Fred R. Sheheen Award

In 2017, the Award for Nonprofit Leadership was renamed to honor Fred Sheheen, founder of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University, and a pssionate advocate for the nonprofit community and excellence in leadership.

This leadership award recognizes 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 and Together SC.

Recipients receive:
  • $500 cash award by Francis Marion University
  • A distinguished award to proudly display in their office
  • Registration to the FMU NPLI Alumni Training Day on May 15, 2020
  • Registration to the 2021 Nonprofit Summit hosted by Together SC
  • Local and statewide recognition through FMU and Together SC communications.
  • Listing on the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership page on the Together SC website.
Application Timeline:

NOTE: The 2020 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership has been suspended due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Look for information in the fall of 2020 about nominations for the 2021 Award.

Apply using FMU's online form located here.

Or submit via email following these instructions:

Click Here for nomination Form and Instructions

For Questions: Contact Chuck MacNeil at Francis Marion University at 843.250-5088 or

2019 Recipient

Nicole Echols, Harvest Hope Food Bank Florence

Past Recipients:


Nicole Echols, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Florence


Chris Manley Rebuild Upstate ,Greenville


Carl Humphries Hope Health, Inc., Florence


Tricia Richardson SC Thrive, Columbia


Christina Jackson Sea Haven, Little River


Sharon Clemmons Thomas Helping Hands of Georgetown, Georgetown


Ginny Waller Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Columbia


Cecilia Meggs Lighthouse Ministries, Florence


Denise Holland Harvest Hope Food Bank, Columbia 


Fay Brown Foothills Alliance, Anderson


Kristi King Brock Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Anderson


Jennie W. Peze Pee Dee Land Trust, Florence 


Deborah Francis Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Columbia