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Call for 2020 Summit Speakers

Posted By Debbie Nelson, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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

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

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

Topic areas that we are seeking:

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

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

We look forward to hearing your ideas! 

Debbie Nelson

Tags:  2020 Summit  Allies for Good  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 

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Vision for the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit Focuses on REI

Posted By Taylor Ion, TRIO Solutions, Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2019

When asked during the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit closing session what was the most important issue for our nonprofit community to address, over 30 percent of attendees said racial equity. We heard you!
As co-chairs for the next year's Nonprofit Summit, we are already deep into planning our state’s annual gathering of Allies for Good and promise you an immersive learning experience that will help you and your organization better understand and tackle issues of race, equity and inclusion (REI). 
Our aim is that as Allies we:

  • Understand SC’s history and the embedded systems of advantage and disadvantage, and how these systems continue to create inequities in our state;
  • Commit to change from the inside out—examining our organizations' practices through an REI lens;
  • Increase our confidence and ability to have courageous conversations within our personal networks, organizations and communities;
  • Connect with in-state groups, coalitions and experts engaged in this work—our network of REI champions.     

We are committed to making sure your attendance at the Summit is one that is both personally and professionally rewarding. The following experience principles will guide the planning committee’s choices and actions:

1.     Our collective history matters— We can’t move forward with intentionality and impact if we don’t ground ourselves in our shared SC history. Whether you are a native or not, a shared context for how race impacts the health, education, housing and other outcomes of our state is critical.

2.     Acknowledge the discomfort—We know that our attendees will be at various stages in their understanding of REI initiatives and conversations and will do all we can to prepare attendees for the conference and what to expect. But we won’t be afraid to “trouble the waters.” During the conference, we will not blame nor apologize but will respect, listen and move to collective understanding and action. If people are not uncomfortable, we aren’t going deep enough.

3.     Make the learning and action personal—We will provide opportunities that allow attendees to reflect and tell their own stories. We will create opportunities where it is safe to share, so that everyone who attends can be heard by someone.

4.     “Inspirational”, not just “best” practices—From the design of the conference to the selection of the speakers, we want the experience to build on the successes in our state and beyond. Attendees will be inspired by what they hear, see and experience before, during and after the Summit.

So, save the dates for the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit on March 4-6 (NOTE: These are new dates!) at the Marriott in downtown Columbia! And use the list of resources to get your mind and heart ready…Here are a few to get you started.
We hope you plan to join us as we continue to learn and tackle this critical issue together.

Your Allies for Good, 


Tags:  2020 SC Nonprofit Summit  Allies for Good  REI  Together SC 

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Nicole Echols Receives the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 18, 2019
On Wednesday, March 13 at the closing session of the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit, Nicole Echols of Harvest Hope Food Bank received the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership. 

The award recognizes individuals who have utilized organizational and resource development to effectively manage a nonprofit group. It is sponsored by the Fred Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University.

Echols is the 12th recipient of the award.

Congratulations, Nicole!

Tags:  Allies for Good  Fred R. Sheheen Award  Together SC 

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