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Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) Announces Leadership Transition

Posted By Ashlee Tolbert, Chair Greenville Literacy Association Board of Directors, Monday, August 20, 2018
Greenville Literacy Association’s Board of Directors announced the acceptance of the voluntary resignation of Executive Director Jocelyn Slaughter effective August 24, 2018.
“Jocelyn has accepted a local opportunity that will not only allow her to continue to serve those needing a second chance but also to spend more time with her family,” said Ashlee Tolbert, Greenville Literacy’s board president. “I would like to thank Jocelyn for her hard work and commitment while at GLA. I have enjoyed working closely with her and I wish her nothing but success in all of her endeavors. She will be missed.”
In a statement, Slaughter said, “I am honored to have been chosen in 2016 as the Executive Director of Greenville Literacy Association, an organization dedicated to changing lives through the power of adult education and literacy. I am confident that the organization is in good hands and will continue to serve those needing its services.”
Tolbert added, “There is never a perfect time for transition, but our organization is equipped to navigate this change. Our donors, partners, staff and board of directors appreciate Jocelyn’s service to GLA and our community.”

GLA’s Board of Directors, under Tolbert’s leadership, will begin a search for a new Executive Director and will announce its Interim Executive Director in the near future.

ABOUT GLA: Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) has served Greenville, South Carolina and surrounding areas for over 50 years. GLA is the largest community-based adult literacy program in South Carolina and is one of the most highly developed in the nation. GLA recruits and trains community volunteers to provide instruction for adults who need help with basic education, GED studies, WorkKeys/WIN test preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The organization operates three fully-equipped and staffed learning centers across Greenville County and assists church and neighborhood literacy programs near these centers. For more information, call 864-467-3456 or visit the GLA website at

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 8/20/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, August 20, 2018

We are excited to share that we have a grand total of EIGHT new Allies for Good joining us this week. Be sure to give them a warm welcome on social media:

We also have SIX returning Allies for Good who are joining us for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Join us in giving them some love on social this week:

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Southeastern Freight Lines Delivers $140,000 Fundraising Campaign for United Way

Posted By Joey Wallace, VP Marketing and Communications, Monday, August 20, 2018

Employees of Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload transportation services,  have completed their 2018 United Way campaign with a total of more than $140,000.

“Southeastern Freight and its employees have been an amazing partner for United Way and the entire community for decades,” said United Way President & CEO Sara Fawcett. “We are grateful for their enthusiastic support of our goal to fight for the health, education and economic mobility of every person in the Midlands.”

The Southeastern Freight Lines employee campaign was led by Stephanie Cullum, Jessica Oswald and Alison Sturkie.

Southeastern also supports United Way’s efforts to increase childhood literacy through 17 volunteers who participate in the Midlands Reading Consortium, a program designed to match tutors with K-2nd grade students for one-on-one tutoring throughout an entire school year.

“For many years, Southeastern has supported United Way and the work they do to make our community a better place for everyone,” said Mike Heaton, Sr. VP for Sales & Marketing at Southeastern Freight Lines. “We believe in strengthening the communities we serve by investing in programs that make a measurable difference.”

Thanks to partners like Southeastern Freight Lines, United Way is leading the charge in improving quality of life in the Midlands by working to prevent homelessness, to provide affordable eye and dental care, and to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school on time.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit

About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources.  
For more information, please visit

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 8/13/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, August 13, 2018

We're excited to share that we have TWO brand new members joining us this week! Give a warm welcome to these amazing organizations on social:

We also have a grand total of 12 renewing members who are returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Make sure to give some love for them on social, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 8/6/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy August, everyone! As we kick off our first full week of the new month, we want to take a moment to introduce you to our EIGHT brand new Allies for Good:

We also have a grand total of 14 returning Allies for Good, who are returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Be sure to give some love to these organizations on social:

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PASOs and its Leader Receive Awards for their Contributions to the Latino Community

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sisters of Charity Award

PASOs has been selected for two awards this summer, adding to the many honors they have received since they were founded by executive director Julie Smithwick in 2005. The organization was honored at a 2018 Leadership in Diversity Awards Presentation, hosted by the Sisters of Charity Foundation in June. Smithwick, who has been selected for the Columbia Regional Business Report’s 2018 Women of Influence, will be recognized at a luncheon on August 9 and in a special section (July 16 edition) of the publication. 

A South Carolina-based community organization housed in the Arnold School of Public Health, PASOs helps Latino families and health and social service providers work together for healthier, stronger families. They specialize in connecting Latino families with critical education and resources in areas such as maternal and child health and early childhood development.

"We promote health, we promote early childhood education, we promote leadership development for organic leaders in communities throughout South Carolina, and advocacy so that our organizational systems can better respond to the needs of the Latino community," Smithwick said in a non-profit minute segment for MidlandsBiz (see video at right). 

South Carolina has one of the fastest Latino population growth rates in the nation (this group grew 150 percent between 2000 and 2016), traditional safety net providers have struggled to keep up with the needs of an immigrant population facing challenges such as language barriers. PASOs ensures that Latino families have the information and resources they need to make healthier choices while helping other providers achieve the infrastructure they need to support these families.

“When I think about when I started PASOs and where we are now, the thing I’m most proud of is the leadership development,” Smithwick said in the video. “Because when I first started PASOs there were a handful of people that really understood this growing Latino population. Now—just within PASOs—there are 30 of us that are able to bring those voices, that are able to bring those experience—the assets—that Latinos bring to our state. In addition, we’ve really invested in leadership of folks from within communities, so we’ve got hundreds of people around the state that are speaking to the issues that Latinos face and really showing the positive contributions of Latinos in our state.”

The Leadership in Diversity Award was established by the Sisters of Charity Foundation in 2011. It was created to honor an individual or organization that has played an important role around leadership and diversity and is willing to take a stand on important issues that affect those with fewer resources in South Carolina. 

“PASOs is a perfect example of an organization that has embraced diversity and challenged others to recognize the disparities and inequalities that exist for underserved populations,” Tom Keith, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, said in a press release.

Smithwick was one of 22 women named to the list of 2018 Women of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report. From professions in real estate to nonprofits to biofuels, these women are honored for setting the pace in their professional careers and working to make the Midlands a better place. Honorees are nominated by Business Report readers and selected by a panel of judges.

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 7/30/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, July 30, 2018

As another month winds down to a close, we cannot help but remark on how quickly the year is flying by! There's a lot to look forward to, and we're excited to welcome another Ally for Good on board as we move full-steam-ahead to the new year. Join us as we share some love for this awesome organization:

We are also excited to share that we have three returning Allies for Good who are joining us for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Join us as we give some love for these amazing organizations on social this week:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 7/23/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, July 23, 2018

Join us as we welcome our newest Ally for Good this week and give some love to this organization on social:

We also have a grand total of EIGHT renewing Allies for Good, who have returned for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Give these awesome organizations some much-deserved love on social, too:

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Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute

Posted By Evrik Gary, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Great news non-profit leaders! The Non-Profit Leadership Institute is accepting applications for the 2018-19 program and we have even better news if your organization deals with issues of poverty, child literacy, underserved youth, or workforce development… Duke Energy has provided NPLI with scholarships to cover the full tuition ($350) for 10 participants from non-profits that serve those issues! On top of that, those participants’ organizations will be given a mini grant worth $1,000!

Click Here For Application Form

All applications are due by Aug. 8th. Classes will begin on Sept. 13th (9:30am – 4pm) and be held in Lake City, SC. Scholarship recipients will be decided after all applications are submitted.

For more information and application forms please visit our website at or contact Evrik Gary at 843-661-1199 (

The goal of NPLI is to provide a higher level of professional skills for the non-profit sector and a greater coordination of efforts to serve the people of the state.  Experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors across the country will address the institute on various topics to provide the latest thinking in the non-profit sector. Also, there will be valuable networking opportunities among the participants.

Topics will include:

* leadership;

* program development and delivery;

* human resource development, including board members and volunteers;

* effective financial resource development and management;

* programmatic and organizational issues related to data collection and reporting;

* visibility, including managing external relations;

* public policy; and,

* case studies.


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Tags:  Financial Management  Grants  Leadership  Resource Development 


Riggs Partners 2018 CreateAthon Call for Applications

Posted By Yanti Pepper, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Calling all non profits in the Midlands and Upstate who are in need of pro bono marketing  and communications support, there is only a few more days left to apply for Riggs Partners’ CreateAthon. 

 Deadline is Friday, July 20th. The application process is free. 

 Click on this link for more information and to download the application.

Tags:  Communications  Free  Markerting 

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