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Brookgreen Gardens president, CEO Bob Jewell announces retirement

Posted By SCANPO, Friday, March 25, 2016

Reprint from South Strand News (March 4, 2016)

Bob Jewell, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Jewell, 68, will celebrate his 12th anniversary as president and CEO in July, “which is amazing,” he said. He had worked for HomePlace of America and Federated Department Stores and took an early retirement. He and his wife, Toni, settled in Wachesaw Plantation.

“I was retired and came over here looking for a part-time job,” he said. “I absolutely love Brookgreen. It’s become part of my soul.”

Now, they want to spend more time with their grandchildren — a fourth is expected in June — in Arizona and California.

“We’ll be out there part of the year,” Jewell said. “Toni is out there quite a bit already.”

Jewell said he plans to stay involved in the Georgetown County community. He is a former member of the county school board and currently serves on several other state and local boards.

“Bob was the right person, in the right place, at the right time for Brookgreen Gardens,” said Dick Rosen, chairman of the board of trustees.

“He brought a much needed business background to the institution but he balanced it with vision and the mission of the gardens. He understands what makes Brookgreen so special to so many people.”

During his 12 years, Jewell said Brookgreen has moved its mission forward in every component: sculpture, horticulture, and the zoo and forest management.

“That has been our primary focus,” he said, “to move that mission forward. Underneath that, you have to have the fundamentals of financial stability. That was something we didn’t have, so in conjunction with moving the strategies forward we have a clean balance sheet and positive cash flow. The financial fundamentals are solid.”

Jewell said Brookgreen enjoys a broader appeal today. The gardens will open a display of LEGO sculpture March 5 that has proven a big draw in other locations.

“We want to make sure people understand that Brookgreen Gardens is here for all people,” he said. “I’m not sure that was the image of it for awhile. We want people to enjoy it. That’s the vision the Huntingtons had — to make it available for people. I’m proud of the staff and the volunteers for all the things we’ve accomplished, because we’ve accomplished a lot.”

Dalton Floyd of Murrells Inlet, a Brookgreen trustee, said Jewell brought business experience to the job.

“He is an excellent manager of people, and we needed that because Brookgreen Gardens is a big business in addition to sculptures and gardens,” Floyd said. “He’s dramatically increased the number of visitors, members and revenues each year. At Nights of a Thousand Candles, people are coming from all over.”

“Bob gave Brookgreen new life, renewed its purpose, and grew its recognition to the stature that it truly deserves.” said George Weich, former vice president for horticulture and conservation. “I was proud to be part of the journey he took us on. It was fun.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located south of Myrtle Beach between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

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United Way Association of South Carolina names Kelly Callahan Cruise as Interim CEO

Posted By SCANPO, Sunday, March 6, 2016
Columbia, SC – The United Way Association of South Carolina’s (UWASC) Board of Directors has named Kelly Callahan Cruise as Interim CEO. Current president and chief executive officer Timothy Ervolina announced his retirement last month and will step down at the end of March from the leadership role after ten years.

Cruise joined UWASC in 2010 as director of Volunteer SC, served as director of the SC 2-1-1 Contact Center, and for the past two years, served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Ann Robinson, senior vice president at Home Trust Bank in Greenville and UWASC Board Chair, states, “Although we are saddened by the loss of Tim, the Board is excited to have Kelly lead the organization through this transition. We will miss Tim, but we know that he has assembled a dynamic team that will continue to create long-lasting opportunities for the people of South Carolina.”

Cruise has led UWASC through multiple expansions of the SC 2-1-1 Contact Center, making it one of the largest nonprofit contact centers in the United States, served as a former Commissioner for the SC Commission on National and Community Service, and serves on multiple oversight and advisory boards across the state. Learn more about Cruise and read full press release from UWASC.

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The South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service is Currently Soliciting Feedback on the Proposed State Service Plan

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, February 29, 2016

United Way Association of South Carolina is the governing authority of the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service.

The commission provides grants to faith-based organizations, community non-profits, educational agencies, and governmental agencies.

By the Governor’s Executive Order, South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service is designated as the state’s lead agency for volunteerism. They encourage volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promote community solutions for disaster preparedness and response; and we help to strengthen the impact of National Service Programs operating in the state through implementing a competitive review process, evidence based programming, strong data collection practices and ongoing evaluation.

Their mission is to improve South Carolina communities through volunteerism and national service programs.

Their vision is to promote and increase:

(1) an ethic of service and volunteerism in the state of South Carolina

(2) the capacity of faith-based and community organizations within the state to better compete for funding opportunities and

(3) the collaboration among communities and organizations that are trying to meet the greatest needs of the Palmetto State.

STATE SERVICE PLAN BACKGROUND: Federal law provides that State Service Commissions must prepare a national service plan for the State that: - is developed through an open and public process; - covers a 3‐year period with updates annually; - includes measurable goals and outcomes for the State national service programs in the State; - ensures outreach to diverse community‐based agencies that serve underrepresented populations; - includes a state service plan for service by adults age 55 or older.

IMPORTANCE: The State Service Plan serves as a guide for funding priorities and programmatic priorities for National Service Programs in South Carolina. The Commission embraces the six focus areas held by the Corporation for National and Community Service (Education, Veterans and Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, Disaster Response and Economic Opportunity). For each focus area, the plan addresses the national service priority and relevancy to South Carolina.

TIMELINE: The feedback collected in this survey will be utilized to amend the proposed plan and publish a finalized State Service Plan. The deadline for submitting feedback is MARCH 11. The final plan will be published to uwasc.org in June 2016.

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Tags:  South Carolina Commission on National and Communit  United Way of SC  Volunteerism 

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New Self-Sufficiency Standard for SC Released!

Posted By United Way Association of South Carolina, Monday, February 22, 2016

The United Way Association of South Carolina, with support from its generous sponsors, and in collaboration with the Center for Women's Welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work, are pleased to present The Self-Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina!

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.”

Learn more here! 

Tags:  Common Good  Poverty  Self-Sufficency Standard  United Way 

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Paige Stephenson named as new President and CEO at United Way of the Piedmont

Posted By SCANPO, Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.”

Read full announcement from United Way of Piedmont

Read GoUpstate.com news article from Feb. 16, 2016

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First Pay-for-Success Project in South Announced by Institute for Child Success

Posted By SCANPO, Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.

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Tags:  Christian Soura  Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  Institute for Child Success  Nikki Haley  Nurse-Family Partnership  Pay for Success  SC Department of Health and Human Services  The Duke Endowment 

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YWCA of Greater Charleston Welcomes New ED

Posted By SCANPO, Sunday, February 21, 2016

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.

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Tags:  Charleston  LaVanda Brown  YWCA 

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ECCO CEO Jack Little Launches Book That Gives Back

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, February 8, 2016

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.

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An Evening with Anis Mojgani

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, February 8, 2016

Institute for Child Success, Air Serenbe and Openfields presents "An Evening with Anis Mojgani."
Wed., Feb. 10
7 p.m.
Methodical Coffee
Greenville, SC
Cost: $15

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

Tickets available at anismojgani.eventbrite.com

Tags:  Air Serenbe  Anis Mojgani  Greenville  Institute for Child Success  Openfields 

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SC Victim Assistance Network and State Office of Victim Assistance Host Annual Conference in April

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, February 8, 2016

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! #SCVRW16 #NCVRW2016

Full Conference Registration: $225; One Day Registration: $75 

April 18 - 20, 2016 

Doubletree by Hilton
100 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC

Tags:  Conferences  SC Victim Assistance Network  State Office of Victim Assistance 

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