SC's Nonprofit Summit is brought to you by Together SC | MARCH 11 - 13, 2019 | GREENVILLE

Program Overview


Monday March 11

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Registration Opens

Welcome to the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit. Registration will be open starting at 10 a.m. on Monday. We look forward to seeing you at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville!

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - AmeriCorps Host: Engaging and Retaining Skilled Volunteers at Your Organization

Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits with skilled volunteers who share their marketing, HR, tech, or finance expertise pro bono. In this session, Taproot will share best practices gathered from over 17 years….Learn More

Speakers: Alexandra McArthur

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Growing Your Business With Together SC

This peer-led gathering aims to offer Together SC Business Partners the opportunity to:
– Get to know each other and the services you provide
– Share how your services can be complementary and help you grow
– Discuss opportunities to add value to your Together SC membership

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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Affinity Organization Meetings

Got affinity group peers from across the state coming to the Summit? Why not get together to share what’s happening in your field, network and brainstorm. We’ve left Monday morning and lunch open for just this purpose.

If you are interested, email us at and let us know. We have space for your group during 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*Additional fees may apply.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Together SC Membership Committee Meeting

Closed meeting for Together SC Membership Committee….Learn More

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Summit Kickoff Part One: What It Takes To Build Bridges

All communities have voids and equity gaps. If engineered properly, bridges are the infrastructure that can allow us to connect these different destinations and cross troubled-waters. Building bridges, however, comes…Learn More

Speakers: John Castile | Minor Shaw | Sean Dogan | Katy Smith

1:00 PM - 2:30 - PM Summit Kickoff Part Two: Why Bridges Matter

Following part one, What It Takes to Build Bridges, Summit attendees will be captivated by a live storytelling experience. Individuals who have benefited from bridge building efforts will share their personal stories…Learn More

Speakers: Victoria Testela | Kori Gamble | Jacob Farley | Adom Appiah | Dr. Edward Anderson | Ebony Adams

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Education Conversation

Education initiatives across the state and country are building bridges through cross-sector collaboration to maximize knowledge and resources for greater impact on students. Join top leaders for an engaging spirited… Learn More

Speakers: Dr. John Stockwell | Latisha Vaughn-Brandon | Tobi Kinsell

3:00 PM - 5:00PM - Health Equity Conversation

Achieving the greatest possible impact in communities is a shared mission of nonprofits and funders alike. One way to increase our impact is through greater understanding of health equity. While…Learn More

Speakers: Vince Ford | Juana Slade | Julie Smithwick | Dr. Rick Foster | Molly Talbot-Metz

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Homelessness Conversation

Homelessness, as in many places across our state and nation, is an ongoing and complex issue….Learn More

Speakers: Brandon Cook | Reggie Barner | Susan Mclarty | Stacy Denaux

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Why Inclusion Is Not Enough Conversation

As the world around us transforms and becomes increasingly more diverse, nonprofit, community, and business leaders face unprecedented challenges and opportunities to build enriching work and community environments where everyone has a chance to succeed…Learn More

Speakers: Adela Mendoza | Darrin Goss | Rep. Neal Collins | Herb Johnson, Jr.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Arts Outreach Conversation

Arts organizations play an important role in strengthening our communities. They truly build bridges by bringing people together, inspiring their thinking and celebrating our varying cultures. Research indicates that communities…Learn More

Speakers: Debbie Jaillette | Robin Berlinsky | Jason Johnson | Larisa Gelman

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Affordable Housing Tour

Greenville is at the forefront of creative approaches to increasing affordable housing. Gentrification can be powerful, so communities across our state and around the country are developing superb housing to…Learn More

Speakers: James Thompson | Don Oglesby | Monroe Free | Tony Mcdade

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Greenville Biking Adventure

See the sights of Greenville as we enjoy a downtown Biking Tour along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, guided by David Taylor and members of Momentum Bike Clubs. Momentum Bike Clubs…Learn More

Speakers: David Taylor

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Cancer Survivors Park Visit

Started as a high school senior’s dream of creating a beautiful and tranquil area for cancer patients during treatment, the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance (CSPA) has brought that dream to…Learn More

Speakers: Peggy Baxter | Diane Gluck | Kay Roper | Tom Bates

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Greenville Center For Creative Arts Visit

Founded by a dedicated group of artists, teachers, and community leaders, Greenville Center for Creative Arts is the anchor for Greenville’s visual arts community. GCCA serves the visual arts needs…Learn More

Speakers: Cherington Shucker

3:01 PM - 5:00 PM - Face Time, Or How To Climb Mount Everest And Not Die!

Ever looked at the phone and thought you’d rather do anything else, like Climb Mount Everest in sandals, than have to cold call a prospective donor? Ever stood in the…Learn More

Speakers: Heidi Hansen McCrory

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Summit Sponsors Reception

Summit Committee, Board and Staff of Together SC meet to thank the 2019 Nonprofit Summit Sponsors. Invitation only, RSVP required. Learn More

6:00 PM - Dinner With Friends

Enjoy an evening to dine with friends at a variety of area restaurants. Whether you stay at the hotel or venture out in downtown Greenville, use this time to share…Learn More

7:15 PM - Carolina Leadership Seminar Alumni Meet Up

If you’re an alumni of the Carolina Leadership Seminars, join us in the Hyatt Orb Lounge for cocktails…Learn More

Tuesday March 12

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast in the Ballroom

A Continental breakfast will be served in the Ballroom to kickstart your morning!

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Registration & Nonprofit Marketplace Opens

Welcome to the first full day of the 2019 SC Nonprofit Summit. We hope you leave today inspired and motivated to continue your great work. Our Nonprofit Marketplace is also open today. Be sure to stop by and say hello to all of our exhibitors. Learn More

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - 5 Opportunities For Sustained Financial Success

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. How to prepare and properly manage a budget and multi-year forecasting 2. How to create policies and procedures that support intellectual continuity regardless of turnover 3. How…Learn More

Speakers: Larry Finney

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Aligning Mission And Strategy

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. The importance of a mission-centric and connected strategic work plan 2. How a strategic work plan can sharpen organizational focus and deepen impact Strategic alignment of your…Learn More

Speakers: Anna Lewin

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Awareness (ONLY) Campaigns Are Not Effective

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn how to transform you awareness campaign into a behavior change campaign 2. Understand how the Socio-ecological model and stages of change can influence your work 3….Learn More

Speakers: Katelyn Brewer

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Dynamic Collaboration: Elevating Traditional Partnerships

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Understand the importance of collaborative work, particularly as it applies to the Collective Impact Theory 2. Build skills to effectively improve communication between and among partner organizations…Learn More

Speakers: Sally Wills

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Leading A Marathon: Stopping Organizational Burnout

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Organizational policies that can prevent burnout 2. The role of leaders in creating an organizational culture that prevents burnout 3. The power of self-care to prevent leadership…Learn More

Speakers: Kat Morgan

8:30 AM -9:30 AM - Show Me The Money - Preparing For Your Largest Gift

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Evaluate your organizational readiness for a successful major gift/planned gift program 2. Identify critical areas that impact success 3. Learn steps to move your organization forward Major…Learn More

Speakers: Toni Jernigan

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Weathering The Storm

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Fill skill-gap to more effectively manage change 2. Enhance awareness of adaptive responses 3. Improve ability to focus on facts, not perceptions Leadership is tested and forged…Learn More

Speakers: Lindsey Vance | Charles Weathers

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Legal 101: Good Governance Practices

Session details coming soon.

Speakers: Mac

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Creating An Association Health Insurance Plan for SC’s Nonprofits - Yay or Na?

1. Explore the benefits, steps and costs in creating a health insurance plan for your organization.

New federal regulations for association health insurance may provide an opportunity for SC nonprofits to create and participate in a quality, association health insurance program…Learn More

Speakers: Sara Fawcett | Mike Harris | Matt Shaffer | Paul Bodamer

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - BREAK

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - A Strategic Planning Roundtable

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Important factors to consider before taking on the strategic planning process 2. How to best involve the Board and other stakeholders in the planning process 3. How…Learn More

Speakers: Mike Teachey | Nannie Jefferies | Kristi King-Brock | Addy Matney

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Band-Aids To Bad Guys: Turning Perils Into Protection

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn to think of safety as part of an office routine 2. Help educate and engage staff, coworkers and stakeholders 3. Understand steps to create a plan…Learn More

Speakers: Alan Kleinfeld

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Fraud Fighters – How Do I Become One?

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Understand if your financial environment is ripe for fraud 2. Learn easy steps that anyone can apply to prevent fraud 3. Learn shocking fraud statistics that will…Learn More

Speakers: Justin Kiddy

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Learn Give Grow – Women Building Community Through Collective Grantmaking

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn preliminary steps to starting a women’s giving initiative through your organization 2. Structuring Steering and Standing Committees to most effectively carry out your mission 3. Core…Learn More

Speakers: Mary Woodiwiss
| Trentsie Williams

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Leveraging Evaluation To Elevate And Advance Your Non Profit

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Understand the valuable tool of implementation and process evaluation to improve program quality and impact 2. Learn how to use evaluation to advance organizational learning, build organizational…Learn More

Speakers: Liza Jones
| Tracy Waters
| Tobi Kinsell

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - The Board/Staff Partnership: How To Share Leadership & Get Results

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Understand the factors that influence the relationships between the executive and the board 2. Gain insights about how to cultivate an effective board-staff partnership to advance your…Learn More

Speakers: Colleen Bozard

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - The Power Of Collaboration + Storytelling: A Case Study On Hopeful Horizons

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Participants will learn how to incorporate their data into their communications. 2. Participants will learn about the merger process + positive outcomes. 3. Participants will discuss brand…Learn More

Speakers: Erin Hall | Kristin Dubrowski

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - What Nonprofit Leaders Need To Know About The Brain

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. How environmental factors change the brain 2. How to mitigate their own biases to improve their communication with staff and clients 3. Three tools that can be…Learn More

Speakers: Jessica Sharp

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Are You Ready For A Capital Campaign?

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Readiness and timing for launching your campaign 2. Key activities to undertake prior to your campaign 3. Strategies for raising the most money during your campaign As…Learn More

Speakers: Tim Winkler

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - BREAK

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Building Bridges With Elected Leaders

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn how to seek a win-win with policy makers 2. Learn how to be a go-to source of information 3. Hear from community members about their experiences…Learn More

Speakers: Derek Lewis

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Efficiency Or Effective: Does It Really Matter?

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. The difference between efficient and effective outcomes 2. What the Outcome Matrix is 3. How outcomes direct program improvement As leaders, we get caught in the same…Learn More

Speakers: Jeff Shumacher MS,MBA

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Excel: Tips And Tricks For Effective Presentations And Visualization

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Key metrics all organizations should track 2. Keys to effective data visualization in presentations 3. Tips and Tricks in Excel Many organizations a flush with data but…Learn More

Speakers: Lauren Chivers

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Fixing Your Broken Board

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. How to know when it’s time for your board to take a new direction 2. What to do first, second and third to give your board its…Learn More

Speakers: John Carroll

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Four Reasons People Don't Give

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. The key elements in gift solicitation 2. The value of key functions in development work 3. Ways to utilize the information obtained from donors The session will…Learn More

Speakers: Monroe Free

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Millennials’ Role In South Carolina Nonprofits

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn insights from millennials who have occupied multiple roles within and in conjunction with nonprofit organizations 2. Receive informed advice and evidence-based approaches for attracting and retaining…Learn More

Bailey Shorr
| Anne Caywood | Danielle Breidung

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Social Media Best Practices For Nonprofits

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. How to utilize social media networks 2. Latest social media trends 3. Measure awareness of your nonprofit’s reach with impressions and views of your social content 4….Learn More

Speakers: Stephanie Maples | Jenny Dennis

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Strategic Planning Success: A Story Of Impact

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn the steps most nonprofits miss in the strategic planning process. Hint: Strategic planning requires more than a single meeting of the board 2. Learn how alignment…Learn More

Speakers: Patrick Jinks | Lila Anna Sauls

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - SC Counts: Preparing Our State For The 2020 Census

The US Constitution mandates that the Federal government conduct a Census every 10 years. Why should nonprofits in South Carolina care?…Learn More

Speakers: Naomi Lett | Benjamin Bullock | Chris Steed

12:30 PM-2:00 PM - Lunch Buffet In The Nonprofit Marketplace

More than 30 nonprofit businesses and nonprofit members will be exhibiting outside the ballroom throughout the day. Be sure to stop by, say hello and hear what they do to…Learn More

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Philanthropic & Corporate Grant-Making Partners Luncheon

Together SC and Philanthropic & Corporate Grantmaking Partners meet over lunch with keynote speaker Vu Le about Working With Communities and Nonprofit Leaders of Color. Invitation only, RSVP required. Learn More

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - AmeriCorps Hosts: Volunteer Generation Fund

Lunch drop-in discussion focused on funding opportunities. Open to all who are interested. 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Development? May The Force Be With You

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Ways to leverage the latest technology and high value resources to exponentially increase the effectiveness of fundraising professionals (every heroine needs her tool belt) 2. How to…Learn More

Speakers: Bethany Hale | Margie Maxwell | Denise Spencer

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Emergency Succession Planning – The Board's Role

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Deeper understanding of the risks of NOT having an emergency succession plan 2. Hear ideas on how to get started developing one and understand how this benefits…Learn More

Speakers: Don Crocker

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Financial Leadership Throughout Your Organization

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Engage ALL board members in financial strategies and monitoring 2. Train ALL employees to understand the financial information that drives their activities 3. Increase energy and focus…Learn More

Speakers: Doug Snyder

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Inclusive Governance: Board Recruitment Processes to Diversify Engagement

In this session, attendees will have an open dialogue about inclusive governance, from their organizational perspective, with a focus on next generation leadership for organizational sustainability….Learn More

Speakers: Shawn S. Edwards

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Logic Model CPR: Strategies To Bring Your Logic Model To Life

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn why logic models are critical to program planning, evaluation and improvement 2. Lean how logic models can be collaborative, practical and relevant to a variety of…Learn More

Speakers: Icelynn Baldwin | Montana Cain

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Meaningfully Engaging Those With Lived Experience – The What And The How

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Define lived experience and see value in engaging those with lived experience 2. Understand why co-design matters and be familiar with various methods to engage participants at…Learn More

Speakers: Holly Hayes

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - The Not So Sexy Side Of Non-Profit Work – Operations 101

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Identify the “must haves” for non-profit operations departments 2. Identify where the operations gaps are in the attendee’s organization from the “musts” we go over 3. Leave…Learn More

Speakers: Dawn Dowden | Stig Rasmussen

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Video Marketing 101

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn how to use your mobile device to produce quality video content 2. Learn key video marketing strategies to grow your presence online 3. 10 videos you…Learn More

Speakers: Brian White

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Nonprofit Mergers And Affiliations

Yet Another Great Session by Together SC’s pro-bono legal council, Clay Grayson. Session details coming soon. Learn More

Speakers: Clay Grayson

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - A Design-Centric Approach To Developing Policies

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Understanding of how the process of design thinking can be used in operations and planning 2. Simple tools to apply design thinking to the development of internal…Learn More

Speakers: Nell Fuller

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Board Meetings With Impact

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Align the design of your Board meeting agenda with your Board’s chief purpose: governance! 2. Employ a variety of meeting strategies to elevate Board member engagement 3….Learn More

Speakers: Mark Cruise

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Boards Raise Money, Don't They?

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Hear from Board members in a candid setting about the best ways to involve and engage them in fundraising 2. Learn what Board members need in order…Learn More


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Create A Major Gift And Moves Management Program

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Define the appropriate major gift size for your organization 2. Get your board members on board 3. Identify prospective donors 4. Cultivate your top prospects 5. Ask…Learn More


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Finding The Courage For Collaboration During Divisive Times

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Have a deeper understanding for the important of collaboration for promoting improved community safety, resilience and well-being 2. Learn key techniques for fostering empathy through courageous conversations…Learn More

Speakers: KASSY ALIA

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Foundations Of Advocacy

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn the advocacy basics 2. Learn and enhance your advocacy tools 3. Stay for a few good laughs Sometimes you can’t just find a bridge, you have…Learn More

Speakers: GP MCLEER

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - How To Invest And Be Invested In

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Best practices for investments 2. Overview of impact investing 3. Tips on preparedness to receive investments This session will cover best practices in investments to include “traditional”…Learn More


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Strategic Planning For The Rest Of Us

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn the framework for creating a strategic plan for your organization 2. Learn the practical applications of key concepts using a volunteer from the attendees 3. Walk…Learn More


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - What I Wish I Knew As A New ED… Plus Mentoring Program

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn tips for new ED’s from actual ED’s 2. Learn ideas on how to spend your first 100 days (or next 100) 3. Increase contacts for supporting…Learn More


5:30 PM - Allies For Good Gathering

Join all your Summit friends for drinks, bites and tunes as we continue the conversation about building bridges, working together and making a difference across our great state. Enjoy this…Learn More


Wednesday March 13

7:00 AM - 8:30 PM Breakfast in the Ballroom

A Continental breakfast will be served in the Ballroom to kickstart your morning!

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Summit Registration

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Coffee Talk

Kick off your day by building bridges with your nonprofit peers from across South Carolina. You will enjoy a hot breakfast while discussing current issues that face your organization. A…Learn More

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Building The Bridges Of The Future

How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Adapt and Unleash Their Full Potential Our nonprofits and foundations play a critical role in lifting up families and strengthening communities. However, we are still…Learn More

Speakers: Vu Le

11:30 AM - Summit Closing & 2020 Hand-Off

Join us in the Regency Grand Ballroom following our Closing Session for our 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit hand-off. Together SC president, Madeleine McGee, and 2019 Summit co-chairs, Monroe Free and Deb…Learn More

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - AmeriCorps Hosts: Developing Leaders At Your Nonprofit With Pro Bono

Developing leaders and talent at your nonprofit organization doesn’t have to happen in a “traditional” way…Learn More

Speakers: Alexandra McArthur