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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.

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SC has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.
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We’ve awarded 2500 grants to fight poverty in our state.
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We’ve awarded $60 million to fight poverty since we began.
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Nearly 17% of all homeless in SC are children.

FOUNDATION EVENTS

Oct
5
Wed
Leadership Wake-Up: what got you here won’t take you there, let’s get back to the gym Webinar
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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You will receive the link to the webinar one day in advance. If you have trouble connecting to the webinar, please contact Kim Frohnappel at 803-254-0230, Ext. 17 or kimf@sistersofcharitysc.com

When a professional musician needs to grow, that move to the next level doesn’t happen on stage.  It doesn’t happen back stage either.  Growth happens when a small set of hidden actions called the Practice Principles are triggered.

But these aren’t just about music, any non-profit leader can use them when life calls you to something bigger. 

  • Investigate the difference between good and great
  • Infuse your language with words that work
  • Inspire your team to not settle for less
  • Ignite a fire in your community 

Jarrod Haning is the Principal Violist with the SC Philharmonic.  As an award-winning speaker, his humorous stories and inspiring teaching is guaranteed to boost your influence and impact.  Hailed as the “Seth Godin of music,” his expertise has helped doctors, lawyers, teachers, leaders, pilots and more to make a bigger difference in the world around them. His unique approach will leave you talking about this message for days!

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Oct
13
Thu
Nonprofit Leadership Development Program @ 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29204
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2016 Session Dates                      Leadership Themes and  Acclaimed Films

August 18, 2016 Problem Solving & Critical Thinking — Apollo 13 (1995, Ron Howard, Director) The well-known historical events of Apollo 13 are viewed from the human side.  Leaders  must deal with unexpected events that prove well established routines useless.  Examine how well-trained  and disciplined people solve critical problems under extreme duress.
September 15, 2016 Conflict Management & Influence — 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumat, Director) Explore improbable  persuasion as 12 strangers selected for a criminal jury  move from an 11 to 1 vote to convict a minority teenager to a unanimous (0-12) not guilty.  Discover how and why minds are changed.
October 13, 2016 Empowerment and Employee Relations — Norma Rae (1979, Martin Ritt, Director) Follow the evolution of a frustrated mill worker into an empowered leader who helps change a noxious and entrenched work culture.  Contrast how leadership impacts lives through abuse of power as opposed to true empowerment.
November 10, 2016 Power and Authority, Crimson Tide (1995, Tony Scott, Director  Examine the difference between power and authority.  Does the distinction matter to potential followers? Crimson Tide offers a stark comparison of leadership approaches during a crisis.
December 8, 2016 Coaching for Success — Miracle (2004, Gavin O’Connor, Director) Based on the true story behind the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey victory over the USSR, this story is perhaps one of the best examples of successful coaching and team building.  Delve into the way Herb Brooks blends 20 college rivals into a committed, high-performance team.

Facilitator:

Rex Meade
PO Box 14940, Greenville, SC 29610864-421-3014
www.MeadeLLC.com
RexMeade@MeadeLLC.com

Leadership Forum FacilitatorMeade, LLC For 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.

Areas of expertise include:
Assessments, Executive Coaching, Meeting Facilitation, Pragmatic Planning, Leadership Team Alignment, Change Management and Succession Planning.

Nov
4
Fri
Leading Bravely: Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion @ 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29204
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

South Carolina’s growing diversity provides local leaders with an opportunity to strengthen their communities through courageous conversations, authentic engagement and social change. This interactive workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders and board members who are ready to build more inclusive, welcoming organizations for those they serve and work with. Utilizing a values-based transformational leadership lens, you will leave with a concrete vision and action steps to strengthen your leadership legacy.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
• Understand and apply core values of diversity, equity and inclusion to your work
• Recognize the inherent worth and dignity of diverse populations and communities
• Identify your signature strengths that can be used when leading organizational change

NewStephaniefor WebDr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, M.S.W. brings more than twenty years of experience in the nonprofit, social service, health, educational and philanthropic sector. As Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, she designs and manages the Foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact. She leads the Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion work statewide. She directs two statewide Foundation Initiatives, the Kinship Care Initiative and the Immigrant Families Initiative. She develops and implements an advocacy agenda while convening key stakeholders to address needed changes in systems that impact families experiencing poverty statewide. She works to build important alliances and relationships on critical issues affecting children and families to raise awareness and foster action while identifying promising areas for strategic expansion of Initiatives statewide. Previously President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, she joined the Foundation in 2009 after serving as a former grantee and Foundation consultant. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Southeastern Council of Foundations and is active on committees focused on governance, leadership development, programming and policy.
Her passion at the Foundation to help South Carolina families live out of poverty resonates personally. Orphaned at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in India and later adopted as a toddler to the United States, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter is a first generation immigrant who became a naturalized citizen at age ten. Facing single motherhood in young adulthood, she received government assistance while bravely pushing forward to complete her undergraduate education despite those who advised her to quit. She now also holds a Masters from the University of Minnesota as a Child Welfare Scholar (1999) and a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina as a Council on Social Work Minority Clinical Fellow (2012). She is also a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow (2010-2011) and Alumni. She graduated from the Certified Personal and Executive Coaching Program through the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute approved by the International Coach Federation (2013). She is also a graduate of the Spring Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University and is a Riley Fellow (2015).

Nov
7
Mon
Best Practices in Nonprofit Financial Management @ Webinar
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Description:

This session is a high-level overview of key best practices in nonprofit financial management. It is designed for board and managers of nonprofit organizations, and will help those leaders understand what some of the best practices look like, so that they can determine if those practices are in place in their nonprofit organizations and how they might put those in place for the future.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand best practices in nonprofit internal controls
  • Understand best practices in nonprofit financial reporting
  • Understand best practices in nonprofit budgeting and other key areas of financial management

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 non-profit, governmental and small business for profit sectors in South Carolina.  Jackie’s focus area is working with small to medium-sized organizations to provide assistance in building financial capacity and strengthening accounting systems and processes. She has over 32 years of financial management experience, with a brief summary as follows:

  • Public accounting experience with Ernst & Young in Columbia, South Carolina.  Primarily audited healthcare and non-profit clients.
  • Public accounting and tax experience with Elliott Davis in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Corporate tax experience managing a large corporate Tax Department for a large insurance company for over eight years, in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Financial Analysis experience, including financial forecasting, planning and general financial analysis.
  • Project Management experience, including the management of a large corporate data warehouse and other company-wide projects.
  • Extensive financial consulting experience with Jackie Breland Consulting, P.A. for the past 16 years, including grant management, financial project management, corporate accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, forecasting, and financial systems design and implementation.

Jackie also provides financial workshops and technical assistance to non-profit organizations in areas of accountability, financial management, financial reporting, accounting policies and procedures, budgeting, cashflow management, internal controls and fraud prevention, federal / state grant compliance, Form 990, risk management and other related topics.  She and her team of CPAs also serve as the outsourced CFO to a number of nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

Jackie currently serves on the faculty of the Nonprofit Management Program at Winthrop University, a certificate program designed for professionals working in nonprofit organizations.

Jackie served on the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organization’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Preserving the Public Trust in 2006 and 2007.  This group developed the Guiding Principles and Best Practices for South Carolina’s nonprofit organizations, which is now in its third edition.  In addition, she is an active member of the American Institute for CPAs, the South Carolina Association of CPAs and South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Contact Information:

Jackie F. Breland, CPA                                      email: Jackie@jackiebreland.com

Jackie Breland Consulting, P.A.                         web site:  http://www.jackiebreland.com

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 313C

Columbia, SC  29204

803 / 429-1705 (cell)

803 / 252-7337 (fax)

Nov
10
Thu
Nonprofit Leadership Development Program @ 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29204
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2016 Session Dates                      Leadership Themes and  Acclaimed Films

August 18, 2016 Problem Solving & Critical Thinking — Apollo 13 (1995, Ron Howard, Director) The well-known historical events of Apollo 13 are viewed from the human side.  Leaders  must deal with unexpected events that prove well established routines useless.  Examine how well-trained  and disciplined people solve critical problems under extreme duress.
September 15, 2016 Conflict Management & Influence — 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumat, Director) Explore improbable  persuasion as 12 strangers selected for a criminal jury  move from an 11 to 1 vote to convict a minority teenager to a unanimous (0-12) not guilty.  Discover how and why minds are changed.
October 13, 2016 Empowerment and Employee Relations — Norma Rae (1979, Martin Ritt, Director) Follow the evolution of a frustrated mill worker into an empowered leader who helps change a noxious and entrenched work culture.  Contrast how leadership impacts lives through abuse of power as opposed to true empowerment.
November 10, 2016 Power and Authority, Crimson Tide (1995, Tony Scott, Director  Examine the difference between power and authority.  Does the distinction matter to potential followers? Crimson Tide offers a stark comparison of leadership approaches during a crisis.
December 8, 2016 Coaching for Success — Miracle (2004, Gavin O’Connor, Director) Based on the true story behind the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey victory over the USSR, this story is perhaps one of the best examples of successful coaching and team building.  Delve into the way Herb Brooks blends 20 college rivals into a committed, high-performance team.

Facilitator:

Rex Meade
PO Box 14940, Greenville, SC 29610864-421-3014
www.MeadeLLC.com
RexMeade@MeadeLLC.com

Leadership Forum FacilitatorMeade, LLC For 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.

Areas of expertise include:
Assessments, Executive Coaching, Meeting Facilitation, Pragmatic Planning, Leadership Team Alignment, Change Management and Succession Planning.

Dec
8
Thu
Nonprofit Leadership Development Program @ 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29204
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2016 Session Dates                      Leadership Themes and  Acclaimed Films

August 18, 2016 Problem Solving & Critical Thinking — Apollo 13 (1995, Ron Howard, Director) The well-known historical events of Apollo 13 are viewed from the human side.  Leaders  must deal with unexpected events that prove well established routines useless.  Examine how well-trained  and disciplined people solve critical problems under extreme duress.
September 15, 2016 Conflict Management & Influence — 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumat, Director) Explore improbable  persuasion as 12 strangers selected for a criminal jury  move from an 11 to 1 vote to convict a minority teenager to a unanimous (0-12) not guilty.  Discover how and why minds are changed.
October 13, 2016 Empowerment and Employee Relations — Norma Rae (1979, Martin Ritt, Director) Follow the evolution of a frustrated mill worker into an empowered leader who helps change a noxious and entrenched work culture.  Contrast how leadership impacts lives through abuse of power as opposed to true empowerment.
November 10, 2016 Power and Authority, Crimson Tide (1995, Tony Scott, Director  Examine the difference between power and authority.  Does the distinction matter to potential followers? Crimson Tide offers a stark comparison of leadership approaches during a crisis.
December 8, 2016 Coaching for Success — Miracle (2004, Gavin O’Connor, Director) Based on the true story behind the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey victory over the USSR, this story is perhaps one of the best examples of successful coaching and team building.  Delve into the way Herb Brooks blends 20 college rivals into a committed, high-performance team.

Facilitator:

Rex Meade
PO Box 14940, Greenville, SC 29610864-421-3014
www.MeadeLLC.com
RexMeade@MeadeLLC.com

Leadership Forum FacilitatorMeade, LLC For 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.

Areas of expertise include:
Assessments, Executive Coaching, Meeting Facilitation, Pragmatic Planning, Leadership Team Alignment, Change Management and Succession Planning.

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