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.

SCANPO’s Current Advocacy Issues:

  • Senate Bill 687 (2015), as introduced, would severely limit nonprofit animal shelters like the Charleston Animal Society and Pawmetto Lifeline to offer certain services within 7 miles of a private veterinary practice. The bill as currently written would carve out special “no-go” zones in the service areas of nonprofit animal shelters that advantage private veterinarians and punish nonprofit veterinarians. Worse, it could set a precedent allowing such limitations on many other kinds of nonprofits. SCANPO opposes the bill as originally written.

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 successfully pushed for 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.
  • 2013-15 – 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. Law went into effect April 2015. SCANPO led this effort in 2013 building upon prior work by SC Lions Charitable Services and others.
  • July 2015 – In aftermath of June 17th, 2015 Emmanuel Church Shootings, SCANPO President Madeleine McGee joined hundreds of leaders from across the state and issued a public statement encouraging legislators to remove the Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from the State House Grounds. It was removed on July 10, 2015.

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