Our Collective Voice

SCANPO pledges to be a proactive advocacy partner for the state’s nonprofit sector. We will focus on relevant legislative issues which impact our members, and we will communicate the status of key legislation and policy issues with you.

SCANPO will be a powerful and unified voice for the nonprofit community to influence government policies so we can realize our vision of a better future for all South Carolinians. We will be made strong by our collaboration as we advocate for the best interests of those who work for the good of our communities.

Sampling of SCANPO’s Past Advocacy Accomplishments


  • 1998 – Act 368, Among other things, transferred regulation of Charitable Solicitation back to the Secretary of State.  SCANPO, which did not care about where the regulation was, got an amendment added to require notification of the change to all registered nonprofits.
  • 2000 – Act 336, Changes to Charitable Solicitation Act.  SCANPO negotiated with the Secretary of State’s Office for over a year to achieve reasonable consumer protection without unreasonable burdens to charities.
  • 2008 – Act 352, Exempts from property taxes property donated to the charity and property purchased by the charity for future use, both for up to three years.  Clawback provisions if donated property not sold or property purchased for future use is sold. SCANPO helped lobby this legislation through.
  • 2010 – Act 156, Makes names of donors to a nonprofit its property and requires professional solicitors to turn over those names to the charity. SCANPO representatives helped negotiate the final language.
  • 2010 – Act 170.  Increases cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack.  SCANPO was part of the coalition that worked for seven years to pass this change that funded health care and tobacco cessation programs.
  • 2013 – Act 11 and Constitutional Amendment.  To allow nonprofits to hold raffles for charitable purposes, contingent upon approval by the citizens in the November 2014 elections. SCANPO led this effort in 2013 building upon prior work by SC Lions Club Foundation and others.

This list does not include significant work on issues that have not been fully addressed or national advocacy efforts.