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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Brian Jaudon, one of our business partners based in Greenville, is making a special offer to our community. He is looking for one SC nonprofit management team (minimum 5 people) or a board of directors (minimum 5 people) who would benefit from a 1-day pilot workshop on Vision, Alignment and Execution. 
The workshop is based on an assessment called Work of Leaders developed and owned by Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions (Brian is an authorized Wiley partner). Brian is donating his facilitation time for the day ($2500 value) and the team/board just needs to cover the fixed cost of the assessment which will be approximately $100 per leader. 
The participating group will leave this dynamic workshop with shared strategies for:
  • Crafting a Vision through exploration, boldness and testing assumptions
  • Building Alignment through clarity, dialogue and inspiration
  • Championing Execution through momentum, structure and feedback
Please note: imbedded in the assessment will be both individual and collective DiSC profiles of your team. 
If interested, please contact Brian at 864.350.8070 or for more information. Availability this summer preferred.

Tags:  Board Training  development  nonprofits  team  training 

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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

Tags:  Grants  nonprofits  Tourism 


Google Impact Challenge: Columbia to Help Local Nonprofits Strengthen Communities

Posted By Meaghan Norman and Peter Schottenfels, Monday, June 11, 2018 will provide $250K in grants to Columbia-area nonprofit organizations to bring innovative ideas to life 

COLUMBIA (June 11, 2018) - Today, Google launched the Impact Challenge Columbia inviting local nonprofits to submit proposals for bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in the local community.

This announcement follows the Grow with Google event hosted in Columbia in May where more than 750 individuals attended workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and hands-on demos. Through Grow with Google, the company’s aim is to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today, the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow and the small businesses that keep our economy strong – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. 

“We are proud to bring the Impact Challenge to Columbia,” said Google’s External Affairs Manager, Lilyn Hester. “There are so many great nonprofit organizations here with big ideas to create opportunities for Columbia residents. We hope this challenge helps bring those ideas to life.” 

As part of Impact Challenge Columbia, Google is seeking fresh ideas from local nonprofits to help grow the Midlands economy. 

Here’s how the Impact Challenge Columbia works: 

Qualifying nonprofits from Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties are invited to submit their proposals for their most creative and innovative ideas to grow economic opportunity in their community. Together with a panel of expert advisors, Google will review these applications and chose four winners who will receive $50,000 in grant funding and training from Google. After the four winners are announced, the Columbia community will be invited to vote on which project they believe will have the greatest impact in the community. The winner of that public vote will receive an additional $50,000 in funding. 

The panel of local advisors selected to review the applications, includes: Judi Gatson, WIS News Anchor; Lou Kennedy, CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.; Madeleine McGee, President, Together SC; Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina.

Columbia-area nonprofit organizations can find more information on the Impact Challenge and submit their applications by visiting The deadline for submissions is July 11, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. The four finalists are expected to be named in the fall of 2018. 


From Impact Challenge Columbia's Advisors: 

“It’s incredibly exciting to have the Google Impact Challenge highlighting the great work of our local nonprofits. I simply cannot wait to see the big ideas they come up with to create new economic opportunities and make our community an even better place to live, work and raise our families.” - Judi Gatson, WIS News Anchor

“Innovation, giving back, and economic development are three things that drive my company and me. I am thrilled to partner with Google for their Impact Challenge Columbia to help select innovative nonprofits to receive funding to help grow our local economy. Exciting things are happening in the Midlands and I am grateful for Google’s investment in our community.”             - Lou Kennedy, CEO, NephronPharmaceuticals Corp.

“Google’s Impact Challenge Columbia is a game changer for local nonprofit organizations that are striving to strengthen our citizens and bring about economic growth in our communities. I’m honored to have the opportunity to play a small role in Google’s effort to increase creativity and innovation within our organizations. I love that Google believes in helping those who do good be great. Their efforts will surely have a lasting impact on participating organizations and on Columbia.” - Madeleine McGee, President, Together SC

“Great things happen in Columbia, every day. Many of those things are ideas that complement the great work of our local nonprofits, which make our neighborhoods strong and empower individuals to make a global difference. I am delighted Google has recognized the quality and diversity of our region’s nonprofits through Impact Challenge Columbia. I look forward to seeing the creative and innovative proposals that will come from this challenge to help strengthen our community.” - Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina


Contact: Peter Schottenfels / 646-832-6785

Meaghan Norman / 803-767-1396

Tags:  economic development  economy  Google  nonprofits 


SVP Charleston is Seeking Applicants for the 2018 Investment Cycle

Posted By Lara D. LeRoy, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SVP  works to build trust and establish true partnerships with nonprofits, working alongside to improve their ability to deliver effective programs and fulfill their mission. We seek organizations that can benefit from and are willing to embrace a partnership that includes hands-on involvement by SVP Charleston Partners, regular self-reflection and measurement of results.
SVP is hosting an Information session for Prospective Investees, March 19th 4:30-6:00 at Coastal Community Foundation, located at 635 Rutledge Ave. Charleston SC 29403.  Please RSVP by Friday March 16, so that they can plan accordingly.  Click here to RSVP
To access the application for investment please visit the Coastal Community Foundation website and go to the portal login.  You can access the CCF website by clicking the following link:  
Please direct any questions to
Lara D. LeRoy
Executive Director
Social Venture Partners Charleston

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Tags:  Charleston  coastal community foundation of sc  Education  Leadership  nonprofits  Training 


Just For Board Chairs!

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Just for Board Chairs

If you are reading this because you were just elected board chair of a nonprofit, first: Congratulations for the recognition by your peers, and thanks for your service to the community. Next, you may be thinking, ‘Whoa, now what?’


Don’t worry, you’ve got this. If you love the mission of the nonprofit and are willing to put in the time to build a strong, trusting relationship with the executive director, as well as your colleagues on the board, you’ll be a rockstar board chair. But just in case you’d like to remind yourself about HOW to be that rockstar board chair, you may want to read Joan Garry’s post sharing a “Five-star board chair checklist.” Yes, you should familiarize yourself with the roles a board chair is expected to play, such as managing/facilitating meetings and overall good governance (here and here). But you’ll also benefit your organization and yourself by spending time thinking about why a board chair is even needed and how that relates to the importance of having a great relationship with the executive director.

 Consider how hard it is for an executive director to hold the full board accountable, when the executive director is simultaneously accountable to the board. It’s more natural for the board chair to hold the rest of the board’s feet to the flames. And in order for that to happen, the executive director has to be able to candidly, honestly, and fearlessly share concerns when it seems that the board is dragging its feet, distracted, or not engaged. Similarly, the board chair has to candidly, honestly, and fearlessly share the board’s concerns relating to the executive director or the organization’s performance. Unless there is a trusting relationship, those important conversations won’t happen productively.

In case it’s not altogether clear, the role of board chair is all about building positive, trusting relationships, because it also falls to the board chair to develop a trusting relationship with each other board member. You can do that by – among other things – making sure the board has time together outside the board room to get to know one another. (See Leading with Intent, “The role of social time,” page 26, and “Invest in a Board’s Culture,” page 51.) You will be respected as a leader when you show respect for your peers by making sure that all board members feel valued and have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas during meetings.

In sum, it’s the time and effort that board chairs, executive directors, and other board members commit to building relationships between meetings that create the foundation for strong, trusting, and honest relationships all around. These honest relationships are assets that your organization will be very grateful for whenever the board faces difficult decisions – and when everything’s humming along, too!

Practice Pointers

Should the board chair vote? There is no universally correct answer and no external requirements or limitations. That decision differs from one nonprofit to another since it’s reflective of the organization’s culture – although sometimes the answer is set forth in the nonprofit’s bylaws. In some nonprofits, the board chair only votes to break a tie, which reinforces that the board chair is a consensus-builder facilitating the meeting and decision-making process. At other nonprofits, the board chair – as a duly elected or appointed board member – participates fully in the decision-making process and votes on all motions (unless s/he abstains due to a conflict of interest, such as may happen if the vote is to approve the CEO’s compensation).  

Just finding time to meet with the executive director/board chair around and among your already busy calendar commitments can create unnecessary (but understandable) stress that can sabotage the relationship. Committing to a regular time to meet may take that stress off the table. Perhaps share with each other in advance the issues you want to explore together so that you can each do some preliminary thinking on your own. 

Crafting the board meeting agenda together is an activity that executive directors and board chairs find gets smoother with time. Consider checking in after meetings to evaluate what worked well and what could use a little improvement. Have you considered using a consent agenda? Interested in more meeting tips? Here are 10 tips for effective meetings.

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Tags:  Board Governance  Board Retreats  Executive Director  Leadership  Member News  nonprofits  Together SC 


New Senior Counsel Joins CapDev

Posted By Shayne Kinloch M.A., Together SC, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017
Together SC founding chair, J. Mac Bennett of Columbia, SC has joined Capital Development Services as a Senior Counsel.
Read his bio here.
Mac will apply his expertise from years of leading nonprofits to work with CapDev clients, primarily in the South Carolina region. From his beginnings at USC, to his CEO roles with the Central Carolina Community Foundation and most recently at United Way of the Midlands, Mac is not only experienced and knowledgeable, he is also known for his warm and positive nature, a perfect fit for CapDev!

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