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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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Tags:  Awards  Community Enrichment  Latinx  Member  Membership  PASOS 

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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 www.fmunonprofit.org or contact Evrik Gary at 843-661-1199 (evrik.gary@fmarion.edu).

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 

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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. 

 http://www.riggspartners.com/createathon/

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 7/16/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, July 16, 2018

We are excited to share that we have a brand new Ally for Good joining us this week! Join us as we share some love on social for this amazing organization:

We also have a grand total of 13 returning Allies for Good this week for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun. Be sure to give some love to these awesome organizations on social, too:

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Charleston-Area Municipalities Taking Applications for Tourism Grants

Posted By SC Biz News, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Several Lowcountry municipalities have opened applications for Accommodations Tax Fund Grants, available to qualified tourism and cultural arts projects occurring between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Funding is available to nonprofit organizations for promotional material related to tourism development, operation of a tourist-related activity, construction of a tourist-related building or for beach renourishment. 

Mount Pleasant: Applications due Aug. 31
Charleston: Applications due July 26
Folly Beach: Applications due Aug. 3 
North Charleston: Applications due Sept. 28

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Evaluation Opportunity: Social Work 793 Student Projects

Posted By Dr. Aidyn Iachini, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Is your organization interested in…

  • Understanding more about the needs of your clients or other stakeholders?

  • Identifying ways your organization or program might improve?

  • Evaluating an aspect of a program or strategy used by your organization?

We may be able to help!

The UofSC College of Social Work trains advanced graduate students in program evaluation. These students will be working with instructors to conduct several small-scale evaluation projects in selected community-based organizations in Columbia, SC. The project will take place from August 23 to December 7, 2018.

How would your organization benefit from this project?

Your organization will have an opportunity to come together and answer a pressing evaluation question with support from students and instructors from the UofSC College of Social Work. Your organization will receive a final report developed by advanced MSW graduate students that synthesizes what was learned through these processes. Your organization will also hear about the findings through a final presentation.

If your organization is interested in participating, please email Dr. Aidyn Iachini by July 31, 2018 at iachini@mailbox.sc.edu with the following information:

  • Name of Organization
  • Contact Information (phone and email address)
  • An idea for a small-scale evaluation project that could be carried out by advanced year MSW students

Dr. Iachini will then be in touch during July to talk further about your evaluation idea and the structure of the project/course.

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 7/9/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, July 9, 2018

We are thrilled to share that we have a grand total of SEVEN new members joining us this week! Be sure to give some love to these wonderful organizations on social:

We're also welcoming back 11 returning Allies for Good, who have come back for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Give some love for these awesome organizations on social, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 7/2/2018)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, July 2, 2018

As we celebrate America's birthday this week, we are excited to be celebrating our two brand new Allies for Good this week! Be sure to give some love to these organizations on social:

We're also taking some time to celebrate our 21 returning Allies for Good this week! Give some love to these amazing organizations on social, too:

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