The SCANPO team members represent and work in various locations across the state as one would imagine a statewide organization would in today’s virtual world. SCANPO’s preferred contact method is email because we can best respond to your inquires with the inclusion of hyperlinks and attachments.
Our office phone numbers redirect to staff cell phones, for when SCANPO members are in need of more immediate assistance.
General inquiries please use the Contact Us page so we can best direct you to the appropriate staff member or section of the website.
SCANPO Phone: 803-929-0399
SCANPO Office (brick & mortar location)
400 Arbor Lake Drive
Columbia, SC 29223
803.929.0399 ext. 10
Ben joined SCANPO in November 2012. He manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, and is the first point of contact for our members, answering questions, making referrals, and ensuring that our member organizations are getting the most of their membership. He provides support to Madeleine, Janie, and Ellen, and takes care of logistics for Board and Committee meetings. Do you need technical assistance with your membership? Do you need help with the Nonprofit Job Center and Nonprofit Training Calendar? Do you have a question for SCANPO? Are you interested in attending or hosting a regional gathering for SCANPO? Ben’s the one to call.
Ben graduated from the University of SC in 2012, earning his BA, MSW, and MPA. He studied nonprofit organizations extensively and is excited to leave the ivory tower and gain real world experience with SCANPO while continuing learning and put his skills to good use. He is a board member of Camp T.A.L.K. (Teaching Advocacy and Life-skills to Kids), a nonprofit a summer day-camp for children with Autism, that he helped to incorporate and gain 501(c)(3) status. He is also a Congregation Council member at Reformation Lutheran Church. Ben lives in Columbia with his partner, Jeremy.
803.929.0399 ext. 11
Madeleine has served as president since January 2011, bringing her passion for South Carolina’s nonprofit sector and all that it does. She works closely with SCANPO’s Board of Directors to advance services to members and the sector and is guided by SCANPO’s mission, vision and core values.
Like many of our members, she’s run start-ups as well as established nonprofits. She cut her teeth in nonprofit management in Georgetown in the 1980’s and later led the Coastal Community Foundation for ten years. She’s also worked for local and state government, provided consulting services, is a proficient fundraiser and knows the grantmaking side as well.
Madeleine received her BA and MBA from the University of Virginia. She’s helped build Habitat houses and is a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. She is a SC Liberty Fellow, and served on Town Council for Sullivan’s Island where she continues to live with her husband, Bunky Wichmann, his three amazing children, a Boykin Spaniel named Beau and two cats.
As SCANPO’s chief “bottle washer,” she’s eager to hear your ideas and suggestions. Watch out, she’ll want to get you involved.
Membership Development Manager
803.929.0399 ext. 12
Laura joined SCANPO’s staff in November 2014 as part-time Membership Development Manager, taking the lead on efforts to develop and promote SCANPO membership within all member categories – nonprofits, grantmaker partners, business partners, academic institutions, associations and associate members. She aims to really engage members through regional gatherings and outreach to make sure SCANPO is “the community where nonprofit leaders come to give and get help as we all aim to work smarter.”
A resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Laura divides her time between Tennessee and South Carolina non-profit organizations. She gives generously her time to select social welfare causes including Women Giving for Spartanburg, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Healthcare Investments Committee of the United Way of the Piedmont. Laura will be joining the Girl Scouts Mountains to the Midlands Council Board of Directors in January 2015. Additionally she serves as Executive Director for the Children’s Security Blanket on a part-time basis. Laura’s passion for helping others comes from professional fundraising for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Centerstone Mental Health and Research Institute, and the American Red Cross National Office. Her particular strength is building major donor relationships.
A lifelong Sustaining Member of the Junior League, Laura attributes the organization with much of her passion for service. Past board service includes the Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, United Way of Metro Nashville and the Nashville Ballet. She helped Nashville Symphony build model children’s education and outreach programs, and is the Past President of the Sow & Sew Garden Club.
Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Laura has three grown children. She enjoys tennis, bridge and needlepoint.
Ellen S. Stevenson
Knowledge Network Manager
Ellen S. Stevenson is SCANPO’s Knowledge Network Manager. Ellen focuses her efforts on: the annual “Together. For Good. Nonprofit Summit,” collaborating with grantmaking partners to identify educational needs of our membership, increasing members’ knowledge and use of the Guiding Principles & Best Practices and developing needed training resources and services for SCANPO members.
Ms. Stevenson’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in leadership and organizational development and consulting.
In addition to working part-time with SCANPO, Ms. Stevenson is Principal of Optimal Performance, a leadership and organization development consulting firm whose clients include private, non-profit and public sector organizations. She has designed trainings on: Nonprofit Leadership and Board Development Practices, Problem Solving and Decision Making (Critical Thinking Skills), Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, Stress Management, Team Building and Development Skills, Facilitation Skills, and Train the Trainer.
Prior to working with SCANPO, Ms. Stevenson held various leadership positions with Rosewood House of Recovery (nonprofit), The Management Center of Greenville Technical College (consulting and training), JP Stevens / West Point Pepperel (manufacturing operations) and with New York State Division for Youth (residential treatment program).
Ms. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Education focusing on the adult learner, from Marywood University. She has successfully combined her social science learning and business experience to better meet the needs of organizations in today’s ever-changing world.
SCANPO’s EXTENDED TEAM
SCANPO is pleased to work with its Business Partners, whose help allows SCANPO staff to focus on directly working with South Carolina’s Nonprofits.
TRIO Solutions – Jessica Munday
Marketing / Communications
Jessica Munday and her staff at TRIO Solutions, based in Charleston, handle SCANPO’s Marketing / Communications work.
Carolina Event Consultants – Nancye Bailey
Nancye Bailey and Jessica Suber of Carolina Event Consultants, based in Columbia, are helping plan and coordinate the 2015 South Carolina Nonprofit Summit.
eCratchit Nonprofit – Ed Mulherin, CPA, JD
Virtual CFO / Accountant
Ed Mulherin and his staff at eCratchit, based in Braintree, MA, handle SCANPO’s financial accounting and reporting needs.
Thom Taylor and his staff at CES, based in Columbia, handle SCANPO’s Human Resources and Payroll / Benefits management needs.
Consultant for the SCANPO Advocacy Committee
John, of The Ruoff Group, is helping with our Advocacy efforts and supporting the Advocacy Committee as it tackles legalizing charitable raffles for nonprofits.