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
Member Services Manager
803.929.0399 ext. 14
Sharon 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. Her goal is increasing members’ knowledge and use of the Guiding Principles & Best Practices and developing needed services for individual SCANPO members. Do you need technical assistance with your membership? Do you need help with the Nonprofit Job Center? Do you have a question for SCANPO? Sharon’s the one to call.
Sharon has worked in the nonprofit field for 20 years. As a trainer/consultant and project manager in child abuse prevention, she provided training and technical assistance to parents, foster parents and other helping professionals to ensure the safety and wellbeing of South Carolina’s children. Most recently, she served four years in the Georgetown County community as Executive Director of a crisis response and poverty intervention agency. Sharon graduated summa cum laude from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. She lives in Berkeley County with her husband, Bill Thomas, and together they are proud parents of five children who have blessed them with four grandchildren so far.
803.929.0399 ext. 10
Ben manages the day-to-day operations of the organization: finance, HR, vendor relationships, special projects, and supports the rest of the SCANPO Staff. Are you a vendor or Business Partner who’d like to offer discounts on goods and services to SCANPO’s nonprofit members? Call Ben!
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.
Knowledge Network Services
803.929.0399 ext. 13
Debbie assumed responsibility for SCANPO’s Knowledge Network in January 2015. In this new consulting role she manages a variety of resources and learning experiences for SCANPO’s membership. She coordinates Wednesday Webinars, develops new training offerings and resources, identifies and establishes training partnerships with funders, and collaborates with consultants and business partners. Debbie is delighted to bring more than 30 years of professional experience and her understanding of nonprofits and their training needs to SCANPO’s members.
A twenty-five year resident of Greenville, South Carolina, Debbie is the president and founder of DNA Creative Communications, a woman-owned public relations and inspirational marketing firm for nonprofit organizations. Under Debbie’s leadership, in 2010 DNA founded Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums, an annual training program in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, and the Hollingsworth Funds. More than 375 organizations have attended sessions since the program’s inception. In addition each month she shares nonprofit stories in the Greenville Business Magazine and Columbia Business Monthly. Debbie is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Leadership South Carolina and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative. And she currently serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels of Greenville, the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the United Way of Greenville County.
Debbie and her husband Fred have two grown sons, Chris who lives in Brooklyn, New York and Turner who lives in Charleston. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys walking the Sullivan’s Island beach with her boxer Lucy, biking the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, knitting for family and friends, and reading to children at Overbrook Child Development Center.
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 Jennifer 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.