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Revisions to Beverage Law

Posted By Brook Bristow, Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hello, Together SC members!

As you’ll recall, since last summer, nonprofits across South Carolina have had to deal with the fallout from the new DOR and SLED crackdown on special events, which has included donated alcohol from breweries, wineries, and distilleries to your organizations. If you need a refresher, you can revisit a blog I wrote last year.

You can also go back to some of the discussion had on the Together SC blog about the issue. The bottom line was that after the crackdown, producers were not longer allowed to donate product to nonprofit organizations. The only donations that could occur were from wholesalers, and even then, nonprofit special events had to meet several criteria in order to receive such a donation.

Well, we have good news! This year, the South Carolina General Assembly heard those concerns and passed S. 114, which will fix many of the issues experienced over the last year. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor this week. So, what is being fixed and what will the procedure be going forward? Here is a quick rundown:

How will licensing work? 
In order to receive any donation, you’ll need to apply to DOR for a nonprofit special event permit. Most nonprofits have undoubtedly done this before and are aware of the process which is staying pretty much the same. You’ll be limited to four of these permits each year and each event cannot last more than 72 hours.

Who can donate? 
You can solicit and receive donations from both producers and wholesalers of alcohol. For whomever you’re approaching, they need to be licensed in South Carolina, even if you’re talking to an out-of-state entity. This means that breweries, wineries, importers, and distilleries may donate. It also means that for the first time, brewpubs may donate as well.

What can be donated? 
For alcohol, you can have beer, wine, and spirits. It would also include other malt beverages or fermented beverages. No matter what is being donated, it must be something registered with DOR. Unfortunately, products produced at home by non-professionals such as beer and wine are not allowed.

How will a donation work? 
No matter if a producer or wholesaler is donating to you, the donation will need to be transferred from a wholesaler. You can either pickup the donation at the wholesaler’s place of business or have it delivered to the event site, which you will need to be in control of - meaning, your license will need to have that date on it in addition to the event date if it is earlier. You'll need to have your license in hand from DOR under either circumstance. The wholesaler will also provide you with an invoice. You’ll need to have this along with your license at the event.

Can we get help at the event? 
Yes, a producer will be able to provide employees or agents to assist in pouring and may also provide equipment to pour. Whomever they provide will need to have received the appropriate alcohol training, of course. A wholesaler may not provide employees or agents to pour. However, it may provide you with equipment to pour.

So, that’s all of the good news. The bad news is that unfortunately, this new law won’t take place until 6 months from now - meaning, we’re looking at November for when things can get back to normal. In the meantime, you’ll have to continue to operate how you have been for the last year. 

If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out.

Brook Bristow

Owner, Bristow Beverage Law

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Leading Forward

Posted By Mike Riordan, Monday, May 1, 2017
I had the opportunity recently to attend the Together SC Upstate Board Leadership Summit and
 this event provided perspective for me as both a CEO and a board member. There are some great takeaways from Charles Weathers and the breakout sessions that I would like to share:

 

  • Charles Weathers reminded me there is a difference between a diverse board and an inclusive board. This is more than just optics; the opinions and experiences that an inclusive board brings allows an organization to provide better services to their community.
  •  “Take the best and leave the rest,” or as I think about it, taking 100% responsibility. While people like to be a hero, this requires there also be a victim and a villain. By being responsible only for yourself, you transform those roles from hero to coach, villains to challengers and victims to creators.
  • Similar to responsibility, Charles reminded us to serve on boards that we have the time and passion to commit to. Being able to say “No” is very powerful because it allows us to take responsibility for our lives and benefits the organizations we do decide to work with.  
  • A positive relationship between a CEO and board chair is crucial. Several years ago, I had a conversation with my board chair about a family matter. In a loving and supportive way, my board chair was able to ask about my personal needs while making sure the organization would continue to be successful. Having a comfort level that allows a good working relationship between CEO and board chair contributes to organizational success. 

 

About the Author

Michael Riordan serves as CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO) for Greenville Health System (GHS). GHS is one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Southeast with eight medical campuses, over 150 physician practice sites, more than 15,000 employees, including almost 2,000 physicians and providers, and operating revenues of approximately $2.2 billion.

 

Prior to joining GHS he served as president and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior associate hospital administrator for Emory University Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.

 

Riordan currently serves on the governing boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and Health Sciences South Carolina. He is Chairman of the Furman University Board of Trustees and serves on the board of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for leadership in South Carolina.

 

Riordan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/English and a master’s degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master’s degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 3/20/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, March 20, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are welcoming a brand new member to our growing Together SC family this week! Join us as we share some love on social for:

We are also excited to share that we have a womping 23 renewing members joining us for another year of networking, advocacy and fun! Be sure to share some love on social for:

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More than $20,000 in Unclaimed Property Found for SC Nonprofits

Posted By SCANPO, Friday, March 10, 2017

Together SC joined forces with SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the Unclaimed Property Program to help return unclaimed property to nonprofits across the state.

Staff found $24,219.71 for nonprofit organizations and individuals while working at the 2017 Nonprofit Summit conference Tuesday. The money found will go to 48 organizations. 

"I know that every dollar counts when it comes to nonprofits," said Treasurer Loftis. "I'm so grateful Together SC allowed us to come in and find money for the organizations. It's amazing to return money to people who strive to help others."

Examples of the type of property covered by the Unclaimed Property Program include bank accounts, stock certificates, checks, insurance policies and utility deposits. The Unclaimed Property Program does not include tangible property like land or vehicles.

Read the original article. 

Tags:  2017 Nonprofit Summit  Curtis Loftis  SC Treasurer's Office  Together SC 

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POWER FORWARD!

Posted By Dr. Katrina Spigner, Friday, March 10, 2017

(adapted from her 2017 Together SC Summit Keynote Speech)

For the past 20 years, Together SC has focused on being a resource in education, advocacy, networking, and leadership for nonprofit organizations in South Carolina. Created out of a collaborative effort, Together SC has had a rich history and many nonprofits represented at this 2017 Summit have been a part of that journey. Indeed, the nonprofit sector is an amazing entity. Nonprofit organizations have been Partners, Advocates, Ambassadors, and Champions in making a difference in South Carolina. This state has counted on nonprofits to deliver vital community services, advance solutions for challenges facing society, contribute to building and sustaining vibrantly healthy communities, and serve the marginalized and disenfranchised wherever and whoever they may be. 

Most importantly, when we look back over the history of the sector in South Carolina, we find people who have been committed to serving and giving their gifts, talents, and abilities to a cause greater than themselves; programs and projects that have been mission and purpose-driven; hearts that have desired to promote the greater good; and innovative minds that have focused on transformation and change. As we look back we recognize the impact, influence, and evolution of the sector and can readily identify lessons learned, best-practices established, and innovation at its finest.

However, while we can find tremendous value in looking back, we cannot afford to keep looking back. Why? When we look back for too long it keeps us stuck where we are; it causes us to become resistant to change; it causes us to miss opportunities in front of us; and it causes us to lose sight of what is ahead. So then, we look back to remember…But, there is GREATER POWER in looking FORWARD! 

Now, you may be asking, why. Well, I am glad you asked!

Looking forward is powerful because it positions us to see what hasn’t been seen (vision), to do what hasn’t been done (expectation), and to be all of what we have the potential to be (purpose). Consider this:

Vision – is the power to see it although you haven’t experienced it yet 

Expectation – is the power of anticipating the coming of what you’ve seen 

Purpose – is the power of keeping you grounded in what you’re doing, while you’re seeing what you see and while you’re waiting for it to come

Looking forward inspires you in the face of adverse circumstances. Looking forward encourages the heart as you work to heal those whose hearts have been broken by the vicissitudes of life. Looking forward opens the way for you to be a voice for those who are silent and have been silenced …even if yours is the voice crying out in the wilderness. Looking forward compels you to shift where necessary, change where needed, and refocus for greater impact.

So today, I am asking you to adopt a new mantra, and it is simply this…POWER FORWARD! 

There is great work and great opportunity ahead. But, we must POWER FORWARD!
Now, you may be asking, “What does she mean by POWER FORWARD?” I thought that was a position played in basketball. IT IS! But, here is what I mean when I say POWER FORWARD! Ask me what! I am glad you asked! To POWER FORWARD in this context means to:

1. Push through – even when it’s difficult

2. Not quit – when it’s the most challenging

3. Not give in – even if you are standing alone; keep standing

4. Not shrink back – even when there are adversaries all around you

5. Be courageous – in the face of fear; do it anyway

6. Be confident – recognizing your intrinsic strength

7. Be audacious – boldly proclaiming the truth

8. Show up – with the intention to make your presence matter

9. Speak up – with the intention to use your voice in a meaningful way

10. Step in faith – even when you don’t know where it may lead you

We are at a time in our state, in our country, and in our world, when you must POWER FORWARD! You must POWER FORWARD when:

1. When as of 2016 South Carolina ranked 16th highest in the nation in the percentage of individuals living below the poverty level 

2. When approximately 28% of children live in poverty in this state

3. When reports tell us that South Carolina is ranked 50th in the nation in education

4. South Carolina is ranked 8th highest in the nation for incarceration

5. When NEW HIV infections in South Carolina are on the rise, occurring more in Blacks than that of other races combined

6. When a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend every 12 seconds in the United States and South Carolina ranks #5 in deaths related to domestic violence

7. When South Carolina is a target rich environment for sex slavery and human trafficking 

You must POWER FORWARD to address issues of racism, sexism, and a host of other “isms”!

You must POWER FORWARD to address blatant injustice, deliberate inequities, and systemic barriers!

You must POWER FORWARD to unite, strengthen, and advance the critical work needed in this state!

You must POWER FORWARD with the intention to have a collective voice!

You must POWER FORWARD with the determination to be allies for good!

And how will we get there? Ask Me How? I am glad you asked!

We will get there TOGETHER South Carolina!!

We will get there TOGETHER!!


About the Author
Dr. Katrina Spigner, affectionately known as, “Dr. K”  is the founder and CEO of Re-Source Solutions LLC, a personal and professional growth and development company. She is also a Certified Personal & Executive Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Assistant Professor with over 15 years experience as a senior leader in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and higher education sectors.

 

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