Apply Now for the 2015 Award for Nonprofit Excellence!

The deadline for applying for the 2015 South Carolina Nonprofit Excellence Award will be here before you know it! Since 2003, SCANPO has recognized member organizations for their exemplary governance and management and excellence in implementing SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices. Each year two organizations, one with an annual budget under $750,000, and one with an annual budget at $750,000 or greater, are selected through a competitive selection process. The award honors … [Read more...]

Sample Letter to the Editor on Raffles

It's almost time! On November 4, 2014, SC voters will have the opportunity to change the State Constitution to allow nonprofit charities to hold raffle fundraisers! Below is a sample letter which we encourage nonprofit leaders to send to the editors of their local newspapers. Please feel free to personalize, and let SCANPO staff know if you plan to send a letter to your local paper, so that we can look for it! Please encourage everyone you know, colleagues, friends, family, to vote YES on … [Read more...]

Midlands Nonprofits: SCANPO announces new Internship Program with USC!

SCANPO is excited to announce a new opportunity for Nonprofit Organizations in the Midlands! We are partnering with the University of South Carolina on a pilot project to place up to 10 undergraduate students in meaningful and experiential internships with Nonprofits in the Columbia area. Interested? Fill out the form below to let us know! Can't see the above flyer? Download it here. … [Read more...]

TUESDAY OCT. 7: Five Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses

REGISTER NOW! TUESDAY, October 7th, SCANPO is partnering with Firespring to offer an exciting webinar: Five Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses! In this educational session, you will discover what the best nonprofit marketers already know–that email marketing is a skill that can be mastered. You’ll learn: • Why email marketing works when it’s done right; • How to create a donor retention plan; • How to get constituents to opt-in (and why some opt-out); • Email marketing mistakes … [Read more...]

SC Dept. of Ed. issues RFP for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has an additional $3 million to award to eligible applicants interested in operating 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs beginning in January 2015. Eligible applicants, which include school districts, faith-based and community-based organizations, government agencies, and private entities, must propose to provide academic enrichment activities for students and literacy and educational programs for adult family members of … [Read more...]

Ballot Language for Raffle Amendment has been Approved!

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: The Attorney General chairs the Constitutional Ballot Commission. The commission met on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to approve explanations for the two constitutional amendments on the November general election ballot. See below for the two explanations for the amendments which will appear on ballots in the November 4, 2014, General Election: Amendment 1 Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle … [Read more...]

United Way of Anderson and SCANPO Announce New Partnership

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Don’t miss this Aug. 21 Webinar! Maximizing the Fundraising Potential of Your Donor Database

AUGUST 21 @ 2:30PM - 4:00PM You just never know what you'll uncover if you start digging around in the information you have about your donors.  And you wonder what would happen if you actually, once-and-for-all, get it organized. Well that donor data knowledge is power.  And Firespring CEO Jay Wilkinson is ready to give you the power to maximize the fundraising potential. By the end of the webinar you'll really get to know your donors, in a statistical sense.  Which, in turn will allow you to … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Legal Pitfalls to Avoid: Worker’s Comp, FOIA, Raffles, and Alcohol!

If you are not an attorney, you might have missed this month's issue of South Carolina Lawyer (A publication of the SC Bar), which has a great article by esteemed attorney and former SC DOR Director Burnie Maybank, and USC Law student Chris Hampton. This article covers your pressing questions on four important topics: 1) Worker's Compensation Insurance: Nonprofits are not exempt! If you have four or more employees, you are required to have it! And if you don't, it's still a good idea! 2) … [Read more...]

Independent Sector: Positive Changes to Charitable Giving Rules

SCANPO is a proud member of Independent Sector Your Member Dollars at Work Update on our efforts to promote incentives for charitable giving The charitable and philanthropic sector achieved an amazing victory today with the House approving legislation (H.R. 4719) that would significantly increase charitable giving in the United States. Congratulations and thank you to all of the advocates and allies who helped make this happen. Only through the support of IS … [Read more...]