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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      

President
Together SC
madeleine@togethersc.org

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.

Tags:  #yalltogetherSC  Giving Tuesday  South Carolina  Together Tuesday 

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Hurricane Florence Recovery is Underway

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dear Allies for Good,

After an oh-so-long week of prepping and waiting, for most of our state, Hurricane Flo was thankfully a “No Go!” How blessed are we!
 
With family and property safe, let’s get to work helping those who have not fared as well. First step is being in the know. That’s where Together SC comes in. 
 
Below you will find resources for how each and every one of us can "Lend a Hand" to those hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Please continue to check our social media channels for updates on this long-term work.

A really big shout out to the many members helping with recovery efforts. Thank you for all you do.

Recovery efforts from the impact of Hurricane Florence will be long term. Please follow us on Facebook as updates will be shared until help is no longer needed. #OneCarolina

Your Ally for Good,

Madeleine


Madeleine McGee, President Together SC

Tags:  disaster relief  Hurricane Florence  National Hurricane Center  natural disaster 

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Madeleine McGee on Together SC's Board Leading by Example

Posted By Madeleine McGee, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Hello Allies,
 
I have to crow - just a little.

Last week, your Together SC Board kicked off its new fiscal year with an inaugural board meeting that was all about impact and “leading by example.”  We started by welcoming five new Board Members, all of whom attended (by phone or in person) an hour and a half long orientation led by our Board chair.  We’re a big believer in board member led orientation so I'm sharing our Orientation Agenda.
 
I know it’s just a piece of paper, but written member agreements adopted by the Board and signed by each member each year are an easy first step toward effective governance. Together SC’s Governance Committee and staff recently rewrote our agreement incorporating ideas from last year’s Board Leadership Summit. The Board’s first order of business was to review and adopt this new Board Member Agreement.  I would love to hear what you think.

While lots more was done, I want to personally thank the Board, and especially our Board Chair, Forrest Alton, for their thorough attention to my performance review.  It’s always helpful to know where you stand with the board and that you are all on the same page.  A quick reminder that evaluating the executive director is a Board responsibility as laid out in our Guiding Principles and Best Practices. And the first step MUST be adopting a written policy on how the review is to be done. Here’s our policy for evaluating the president. 

If your board hasn’t reviewed your organization's executive, we’re glad to help you get started.
 
Your Ally for Good

 

 
Madeleine McGee, President Together SC

Tags:  Board Governance  Board Member Agreement  Board of Directors  Board Orientation  Governance  performance reviews 

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Dinner with Dr. Eddie Thompson

Posted By Beth Wingard, President, SC Planned Giving Council, Thursday, August 2, 2018

The South Carolina Planned Giving Council has joined forces with TogetherSC, the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP, and the Coastal Community Foundation to bring you Dr. Eddie Thompson of Thompson & Associates for a Summer Symposium on Blended Gifts on Friday, August 24th. 

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from one of the most highly-regarded and inspirational speakers in nonprofit, planned gift fundraising.  In this half-day workshop, Dr. Thompson will guide us through how to secure transformational gifts from both major and annual gift donors.  This presentation will provide tremendous benefit for both new and experienced annual, major, and planned gift fundraisers alike.

We will enjoy a morning of fellowship and professional development at the Citadel Beach Club, with the seascape of Isle of Palms as our backdrop!  Gather your peers to come enjoy this great opportunity to refine your development skills 
before heading out to take in all that Charleston has to offer! 

When: Friday, August 24, 2018
            9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: The Citadel Beach Club
                 4700 Palm Blvd.
                 Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Brunch and light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $35 for SCPGC/TogetherSC/Lowcountry AFP/CCF Members,

$42 for Non-Members

You can register for this exciting event through August 22nd by clicking here

Please plan to join us!

My Best Regards,

Beth Wingard
President, SC Planned Giving Council


Meet Dr. Eddie Thompson

Dr. Eddie Thompson founded Thompson & Associates. As CEO he provides leadership and direction to over 35 seasoned charitable estate planners with Thompson & Associates. Dr. Thompson has planned thousands of estates, which has generated billions of dollars to charity during his thirty plus years working with nonprofits.

In 1983 Eddie obtained his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. His doctoral dissertation was on successful fund raising methods. His academic achievements include two MA degrees and a BA and Associate of Fine Arts.

Eddie speaks to organizations from coast to coast on successful fundraising techniques, nonprofit management and charitable estate planning. He was recognized by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives as a Certified Fund Raising Executive from 1986 to 1996.

Eddie began his career at David Lipscomb University where he served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Assistant to the President, and Director of Planned Giving. His career advanced to The EAR Foundation, an international nonprofit, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Thompson has garnered many honors during his distinguished career.

He was selected by Freed Hardeman University as its 2000 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. In 1992 he was selected as a Kellogg Foundation Board Trainer assigned to Special Olympics International; International Directory of Distinguished Leadership 1988; Who's Who in American Education 1992; Personalities of America, 6th edition; and 2000 Notable American Men, 2nd edition.

In March 2013, Eddie was appointed to Partnership for Philanthropic Planning's Leadership Institute.

He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of four nonprofits: Institute of Board Certification, The Barnabas Foundation, African Christian School, and The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. He is also a member of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

Eddie serves as the Chair of the Charitable Estate Planning Institute, a 501(c)(3) public charity offering top level education on charitable estate planning for development staff, gift planning officers and professional advisors. Eddie and a group of Thompson & Associates colleagues formed the Institute in 2012.  He is also a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP) awarded by the Institute.

A native of Florida, Eddie and Sheryl have made Nashville their home. Eddie and his family are involved in many community organizations and their church. He is a very active pilot with both Land and Seaplane ratings.

Follow Eddie on Twitter: @thefrcoach
Eddie's Blog:  www.eddiethompson.org
To e-mail Eddie, click here.
To download Eddie's vCard, click here.

Tags:  Donors  Giving  Nonprofits  Planned giving 

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ICYMI - Advocacy Recap with Committee Chair Paige Stephenson

Posted By Paige Stephenson, Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Dear Allies,

Together SC takes its advocacy responsibilities seriously. You look to us to keep watch and speak up, while always keeping you informed. Today’s letter aims to do just that.

The General Assembly ended its 2-year session in May but will soon return to finalize the budget and to consider unresolved energy bills. Here are a few important updates.

RAFFLE LEGISLATION AMENDED
Thanks to Senator Greg Hembree (Horry/R) who responded to concerns from several nonprofits, the Raffle Act that Together SC helped pass in 2013, was amended to ease restrictions on nonprofit raffles. 

ACTION REQUESTED: As the Raffle Act must be reauthorized before July 2020, we need to hear from you! Share your experiences and other changes needed.

FOIA CASE DECIDED BY SC SUPREME COURT
Another issue at the State House concerned the vulnerability of nonprofits to FOIA requests. Although H.3931 stalled in the House, the SC Supreme Court thoughtfully ruled on May 23 that nonprofits receiving public funds are not automatically subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act. The case arose from a 2013 suit against the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization. The opinion concluded that "while the Chamber technically expends public funds, we are firmly persuaded that the General Assembly did not intend the Chamber to be considered a public body for FOIA purposes based upon its receipt and expenditure of accommodation tax funds.”

Next year’s plan of work for your advocacy committee includes efforts to ensure fair reporting procedures and consistent standards to hold nonprofits accountable to public entities that grant or contract with nonprofit organizations.

WORKING IN COLLABORATION ON FEDERAL ISSUES
It takes a team to make legislative change happen. Today’s featured photo (above) was taken at a recent meeting with Senator Scott regarding the idea of Universal Charitable Deduction. We thank Clay Grayson for joining Madeleine in presenting our ideas and concerns.

We consider the United Way Association of SC one of our biggest allies and have looked to Naomi Lett as our expert on the opportunities for specific communities provided by Senator Scott’s Opportunity Zone legislation.

We are also proud to work with the National Council of Nonprofits. Last week’s Lobby Day in D.C. focused on five critical federal issues to be addressed, including renewed threats to repeal the Johnson Amendment, that protects nonprofits from partisan politics.

AMPLIFYING YOUR THANKS & SHARING YOUR GREAT WORK
The end of the legislative session is a good time to thank those leaders who worked on your behalf. Keep us in the loop, so we can amplify your praise with an additional “shout out” from Together SC.

We love sharing the great advocacy work you're doing. Today’s 'Collective Voice' section offers some great examples. Thanks to all for sharing.

As always, we look forward to working with you as we advocate together for good.

Your Ally for Good,
Paige Stephenson
Chair, Together SC Public Policy Committee
President and CEO
United Way of the Piedmont

Tags:  Advocacy  Collective Voice  Raffle Act 

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Momentum Growing for IRS to Delay Implementation of New UBIT Rules; Action Needed

Posted By Madeleine McGee, Monday, June 25, 2018

Last week, the National Council of Nonprofits sent a comprehensive and compelling letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service requesting delay of the implementation of two new taxes on nonprofits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

The letter identifies dozens of challenges and questions that nonprofits have with the new federal tax law and demands that the IRS delay implementation of the new unrelated business income tax provisions in Section 512(a)(6) and 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code until one year after the IRS promulgates final regulations on these new laws. 

Section 512(a)(7) imposes a new, counter-intuitive tax on nonprofits' transportation and parking expenses. Section 512(a)(6) requires nonprofits with business income to pay the tax on each separate "trade or business" and prohibits the blending of profits and losses across lines of business. 

Both changes took effect on January 1, 2018 and both are causing significant confusion for many nonprofits because their applicability is unclear without further guidance from the IRS. 

TAKE ACTION: 
Add your voice to the call for relief!

Go to the IRS public comment form and ask  that Treasury and the IRS delay implementing the two new UBIT subsections until one year after Final Rules are promulgated(In the public comment form’s line for Form/Instruction/Publication Number,fill in "Form 990-T".)

Thanks for taking action!

Tags:  Advocacy  IRS  UBIT 

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Together SC Speaks Up for South Carolina Nonprofits on Capitol Hill

Posted By Madeleine McGee, Monday, June 11, 2018

Together SC’s president, Madeleine McGee was in Washington, DC last week,advocating with the National Council of Nonprofits on federal policy issues affecting nonprofits. Here’s a recap of the five key issues discussed with congressional staff:

  • Preserving nonprofit nonpartisanship. Certain members of Congress are trying to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment - the provision in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that protects nonprofits from being corrupted by partisan politics. Together SC asked our members of Congress to protect nonprofit nonpartisanship by rejecting these efforts, the most recent of which is a rider in a House appropriations bill that could be considered in a committee next week. 

 

  • Delaying implementation of new taxes on tax-exempt nonprofits. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision that requires tax-exempt nonprofits to pay unrelated business income tax on the expenses they incur for employee parking and transit benefits. Besides being bad policy, this new tax is causing problems for nonprofits because the IRS hasn't issued guidance to answer a variety of questions about how it applies to particular nonprofit situations. Together SC urged our members of Congress to ask the IRS to delay implementation of this new tax until the IRS issues clear guidance. 

 

  • Creating a universal, non-itemizer charitable deduction. Because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction, fewer taxpayers will be using the charitable deduction in 2018. Researchers estimate that this will lead to a significant reduction in charitable contributions. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) has introduced the Universal Charitable Deduction Act (H.R. 3988) to solve this problem and to provide incentives for low and moderate income individuals and families to give generously to nonprofits.

 

  • Securing a complete and accurate count in the 2020 U.S. Census. Together SC asked our members of Congress to ensure that there is adequate federal funding for the 2020 Census. We also asked them to take action to remove the citizenship question from the Census, which could lead to a significant undercount in South Carolina and other states. The U.S. Department of Commerce recently added this question to the Census even though it hasn't appeared on the Census in the past six decades.

 

  • Preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The PROSPER Act, a higher education bill, includes a provision that would end this student loan forgiveness program for people who work for nonprofits or in other public service jobs for 10 years while consistently paying down their student loans. The elimination of this loan forgiveness program could make it harder for nonprofits to attract talented young staff in the future. Together SC asked our members of Congress to reject the PROSPER Act.

 


 

Madeleine McGee pictured with Nick Myers, Senior Counsel and Emily Lavery, Deputy Legislative Assistant for Senator Graham 

 

Tags:  Advocacy  census  DC  nonprofits  Washington 

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Your vote matters! Here’s why...

Posted By Ann Timberlake, Monday, June 11, 2018

Election turnout in South Carolina and in the Nation historically is higher in presidential years. In 2014, 43% of South Carolina's registered voters participated in the November election versus 68% in 2016. Since South Carolina voters do not register by party and are free to choose in which primary they participate, you would think that voters would flock to the polls in June.

You would be wrong. In the last two cycles, more than 700,000 voters skipped voting in the primaries. In 2014, only 16% of registered voters showed up (just over 450,000) and in 2016, under 14% ( just under 420,000) voted.

In South Carolina, almost every state or local district is drawn to favor either the Republican or Democratic candidate ultimately winning the seat. Failing to vote in the primary of your choice is failing to make a difference in choosing who will represent you. And in many cases, there will be no choice offered in November.

This year, in addition to local races, there are competitive gubernatorial contests in both primaries that will impact many issues of interest to our nonprofit missions. If there are runoff elections, you must stay in the same primary in which you voted on June 12th - but also note that voting on June 12th is not a prerequisite for voting in the runoffs on June 26th.

Please take time this year to exercise your right to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Our friends at the League of Women Voters of SC have additional information which can be accessed here and the SC Election Commission will give you your sample ballot.  You can retrieve your sample ballot by following this link.


 About Ann Timberlake

Ann honed her advocacy skills in her early years volunteering in conservation campaigns to protect iconic places in South Carolina like the Congaree Swamp and the Chattooga River. She gained her first political experience in 1978 as a county coordinator for Dick Riley’s gubernatorial campaign.

After working as a sales representative for the Pillsbury Company, Ann opened a full service, neighborhood grocery, The Purple Cow, in downtown Columbia. In 2003, she returned to conservation and political work as the founding executive director of the new Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

Over thirteen years, Ann worked with Board members and donors to grow CVSC from an initial budget of $60,000 to a fully staffed, thriving organization with a budget over $600,000. She made bi-partisanship a trademark for conservation in South Carolina, elevated CVSC as a force in state electoral politics and helped the conservation community unite in support of “common agenda” priorities at the State House.

Ann has served on numerous community boards, including a recent term with the South Carolina Association of Non-profit Organizations. She is a lifelong resident of South Carolina and a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University. She and her husband, Ben Gregg, have two adult children.  Read more about what Ann's doing by visiting her website here.

Need more information on South Carolina Elections?  Email Ann here.

Tags:  League of Women Voters of SC  SC Elections  Vote  Voting 

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Raffle Act Amended

Posted By Ann Timberlake, Monday, June 11, 2018
Thanks to the responsiveness of Senator Gregg Hembree (Horry/R) to concerns from local nonprofit organizations, legislation to ease restrictions on nonprofit raffles was adopted and signed by the Governor. 

S.812 allows noncash prizes to be increased from $500 to $950, raises the limit on ticket prices from $100 to $300 and adds a section defining circumstances for volunteers to participate in bingo games. 

We thank Senator Hembree for his leadership and look forward to working with both the House and Senate next year to reauthorize the Raffle Act before its slated expiration on July 1, 2020. 
 
Look for your opportunity to let us know about your experiences with raffles and the Secretary of State's office later this year.

 

Click here to view the bill.


 

About Ann Timberlake

Ann honed her advocacy skills in her early years volunteering in conservation campaigns to protect iconic places in South Carolina like the Congaree Swamp and the Chattooga River. She gained her first political experience in 1978 as a county coordinator for Dick Riley’s gubernatorial campaign.

 

 

After working as a sales representative for the Pillsbury Company, Ann opened a full service, neighborhood grocery, The Purple Cow, in downtown Columbia. In 2003, she returned to conservation and political work as the founding executive director of the new Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

 

Over thirteen years, Ann worked with Board members and donors to grow CVSC from an initial budget of $60,000 to a fully staffed, thriving organization with a budget over $600,000. She made bi-partisanship a trademark for conservation in South Carolina, elevated CVSC as a force in state electoral politics and helped the conservation community unite in support of “common agenda” priorities at the State House.


Ann has served on numerous community boards, including a recent term with the South Carolina Association of Non-profit Organizations. She is a lifelong resident of South Carolina and a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University. She and her husband, Ben Gregg, have two adult children.  

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Together SC Board Elections - Ballots Open from April 19 to May 3

Posted By Reid Lehman, Together SC Governance Committee Chair, Monday, April 16, 2018

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 five new and one returning members recommended by the Governance Committee to serve on Together SC's Board of Directors.

Together SC's bylaws require the Board to have no more than 21 and no less than 11 members. This year's Board will be in compliance with 15 members. The bylaws also require that the slate be approved by at least 10 percent of nonprofit members. Each active nonprofit member organization has one vote.
 
Ballots will go out by email April 19 to Executive Directors/CEOs (or to the primary contact on the member record if the ED/CEO is not listed). Your ballot must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on May 3. 

Proposed Slate

Approved by the Board of Directors 03/20/18

Members to Serve a First Term (2018 - 2021)

Darnell Byrd-McPherson

Executive Director

Darlington County First Steps

Hartsville

Darnell has been Executive Director of Darlington County First Steps (DCFS) since 2008. She has expanded both the scope of services and the number of families now served by DCFS by partnering and collaborating with the United Way of Hartsville, Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, and numerous others. She is a licensed social worker, and was in 2017 elected Mayor of Lamar, SC.

Stacey Denaux

Chief Executive Officer

One80 Place

Charleston

 

Stacey never thought she would be running a homeless shelter much less taking one from the brink of closing to serving as a model for homeless services. Today, One80 Place is thriving and leading the way in ending homelessness. With experience in hospitality and the Chamber, Stacey has taken best practices from business and applied them to the nonprofit world. As CEO of One80 Place, Stacey believes that strong nonprofits are critical to the overall economy, not simply charities doing good work.

Monroe Free

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity Greenville

Greenville

 

Monroe began serving as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County in January 2009. He has focused his career on helping socially and economically disenfranchised people. He has consulted and worked with dozens of nonprofits throughout the Southeast helping with communications strategy, infrastructure development and fundraising. Since Monroe took helm of HFHGC the organization has experienced tremendous growth in its capacity to serve the families of Greenville County

Carl Humphries

Chief Executive Officer

HopeHealth

Florence

 

Carl began his career in public health in 1994 as a social worker. After four years in direct service practice, he served in a variety of leadership positions both at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and HopeHealth, joining HopeHealth in 2000. He has 14 years of experience managing federal grant programs including Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Ryan White and 330 FQHC programs. Carl is the 2017 honoree for the Fred Sheheen Award for Nonprofit Leadership.

Erika Kirby*

Executive Director

BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation

Columbia

 

Erika joined the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation in 2013. She supported the development and execution of the Foundation’s vision and mission of improving the health of South Carolinians, particularly for the economically disadvantaged, by developing partnerships and collaborations with local and statewide health organizations, and managing and evaluating grant projects.

JoAnn Turnquist

President

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Columbia

JoAnn joined Central Carolina Community Foundation as President and CEO in 2009 after serving in sales leadership roles for a number of Fortune 500 companies. JoAnn works closely with her board of trustees and staff to develop and implement the vision and strategic direction of the Foundation. She leads a team dedicated to helping individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds to support causes they care about and make a difference in the Midlands and beyond. JoAnn is a 2013 Riley Diversity Fellow.

 *Ms. Kirby was appointed to the Board at its June 28, 2016 meeting to fill the unexpired term of Scott Graves. She now stands for election to her first full three-year term on the Board.

If you have any questions, please contact Madeleine McGee.

Tags:  Board Governance  Board of Directors  Together SC 

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