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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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Columbia College Interns for SC Nonprofits

Posted By Ashley Lauren Fleming, Columbia College, Monday, March 26, 2018

The P.L.A.C.E. Fellows, grantees of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, at Columbia College are looking to connect with some of the fantastic nonprofits around the state.

Each P.L.A.C.E. Fellow (philanthropy, leadership and community engagement) is awarded two internships, paid for through our program, to explore the nonprofit sector, gain real-world experience, and provide valuable and skilled work to those making the biggest impact in our state: You!

P.L.A.C.E. Fellows range in majors, years, and interests. If your organization would benefit from an intern, please visit our website,www.ccplacefellows.com/meet-the-fellows, to learn more about each student and contact Dr. Tamara Burk, Director of the P.L.A.C.E. Fellows Program, at tburk@columbiasc.edu to connect.

 

Ashley Lauren Fleming
Columbia College Class of 2018
P.L.A.C.E. Fellow, Student Coordinator
#WomenLeadSC #fightpovertysc 

Tags:  Columbia College  Internships  Leadership  SC Nonprofits 

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Francis Marion’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute Presents Annual Fred Sheheen Award to Chris Manley

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Monday, March 19, 2018

Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Together SC honored an upstate businessman with their highest award on March 6 at the 2018 Together SC’s Nonprofit Summit in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chris Manley president, executive director and founder of Rebuild Upstate, was presented the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership.

The award, named in memory of the late Fred R. Sheheen, the founding director of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute, is presented annually to a graduate of FMU’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute or a member of Together SC (formerly SCANPO) who has excelled in the management of their establishment through organization and resource development.

Manley’s Rebuild Upstate is a nonprofit organization that is focused on performing repairs to substandard housing occupied by children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Rebuild Upstate’s goal is to ensure their clients are able to remain in their own homes, free from unsafe conditions.

John Boyanoski, a member of the Rebuild Upstate Board of Directors, says Manley’s work has been immeasurably beneficial to not just the recipients of Rebuild Upstate’s generosity, but the entire Upstate region.

“As a direct and proximate consequence of Chris’ steady guidance, Rebuild Upstate has performed thousands of repairs to homes in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee Counties,” Boyanoski says. “This work, in turn, has enabled thousands of families to remain together in their own homes and, perhaps most importantly, this work has allowed those families to regain pride in their homes, and to transform those structures from an imperfect shelter into a source of personal dignity.”

Manley was presented with a not just the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership, but a $500 award, recognition through various communications across the state.

 

Francis Marion’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute presents annual award

Tags:  Fred Sheheen  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 

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A Special Summit Message from Darrin Goss, Sr.

Posted By Darrin Goss, Sr. , Monday, March 12, 2018

It was inspirational to convene, collaborate and connect with so many Allies for Good this week at the TogetherSC #NPSummit18. We’re creating unstoppable momentum, and the positive energy is palpable.

I want to thank Madeleine and everyone who worked to bring together leaders from all walks of life, from South Carolina’s small towns and big cities, and from organizations of every shape and size. I’m impressed by the diversity of backgrounds and thought we have leading the nonprofit community in our state.

My Tuesday morning plenary, Creating a Culture of Courage, stressed the importance of our sector having the courage to conduct critical conversations about the greatest challenges affecting our diverse communities. I opened with imaginary newspaper headlines showcasing “What IF?” scenarios of South Carolina leading the nation in education, equity, infrastructure, and economic opportunity. 

But what if my “What IF?” headlines became a reality? As leaders across the state, we must embrace these aspirations. They don’t have to be mere dreams. We can actually make them happen. We will get there if we start by building our own internal capacity and credibility, and by turning outward to listen, learn, and discover what we don’t yet know. 

This listening and learning needs to happen in the communities in which we live, and in the communities of the people we serve. We have a problem with structural inequity within our communities. The courage I talk about is the courage to build credibility by speaking this truth. When we can understand that equality—people all starting from the same place—is not our reality, we can begin the work to achieve what I call real equity. Together we can get at the policies that perpetuate the problems, and reduce the barriers that have been keeping people behind for generations.

Coastal Community Foundation took an important step on our journey two years ago by committing to a policy of equity and inclusion. I consider it the bedrock of our work, and I’m witnessing it becoming a key element of our everyday practice. We are challenging ourselves to ensure equitable outcomes, from our board and staff to our grantees and vendors. 

This is just one example of how we could all be working to transform our dreams of a better (the best) South Carolina into reality. Our diverse organizations and the diverse communities we serve share the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

As I said in my speech, let’s not settle for a South Carolina at the bottom. Let’s "instigate" for a South Carolina at the top. Let’s come Together…SC!

 

Tags:  2018 SC Nonprofit Summit  Coastal Community Foundation  Darrin Goss Sr.  Nonprofit Summit 

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Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership

Posted By Cheri Richardson , Monday, February 5, 2018


In 2017, the Award for Nonprofit Leadership was named in the memory of Fred Sheheen, founder of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marin University.

The purpose of the leadership award is to recognize a graduate of Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University or a Together SC member who has excelled in the management of their organization through organizational and resource development. This award is sponsored by the Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University.

Recipients receive:

  • $500 cash award given by Francis Marion University.
  • A distinguished award to proudly display in their office
  • Registration for the award recipient at Together SC’s SC Nonprofit Summit
  • Recognition through NPLI website and newsletter(s)
  • Statewide recognition through Together SC communications with nonprofit, business, and foundation sectors
  • Local recognition through the organization’s newspaper media outlets

The 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership will be presented in Hilton Head at the 2018 SC Nonprofit Summit.

Deadline for submission:  Friday, February 9, 2018

Apply for the 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership today!

Click Here for Submission Form and Instructions

For questions about nominations, please contact Cheri Richardson with the Francis Marion University Education Foundation office by emailing  crichardson@fmarion.edu or calling 843-661-1199. 

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Junior League of Columbia's 2018 Community Impact Grant request for proposals (RFP)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Junior League of Columbia (JLC) invites you to respond to our 2018 Community Impact Grant request for proposals (RFP). The JLC Community Impact Grant Program supports projects directly benefiting the greater Midlands area through our community partners, nonprofit organizations and agencies*.

JLC promotes voluntarism, develops the potential of women, and improves communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. Our current focus area is healthy children. A total of $150,000 will be awarded by JLC to Midlands’ organizations proposing transformational projects and initiatives of $25,000 or greater related to our mission and focus area and specifically addressing poverty and basic needs of children and families.

We look forward to supporting our partners in positively transforming our community through these opportunities! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

RFP Application Contents

  1. Cover letter, on your stationery, signed by the organization’s director
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Narrative (no more than two pages) with (a):
    • Project Description;
    • Brief statement of need to be addressed;
    • Goals and objectives, including dates for implementation and conclusion of project;
    • Target population;
    • Project activities/programs;
    • Proposal of collaboration with JLC volunteers on a long-term basis (this could include incorporating shift work for JLC volunteer or placement opportunities);
    • and Plan for measuring project results and reporting impact of project to JLC on an annual basis.
  4.  Project Budget (expenses and/or income)
  5. Organization Background (mission, major activities, and credentials for carrying out project)
  6. If you previously received a grant, please provide an update of the use of the funds and the outcomes.
  7. Conclusion (brief statement of long-term project plan and how JLC can play a role)
  8. Appendices (Attachments)
    • Verification of tax-exempt status (IRS determination letter)
    • List of officers and Board of Directors
    • Staff biographies and key staff resumes
    • Organization operating budget
    • Latest financial statement (audited preferred)
    • List of other current funding sources and uses
    • Current Annual Report
    • Support letters or endorsements (limited to maximum of three)  

    *JLC does not make grants to individuals or government agencies, or for capital building projects, lobbying, or religious purposes. Additional applicant organization requirements are available here. Please submit proposals by email to info@jlcolumbia.org. 

Tags:  funding  Grants  Junior League of Columbia  nonprofits  Together SC 

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New Internship Opportunity for Midlands Nonprofits

Posted By Alex Blauvelt, Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dear Nonprofit Members,

I wanted to share with you an opportunity that we have at the University of South Carolina to recruit students as interns for the Summer of 2018.

Through a recent donation the University has received, we have an opportunity for one student to be selected to engage in an unpaid internship (but be paid by the University) with a nonprofit organization in the Columbia community. These student(s) will be known as our Richter Interns. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain exposure to what it’s like to work in the nonprofit sector and for you to have some additional help in the great work that you are doing to serve the community and beyond. In order to be considered as an organization that could receive a student, the following is required for the internship:

  1. Your organization needs to be approved by our Career Center through the career management platform in the Career Center called Handshake, and your internship experience/internship description must be submitted to Handshake as well. The guide to become approved in our system can be found at this link. We ask that the internship have an educational focus to help the student gain real-work experience that will prepare them for their future. (This is not a part-time job.) The internship must align with our Community Internship Program (CIP) requirements included as a link in this email message.
  2. Place your intern under proper supervision, provide orientation, and train the student for the work environment and the condition of employment.
  3. Provide your intern with meaningful work assignments with gradually increasing responsibility related to their career goals.
  4. Participate in a mid-semester phone or site consultation with the student and Career Center staff
  5. Conduct a post-internship performance review of the intern that is provided by the Career Center

Additional Information:

  1. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018
  2. Internship work schedules, such as days and hours per week, will be determined by the organization. However, the recommended work hour requirement, which is found in the agreement, needs to be met (approximately 240 hours).
  3. This summer we will select one student, but in the future we will select more.

 

In order to be considered for this program, you must submit your internship experience into our system. If you would need assistance with setting up an internship experience for a student, please follow this link.

Click here to download the employer application.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Mullen at the USC Career Center by email at mullene1@mailbox.sc.edu or phone at (803) 777-4466.

Tags:  Internships  Midlands  nonprofits  Together SC  USC 

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