Award for Nonprofit Excellence

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 SCANPO’s founding director, Erin Hardwick, and recipients are considered to be among the best-run nonprofits in the state.

The thorough application process provides an opportunity for organizational self-assessment that many recipients have said was worth more than the recognition.

Our competitive selection process means that winners are truly distinguished organizations and receive much-deserved public recognition. Additionally, they serve as standard-bearers, inspiring other SCANPO member nonprofits to strive to emulate their demonstrated excellence.

Click Here To Download the 2015 Submission Instructions

SCANPO encourages nonprofits to talk with SCANPO staff to determine if ready to submit.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a draft of their final applications to SCANPO by November 7, 2014 if they wish to have it reviewed by a committee member for feedback before final submission. Final applications must be submitted as a single PDF document via email to Ben Bullock at, by November 21, 2014.

The 2015 recipient will be invited to attend SCANPO’s Annual Nonprofit Summit at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms where they will be recognized at the Summit.

Recipients receive:

  • A $500 credit to use for any of the following SCANPO services: registrations for SCANPO’s Nonprofit Summits in 2015 or 2016, other SCANPO trainings or SCANPO publications.
  • Recognition at the 2015 Nonprofit Summit and presentation of a distinguished plaque to display in the organization’s office
  • Participation in Guiding Principles Peer Learning presentations at the 2015 Summit and at regional gatherings.
  • Recognition through SCANPO communications and local media
  • Recognition with all Award for Nonprofit Excellence winners on SCANPO’s website and in the Summit communications.
For more details about the award and the application process, please email Ben Bullock, SCANPO Administration & Member Services Coordinator, or call 803-929-0399

The 2015 Award Sponsor is:



Award for Nonprofit Excellence Recipients

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Greenville

The ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Spartanburg

Greenville County First Steps, Greenville

Memory Matters, Hilton Head
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Beaufort

Catawba Care, Rock Hill
HALOS, Charleston

Miss Ruby’s Kids, Georgetown
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Charleston

Metanoia, North Charleston
Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island

Glenn Springs Academy, Pauline

Wings for Kids, North Charleston

Goodwill Industries of Lower SC, North Charleston
International Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw

Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston
Center for Women, Charleston

Service Over Self, Georgetown
Miracle Hill Ministries of Greenville

Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC), Columbia