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


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11 Mar 2019
12 Mar 2019
13 Mar 2019

Summit 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!

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...
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Speaker Alexandra McArthur
Alexandra McArthur

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...
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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...
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Together SC Membership Committee Meeting

Closed meeting for Together SC Membership Committee.

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...
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John Castile
Minor Shaw
Sean Dogan
Katy Smith

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...
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Ebony Adams
Russell Stall
Victoria Testela
Speaker Kori Gamble
Kori Gamble
Speaker Jacob Farley
Jacob Farley
Adom Appiah
Speaker Edward Anderson
Dr. Edward Anderson

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...
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Dr. John Stockwell
LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon
Tobi Kinsell

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

Homelessness Conversation

Homelessness, as in many places across our state and nation, is an ongoing and complex issue. Housing insecurity and homelessness can result from economic issues like unemployment, lack of affordable...
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Brandon Cook
Reggie Barner
Susan McLarty
Stacey Denaux

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...
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Herb Johnson, Jr.
Representative Neal Collins
Adela Mendoza
Darrin Goss

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...
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Larisa Gelman
Debbie Jaillette
Robin Berlinsky
Jason Johnson

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...
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James Thompson
Don Oglesby
Monroe Free
Tony McDade

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...
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David Taylor

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...
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Peggy Baxter
Diane Gluck
Kay Roper
Tom Bates

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...
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Cherington Shucker

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...
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Heidi Hansen McCrory

Summit Sponsors Reception

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

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...
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Carolina Leadership Seminars Alumni Meet Up

Calling all alumni of the Carolina Leadership Seminars…join us in the Hyatt Orb Lounge for cocktails and catch up with your fellow executive directors before enjoying dinner in beautiful downtown...
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Breakfast in the Ballroom

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

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...
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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...
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Larry Finney

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...
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Anna Lewin

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....
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Katelyn Brewer

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...
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Sally Wills

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...
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Kat Morgan

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...
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Toni Jernigan

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...
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Lindsey Vance, PhD
Charles Weathers

Legal 101: Good Governance Practices

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS: 1. We will discuss the proper organizational documents – corporate articles and bylaws. 2. We will discuss the policies of a well-governed nonprofit corporation. 3. We will discuss...
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Mac McLean

Creating An Association Health Insurance Plan for SC’s Nonprofits – Yay or Na?

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 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...
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Matt Shaffer
Paul Bodamer
Speaker Mike Harris
Michael E. Harris,
Speaker Sara Fawcett
Sara Fawcett
9:30 am - 10:30 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...
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Mike Teachey
Nannie Jefferies
Kristi King-Brock
Addy Matney

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...
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Alan Kleinfeld

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...
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Justin Kiddy

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...
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Mary Woodiwiss
Trentsie Williams

Leveraging Evaluation to Elevate and Advance Your Nonprofit

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...
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Liza Jones
Tracy Waters
Tobi Kinsell

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...
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Colleen Bozard

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...
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Kristin Dubrowski

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...
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Jessica Sharp

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...
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Tim Winkler
11:00 am - 11:30 am


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...
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Derek Lewis

– CANCELED – Efficiency or Effective: Does it Really Matter?

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO AN ILL SPEAKER. — TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. The difference between efficient and effective outcomes 2. What the “Outcome Matrix” is 3. How outcomes...
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Jeff Schumacher MS,MBA

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...
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Lauren Chivers

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...
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John Carroll

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...
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Monroe Free

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...
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Bailey Shorr
Anne Caywood
Danielle Breidung

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....
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Jenny Dennis
Stephanie Maples

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...
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Lila Anna Sauls
Patrick Jinks

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?  Because there’s A LOT at stake!  Spend an hour...
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Naomi Lett
Benjamin Bullock
Chris Steed

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...
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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.

AmeriCorps Host: Volunteer Generation Fund

Lunch drop-in discussion focused on funding opportunities and technical assistance for AmeriCorps SC and Volunteer Generation Fund programs. Open to all who are interested.

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...
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Shelley Koop
Margie Maxwell
Denise Spencer

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...
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Don Crocker

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...
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Christa Divis

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. Recent data will explain...
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Shawn S. Edwards, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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...
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Icelynn Baldwin
Montana Cain

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...
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Holly Hayes

The Not-So-Sexy Side of Nonprofit Work – Operations 101

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Identify the “must-haves” for nonprofit operations departments 2. Identify where the operations gaps are in the attendee’s organization from the “musts” we go over 3. Leave with...
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Dawn Dowden
Stig Rasmussen

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...
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Brian White

Nonprofit Mergers and Affiliations

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

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...
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Stephanie Isaacs

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....
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Mark Cruise

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...
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Heather Meadors
Dmitry Kopytin
Tulia Scott
Sam Erwin
Ann Wright

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...
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Dennis Hanthorn

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...
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Kassy Alia

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...
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GP McLeer

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”...
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Christa Divis

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...
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Arnold Kimmons

What I Wish I Knew as a New ED… Plus Mentoring Program

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS 1. Learn tips for new EDs from actual EDs 2. Learn ideas on how to spend your first 100 days (or next 100) 3. Increase contacts for supporting...
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Dana McConnell

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...
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Breakfast in the Ballroom

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

Coffee Talks

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...
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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...
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Vu Le

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...
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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 – through workshops or expensive off-site sessions. Managing pro bono projects that engage skilled...
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Speaker Alexandra McArthur
Alexandra McArthur

NOTE: Together SC and the Summit Planning Committee reserve the right to change the schedule at any time. Changes will be communicated to attendees via the website and/or email.