The board of directors of YWCA of Greater Charleston has appointed LaVanda Brown as their new executive director.
LaVanda brings more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience in social services, including an early career in social work, to our team.
She has led and advised several Savannah-area nonprofit organizations, including Family Promise of Greater Savannah, Union Mission, and Greenbriar Children’s Center, as well as others in the behavioral health, employment, and community services arenas.
A passionate advocate for causes including the promotion of gender equality and diversity and helping at-risk teens and homeless populations, she envisions a world where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated. "The mission of the YWCA is one that is very much in line with my personal mission of empowering women and celebrating differences," she says.
Having created and implemented outreach programs in mobile home parks, prisons and even skid row motels, Jack Little's experience gave him insight on what could happen at ECCO.
"I had an epiphany after being with ECCO a little over a year. When I walked in the lobby where our clients wait to be served I recognized many despondent faces who had come for help. This morning, I saw them in a different light."
After 10 years leading ECCO, Executive Director, Jack Little, is proud to announce the launch of his book: The Winds of Change: How One Organization Turned a Hurricane Into a Better World.
With a donation of at least $25, you will receive a signed copy of Little's book. All proceeds go directly to support ECCO's financial literacy and education efforts, specifically to provide matching IDA funds for our clients who are actively saving for the future.
What is IDA?
After completing the required financial education training, low-income individuals can open an Individual Development Account (IDA) to buy their first home, pursue post-secondary education, or start a small business. By demonstrating responsible fiscal savings habits*, participants have the opportunity to build their assets and advance their path to financial independence.
*IDA participants must save a minimum of $25 for six consecutive months to qualify for the match, and can get up to $1,000 of their savings matched 3:1 by ECCO and a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Institute for Child Success, Air Serenbe and Openfields presents "An Evening with Anis Mojgani."
Wed., Feb. 10
Anis Mojgani is 2016's recipient of the Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, Serenbe's artist in residence program. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker.
"Anis Mojgani is a trickster and a philosopher, a theologian and a rock star." -Pulitzer Prize Finalist Luis Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway
Join fellow victim advocates, law enforcement officers, therapists, nonprofit staff, service providers, victims and community members for targeted training, development and networking and to honor the heroes among us.
This year's theme — Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. — underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.
Who should attend? Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, crime victims, counselors, chaplains, legislators, attorneys, Solicitors and staff, service providers, nonprofit partners, school counselors and healthcare providers to name a few.
Visit victimsrightsweek.org for additional information, updates and registration.
Help get the word out ... because victims matter!
Full Conference Registration: $225; One Day Registration: $75
April 18 - 20, 2016 Doubletree by Hilton 100 Bush River Road
After ten years of leadership, Tim Ervolina is making plans to step down as President and CEO of United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) in 2016. Ervolina joined UWASC in 2006, where he’s lead the growth and development of the organization that provides support to the 25 local United Way organizations in South Carolina. During his tenure, UWASC has thrived as a leader in addressing issues impacting families in South Carolina and facilitating collaborative solutions on these issues. Millions of dollars in funding have been leveraged for local United Ways and their partners, with investments in education, income, health care access and basic needs.
The United Way Association of South Carolina, serving as the State’s Commission on National and Community Service (SC Commission), has announced the opportunity of federal funds to support organizations wishing to host an SC AmeriCorps program for the 2016-17 grant year.
All new and re-competing applicants are required to attend an AmeriCorps Applicant Technical Assistance Workshop in February 2016 in order to be considered for funding. Workshops will be held at 1 p.m. on February 8 and 11. Contact Brent.Kossick@uwasc.org to RSVP. The full application instructions will be provided to organizations that attend a workshop.
Carolina Business Review is the most widely watched source for business and public policy issues across North and South Carolina. On Jan. 31, 2016, Carolina Business Review host, Chris Williams interviewed Peter Gwaltney, President and CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association, JoAnn Turnquist, President and CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation. Featured topics include expansion, tradition, food safety/quality, philanthropy and core strategy.
Dominion and the Dominion Foundation will award up to $1 million in environmental stewardship grants this spring. The grant requests, up to $50,000, should focus on specific, short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment. The projects should support one or more of the following priorities:
Protecting and preserving natural habitats
Monitoring and enhancing water quality
Preventing pollution and improving open spaces
Making nature accessible
Educating the public about environmental stewardship
Applications are currently being accepted and are due 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. For complete details and to submit your on-line application, please visit the Dominion Foundation website.
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) announces that the 2016–17 Request for Proposals for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant program is now available online. Approximately $6 million in funding will be distributed on a competitive basis and thedeadline to apply is April 1, 2016.
For this funding round, the SCDE will fund single public school districts, individual public schools, private schools, public charter schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other public or private entities. Applicants must propose to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services; offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities; and offer families of students served opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
The SCDE will offer an onsite technical assistance workshop for interested grant applicants.
January 29, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29214
An optional technical assistance webinar will also be offered on February 11, 2016, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m., via Blackboard Collaborate. Please use this link to participate. Participants may log-in up to 30 minutes in advance of the session to test their equipment and download handouts.
The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle, welcoming applications from South Carolina nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating, or career opportunities. The deadline to submit grant requests is Friday, January 29, 2016.
In 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, which included more than $31.9 million given locally in South Carolina.
"The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program is another way we extend our mission to help people live better," said Brooke Mueller, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart. "In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, these State Giving grants allow us to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue on their path of service."
For example, as a 2015 State Giving Program grant recipient, Senior Resources in Columbia was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation's State Giving program to fund the purchase of a catering van used to deliver meals to seniors.
"The meals we serve to homebound seniors and disabled adults provide one-third of their daily nutritional requirements," said Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes. "By providing this van, Walmart supported us in our efforts to ensure that every meal was delivered safely and in a timely manner."
Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests, and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program's minimum funding criteria.