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Understanding Others

Posted By Madeleine McGee, SCANPO, Monday, November 14, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 14, 2016

If there is one thing to be learned from the recent presidential election, it is that everyone - regardless of race, creed, or religion - needs to feel that they have a stake in their communities. And many have not.

While the divide between rural and urban communities is as old as the Republic itself, many now wonder if that divide can be bridged. The surprise with which the outcome caught many on both sides of the aisle underscores the dangers that arise when we source information inside a bubble or echo-chamber of like-minded friends and colleagues. 

We in the nonprofit community must always be wary of the echo-chamber. 

From the perspective of your state association of charitable nonprofits, we see differences between the needs and resources of urban communities and rural communities, and the organizations which serve them. To move forward as a sector, state, and nation, we must seek to understand in order to better enrich our communities for all. 

Below are some recent articles which we think will be helpful:

 

Bloomberg | Trump's Data Team Saw a Different America - and They Were Right

New York Times | 6 Books to Help Understand Trump's Win

The American Conservative | Trump: The Tribune of Poor White People

NWB | 7 agreements for productive conversations during difficult times 

Nonprofit Quarterly | Advocates Must Retool for an Overwhelmingly Republican Landscape 

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2016 SC Election Results Recap

Posted By GP McLeer, SC Arts Alliance, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

                               2016 Election Recap

The 2016 election wrapped up very early this morning, with the presidential call coming around 2:30am. Over the course of the night we monitored every race that impacts South Carolina, from the State House to the White House. We at the SCAA look forward to working all newly elected officials and those returning for another term, working together to keep the arts alive in our state and nation!

Today, we bring you an update on who won last night. While final numbers are still being tabulated in some areas, winners have been declared in each race. Below you will find results from each race in South Carolina. Click here to read more.

  GP McLeer

GP McLeer is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the only statewide organization dedicated to advancing the arts for all South Carolinians through advocacy, leadership development and public awareness. The SC Arts Alliance is a proud member organization of SCANPO.

Note: Numbers are subject to change and reflect totals as of the morning of Tuesday, November 9.

 

 

 

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Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums hosts Transitioning from Coordination to Collaboration event on Nov. 15 in Greenville

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 24, 2016

Join Shine the Light on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville for thought-provoking presentations and conversations about effective collaborations. 

This event will connect you with influential speakers, facilitators and partners in the nonprofit industry and challenge you to push your organization further. 

Register for "Transitioning from Coordination to Collaboration" today!

We hope to see you there! 

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SCANPO welcomes Andria Cox to team as Knowledge Network Coordinator

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 24, 2016

We are excited to announce that we recently welcomed Andria Cox to our team as our newest Knowledge Network Coordinator. In this role, Andria will provide logistical, technical and strategic support in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our Knowledge Network, which is designed to provide access to a variety of learning and capacity-building resources to South Carolina’s nonprofit leaders.

“With our growing list of leadership, education and networking opportunities, we are excited for Andria to jump right in and get involved,” said Madeleine McGee. “We are confident Andria will be an invaluable asset to our team and be able to help us improve upon our offerings for our members.”

Before joining SCANPO, Andria had a career in pharmaceutical sales and healthcare analytics. She received her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and her MBA with an international business concentration from the University of South Carolina. Andria is currently a December 2016 candidate for a master’s degree in organizational change and leadership from Columbia College.

“I have a professional interest in working together to facilitate healthy and motivating workplaces in our community,” said Andria. “I am honored to be a part of the SCANPO team and look forward to being a valued partner for SCANPO’s member organizations.”

In addition to helping manage our Knowledge Network offerings, Andria is a CLIMB Mentor at Columbia College, where she serves as a mentor for the college’s young female students. She has previously been an active volunteer with The Free Medical Clinic and Pawmetto Lifeline’s HEART Program.

Andria currently lives in Columbia with her husband, Graham. 

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SCANPO hires Brandi Elkins as membership development manager

Posted By SCANPO, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) recently welcomed Brandi Elkins as its membership development manager. In this role, Elkins will oversee serving the association’s members and working with the organization’s membership committee to attract new members from across the state. 

“Taking care of our members is a top priority for our organization,” said Madeleine McGee, SCANPO’s president. “With Brandi’s experience and passion for working with nonprofits, we are excited to have her join our team and feel certain she will do a great job building relationships with our current members and new members.” 

Elkins joins the SCANPO team with more than 14 years of experience in managing nonprofits as an independent consultant, a chief financial officer and an executive director, including previously running the Mount Pleasant-based nonprofit, Creative Spark. She has served as Board Treasurer for the League of Charleston Theatres, has been a member of the Charleston Marathon’s YEA Grant Program Review Committee and has served as a fiscal agent for the inaugural year of Engaging Creative Minds in the Charleston County School District. 

“I have always had a passion for nonprofit work, so this job is a dream come true for me,” says Elkins. “It’s not very often that you get to work with every nonprofit in the entire state in order to help strengthen the state’s nonprofit sector.” 

A Mount Pleasant resident, Elkins enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Eric, her daughter Evelyn and their two German Shorthaired Pointers, Mosby and Ruger. 

About SCANPO
The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (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. Follow SCANPO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
 

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Hurricane Matthew Preparation

Posted By SCANPO, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Earlier today Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations for coastal regions, asking residents to relocate at least 100 miles inland.

In order to allow our members and guests the necessary time to prepare for an evacuation, we have canceled tomorrow's member gathering (Oct. 5) at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. We were excited to see so many of you and will certainly reschedule this special event. Look for new details in the coming days. Our Midlands Board Leadership Summit is still on for next Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. To help our members with preparations, we have compiled a few helpful resources.

If you are a SCANPO member providing direct services during and after this storm, let us know and we'll be sure to share the information on social media.

Be safe everyone!

#SCStrong

Tags:  Department of Homeland Security  FEMA  Hurricane Matthew  National Hurricane Center  TechSoup 

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2017 Nonprofit Summit Focus Announced

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, October 3, 2016

We're going "Healthier Together." Want to know why?

Only 20% of health outcomes depend on the work of the healthcare sector according the National Institutes of Health. 
 
So, who’s responsible for the other 80%?
 
We are. The work we as nonprofits do greatly impacts what are known as the “social determinants of health.” Because health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities – places we are working. 
 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has set about to Create a Culture of Health in communities across the country because they believe health is inextricably shaped by the stability and safety of our housing, the quality of our schools, the availability of clean, safe, open spaces in our communities, and much more.
 
With “Healthier Together” as the theme for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit, that’s what this Summit is all about: Learning how we as nonprofits can make our community’s health a priority by building a culture of health within our state.
 
Here are some of the things you can expect to find at this year’s Summit:

  • More than 40+ concurrent sessions organized in 6 tracks: Operations, Communications & Advocacy, Fundraising, Leadership & Governance, Community Impact, and Healthier Together
  • 3 in-depth workships on Fundraising, Evaluation and Advocacy, plus SC Thrives' Poverty Simulation
  • 3 plenary sessions with thought-provoking keynotes
  • Birds of a Feather Gatherings
  • Site visits to local nonprofits 
  • SCANPO's 20th Year Celebration at the Columbia Museum of Art 

If you haven’t already, register online today and stay tuned as we share weekly highlights of different Summit attractions.

Tags:  Nonprofit Summit  SCANPO 

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SCANPO president featured in Rotary Club publication

Posted By SCANPO, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last week, our very own Madeleine McGee stopped by the Rotary Club of Charleston meeting at the Harbor Club. A former Historic Charleston Rotarian herself, Madeleine needed no introduction.

In an entertaining, yet informative presentation, Madeleine discusses the shared, identifiable characteristics of dysfunctional boards and fully functioning boards.

Read the full write-up of her appearance

 

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In a Year of Intimidating Voters, It’s Never Been More Urgent for Nonprofits to Get Out the Vote

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our friend Tim Delaney recently wrote an op-ed for The Chronicle of Philanthropy about the importance of voting in this year's election:

Because of the frightening steps taken by some to exclude certain groups of Americans — minorities and the poor — from voting this election, it’s never been more essential for the leaders of the nation’s nonprofits to urge all Americans to go to the polls.

On November 8 voters across the country get to decide who fills 5,920 state legislative seats along with 93 statewide offices such as governor (12 to be elected), attorney general (10), and secretary of state (eight). Each officeholder can make a significant difference to nonprofits, as can the thousands of local city, county, judicial, school district, and special district officials up for election in November.

Those races are especially important to nonprofits, given the dysfunctional gridlock in Congress. The main policy action affecting the work of nonprofits and foundations will continue to be at the state and local levels. Nonetheless, the mainstream news media will continue to focus on the presidential election and races for 34 U.S. Senate slots and 435 Congressional seats.

The people who fill those state and local seats will decide issues of importance to nonprofits and foundations, such as whether governmental bodies will continue:

  • Trying to take money away from nonprofit missions through new taxes, fees, and demands for payments for city services or limiting charitable-giving incentives at the state level (as happened in 2011, when Hawaiian nonprofits lost $60 million and Michigan nonprofits began losing $50 million annually in charitable giving to support their work).
  • Ignoring federal law directing state and local governments using federal funds to pay nonprofits for their overhead costs.
  • Cutting their own budgets in ways that do little if anything to curb the need for social services, thereby offloading their public responsibilities onto nonprofits and foundations to fill ever-widening gaps.

In the November elections, voters will also decide the fate of 153 statewide ballot measures and hundreds of local ballot questions across the country, many of which directly affect the work of nonprofits in helping individuals and communities.

That’s why we, as nonprofit leaders, need to step forward on a nonpartisan basis in the communities we serve to ensure that everyone who wants to vote gets to vote. You can help by signing your nonprofit up today to participate in National Voter Registration Day on September 27.

This special registration day is a nonpartisan effort by the National Association of Secretaries of State, Nonprofit VOTE, and hundreds of other organizations across America. (Full disclosure: My organization, the National Council of Nonprofits, will participate, and I serve on the national Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE.}

While many nonprofit leaders may think of this election as business as usual — and perhaps not essential to their day-to-day work — I hope they will focus on why this election is unusual and may define us as a people. What’s most disturbing about this election is that not everybody will be allowed to vote, especially because some organized efforts are underway to restrict voting by keeping ballots out of the hands of some Americans.

The very day after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key aspects of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, state legislators began rushing to rewrite election laws to make it more difficult for certain Americans — generally, people of color and the poor — to exercise their constitutional rights to vote. That’s not just my take. That’s what judges have been declaring the last few weeks in blocking implementation of unconstitutional voting laws in Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and elsewhere from taking effect.

Federal judges appointed by Democrats and Republicans alike have been exposing the ugly motivation behind many of these new voting laws: racial discrimination to gain a partisan advantage. A three-judge panel unanimously blocked enforcement of North Carolina’s new law "that restricted voting and registration in five different ways," deliberately "target[ing] African Americans with almost surgical precision" in an effort to suppress black turnout at the polls. A federal judge found that new voting laws in North Dakota impose "a disproportionately negative impact on Native American voting-eligible citizens." And the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a trial judge’s findings that a Texas voter-ID law "burdens Texans living in poverty" and had a discriminatory effect against African-American and Hispanic voters.

New voting restrictions in at least 15 states, and confusion caused by incomplete media coverage of litigation in at least 10 more, could scare people away from voting booths. So might attempts by various cities and counties to silence the voices of certain groups of Americans.

But if nonprofits that serve the excluded, the marginalized, and the most vulnerable take an affirmative, visible, and nonpartisan stand promoting voting by all, we can reassure people that their dignity, voice, and vote matter. Trust in nonprofits is high, and when our leaders take a stand, people follow our lead.

As nonpartisan nonprofits, we have the opportunity to stand up for the Constitution, which guarantees through the 15th Amendment that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

That promise can be realized — but only if we, collectively, stand up for the rights of our fellow Americans to have a say in their own future.

Tim Delaney is chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits. Early in his legal career, he successfully blocked implementation of an Arizona law that would have stripped the ability to vote from more than 500,000 individuals, especially African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

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Beverage Laws - FAQ with Brook Bristow

Posted By Brook Bristow, Bristow Beverage Law, Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thank you everyone for attending the session on Wednesday. I enjoyed presenting to you. As promised, here are answers to many of the questions you asked during the webinar. These answers are designed to address multiple questions at once that were related to one another.

As a lawyer, I’m ethically required to tell you that the following answers to your questions should not be construed or treated as legal advice and that nothing herein is intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The creation of the attorney-client relationship would require direct, personal contact between you and our firm and would also require an explicit agreement by the firm that confirms that an attorney-client relationship is established and the terms of that relationship. You should not act or rely upon information contained in these materials without seeking professional legal advice. Ok, end disclaimer. Thank you again!

FAQ

We have an event in the fall. In years past, we have always purchased the beer from the Budweiser distributor. Will we be allowed to continue to do this? Or, will we have to start purchasing the beer from a store?

You can continue to purchase the beer from the distributor. Just remember that you can also request that it be donated so long as your event meets the criteria of providing an economic benefit.

Is the law stating that church organizations charities with a 501c3 are defined as a retailer? 

Any nonprofit holding a special event is now classified as a retailer. It doesn’t matter if it is a church.

If we hold a fundraiser, where our volunteers serve and handle all products, are we retailers?

You’re retailers once you enter into the system. Once that special event permit is acquired, you’re a retailer. But simply having a fundraiser and having your volunteers serve doesn’t make you a de facto retailer. However, it is probably best to proceed like you are.

As long as we have someone else hired to pour the beer at our event, we are able to accept the donation of the alcohol?

Assuming you meet the requirements, you can accept the product regardless. Now, the pouring is another issue altogether. Hire a service or get volunteers. That is the best way to comply.

We have had a distributor serve as an event sponsor in the past. They would send us a check. We would then go purchase their product from a local store. Is this still allowed?

This is a gray area right now. You’re probably better off having them donate product as opposed to cutting you a check if you have a special event permit.

Can we accept donations from liquor stores? Can liquor store employees act as bartenders?

I’d be careful with this. Retailers aren’t supposed to sell or donate to other retailers. You’re probably not prohibited from having those employees volunteer or work for you, though.

If our nonprofit gives away donated alcohol using a professional bartending service at an event -- does not sell it -- are we still considered a retailer?

If you have a special event permit, you’re a retailer. That’s what gets you - not that you have a bartending service. But as a retailer, having a bartending service is wise.

We are planning a spirit tasting at our upcoming benefit concert. Do we need to prove the economic impact in some way to qualify for the exception?

You might have to prove it to your wholesaler assuming you’re having the product donated.

Just to clarify, assuming the 3-prong test is met, and the donation is permitted -- only wholesalers may donate?  Producers themselves may never donate, correct?

Yes, only wholesalers may donate. Producers cannot donate product at all.

Can we accept a wine tasting donation from a South Carolina based winery or brewery?  What about out of state producers?

By tasting donation, I’m guessing you mean product in general for your event. From a brewery - no. From a distillery - no. From an in-state winery - possibly. SC Wineries have an ability to do various things within the tiers if their wine is made from 60% SC juice.

If we have an event at a venue (hotel) that has a bar and has a permit already, if we are paying for the alcohol to be provided by the hotel, will we (our organization) need to have a separate permit for the event?

If alcohol is being sold, it is always wise to get a permit. But, assuming you have purchased the alcohol and are having the venue serve it, then you might be able to not with certain circumstances.

Can a restaurant donate alcohol to our event?  In our case the restaurant has purchased the alcohol from their distributor and then donated the product they purchased to us.

You’ll probably be ok here, but tread carefully.

Can a producer donate to a nonprofits event or does it have to come from the wholesaler?

Product must come through the wholesaler without exception.

I am an independent contractor (LLC). I have one liquor client - it is a producer. I market and promote. Am I restricted as if I AM a producer, or is there wiggle room?

I’m unclear about the circumstances here. If the question is what can you do as a producer, then the answer is nothing. No donations at all.

If beer/wine is purchased retail for an event, not donated, can it be given away at the event and still be in compliance?

Nothing requires you to sell product at an event. Of course, you might still need a proper permit.

Would working with a wholesaler be more of a hassle for producers? Meaning...are they less likely to donate to us because of this process?

Producers cannot donate any longer, so they are completely out of the process. Most, of course, are happy to donate time to come to events and help. However, what they are allowed to do for events is now dramatically limited.

Can individuals (not wholesalers or producers) still donate alcohol (bottles of wine, keg, etc.)?

This is another area to be careful in.

If you are having an event at a brewery that produces the beer on site and serves on site, is it legal for the producer to serve the beer and donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to your nonprofit?

Most likely, this would be ok. Many nonprofits work with breweries to have events there where a portion of the proceeds goes to the organization. Such a practice is probably still ok.

What form(s) do we have to fill out for special events as "retailers" to be in compliance with SLED and SC DOR?

Use the ABL-900 form that you can download from the DOR website. It will be pretty easy to navigate. (Here is a link to the form: https://dor.sc.gov/forms-site/Forms/ABL900_10222014.pdf.)

What legislative action can we take regarding these beverage laws?

There will be legislation filed next year that will address the nonprofit donation issues. SCANPO will be working with our team to get you the information so that you can assist then. In the meantime, write or call your State Representative and Senator to alert them to the issue. Most will already be aware of it. (Here is a link to find your representative: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php.)

It is required for you to have a license if you are having an event at a brewery? Or is the liability on them in that case?

An event at a brewery is perfectly fine. Odds are that you wouldn’t need a special event permit for that.

Is there any effect on long-term, existing donation agreements: For example, if a wholesaler agreed to donate to an event for 5-year period, is that affected?

This situation would need to be reviewed with your wholesaler that the agreement is with. Again, a wholesaler can still donate; however, you might want to check with them to ensure that they still want to and can given the new requirements for donation.

How can we prove that we are benefiting state revenue with our event?

There isn’t a litmus test, and most likely, you won’t have to prove it. But you do need to comply with the request to provide an economic benefit. Generally, that can be done by just having people come to your event. It might not be a bad idea to track where the attendees are from. Showing tourism would be an easy way to make your case if it came down to it.

Can we include a bottle of wine or beer in a silent auction package?

It’s most likely that there isn’t a problem with that.

In the past we had Budweiser donate money to us, then we turned around and bought beer with it. So this is not allowed anymore?

Be careful with this if you have a special event permit. Have product donated, if possible.

Are manufacturers allowed to sell their products to nonprofits at deeply discounted rates?

No. Manufactures cannot sell their products to nonprofits at all. All products must come through a wholesaler whether that product is purchased or donated.

What about using alcohol (wine and beer) from last year at this year's benefit?

Well, just from a beer producer standpoint, I’d be careful using year old beer that isn’t a bigger ABV beer. That beer probably isn’t work serving. That problem doesn’t necessarily exist with wine. Now, using product that you already have in your possession is probably fine.

What are the implications of a ticketed event for a nonprofit fundraiser?

If you have a ticketed event, then you should get a special event permit.

If you have a free event for major donors and there is no fee to come to the event, can you have alcohol donated?

Probably so. Just remember the factors necessary to get a donation.

If a local producer is participating, they bring their own product, provide the sample tastings and then take the left over product back with them, is that still considered a donation?

The producer cannot bring the product. The only possible exception is an in-state winery that meets certain criteria.

AB L-900 permit...is it required if you have a ticketed or team event (dance, gala, golf tournament) and the beverages are purchased but given away at the event?

ABL will most likely consider alcohol to be included in the ticket price, so it would be best to get the permit.

Can you clarify difference between producers, manufacturers, and wholesalers?

Manufacturers and producers are the same thing. Just a different way of saying it. The same as saying wholesalers and distributors. It’s just a different way of saying the same thing. The difference between manufacturers/producers and wholesalers is that the manufacturer is the one that makes the product and the wholesaler is the one that purchases the product from the manufacturer to sell to a retailer.

If you purchase the alcohol for the event and charge a ticket price, will we be able to distribute to attendees?

By distribute, I am guessing you mean serve it to the attendees. Yes, of course. That would be included in the ticket price.

 

Thank you everyone for your questions. I hope my responses have been helpful to you, but remember you can always reach out to the SCANPO team with any additional concerns.

Brook Bristow

Owner, Bristow Beverage Law

Tags:  beverage law  Legal  Legislative  SCANPO 

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