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South Carolina #CreativesForTheCount Workshop Brings Creatives, Nonprofits and Advocates from Across the State Together to Reach Hard to Count Communities with 2020 Census Campaigns

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 10, 2019

2020 SC Counts Initiative; Together SC, United Way Association of South Carolina, The Neue South Collective and the SC Grantmakers Network have partnered with the US Census Open Innovation Labs (an arm of the Census Bureau) to host the first ever South Carolina #CreativeForTheCount Workshop in Columbia on October 14th. The workshop will host advocates, nonprofit leaders, agencies and creatives from Spartanburg, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston to develop campaigns reaching hard to count communities with information on the 2020 Census.

 “People of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people and people experiencing homelessness, rural communities, people with low incomes, renters, single parent households, people with limited English proficiency and young children are overwhelmingly undercounted in the Census. But we can help change that”, says Naomi Lett, Executive Director of United Way Association of South Carolina.

 The hard-to-count populations being addressed in the workshop were identified by the 2020 SC Counts Committee are Children 0-5, African American men, the LatinX community and the Native American Community. Organizations leading Census outreach efforts often have limited creative and/or digital capacity. Yet, as trusted voices, it is vital that their grassroots outreach efforts be amplified online to reach as many of their community members as possible.


 “We are thrilled to have so many advocates and creatives coming together for this important initiative. The creative assets from this event will be available to any nonprofit in our state who wants to utilize them at,” says Kathryn Harvey, Founder of the Neue South Collective. 


 Organizations such as the SC Grantmakers Network, who has committed more than $180k in private funds to support a complete count of all South Carolina’s residents will be supporting outreach efforts as well. Funds from the award will be invested in communities from across the state.


 About #CreativesForTheCount

 #CreativesForTheCount is a workshop being hosted nationwide by the US Census Labs to match creative talent (designers, copywriters, content strategists, video-makers, etc.) with those organizations so that they can conduct more effective digital outreach, with the ultimate goal of increasing response rates among the hardest-to-count communities that they serve in their respective state.


 Over the course of 5 hours, four teams from across South Carolina will collaborate to generate digital media, print toolkits and compelling messages that help spread awareness about the 2020 Census to communicate the importance of a complete and accurate count for SC.  

Below is an agenda for the day:

10:30am – Arrive & Check-in

 11:00am – Welcome & Kickoff

12-4pm – Breakouts, Creative Sprints & Lunch

4-5pm – Campaign Presentation & Wrap Up

5:00pm – Optional Networking Reception

Registration is still open at

Why this is important:

The count of the US population sets our country’s trajectory for the next decade, determining congressional apportionment, redistricting and how the allocation of close to $700 billion dollars is annually distributed to cities across the nation.

 SC currently receives $7.3B in census related funds. Every 100 community members who aren’t counted represents $2.6M in federal funds over 10 years that is sent to other states instead of SC.  And there are currently 133 Complete Count Committees in South Carolina that are made up by representatives from local government, community-based organizations, and businesses who recognize how critical it is to accurately document how many people reside in each community. Committees hope that their efforts will lead community members to recognize participating in the census is a civic duty akin to voting.


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Tags:  #CreativesForTheCount  2020 Census  South Carolina  Together SC 

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Census Equity Fund Award $150,000 To South Carolina Grantmakers Network For 2020 Census Efforts

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 10, 2019

The New Venture Fund on behalf of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the South Carolina Grantmakers Network $150,000 as part of the Census Equity Fund’s national effort to increase census participation in key states.  South Carolina is one of a select few states to receive resources based on the expansive collaboration underway.

The funds are part of a statewide effort of more than 40 foundations and community partner agencies as well as the Office of Minority Affairs to assure a complete count for the upcoming 2020 census.  The effort is focused around assuring South Carolina receives its share of the more than $675 billion federal dollars that the census determines distribution.  Not to mention federal representation – as noted by the addition of a congressional seat from the 2010 census.  As South Carolina continues to grow,  South Carolina’s philanthropic sector is investing to assure the needs of all of our citizens are counted.

 Led in partnership by the SC Grantmakers Network, United Way Association of South Carolina, and Together SC, the SC Counts: 2020 Census Initiative project is focused primarily on populations with historically low participation – African American males, children 0-5, LatinX, Native Americans, LGTBQ, and homeless populations – and in targeted census tracts with low participation.  In the 2010 census, some census tracts reported as low as a 57.1% participation rate – meaning resources and representation for nearly half of the community went unrealized.   The collaborative aims to change that by investing in community organizations to engage individuals and carry the message on how the census will impact individuals and family in key areas of their lives – like education, housing, jobs, and infrastructure (roads, etc.), healthcare, etc. 

 In order to qualify for the $150,000 funding, SC Counts: 2020 Census Initiative leveraged $215,000 in cash and in-kind resources from various partners to support a complete count of all South Carolina’s residents.  Funds from the award will be invested in communities from across the state. To learn more about how you can help go to

Naomi Lett, President & CEO 



Tags:  2020 Census  Grants  Together SC 

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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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Possible Proviso Could Impact Nonprofits

Posted By Ann Timberlake, Together SC Lobbyist, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

UPDATE (5/23/19): The Conference Committee removed the proviso from the Budget. Thank you to folks who called their legislators/Conference Committee members!

Transparency for nonprofits to account for state funds is a good thing. But ill-conceived provisos like the one added by Senator Tom Corbin to the Senate budget are not. Hopefully, reason will prevail in the budget conference committee that meets again this Thursday afternoon.

Provisos are one year amendments to the budget. There is already language on the books (117.21) requiring nonprofits receiving state funds to report on the goals for the money, the implementation success and the current operating budget. 

Corbin would ask nonprofits to also report how the funds were used to staff positions and the salaries for each position - but the caveat is the last sentence which says that “the provisions shall not be construed as requiring the disclosure of confidential or proprietary information.”

If you know a member of the House Ways & Means Com, you can ask that member to share your concerns with the three House conferees (Rep’s Murrell Smith, Gary Simrill, and Todd Rutherford). Personal contact with your local W&M member is best because the conferees are overburdened with requests. 

Together SC is working to educate legislators about the value of nonprofits to South Carolina and I'll be at the State House this week urging the House conferees to reject the unnecessary Corbin proviso so we can work with legislators next year to improve bills already filed that would establish fair and transparent reporting standards (H3133 and S491). 

 Ann Timberlake, Timberlake Communications, TSC Lobbyist 

Tags:  Advocacy  Budget  Nonprofit Leadership  SC State Council  Together SC 

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Together SC Board Elections - Ballots Open until April 10

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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 three new nominees seeking a first term and three current Directors seeking reelection. They are recommended to the Membership by the Board and its Governance Committee.

Together SC's bylaws require:

  1. That the Board is to have no more than 21 and no less than 11 members. The Board, with the nominees below, will have 15 members on July 1, 2019.
  2. That a majority of Board Members be senior staff of 501(c)3 organizations. The Board, with the nominees below, will be 74% 501(c)3 staff, on July 1, 2019.
  3. That the slate be approved by a majority of a quorum of 10 percent of voting members. Each active nonprofit member organization has one vote. 

Please view the slate now and cast your ballot. Your ballot must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on April 10. 

Proposed Slate

Approved by the Board of Directors 3/8/18

Members to Serve a First Term (2019 - 2022)

Nathaniel Barber

Sr. VP for CRA/Community Development

South State Bank


Nate has been South State’s head of Community Reinvestment for 15 years. Prior to this, he was a professor of business administration at Winthrop and led their Small Business Development Center. He currently serves as an adjunct business professor at USC Columbia. Nate has served with distinction on numerous Together SC member Boards, most recently the SC Assoc. for Community Economic Development, the Richland Library, and the ETV Endowment.



Christa Divis


Davis & Company CPAs


Christa has served as CFO for both the Coastal Community Foundation and Trident United Way and recently accepted a partnership with Davis & Company, a CPA firm serving nonprofit organizations. She has broad leadership experience in the nonprofit, public accounting, construction, manufacturing, and transportation sectors. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Christa serves on Together SC’s Finance Committee.


Member to Fill the Unexpired Portion of a Term (2019 - 2021)


Tamela Spann

VP of Strategic Initiatives,

Hollingsworth Funds


Tamela supports the advancement of the Hollingsworth Fund's strategy development, relationship building with community partners, and grant portfolio management. Tamela has more than twenty years of experience in philanthropy, government affairs, community outreach, and teaching. Tamela served on Together SC’s 2019 Nonprofit Summit Committee.


Members to Serve a Second Term (2019 - 2022)


Robyn Ezzell

Nonprofit Executive Search Manager

Find Great People


In Robyn’s six years leading Find Great People’s Nonprofit Executive Search Practice, she has placed more than 100+ CEOs in local, regional, and national nonprofits and foundations. She has been recognized as FGP’s “Great Person of the Year,” and has actively been involved with Together SC as a volunteer, business partner, and Board Member. Robyn chairs Together SC’s Membership Committee.



Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood 


Sherrie Snipes-Williams has 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, board governance, strategy advancement, performance management, planning, external communications & marketing and more! Currently, she is the CEO of Charleston Promise Neighborhood, which supports under-resourced communities and schools. A graduate of UofSC, she actively serves on local and national nonprofit Boards.


Paige Stephenson


United Way of the Piedmont


Paige Stephenson joined United Way of the Piedmont in 2001 as VP of Resource Development, and was named President in 2016. She holds a M.S. and B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama. Paige is a Rotarian and also serves on the Boards for United Way Association of SC and Spartanburg Academic Movement. Paige chairs Together SC’s Advocacy Committee.


If you have any questions, please contact Madeleine McGee.

Tags:  Board of Directors  Together SC 


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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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


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



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



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




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



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


Central Carolina Community Foundation


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 


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 


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 or calling 843-661-1199. 

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