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Your Round-Up for MLK Events Across the State

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, January 9, 2017

Next Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — a day for us to commemorate this man’s incredible legacy and remind ourselves that the fight for racial equality is far from over.

Make time to attend your local gathering to celebrate how far we have come and support the work that must be done to achieve true equality for all mankind.

Check out these opportunities to show your support and engage:

·      MLK Unity Week at Wofford College – Darrin Goss, Sr. is the speaker

·      Six-Day MLK Celebration hosted by the YWCA of Greater Charleston

·      MLK Breakfast hosted by Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston

·      MLK Celebration hosted by Clemson University

·      MLK Days of Service and Event Series hosted by University of South Carolina

·      2017 Aiken Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Bakari Sellers in keynote speaker

·      MLK Day Celebration hosted by Columbia College


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Changes Coming for Nonprofits in the New Congress and Administration

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Thursday, January 5, 2017

With the likely change from government gridlock to fast and furious legislating in Washington this month, many nonprofit and foundation professionals are struggling to see how the pieces fit together and where their advocacy efforts can promote positive solutions. Our national network, the National Council of Nonprofits*, just published a look at six federal issues of sector-wide importance that will likely be taken up in the coming weeks and months, and lays out what they mean for your nonprofit. We encourage you to read the article Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies,” share it with your board and other stakeholders, and be ready to stand up to defend nonprofit missions. Working with our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits, we will keep you informed on developments in our nation’s capital that affect the work of nonprofits in South Carolina.

*SCANPO member organizations are also members of the National Council of Nonprofits!

Tags:  Advocacy  Congress  National  National Council of Nonprofits  Public Policy  Trump 


How To Write A Foolproof Social Media Marketing Plan for You Nonprofit

Posted By John Haydon, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What separates successful nonprofit marketing campaigns from unsuccessful ones isn’t ad budgets or audience size. And it certainly isn’t a viral video. It’s planning. 

All successful marketing campaigns start with a written plan that serves to:

Inspire action – A solid plan inspires action. Partners, sponsors, fundraisers, and supporters all need to feel a sense of mission about their involvement. Rather than emphasizing your nonprofits goal, you should connect all stakeholders to the bigger goal of feeding more families, providing more clean water, saving more cats and dogs, etc.

Measure success – Your plan should have specific metrics that you can track before, during, and after the campaign. The most important metrics follow the actions you expect people to take. For example, walk-a-thon metrics might include visits to the registration page, the number of people who register, and the number of donors each registrant recruits. 

Build relationships - Your plan should also serve to nurture the various relationships you’ve worked so hard to develop. Sponsors, major donors, and volunteers should play a meaningful role that makes sense over the long-term, and not just a one-off social media campaign. 

What does a social media strategy look like?

In my experience working with hundreds of nonprofits, simple gets it done. Complex social media strategies usually die in a 3-ring binder, never to be acted upon. 

The POST method (coined by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff in their book, Groundswell) is a proven framework for developing a social media strategy. It outlines the “order of operations” for any marketing plan: People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology.   

P – People

You can’t achieve even a basic level of success on social media if you don’t understand your people. No one will like, retweet, or repin your blog post if you haven’t answered the only questions that really matter: What’s in it for them? What do they care about? What actions are they likely to take? 

O – Objectives

Clear objectives help you determine success during and after any campaign. Long-term success on social media requires a lot of trial and error. But you have to know what’s a trial and what’s an error. Clear objectives help you discover what you’re doing right.

S – Strategy

Your strategy is more than just a plan. It’s a plan that will meet your objectives based on what you know about your people.

A smart strategy focuses on a value exchange between you and your supporter. What are you going to give in exchange for their email, money, time, influence, and attention?

Whether it’s a meaningful pledge or a sweepstake, write down exactly how you will offer enough value to encourage them to help you achieve your objective.

T – Technology

Once you understand your people, objective, and strategy, you can confidently select the tools and tactics you’ll use for your campaign. For example, if your strategy is to engage Millennials on Instagram, crowdsourcing content around a hashtag would be a tactic.

-John Haydon is one of the most sought-after digital marketing experts for nonprofits and charities. He has helped hundreds of nonprofits realize their best marketing and fundraising results. John has spoken at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, New England Federation of Human Societies, New Media Expo, BBCon, Social Media 4 Nonprofits, AFP New Jersey, and various regional conferences. He is the author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies and Facebook Marketing All-In-One (Wiley), and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Social Media Examiner, Social Media Today, and npEngage.

Tags:  John Haydon  Ready. Set. Fundraise!  SCANPO  Social Media 

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UPDATED 12/9/16: New DoL Overtime Rules Suspended.. For Now.

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Friday, December 9, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2016

UPDATE:From the National Council of Nonprofits:

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite its consideration of the Labor Department’s appeal of the nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Overtime Final Rule, BUT not soon enough for the rule to go into effect before the new Congress convenes and President-Elect Trump is inaugurated. Under the expedited briefing schedule, the last brief will be due on January 31, 2017. See the full briefing schedule here. This means that Congress and the new administration have many options for blocking or altering the rule before it ever goes into effect. Here are some resources worth reading:

o   With DOL’s Overtime Rule in Limbo – Now What?, Nonprofit Knowledge Matters, December 7, 2016.

o   The Status (and Future) of the Overtime Rule, David Heinen, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, November 23, 2016.

o   Federal Judge Hits Pause Button on Overtime Rule, Nonprofit Knowledge Matters, November 23, 2016.

Original Post on 11/28/16:

Remember those new federal regulations that raised the salary requirement for the overtime exemption to $47,500?  The ones that had many nonprofit leaders excited and anxious at the same time? The ones for which many had already adjusted their policies, practices, and budgets, as they were to take effect on December 1st, 2016?

Well, hold your horses, because they just got thrown in the air. The National Council of Nonprofits reports (emphasis is ours)

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a federal district judge in Texas  issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking – at least temporarily – the implementation and enforcement of the Overtime Final Rule that was slated to take effect December 1, 2016. ...The injunction only halts the new rule from becoming law; ... Nonprofit and other employers still must comply with existing federal and state laws regarding fair labor standards, including properly classifying employees as being exempt from or entitled to being paid overtime. 

At this moment, we're not sure what could happen to the new rules. They could be tied up in court until President Trump is inaugurated, in which case he could instruct federal lawyers to drop their challenge to it.

If the matter is settled in court before Jan. 22, and the rules survive, and if the new President wanted to reverse the new rules, then the process is not simple. He'd have to instruct the Department of Labor to issue new regulations, which would take just as long to do (the process for drafting regulations is governed by the federal Administrative Procedures Act, which requires a time-consuming process to be followed) as it took for the current new rules to be drafted and approved. That would mean the new rules could be in effect for at least a year.

And of course, the new Congress could decide to intervene and strike the rules down by disapproving the regulations or amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to forbid the Department of Labor from writing such regulations. Both of these scenarios would be time-consuming as well.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more. Our thanks to our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits for keeping on top of these pressing federal issues. 

Tags:  dol  overtime  Regulations  US Department of Labor 


2017 Board Leadership Summits Focus on the Importance of the Board Chair and CEO Relationship

Posted By SCANPO, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SCANPO is pleased to present 3 Board Leadership Summits in the first half of 2017 for Nonprofit Board Members and CEOs only. These Summits will explore in depth the importance of the CEO and Board Chair relationship.

Successful nonprofits share two common qualities. First, they depend on a strong CEO with dependable executive leadership qualities. And second, they must count on a Board Chair committed to fostering a collaborative and engaged board. Thus, ensuring a healthy and communicative relationship between the two is often paramount to the success of any nonprofit.

The foundation of any productive CEO/Board Chair partnership is, first and foremost, characterized by mutual trust and respect. Oftentimes, a rigidly defined delegation of responsibilities between the two can be counter-productive. Therefore, building trust early by laying out the strengths and weaknesses of each, along with what they hope to accomplish together, will serve the relationship well. This way, the CEO and Board Chair can work out ways to complement one each other to serve the best interest of their goals for their nonprofit.

Not surprisingly, an open line of communication between the Board Chair and the CEO will go a long way to strengthen their relationship. One of the biggest challenges in this relationship can be that the two can feel like they’re getting in each other’s ways or stepping on the other’s toes. By encouraging openness and a sense of flexibility from the very beginning of their relationship, communication will be more effective and more frequent. In fact, many failed Board Chair/CEO relationships result from a lack of communication.

Both the CEO of a nonprofit and its Board Chair should act in-step as spokespersons for their nonprofit. By fostering a collaborative environment between the two of them, they are setting an example that others in the organization will surely follow. When trusting relationships occur from top to bottom, nonprofits are often most successful in achieving their goals. Indeed, establishing a strong relationship between a CEO and a Board Chair can be the most important way for a nonprofit to succeed.

Start 2017 on the right foot by attending one of SCANPO’s Board Leadership Summits. Register now.

Tags:  Board Leadership Summit  Kershaw County  Lowcountry  SCANPO  Upstate 

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Understanding Others

Posted By Madeleine McGee, SCANPO, Monday, November 14, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 14, 2016

If there is one thing to be learned from the recent presidential election, it is that everyone - regardless of race, creed, or religion - needs to feel that they have a stake in their communities. And many have not.

While the divide between rural and urban communities is as old as the Republic itself, many now wonder if that divide can be bridged. The surprise with which the outcome caught many on both sides of the aisle underscores the dangers that arise when we source information inside a bubble or echo-chamber of like-minded friends and colleagues. 

We in the nonprofit community must always be wary of the echo-chamber. 

From the perspective of your state association of charitable nonprofits, we see differences between the needs and resources of urban communities and rural communities, and the organizations which serve them. To move forward as a sector, state, and nation, we must seek to understand in order to better enrich our communities for all. 

Below are some recent articles which we think will be helpful:


Bloomberg | Trump's Data Team Saw a Different America - and They Were Right

New York Times | 6 Books to Help Understand Trump's Win

The American Conservative | Trump: The Tribune of Poor White People

NWB | 7 agreements for productive conversations during difficult times 

Nonprofit Quarterly | Advocates Must Retool for an Overwhelmingly Republican Landscape 

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2016 SC Election Results Recap

Posted By GP McLeer, SC Arts Alliance, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

                               2016 Election Recap

The 2016 election wrapped up very early this morning, with the presidential call coming around 2:30am. Over the course of the night we monitored every race that impacts South Carolina, from the State House to the White House. We at the SCAA look forward to working all newly elected officials and those returning for another term, working together to keep the arts alive in our state and nation!

Today, we bring you an update on who won last night. While final numbers are still being tabulated in some areas, winners have been declared in each race. Below you will find results from each race in South Carolina. Click here to read more.

  GP McLeer

GP McLeer is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the only statewide organization dedicated to advancing the arts for all South Carolinians through advocacy, leadership development and public awareness. The SC Arts Alliance is a proud member organization of SCANPO.

Note: Numbers are subject to change and reflect totals as of the morning of Tuesday, November 9.




Tags:  advocacy  elections  nonprofits 


Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums hosts Transitioning from Coordination to Collaboration event on Nov. 15 in Greenville

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 24, 2016

Join Shine the Light on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville for thought-provoking presentations and conversations about effective collaborations. 

This event will connect you with influential speakers, facilitators and partners in the nonprofit industry and challenge you to push your organization further. 

Register for "Transitioning from Coordination to Collaboration" today!

We hope to see you there! 

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SCANPO welcomes Andria Cox to team as Knowledge Network Coordinator

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 24, 2016

We are excited to announce that we recently welcomed Andria Cox to our team as our newest Knowledge Network Coordinator. In this role, Andria will provide logistical, technical and strategic support in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our Knowledge Network, which is designed to provide access to a variety of learning and capacity-building resources to South Carolina’s nonprofit leaders.

“With our growing list of leadership, education and networking opportunities, we are excited for Andria to jump right in and get involved,” said Madeleine McGee. “We are confident Andria will be an invaluable asset to our team and be able to help us improve upon our offerings for our members.”

Before joining SCANPO, Andria had a career in pharmaceutical sales and healthcare analytics. She received her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and her MBA with an international business concentration from the University of South Carolina. Andria is currently a December 2016 candidate for a master’s degree in organizational change and leadership from Columbia College.

“I have a professional interest in working together to facilitate healthy and motivating workplaces in our community,” said Andria. “I am honored to be a part of the SCANPO team and look forward to being a valued partner for SCANPO’s member organizations.”

In addition to helping manage our Knowledge Network offerings, Andria is a CLIMB Mentor at Columbia College, where she serves as a mentor for the college’s young female students. She has previously been an active volunteer with The Free Medical Clinic and Pawmetto Lifeline’s HEART Program.

Andria currently lives in Columbia with her husband, Graham. 

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SCANPO hires Brandi Elkins as membership development manager

Posted By SCANPO, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) recently welcomed Brandi Elkins as its membership development manager. In this role, Elkins will oversee serving the association’s members and working with the organization’s membership committee to attract new members from across the state. 

“Taking care of our members is a top priority for our organization,” said Madeleine McGee, SCANPO’s president. “With Brandi’s experience and passion for working with nonprofits, we are excited to have her join our team and feel certain she will do a great job building relationships with our current members and new members.” 

Elkins joins the SCANPO team with more than 14 years of experience in managing nonprofits as an independent consultant, a chief financial officer and an executive director, including previously running the Mount Pleasant-based nonprofit, Creative Spark. She has served as Board Treasurer for the League of Charleston Theatres, has been a member of the Charleston Marathon’s YEA Grant Program Review Committee and has served as a fiscal agent for the inaugural year of Engaging Creative Minds in the Charleston County School District. 

“I have always had a passion for nonprofit work, so this job is a dream come true for me,” says Elkins. “It’s not very often that you get to work with every nonprofit in the entire state in order to help strengthen the state’s nonprofit sector.” 

A Mount Pleasant resident, Elkins enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Eric, her daughter Evelyn and their two German Shorthaired Pointers, Mosby and Ruger. 

The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) is the only membership organization focused solely on supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector through education, advocacy, networking and leadership. Founded in 1997, SCANPO is comprised of 700+ members representing nonprofit organizations, business partners, associations, foundations and academic institutions. Follow SCANPO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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