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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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Tags:  Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums 

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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.

Tags:  Membership Development Manager  SCANPO  Staff 

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Hurricane Matthew Preparation

Posted By SCANPO, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Earlier today Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations for coastal regions, asking residents to relocate at least 100 miles inland.

In order to allow our members and guests the necessary time to prepare for an evacuation, we have canceled tomorrow's member gathering (Oct. 5) at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. We were excited to see so many of you and will certainly reschedule this special event. Look for new details in the coming days. Our Midlands Board Leadership Summit is still on for next Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. To help our members with preparations, we have compiled a few helpful resources.

If you are a SCANPO member providing direct services during and after this storm, let us know and we'll be sure to share the information on social media.

Be safe everyone!


Tags:  Department of Homeland Security  FEMA  Hurricane Matthew  National Hurricane Center  TechSoup 

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2017 Nonprofit Summit Focus Announced

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 3, 2016

We're going "Healthier Together." Want to know why?

Only 20% of health outcomes depend on the work of the healthcare sector according the National Institutes of Health. 
So, who’s responsible for the other 80%?
We are. The work we as nonprofits do greatly impacts what are known as the “social determinants of health.” Because health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities – places we are working. 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has set about to Create a Culture of Health in communities across the country because they believe health is inextricably shaped by the stability and safety of our housing, the quality of our schools, the availability of clean, safe, open spaces in our communities, and much more.
With “Healthier Together” as the theme for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit, that’s what this Summit is all about: Learning how we as nonprofits can make our community’s health a priority by building a culture of health within our state.
Here are some of the things you can expect to find at this year’s Summit:

  • More than 40+ concurrent sessions organized in 6 tracks: Operations, Communications & Advocacy, Fundraising, Leadership & Governance, Community Impact, and Healthier Together
  • 3 in-depth workships on Fundraising, Evaluation and Advocacy, plus SC Thrives' Poverty Simulation
  • 3 plenary sessions with thought-provoking keynotes
  • Birds of a Feather Gatherings
  • Site visits to local nonprofits 
  • SCANPO's 20th Year Celebration at the Columbia Museum of Art 

If you haven’t already, register online today and stay tuned as we share weekly highlights of different Summit attractions.

Tags:  Nonprofit Summit  SCANPO 

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SCANPO president featured in Rotary Club publication

Posted By SCANPO, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last week, our very own Madeleine McGee stopped by the Rotary Club of Charleston meeting at the Harbor Club. A former Historic Charleston Rotarian herself, Madeleine needed no introduction.

In an entertaining, yet informative presentation, Madeleine discusses the shared, identifiable characteristics of dysfunctional boards and fully functioning boards.

Read the full write-up of her appearance


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In a Year of Intimidating Voters, It’s Never Been More Urgent for Nonprofits to Get Out the Vote

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our friend Tim Delaney recently wrote an op-ed for The Chronicle of Philanthropy about the importance of voting in this year's election:

Because of the frightening steps taken by some to exclude certain groups of Americans — minorities and the poor — from voting this election, it’s never been more essential for the leaders of the nation’s nonprofits to urge all Americans to go to the polls.

On November 8 voters across the country get to decide who fills 5,920 state legislative seats along with 93 statewide offices such as governor (12 to be elected), attorney general (10), and secretary of state (eight). Each officeholder can make a significant difference to nonprofits, as can the thousands of local city, county, judicial, school district, and special district officials up for election in November.

Those races are especially important to nonprofits, given the dysfunctional gridlock in Congress. The main policy action affecting the work of nonprofits and foundations will continue to be at the state and local levels. Nonetheless, the mainstream news media will continue to focus on the presidential election and races for 34 U.S. Senate slots and 435 Congressional seats.

The people who fill those state and local seats will decide issues of importance to nonprofits and foundations, such as whether governmental bodies will continue:

  • Trying to take money away from nonprofit missions through new taxes, fees, and demands for payments for city services or limiting charitable-giving incentives at the state level (as happened in 2011, when Hawaiian nonprofits lost $60 million and Michigan nonprofits began losing $50 million annually in charitable giving to support their work).
  • Ignoring federal law directing state and local governments using federal funds to pay nonprofits for their overhead costs.
  • Cutting their own budgets in ways that do little if anything to curb the need for social services, thereby offloading their public responsibilities onto nonprofits and foundations to fill ever-widening gaps.

In the November elections, voters will also decide the fate of 153 statewide ballot measures and hundreds of local ballot questions across the country, many of which directly affect the work of nonprofits in helping individuals and communities.

That’s why we, as nonprofit leaders, need to step forward on a nonpartisan basis in the communities we serve to ensure that everyone who wants to vote gets to vote. You can help by signing your nonprofit up today to participate in National Voter Registration Day on September 27.

This special registration day is a nonpartisan effort by the National Association of Secretaries of State, Nonprofit VOTE, and hundreds of other organizations across America. (Full disclosure: My organization, the National Council of Nonprofits, will participate, and I serve on the national Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE.}

While many nonprofit leaders may think of this election as business as usual — and perhaps not essential to their day-to-day work — I hope they will focus on why this election is unusual and may define us as a people. What’s most disturbing about this election is that not everybody will be allowed to vote, especially because some organized efforts are underway to restrict voting by keeping ballots out of the hands of some Americans.

The very day after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key aspects of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, state legislators began rushing to rewrite election laws to make it more difficult for certain Americans — generally, people of color and the poor — to exercise their constitutional rights to vote. That’s not just my take. That’s what judges have been declaring the last few weeks in blocking implementation of unconstitutional voting laws in Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and elsewhere from taking effect.

Federal judges appointed by Democrats and Republicans alike have been exposing the ugly motivation behind many of these new voting laws: racial discrimination to gain a partisan advantage. A three-judge panel unanimously blocked enforcement of North Carolina’s new law "that restricted voting and registration in five different ways," deliberately "target[ing] African Americans with almost surgical precision" in an effort to suppress black turnout at the polls. A federal judge found that new voting laws in North Dakota impose "a disproportionately negative impact on Native American voting-eligible citizens." And the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a trial judge’s findings that a Texas voter-ID law "burdens Texans living in poverty" and had a discriminatory effect against African-American and Hispanic voters.

New voting restrictions in at least 15 states, and confusion caused by incomplete media coverage of litigation in at least 10 more, could scare people away from voting booths. So might attempts by various cities and counties to silence the voices of certain groups of Americans.

But if nonprofits that serve the excluded, the marginalized, and the most vulnerable take an affirmative, visible, and nonpartisan stand promoting voting by all, we can reassure people that their dignity, voice, and vote matter. Trust in nonprofits is high, and when our leaders take a stand, people follow our lead.

As nonpartisan nonprofits, we have the opportunity to stand up for the Constitution, which guarantees through the 15th Amendment that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

That promise can be realized — but only if we, collectively, stand up for the rights of our fellow Americans to have a say in their own future.

Tim Delaney is chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits. Early in his legal career, he successfully blocked implementation of an Arizona law that would have stripped the ability to vote from more than 500,000 individuals, especially African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

Tags:  Register to Vote  SCANPO  Vote 

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