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Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership

Posted By Cheri Richardson , Monday, February 5, 2018


In 2017, the Award for Nonprofit Leadership was named in the memory of Fred Sheheen, founder of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marin University.

The purpose of the leadership award is to recognize a graduate of Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University or a Together SC member who has excelled in the management of their organization through organizational and resource development. This award is sponsored by the Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion University.

Recipients receive:

  • $500 cash award given by Francis Marion University.
  • A distinguished award to proudly display in their office
  • Registration for the award recipient at Together SC’s SC Nonprofit Summit
  • Recognition through NPLI website and newsletter(s)
  • Statewide recognition through Together SC communications with nonprofit, business, and foundation sectors
  • Local recognition through the organization’s newspaper media outlets

The 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership will be presented in Hilton Head at the 2018 SC Nonprofit Summit.

Deadline for submission:  Friday, February 9, 2018

Apply for the 2018 Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership today!

Click Here for Submission Form and Instructions

For questions about nominations, please contact Cheri Richardson with the Francis Marion University Education Foundation office by emailing  crichardson@fmarion.edu or calling 843-661-1199. 

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Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston wins South Carolina Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Posted By Together SC, Thursday, March 9, 2017

Columbia, S.C. – During South Carolina’s 2017 Nonprofit Summit held at the Columbia Marriott this week, the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston was recognized with South Carolina’s Award for Nonprofit Excellence., sponsored by Blackbaud, and presented by Together SC, formerly SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Courtney Plotner, executive director of the Charleston-based nonprofit, was presented the award by Janet Martini, executive director of Keystone Substance Abuse in Rock Hill, last year's recipient.

Pictured: Center with award is Courtney Plotner with members of the Together SC Awards Committee during the 2017 Nonprofit Summit in Columbia.

"We could not be more excited and honored to win this award," said Plotner when informed about being selected. "The mentors were amazing and the process itself was so rewarding."

"It is so incredible to be honored for doing the work we love."

The Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Charleston is celebrating its 80th year as an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are visually impaired by providing services, programs and advocacy to promote independence and self-sufficiency as well as help individuals’ participate fully in their communities. Their programs provide vision clinics for children in Title-I schools and vision clinics for uninsured or underinsured adults in the Charleston Tri-County area.

“We had several very strong candidates, but what stood out to the committee was the understanding that excellence is a continuous process with the Association for the Blind,” said Derek Lewis, Together SC board member. Lewis serves as the award committee chair and is the executive director of Greenville First Steps whose organization received the award in 2014.

“There were so many places where the Association for the Blind excels — governance, clearly defining the roles of staff and board, responsible fundraising best practices — but their commitment to consistently seek ways to continually improve stood out to our team.”

Together SC goes through an intensive selection process to identify a member who demonstrates nonprofit excellence within the state. The recipient is selected by a committee and announced during the annual gathering each year in front of hundreds of nonprofit peers.

Tags:  Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired  Blackbaud  Courtney Plotner  Derek Lewis  Greenville First Steps  Janet Martini  Keystone Substance Abuse  Nonprofit Excellence Award 

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