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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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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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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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Tags:  LeadershipSC  Nonprofit Excellence Award  Nonprofit Leadership  Nonprofit Summit  Together SC 

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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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National Council of Nonprofits Shares Membership Ping, Featuring Together SC

Posted By Together SC, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Make an old idea new again! That's just what Together SC did when it (re)created its “Plenty in 20” webinars designed to complement its Carolina Leadership Seminars.

“Plenty in 20” is a form of micro-learning that provides useful nonprofit operations and leadership "how-to" information in just 20 minutes. As described by Ben Bullock, Director of Operations for Together SC:

"Plenty in 20” was going to the be the revamped “Weekly Wednesday Webinars.” But we realized that those weekly webinars were not getting the foot traffic we wanted. So, we modified things. We reduced the number and length of the webinars, added the “Plenty in 20” concept to the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program, and opened the webinars to everyone.”

There is a nominal cost to attend the “Plenty in 20” webinars and members of Together SC receive a discount on registration.

"Plenty in 20" is a nice strategy for engaging members, expanding a state association's outreach, attracting new members, and building capacity. Sounds like 20 minutes well spent.

Together SC also graciously shared its rebranding journey with the network during a recent Network Call, “Thinking about rebranding your state association? Hear what one state association has to share about its rebranding journey.”

After 20 years, the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations felt it was time to rebrand itself. With a vision to “reinvent” its identity that would encapsulate everything the organization does, SCANPO set out to completely change how it looks, talks, and behaves to become Together SC.

Thank you to Madeleine McGee (President) and Ben Bullock (Director of Operations) of Together SC, and Jessica Munday of TRIO Solutions, for sharing their time and insights with the network.


Warm regards,

Allison Higgins

Network Engagement Specialist

 

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SC Future Minds Launches New Online Platform, Inspire A Career

Posted By Caroline Mauldin, executive director of SC Future Minds, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When I was five or six, a childhood friend had her birthday party on Mr. Knozit’s television show.  The jovial host, who became an institution in South Carolina educational programming, had a favorite question, and I couldn’t WAIT to answer it. “What will YOU do when you grow up?” he asked. I piped up with unbridled enthusiasm: “A cheerleader for the Carolina Game-cops [sic]!” Obviously.

It didn’t take long into my adolescence for me to realize that I didn’t quite have the chops for professional cheerleading. But it was also during those formative years that I was watching my dad build a local cable company and my mom build a retail company that helped artisans in Mexico. I was a lucky kid. Though I didn’t think much of it at the time, it was undoubtedly my exposure to their non-traditional, entrepreneurial paths that gave me the courage to pursue a unique career in public service.

A young person’s imagination is a powerful thing; but I daresay it is—often to our collective detriment—limited by what we know: the people, jobs, lifestyles, and communities we’re exposed to in our formative years. 

That’s why SC Future Minds is proud to partner with LeadershipSC on a new online platform, Inspire A Career. We want to expose South Carolina’s students, many of whom live in isolated communities, to what they may not know—the expansive universe of job opportunities that await them around our state.

The website, developed by LeadershipSC and hosted by SC Future Minds, serves as a matchmaking service for South Carolina professionals and public schools whose students will benefit from learning about different career paths. 

Through a simple online registration process, we will connect professionals in our database to schools and classrooms for career days or other job-oriented events. 

But the platform can’t work without you! 

We need professionals from all industries and backgrounds to offer their stories and adventures with classrooms around the state. The process takes three minutes, and you can even indicate how far (or short) you’re willing to travel. 

I encourage you to sign up today, and, like Mr. Knozit and my parents, help stoke the imagination and ambition of our future workforce. You, too, can Inspire A Career.

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Caroline Mauldin is the Executive Director of SC Future Minds, a statewide nonprofit connecting private resources to public education as a cornerstone of social and economic progress in South Carolina.  Learn more about their work at scfutureminds.org. 

Tags:  Inspire A Career  LeadershipSC  SC Future Minds  Together SC 

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Revisions to Beverage Law

Posted By Brook Bristow, Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hello, Together SC members!

As you’ll recall, since last summer, nonprofits across South Carolina have had to deal with the fallout from the new DOR and SLED crackdown on special events, which has included donated alcohol from breweries, wineries, and distilleries to your organizations. If you need a refresher, you can revisit a blog I wrote last year.

You can also go back to some of the discussion had on the Together SC blog about the issue. The bottom line was that after the crackdown, producers were not longer allowed to donate product to nonprofit organizations. The only donations that could occur were from wholesalers, and even then, nonprofit special events had to meet several criteria in order to receive such a donation.

Well, we have good news! This year, the South Carolina General Assembly heard those concerns and passed S. 114, which will fix many of the issues experienced over the last year. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor this week. So, what is being fixed and what will the procedure be going forward? Here is a quick rundown:

How will licensing work? 
In order to receive any donation, you’ll need to apply to DOR for a nonprofit special event permit. Most nonprofits have undoubtedly done this before and are aware of the process which is staying pretty much the same. You’ll be limited to four of these permits each year and each event cannot last more than 72 hours.

Who can donate? 
You can solicit and receive donations from both producers and wholesalers of alcohol. For whomever you’re approaching, they need to be licensed in South Carolina, even if you’re talking to an out-of-state entity. This means that breweries, wineries, importers, and distilleries may donate. It also means that for the first time, brewpubs may donate as well.

What can be donated? 
For alcohol, you can have beer, wine, and spirits. It would also include other malt beverages or fermented beverages. No matter what is being donated, it must be something registered with DOR. Unfortunately, products produced at home by non-professionals such as beer and wine are not allowed.

How will a donation work? 
No matter if a producer or wholesaler is donating to you, the donation will need to be transferred from a wholesaler. You can either pickup the donation at the wholesaler’s place of business or have it delivered to the event site, which you will need to be in control of - meaning, your license will need to have that date on it in addition to the event date if it is earlier. You'll need to have your license in hand from DOR under either circumstance. The wholesaler will also provide you with an invoice. You’ll need to have this along with your license at the event.

Can we get help at the event? 
Yes, a producer will be able to provide employees or agents to assist in pouring and may also provide equipment to pour. Whomever they provide will need to have received the appropriate alcohol training, of course. A wholesaler may not provide employees or agents to pour. However, it may provide you with equipment to pour.

So, that’s all of the good news. The bad news is that unfortunately, this new law won’t take place until 6 months from now - meaning, we’re looking at November for when things can get back to normal. In the meantime, you’ll have to continue to operate how you have been for the last year. 

If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out.

Brook Bristow

Owner, Bristow Beverage Law

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Tags:  beverage law  Legal  Legislative  Together SC 

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Leading Forward

Posted By Mike Riordan, Monday, May 1, 2017
I had the opportunity recently to attend the Together SC Upstate Board Leadership Summit and
 this event provided perspective for me as both a CEO and a board member. There are some great takeaways from Charles Weathers and the breakout sessions that I would like to share:

 

  • Charles Weathers reminded me there is a difference between a diverse board and an inclusive board. This is more than just optics; the opinions and experiences that an inclusive board brings allows an organization to provide better services to their community.
  •  “Take the best and leave the rest,” or as I think about it, taking 100% responsibility. While people like to be a hero, this requires there also be a victim and a villain. By being responsible only for yourself, you transform those roles from hero to coach, villains to challengers and victims to creators.
  • Similar to responsibility, Charles reminded us to serve on boards that we have the time and passion to commit to. Being able to say “No” is very powerful because it allows us to take responsibility for our lives and benefits the organizations we do decide to work with.  
  • A positive relationship between a CEO and board chair is crucial. Several years ago, I had a conversation with my board chair about a family matter. In a loving and supportive way, my board chair was able to ask about my personal needs while making sure the organization would continue to be successful. Having a comfort level that allows a good working relationship between CEO and board chair contributes to organizational success. 

 

About the Author

Michael Riordan serves as CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO) for Greenville Health System (GHS). GHS is one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Southeast with eight medical campuses, over 150 physician practice sites, more than 15,000 employees, including almost 2,000 physicians and providers, and operating revenues of approximately $2.2 billion.

 

Prior to joining GHS he served as president and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior associate hospital administrator for Emory University Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.

 

Riordan currently serves on the governing boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and Health Sciences South Carolina. He is Chairman of the Furman University Board of Trustees and serves on the board of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for leadership in South Carolina.

 

Riordan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/English and a master’s degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master’s degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 3/20/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, March 20, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are welcoming a brand new member to our growing Together SC family this week! Join us as we share some love on social for:

We are also excited to share that we have a womping 23 renewing members joining us for another year of networking, advocacy and fun! Be sure to share some love on social for:

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