Plumb Receives Nonprofit Advocacy Award

March 11, 2016

Betty Plumb Recognized by Statewide Nonprofit Association for Decades of Advocacy Work 

Michelle Mapp presenting award to Betty Plumb (R)

Spartanburg, SC --- During the 2016 South Carolina Nonprofit Summit held at the Spartanburg Marriott hotel this week, Betty Plumb was presented the South Carolina Nonprofit Advocacy Award from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). In front of hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the state, Plumb was recognized for her 30 years as a leader for the arts in SC, as well as her advocacy work for the entire nonprofit sector.

“I don’t believe that many of us in the nonprofit section do what we do for the accolades,” said Plumb. “But it certainly is terrific to be recognized by our peers and to know we may have had a positive impact on our field.”

After 27 years with the South Carolina Arts Alliance, Plumb plans to retire in September and will work jointly with the new executive director starting in July. Under Plumb’s leadership the nonprofit developed the state’s private sector coalition for help leaders advance the arts, led public policy development and advocated for public sector support of the arts and arts education.

“Betty Plumb is the ultimate advocate, giving a voice to hundreds if not thousands of arts organizations, educators and artists throughout South Carolina,” said Madeleine McGee, president of SCANPO. “We hope honoring Betty will inspire other nonprofit leaders to strengthen their advocacy work and to emulate her leadership and passion.”

For the past 25 years, Betty Plumb has been the principal voice for public support for the arts in South Carolina. As the executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, she transformed the grassroots advocacy organization into the most influential and effective champion of the arts in the public arena in South Carolina. She was also active in recruiting younger advocates and has lectured in arts management programs at the College of Charleston, USC, and Winthrop University. Plumb help build the SC Legislative Arts Caucus, one of the most effective legislative advocacy endeavors in our state, by bringing in approximately 120 out of 170 members.

Under Plumb’s leadership the South Carolina Arts Commission successfully advocated for an increase in funding from the SC Department of Education, as well as support from federal agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. She was also instrumental in advocating for funding and public policies that support quality arts education, strong local arts organizations, issues important to artists’ careers, and developing networks of arts advocates.

In addition to her work for the arts, Plumb often worked on behalf of the state’s entire nonprofit sector, serving on the SCANPO board for six years, helping to get passed legislation legalizing raffles for charitable nonprofits, teaching workshops and sharing resources for advocacy with other nonprofit leaders. She made connections between nonprofit leaders and the public sector that fostered collaboration and long-term partnerships.

While SCANPO has honored elected officials in the past, this is the first time this nonprofit advocacy award has been presented to an individual nonprofit leader.

SCANPO is the only membership organization focused solely on supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector through education, advocacy, networking and leadership. Founded in 1997, SCANPO is comprised of 700+ members representing nonprofit organizations, business partners, associations, foundations and academic institutions. To learn more, visit Connect with SCANPO on social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Pictured above: SCANPO board member, Michelle Mapp presenting Betty Plumb award during the 2016 Nonprofit Summit reception.

Jessica Munday
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