coalition of nonprofits is asking House and Senate Tax leaders to make repealing this tax a priority, through this sign on letter. Will you sign on behalf of your organization before April 3? 

Learn more about this new tax on nonprofits.

Tags:  Collective Voice  Congress  National Council of Nonprofits  Public Policy  Sign-On Letter  Tax Reform  UBIT  Washington 


Together SC Board Elections - Ballots Open until April 10

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

One of your organization's rights (and responsibilities) as a nonprofit member of Together SC is to vote for a Board of Directors who will effectively lead Together SC in the years ahead.

This year's proposed slate includes three new nominees seeking a first term and three current Directors seeking reelection. They are recommended to the Membership by the Board and its Governance Committee.

Together SC's bylaws require:

  1. That the Board is to have no more than 21 and no less than 11 members. The Board, with the nominees below, will have 15 members on July 1, 2019.
  2. That a majority of Board Members be senior staff of 501(c)3 organizations. The Board, with the nominees below, will be 74% 501(c)3 staff, on July 1, 2019.
  3. That the slate be approved by a majority of a quorum of 10 percent of voting members. Each active nonprofit member organization has one vote. 

Please view the slate now and cast your ballot. Your ballot must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on April 10. 

Proposed Slate

Approved by the Board of Directors 3/8/18

Members to Serve a First Term (2019 - 2022)

Nathaniel Barber

Sr. VP for CRA/Community Development

South State Bank


Nate has been South State’s head of Community Reinvestment for 15 years. Prior to this, he was a professor of business administration at Winthrop and led their Small Business Development Center. He currently serves as an adjunct business professor at USC Columbia. Nate has served with distinction on numerous Together SC member Boards, most recently the SC Assoc. for Community Economic Development, the Richland Library, and the ETV Endowment.



Christa Divis


Davis & Company CPAs


Christa has served as CFO for both the Coastal Community Foundation and Trident United Way and recently accepted a partnership with Davis & Company, a CPA firm serving nonprofit organizations. She has broad leadership experience in the nonprofit, public accounting, construction, manufacturing, and transportation sectors. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Christa serves on Together SC’s Finance Committee.


Member to Fill the Unexpired Portion of a Term (2019 - 2021)


Tamela Spann

VP of Strategic Initiatives,

Hollingsworth Funds


Tamela supports the advancement of the Hollingsworth Fund's strategy development, relationship building with community partners, and grant portfolio management. Tamela has more than twenty years of experience in philanthropy, government affairs, community outreach, and teaching. Tamela served on Together SC’s 2019 Nonprofit Summit Committee.


Members to Serve a Second Term (2019 - 2022)


Robyn Ezzell

Nonprofit Executive Search Manager

Find Great People


In Robyn’s six years leading Find Great People’s Nonprofit Executive Search Practice, she has placed more than 100+ CEOs in local, regional, and national nonprofits and foundations. She has been recognized as FGP’s “Great Person of the Year,” and has actively been involved with Together SC as a volunteer, business partner, and Board Member. Robyn chairs Together SC’s Membership Committee.



Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood 


Sherrie Snipes-Williams has 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, board governance, strategy advancement, performance management, planning, external communications & marketing and more! Currently, she is the CEO of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, which supports under-resourced communities and schools. A graduate of UofSC, she actively serves on local and national nonprofit Boards.


Paige Stephenson


United Way of the Piedmont


Paige Stephenson joined United Way of the Piedmont in 2001 as VP of Resource Development, and was named President in 2016. She holds a M.S. and B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama. Paige is a Rotarian and also serves on the Boards for United Way Association of SC and Spartanburg Academic Movement. Paige chairs Together SC’s Advocacy Committee.


If you have any questions, please contact Madeleine McGee.

Tags:  Board of Directors  Together SC 


Nicole Echols Receives the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 18, 2019
On Wednesday, March 13 at the closing session of the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit, Nicole Echols of Harvest Hope Food Bank received the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership. 

The award recognizes individuals who have utilized organizational and resource development to effectively manage a nonprofit group. It is sponsored by the Fred Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University.

Echols is the 12th recipient of the award.

Congratulations, Nicole!

Tags:  Allies for Good  Fred R. Sheheen Award  Together SC 

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Do you have a Succession Plan or other Board-approved Policies?

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Updated: Friday, February 15, 2019

Together SC strives to model its own Guiding Principles and Best Practices, and we recognize that, just as it is with our member organizations and many other nonprofits, it's a work in progress. Guiding Principles and Best Practices is not about checking items off of a list and calling them done, but about assessment and re-assessment, by Board and Staff, to make sure the organization is adhering to it's policies.

In 2015, Together SC's Board of Directors and Governance Committee began a process (which still continues) to overhaul the organization's policies, adopting a new governance model in which the Board adopts policies (subordinate to the Bylaws) to:

  1. Define the boundaries of the Board and Staff.
  2. Define the Board's own processes and procedures.
  3. Define the organization's mission and strategic direction.
  4. Set parameters for the organization's operations within which the Staff operate.
    • Within these parameters, the President sets Staff Policies that go into greater detail and define specific programs and procedures.

After three years, the Board's Policy Manual is nearly complete! Two of the most recently adopted policies are of particular importance, and we want to showcase them to you, our members.

  • Succession and Transition Planning - This can be a difficult and awkward topic for Boards and Executives to talk about. But really, this is not about the current ED or CEO! It's about having a process in place that can be activated when it's needed. It gives the current CEO the means to plan responsibly to depart when the time comes, and to help the organization make a smooth transition. It also provides for emergency procedures in the event of a sudden loss of executive leadership, and defines who has what responsibilities in a period of interim leadership. Perhaps you may find this policy helpful for your own succession planning.
  • Board Nominations & Elections - As an association, our Board members are elected by our members to represent them. We realized that while the Bylaws provides the general outline for how Board Members are elected, it does not give much detail on the process. In order to ensure consistency in the process from year to year, the Board adopted a policy describing that process in detail. Does your Board have a plan in place for recruiting potential board members? Perhaps this policy can help you get started!

We keep the Board Policies posted on the Policies and Financials Page. They're all in .DOCX format, so that you and your board can download them, edit them, and use them as the basis for your own Board Policy design.

After looking at the policies we've posted, do you see if we're missing anything? Let us know!

Tags:  Board Governance  Policies  Succession Planning 


2019 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Information About the Award
The Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute and the Together SC are proud to present the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership. The purpose of the award is to recognize a graduate of Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute or a member of Together SC who has excelled in the management of their organization through organizational and resource development. This award is sponsored by Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute.


2007 - Deborah Francis- Lexington- Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council

2008 - Jennie W. Peze - Pee Dee Land Trust

2009 - Kristi King Brock - Anderson Interfaith Ministries

2010 - Fay Brown - Foothills Alliance

2011 - Denise Holland - Harvest Hope Food Bank

2012 - Cecilia Meggs - Lighthouse Ministries

2013 - Genevieve N. Waller - Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

2014 - Sharon Clemmons Thomas - Helping Hands of Georgetown

2015 - Christina Jackson - Sea Haven

2016 - Tricia Richardson - SC Thrive

2017 – Carl Humphries – HopeHealth

2018 – Chris Manley- Rebuild Upstate


Submission Form and Instructions

The Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Together SC are proud to present the award for excellence in nonprofit leadership. The purpose of the award is to recognize a graduate of Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute or member of South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations/Together SC who has excelled in the management of their organization through organizational and resource development. This award is sponsored by

Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute.

Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute

Together SC


Submission Information

Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute (FMU NPLI) and Together SC (formerly SCANPO) join together for the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership to be presented to a professional who exemplifies characteristics deemed worthy of this award. The recipient must be a graduate of FMU’s NPLI or a member of Together SC. You may self nominate.

Recipients will receive a distinguished award to proudly display in their office, registration for the award recipient at Together SC’s South Carolina Nonprofit Summit (March 11-13, 2019) and through state-wide recognition through Together SC communications with nonprofit, business and foundation sectors. Additionally, the recipient’s name will be listed on Together SC’s Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership plaque displayed at the Together SC office in Columbia.

The recipient will also receive a $500 cash award by Francis Marion University.

The award will be given after extensive review of the applications by the award selection committee. The individuals represented on the committee will not be eligible for the 2019 award. All information submitted for consideration will remain confidential to the selection committee members.

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Questions regarding the FMU NPLI / Together SC Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership can be directed to Evrik Gary at Francis Marion University at 843.661.1199 or


Click here for submission requirements and nomination form

Tags:  Francis Marion University  Fred Sheheen  Nonprofit Leadership 


Call for Volunteers with Explore Charleston

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Hello, Akilah Edwards and Louis Yuhasz with Explore Charleston here!

A big focus of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is assisting groups who are visiting our area, many for the first time. Often we are asked for opportunities to provide service work in our community. Many of you may know about my work personally with Louie’s Kids. We ourselves have been the beneficiaries of a group that came into town last year for their annual retreat (Bridgestone Tires from Nashville). The group was looking to do something active and fun with their team for a local non-profit. They built us 20 bikes (as teams) that we then distributed to kids and families who had made significant strides in our programs. The Bureau has lots of groups that reach out for this type of opportunity while they are in Charleston. 

Does your nonprofit have a regular need for volunteer work that could be met by well-meaning volunteers who are visiting for a short time? Akilah and I are compiling a list to refer to our clients who are seeking these types of team-building and community-giving opportunities. We certainly don’t want to send a client to a nonprofit who would not understand why they are calling or have no need for help.

Would this be of interest to your organization? Who would be our contact to refer our clients to?  We can't send our meeting planners to someone who will be clueless about why they're calling.) 

If you would like to add your organization's name to a list we can refer to clients please email myself, or Akilah Edwards at

Seasons Greetings!

Tags:  Explore Charleston  volunteers 

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Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hey Y'all!

We have big, bold plans for #GivingTuesday. Let's celebrate the hard work and impact of SC’s nonprofit community and amplify your voice. And, here's a fun way to do just that!

Say hello to #yalltogetherSC, our very own statewide movement leading up to, and happening on, Tuesday, Nov. 27, this year's global #GivingTuesday celebration.

#yalltogetherSC is a collaborative 6-week social media campaign offering participating groups FREE social media tools, training material and weekly calls-to-action aimed at celebrating togetherness and building understanding and appreciation of our nonprofit sector.

From staff to volunteers to donors to board leaders, we invite y'all to come together to help create and participate in this one-of-a-kind Palmetto State movement!

To learn more about becoming a #yalltogetherSC participant, attend one or both of our upcoming "Together Tuesday" team calls happening at 11:27 a.m. (Get it? Learning at 11:27 to prep for 11/27) on Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

Let's come together y'all and celebrate what we do! We look forward to chatting with you next Tuesday.


Click to Register for 10/9 Team Call


Your Ally for Good,   

 Madeleine McGee      

Together SC

P.S. Please note that #yalltogetherSC is not a fundraising campaign. We won't talk about fundraising and there will not be a shared online giving platform. Any organization choosing to raise funds can do so on their own. Regional and other collaborations can also be layered and linked.
A special thank you to our marketing partners and statewide ad-hoc advisory team for helping to lead,develop and implement this campaign.

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