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Midlands Nonprofits: Are your issues On The Table?

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Friday, September 6, 2019

Our friends at the Central Carolina Community Foundation are planning their second On The Table, for Tuesday, October 22, 2019. All day long, people in Lexington and Richland Counties will be gathering around tables to talk about what's great in the Midlands, and what could... use some work. After these conversations, participants will be asked to fill out a brief survey, the data from which the Foundation will use to make a report, make connections between folks with great ideas, and even help target the Foundation's grant initiatives!

Nonprofit Leaders! This is a great opportunity to get your donors, clients, and other stakeholders together to talk about your organization's role in the community and brainstorm some great ideas for improving your work! Learn more and sign up to host a table! If you want to offer breakfast, lunch, or snacks, or even need a location, your local Panera Bread is offering a 10% discount and free delivery!

Want to participate, but can't host? Together SC and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC are teaming up to host some conversations over breakfast from 8:00AM to 9:30AM.
Come sit at our Table!

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Call for 2020 Summit Speakers

Posted By Debbie Nelson, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dear Allies,
Our state’s annual gathering of Allies for Good is heading in a new direction this year. Facing Race Together will offer an immersive learning experience to aid attendees and their organizations in better understanding and tackling issues of race, equity and inclusion (REI).

The Nonprofit Summit Program Committee, chaired by, Melanie Huggins of Richland Library and Sherrie Snipes-Williams of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, is off to a great start! Starting Wednesday, March 4, we kick off our three days together with acclaimed author of "Biased" and recent interviewee on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt.

In addition to two plenary sessions, Thursday and Friday will offer attendees the ability to chart their own Summit experiences. Individuals will pre-select four concurrent sessions to help them better understand and tackle issues of race, equity and inclusion (REI) no matter where they are on their own personal journeys—as an individual, an organizational leader or a community leader.
At this time, Together SC is seeking dynamic and experienced presenters with REI expertise to facilitate concurrent sessions. 

Topic areas that we are seeking:

  • Advocacy and Legislative Action
  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion
  • Environmental Justice
  • Equity in the Arts
  • Grantmaking with an REI Lens
  • Health and Food Equity
  • Inclusive Strategies for Attracting and Retaining POC
  • Income Inequality
  • REI Strategies for Board Members
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Working With and Engaging Donors of Color

If you would like to facilitate a session in one of our specified topic areas, we encourage you to submit an application now through September 6. 

We look forward to hearing your ideas! 

Debbie Nelson

Tags:  2020 Summit  Allies for Good  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 

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t(ED) Talks

Posted By t(ED), Thursday, August 1, 2019

Nonprofit work is hard. Leadership is lonely. Surviving the first few years as an Executive Director or CEO of any organization can be tenuous, exhausting, and thrilling all at the same time. Combine the classic challenges we just described with succeeding a strong leader and inheriting a staff you didn’t hire, and you have a recipe for…[FILL IN THE BLANK].

How does one weather the ups and downs of leadership transitions, managing staff, working with a Board, and advancing the organizational mission without losing their mind?

The simple answer is - friends. And maybe some alcohol. Definitely coffee. 

In all seriousness, leaders need to belong to a community of other leaders that they can call, text, email, snapchat, etc. with stories of success, desperate pleas, burning questions, and more. But, how do you find your people? How do you develop a group of peers that coalesce around a common set of challenges, and all get along at the same time? 

We don’t have all the answers, but let us share what has worked for a group of six (6) nonprofit leaders in Charleston called t(ED) i.e. “tired Executive Directors.”

First, the concept was inspired by multiple interactions and connections between several individuals, made primarily through Together SC members and staff. It was almost as if the universe was conspiring to pull this diverse group together through completely separate yet distantly related connections. The common denominator amongst all of the conversations and connections was a visceral recognition of the challenges of leadership and the value of linking new leaders together.

Admittedly, the initial start-up of t(ED) was not of our making; however, the first conversation between two ED’s, and then another, and another, all centered around a common desire for regular information exchange, sharing lessons learned, and a curiosity about how to effectively lead in a time of unique challenges, led to the formation of a small group now known as, or rather self-identified, as t(ED).

An important, and profound, aspect to this is the group grew organically. It was not forced. It was built slowly on key principles that were intuitive, but upon reflection, can be listed as follows:

  • Trust
  • Vulnerability
  • Authenticity
  • Safety
  • Positive energy
  • Different missions
  • Honesty
  • Gender, race and age diversity
  • Small, intimate
  • Regular, scheduled gatherings over a meal or happy hour
  • Prioritize the meeting dates over other obligations

What t(ED) has learned over years it has been convening is that the “special sauce” is in gathering together around shared values and a desire for community and safety. There are issues we share in common, and there are issues that are unique or first-time experiences with which we help each other wrestle.

Perhaps the most fulfilling and beautiful outcome of t(ED), is that we have all become friends.No matter what, we have each other’s backs, we cheer each other on, and the foundation of trust is solid. This is a recipe for not just survival of leadership, but for learning and growth. 

We hope this bit of insight inspires new groups all across the state. After all, we’re in this together. 



Click here to read about #yallTogetherSC: Marketing Mondays

From the left: 

Kim Clifton, HALOS | Jonathan Wright, Bridges for End-of-Life | Ericka Plater, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services | Stephanie Kelley, ECCO | Courtney Plotner, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC | Ashley Demosthenes, Lowcountry Land Trust

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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  


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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!  

Check out this link to read about what New EDs in the Charleston area are up to


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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?”


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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, 


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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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