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Welcome SCANPO Members! (New and Renewing Members for Week of 5/2/16)

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, May 2, 2016

Join us as we welcome our recent new and renewing members.

Click through to share some nonprofit love!

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Education initiatives in the Palmetto State boosted by $500,000 in Duke Energy grants

Posted By SCANPO, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Duke Energy has been powering South Carolina for more than a century, and continues to power the minds of its students by investing in innovative education programs and initiatives across the state.

Through the Duke Energy Foundation, $500,000 in grants will go to initiatives across the state that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as programs that increase childhood reading proficiency.

“Supporting effective education programs that focus on fields related to science and technology are a critical focus for our company,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “These initiatives will help strengthen the pipeline of highly skilled workers that fuel the economic engines that drive South Carolina.”

Duke Energy’s education grants this year include:
Arts Partnership of Spartanburg: To support a mobile science and arts program for students in Spartanburg County schools.
Children’s Museum of the Upstate: To provide energy education programs for Title 1 schools with visits to the museum and programs that go to schools.
Clemson University Women in Science/Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER): To provide continued support to programs that provide camps for minority engineering majors, and to provide camps, encouragement and support to women pursuing careers in science and math. 
Florence County School District 2: To support Project Lead The Way, which provides hands-on STEM programs for all students in the district.
S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics: To support summer training for teachers in Pickens, Florence and Kershaw counties with hands-on STEM activities and curriculum, and summer camps that focus on STEM topics.
iMAGINE Upstate: To support pre-event activities focused on science and engineering for students leading up to the STEM-focused community festival.
Junior Achievement of the Upstate: To provide kits that will help middle school children in Greenville County understand STEM career paths.
Northeastern Technical College: To help provide summer STEM camps and counselor training for better understanding of STEM career fields.
Public Education Partners: To help curb the loss of reading skills of students in Greenville County schools through summer book fairs and family reading nights.
School District of Oconee County: To support a district-wide initiative of accelerated professional development for the implementation of STEM curriculum.
School District of Pickens County: To provide literacy teacher training for all kindergarten through 5th grade teachers. 
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities: To provide scholarships for STEM majors at independent colleges and universities in Duke Energy service areas.
United Way of Greenville County: To support afterschool programs for students from underserved neighborhoods that engage in hands-on STEM activities.
United Way of Pickens County: To expand the successful “Camp iRock” summer literacy program countywide.
Upcountry History Museum: To support literacy development through the Upcountry History Museum Book Club. 
Winthrop University: To support internships for students pursuing STEM majors.

“Camp iRock is an innovative educational program in Pickens County that addresses summer literacy loss in students advancing to second, third and fourth grades,” said Julie Capaldi, president of the United Way of Pickens County. “More than 200 struggling readers will experience intensive literacy instruction from highly qualified teachers in a fun camp atmosphere this summer thanks to Duke Energy.”

“Our portable training program is designed to improve student outcomes by empowering middle-school math and science teachers with quality, hands-on lab experiences that integrate useful technologies into standards-based curriculum,” said Kim Bowman, CEO of the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation. “Duke Energy’s investment in our statewide outreach programs will have a tremendous impact this summer on teachers and students in Florence, Kershaw and Pickens counties.” 

In addition to these grants, Duke Energy and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, recently announced a partnership to minimize the summer slide and improve the reading proficiency of more than 3,000 current second graders in South Carolina. The $400,000 program will be available in 36 Title I elementary schools in the Pee Dee region in northeast South Carolina.  

The grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. 

The Foundation annually funds more than $25 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s six-state service area. Last year, the Foundation donated more than $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations throughout South Carolina.

About The Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

The Duke Energy News Center serves as a multimedia resource for journalists and features news releases, helpful links, photos and videos. Hosted by Duke Energy, illumination is an online destination for stories about remarkable people, innovations, and community and environmental topics. It also offers glimpses into the past and insights into the future of energy. 
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Midlands NPs - Student Interns Now Available for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017!

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Monday, April 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce that SCANPO is continuing to partner with the University of South Carolina College of Arts & Sciences to place undergraduate student interns with our Lexington and Richland County member organizations! 

We have 22 students who have are eligible for the program and are looking to be placed for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Only 15 students will be granted placements. They would be paid directly by the University through Federal Work Study grants, and their work schedule would need to be flexible around their class schedules. They can work up to 15 hours a week.

Since these students are receiving a federal work-study stipend for their work in this setting, there are a few requirements.

To be eligible to participate as a host organization for a USC intern, an organization must:

1. Be legally incorporated in the State of South Carolina, with an office in Richland or Lexington Counties.

2. Have been determined by the IRS to be exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)3.

3. Be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

4. Commit to providing an experiential and meaningful experience that would prepare the student for future employment in the nonprofit sector.

5. Commit to hosting an intern for the Fall semester in 2016.

6. Provide any and all equipment necessary for the student to do their work.

7. Agree to a scope of work with the student and the internship director by the end of the second week of the program.

8. Agree to meet with the internship director as needed during the course of the program.

9. Agree that the intern cannot displace a regular employee, involve sectarian instruction or religious worship, partisan or non-partisan political activity.

Unfortunately, this means that organizations who have close connections to religious or political institutions are excluded from the program. This is a requirement imposed by the Federal Government, not by SCANPO or the University.

If your organization is interested in hosting an intern, contact Ben Bullock for access to the students' resumes and contact information.

Once you interview a student and offer them a position and they accept, then the College's Internship Director will reach out to you to make the arrangements. Please keep in mind that this is a time-sensitive arrangement. We'd like for the students to be placed in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Bullock at benjamin@scanpo.org.

 

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Jocelyn Slaughter Hired to Lead Greenville Literacy Association

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, April 21, 2016

We are pleased to share the exciting news that our friends at the Greenville Literacy Association have named a new executive director! Jocelyn Slaughter will take over the leadership position, replacing Carol Browning, who retired from the role in December.

As chief executive officer, Jocelyn will provide strategic leadership and manage the professional staff to deliver excellent adult literacy programs and services in Greenville County.

To learn more about Jocelyn and her new role, visit the Greenville Literacy Association website.

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Columbia Museum of Art Named 2016 National Medal Winner

Posted By SCANPO, Thursday, April 21, 2016

Congratulations to our friends at the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) for being named the 2016 National Medal Winner! This is known as the nation’s highest honor that can be awarded to museums for service to their communities, and it is greatly deserved.

Each year, the National Medal Winner is selected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries.

The Columbia Museum of Art was selected for its arts educational outreach efforts to at-risk, rural and underserved communities. The purpose of these unique programs is to enrich lives and engage minds in ways that encourage students of all ages to connect in creative and innovative ways.

“Our recognition as a national award winner is as much about the CMA as it is about the generosity and spirit of South Carolina,” said Karen Brosius, the museum’s executive director. “With dynamic exhibitions and educational programs for every age, the CMA is redefining the modern museum.”

The Columbia Museum of Art will receive the National Medal on June 1 at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Read the full announcement on the Columbia Museum of Art website.

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Meet Coastal Community Foundation's New President and CEO, Darrin Goss, Sr.

Posted By SCANPO, Monday, April 11, 2016

Please join Coastal Community Foundation and United Way of the Lowcountry in welcoming Darrin Goss, Sr. to our local nonprofit community.

Join a drop in on 4/29 for coffee, networking and an introduction to Darrin. 

Please RSVP by Monday, April 25.

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Children's Trust to Host Community Conversation in North Charleston

Posted By SCANPO, Friday, March 25, 2016

Event Scheduled for April 1 to Increase Opportunity and Equity Outcomes

Children's Trust will host a Lowcountry Community Conversation on Child Well-Being.

Friday, April 1
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Felix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle
North Charleston

Attendees will participate in roundtable discussions on current child well-being data and identify solutions to increase opportunity and equity outcomes in the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina. The event is limited to 30 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close at midnight March 25.

Children's Trust will provide snacks and refreshments, and visitor parking is free at the center. For more information, contact Whitney Tucker, policy research associate at Children's Trust, at wtucker@scchildren.org or 803-744-4049.

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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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