The Self-Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina 2016 was published in an effort to ensure the best data and analyses are available to enable South Carolina’s families and individuals to make progress toward real economic security. The result is a comprehensive, credible, and user-friendly tool. The measure describes how much income families of various sizes and compositions need to make ends meet without public or private assistance in each county in South Carolina.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard is a measure of income adequacy that is based on the costs of basic needs for working families: housing, child care, food, health care, transportation, and miscellaneous items, as well as the cost of taxes and the impact of tax credits. In addition, the report provides for each family type, in each place, the amount of emergency savings required to meet needs during a period of unemployment or other emergency.”
Alex Evins, chairman of the board of United Way of the Piedmont, said, “I am excited to announce that Paige Stephenson is the next President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of the Piedmont. Paige has served United Way for almost fifteen years, most recently as Vice President of Resource Development. She has built strong relationships, both internally and externally, that will move United Way forward in the future, and we are thrilled that she agreed to accept this new challenge. We look forward to much success under her leadership. Simply put, Paige is the right person at the right time for United Way of the Piedmont.”
On Feb. 16, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Christian Soura, Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, state officials, and leaders from the private sector announced the nation's first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty, and the first Pay for Success project of any type in the South.
The South Carolina Nurse-Family Partnership Pay for Success project will bring Nurse-Family Partnership's evidence-based program to an additional 3,200 first-time mothers and their babies enrolled across South Carolina over the next four years, a significant increase over the 1,200 families currently benefiting from the high-impact intervention.
The Institute for Child Success (ICS), with support from The Duke Endowment, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, was pleased to catalyze the development of this project through the convening of a statewide working group on Early Childhood Pay for Success in 2013 and by conducting an analysis of the feasibility of expanding Nurse-Family Partnership using Pay for Success financing. ICS congratulates Governor Haley, Director Soura, Nurse-Family Partnership, Social Finance US, and other partners for bringing this project to launch.
Commenting on the launch of the project ICS Executive Vice President Joe Waters said: "ICS has long believed that Pay for Success financing holds great potential to improve outcomes for South Carolina's young children. We are beyond thrilled at the launch of this project not only because it demonstrates the validity of this creative financing approach, but because it means brighter futures for South Carolina's most vulnerable mothers and children."
This South Carolina project has four concrete goals: reducing preterm births, decreasing child hospitalization and emergency department usage due to injury, improving healthy spacing between births, and increasing the number of first-time mothers served in the lowest-income communities.
The project mobilizes $30 million, with philanthropic funders committing $17 million to the project. Medicaid will fund approximately $13 million via a 1915(b) Medicaid Waiver awarded to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ICS Senior Fellow and Director of Pay for Success Financing Megan Golden said "South Carolina is leading the nation in its innovative use of federal funds to improve the health and well-being of thousands of mothers and children. We are eager to see other states follow South Carolina's lead in exploring the feasibility of using federal funds similarly."
The Institute for Child Success is currently working with six jurisdictions across the United States to develop Pay for Success projects to improve outcomes for young children and their families. The 2016 ICS Pay for Success competition to establish a new cohort of jurisdictions interested in improving outcomes for children and bringing new resources to early childhood programs is underway.
The board of directors of YWCA of Greater Charleston has appointed LaVanda Brown as their new executive director.
LaVanda brings more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience in social services, including an early career in social work, to our team.
She has led and advised several Savannah-area nonprofit organizations, including Family Promise of Greater Savannah, Union Mission, and Greenbriar Children’s Center, as well as others in the behavioral health, employment, and community services arenas.
A passionate advocate for causes including the promotion of gender equality and diversity and helping at-risk teens and homeless populations, she envisions a world where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated. "The mission of the YWCA is one that is very much in line with my personal mission of empowering women and celebrating differences," she says.
Having created and implemented outreach programs in mobile home parks, prisons and even skid row motels, Jack Little's experience gave him insight on what could happen at ECCO.
"I had an epiphany after being with ECCO a little over a year. When I walked in the lobby where our clients wait to be served I recognized many despondent faces who had come for help. This morning, I saw them in a different light."
After 10 years leading ECCO, Executive Director, Jack Little, is proud to announce the launch of his book: The Winds of Change: How One Organization Turned a Hurricane Into a Better World.
With a donation of at least $25, you will receive a signed copy of Little's book. All proceeds go directly to support ECCO's financial literacy and education efforts, specifically to provide matching IDA funds for our clients who are actively saving for the future.
What is IDA?
After completing the required financial education training, low-income individuals can open an Individual Development Account (IDA) to buy their first home, pursue post-secondary education, or start a small business. By demonstrating responsible fiscal savings habits*, participants have the opportunity to build their assets and advance their path to financial independence.
*IDA participants must save a minimum of $25 for six consecutive months to qualify for the match, and can get up to $1,000 of their savings matched 3:1 by ECCO and a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Institute for Child Success, Air Serenbe and Openfields presents "An Evening with Anis Mojgani."
Wed., Feb. 10
Anis Mojgani is 2016's recipient of the Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, Serenbe's artist in residence program. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker.
"Anis Mojgani is a trickster and a philosopher, a theologian and a rock star." -Pulitzer Prize Finalist Luis Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway
Join fellow victim advocates, law enforcement officers, therapists, nonprofit staff, service providers, victims and community members for targeted training, development and networking and to honor the heroes among us.
This year's theme — Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. — underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.
Who should attend? Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, crime victims, counselors, chaplains, legislators, attorneys, Solicitors and staff, service providers, nonprofit partners, school counselors and healthcare providers to name a few.
Visit victimsrightsweek.org for additional information, updates and registration.
Help get the word out ... because victims matter!
Full Conference Registration: $225; One Day Registration: $75
April 18 - 20, 2016 Doubletree by Hilton 100 Bush River Road
After ten years of leadership, Tim Ervolina is making plans to step down as President and CEO of United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) in 2016. Ervolina joined UWASC in 2006, where he’s lead the growth and development of the organization that provides support to the 25 local United Way organizations in South Carolina. During his tenure, UWASC has thrived as a leader in addressing issues impacting families in South Carolina and facilitating collaborative solutions on these issues. Millions of dollars in funding have been leveraged for local United Ways and their partners, with investments in education, income, health care access and basic needs.
The United Way Association of South Carolina, serving as the State’s Commission on National and Community Service (SC Commission), has announced the opportunity of federal funds to support organizations wishing to host an SC AmeriCorps program for the 2016-17 grant year.
All new and re-competing applicants are required to attend an AmeriCorps Applicant Technical Assistance Workshop in February 2016 in order to be considered for funding. Workshops will be held at 1 p.m. on February 8 and 11. Contact Brent.Kossick@uwasc.org to RSVP. The full application instructions will be provided to organizations that attend a workshop.
Carolina Business Review is the most widely watched source for business and public policy issues across North and South Carolina. On Jan. 31, 2016, Carolina Business Review host, Chris Williams interviewed Peter Gwaltney, President and CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association, JoAnn Turnquist, President and CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation. Featured topics include expansion, tradition, food safety/quality, philanthropy and core strategy.