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Addressing the needs of our state’s poor and underserved.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation serves the unmet needs of children, families and communities in South Carolina through a variety of programs, grant opportunities, collaborative ventures, education and training for nonprofit organizations.

SC has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.
We’ve awarded 1,950 grants to fight poverty in our state.
We’ve awarded $55 million to fight poverty since we began.
Nearly 17% of all homeless in SC are children.


How can our nonprofit develop a culture of excellence?
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

All nonprofits, big and small, can find benefit in adopting an incremental, yet systematic approach for organizational improvement and pursuit of excellence.

In this half-day workshop, a team of nonprofit experts will guide you through the use of a valuable framework for pursuing excellence, SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices (GP&BP).

This tool, developed by nonprofit leaders, professional advisors and volunteer experts, can be used within your organization to do the following:

  • Assess strengths and opportunities
  • Facilitate strategic decision making
  • Encourage conversation about critical board issues
  • Measure progress and celebrate accomplishments

Participants will also hear from Monroe Free, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, the 2015 Award for Nonprofit Excellence recipient. He will reflect on how his organization has integrated the GP&BP into planning efforts and sustainable operations.

Madeleine-200Madeleine McGee has served as president of SCANPO since January 2011, bringing her passion for SC’s nonprofits and all that they do. She has vast experience in the sector, running start-ups as well as established nonprofits. She began her career in nonprofit management in Georgetown in the 1980’s and later led the Coastal Community Foundation for ten years. Madeleine is a SC Liberty Fellow. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Virginia. And In her spare time she enjoys building Habitat homes and serving as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters .

Other Workshop Facilitators:

  • Sharon Thomas, Member Services Manager, SCANPO
  • Debbie Nelson, Knowledge Network Services, SCANPO
  • Monroe Free, President, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
Caritas Grant Deadline
Apr 7 all-day
Why Communications Matters
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Organizations that communicate well are stronger, smarter, and vastly more effective. Yet when it comes to delivering effective, strategic communication, many of us struggle. Despite understanding the value of communication, most organizations and individuals admit that they lack the time and budget to “do” communication more effectively.

This workshop will explore the major “pillars” of an effective Communications Model and how you can produce a viable communications strategy from its attributes, including Social Media!


Langley Damon Shealy serves as the Communications Director for the Foundation.

In this position, she is responsible for the public relations, marketing and communications activities of the Foundation. She is responsible for planning and implementing communications strategies built upon the Foundation’s efforts in capacity building, grantee program sustainability and other strategic initiatives and promoting and elevating the mission and vision of the foundation.

Mrs. Shealy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston and a MBA from Barry University in Miami, in Management Information Systems. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at Erskine Theological Seminary and Coordinator of the newly formed Columbia Campus.

She currently serves as marketing board chair for the Laurel Crest Retirement Center and serves as a marketing and development committee member for The Therapy Place.


Nonprofit Development Alumni Forum @ Sisters of Charity Foundation
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leader Development – The Matrix (2000, Wachowski Brothers, Directors)

On the surface, The Matrix is a slick action film with flash martial arts sequences. However, with deeper analysis, we discover an intelligent story heavily influenced by philosophy, religion and leadership dynamics. We will focus on Morpheaus’ mentorship of Neo to explore leader development and situational leadership.

Above session would be presented in the same format as regular 2014 program with Pre-work, Session Facilitation and Case Study.

Leadership Forum FacilitatorFor over 40 years, Rex Meade has been assisting others in identifying and honing the talents and leadership potential of individuals that is so vital to organizations.  Grounded by his own work  experiences within large engineering/construction firms and a regional hospital setting, Rex has a strong base of practical, workplace knowledge. He has also been active on national, state and local non-profit boards.

During the past 30 years, Rex has focused on organizational improvement and leadership  development.  Having consulted with numerous large and small organizations, he continually strives to deliver highly customized services to each of his clients. Recent clients include Fluor, CB&I, Lafarge, LINC, Shaw, Alcoa, Furman and KBR Building Group. In addition, Rex has worked with several national professional associations as well as with family owned businesses and many non-profits.

Why integrate Your Public Relations and Marketing Strategy?
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In many organizations, Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is an often-misunderstood practice within the marketing, media and advertising industries. In fact, IMC is a simple concept that ensures that all marketing tools are carefully integrated so that they work together for stronger results and public relations is usually at the apex of it all. In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of the foundation of IMC.

During this session you will:

  • Learn the basic components of IMC.
  • Understand why brands are turning to IMC for better results.
  • Examine a recent, successful IMC campaigns.

Learn how to develop and maintain an effective IMC strategy.

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Bianca Crawford is the owner of the Crawford Austin Agency, a full service Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management Firm located in Columbia, South Carolina whose clients range from non-profits, law firms, small businesses and educational institutions.  Bianca is also a university instructor in the Department of Mass Communications at Claflin University. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and a Masters degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. Bianca previously worked in the finance and television industry prior to creating the Crawford Austin Agency.

Bianca takes pride in giving back to her community and is an active member of the Columbia Junior League, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and previously served on numerous boards including the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Development Corporation and was a founding member of Columbia’s Opportunity Resource (COR).

Bianca is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and in 2008 was named one of the “Top 20 under 40”by the State Newspaper, Young Professional of the Year by the
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and in 2014 she was named Top 40 under 40 by Black Pages USA.


CMI Grant Deadline
Jun 5 all-day
Foundation Grantee Luncheon
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am
Who is Your Neighbor? Finding the Answer and Making a Difference
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

If asked to list seven non-profits in a five-mile radius of your organization could you do it? Do you know if you can collaborate on special projects and avoid duplication of services? Consider the possibility of making your organization, community, state and nation a better place because you know your neighbor.  This workshop is designed to get participants to answer hard questions such as, “why can’t we all just get along” and explore how to rid ourselves of the “competition spirit”.  Leave this workshop with a strategic roadmap on getting to know your neighbor thus making your organization and community a better place.

SchrendriaRobinsonRev. Schrendria Robinson is an ordained Associate Pastor at Bethel AME Church and the President of Clear Vision Seminars & Consulting both in Columbia, SC.   She has been working with non-profit organizations and congregations for over 15 years helping them to strengthen their services via strategic planning sessions, board development, team building and grant writing.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University.  She also earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

In her spare time she loves writing as she is a published author and blogger.

Carolina Academy Development Program
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:15 pm
Are you Fiscally Fit? @ Sisters of Charity Foundation
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This is a hands-on workshop where managers, staff and board members of nonprofit and faith-based entities can learn how to assess the fiscal strength of their organization.  Participants will learn how to determine whether financial management best practices are being used throughout their financial operations. This workshop will increase the comfort level of participants in reading and interpreting nonprofit financial statements, and will demonstrate how the financials can work in tandem with organizational strategic planning.  Participants will also learn more about the budgeting and reporting process and how this can be a valuable tool in strengthening internal controls within their organizations.

J Breland Feb 2015 (2)Jackie F. Breland is a Certified Public Accountant, financial consultant and President of Jackie Breland Consulting, P.A., a firm that provides comprehensive financial management services to clients in the nonprofit and  governmental sectors in South Carolina.  Jackie’s focus area is working with small to medium-sized organizations to help build financial management capacity and strengthen accounting systems and processes.  Some of the areas where she provides specific consulting services to nonprofits and local governments include cash flow management, federal grant reporting and compliance, and budget development.  She has over 32 years of
financial management experience.

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