This workshop will feature a panel of three funders from South Carolina who will share their perspective on how best to work with Foundations when seeking grant funds. There is more than $100 million distributed annually in funding by South Carolina based Foundations. Some are geographically constrained while others are not. Learns some ways to improve your relationship with funders and strengthen your chances for Foundation funding.
- Tom Keith, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation
- Chris Steed, Executive Director, Fullerton Foundation
- Mamie Nicholson, Program Officer, Self Family Foundation
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In this position he oversees the operations of the Foundation and assists the Foundation Board of Trustees in setting policies and goals. Mr. Keith is active in establishing partnerships and coalitions with other organizations and community groups.
Mr. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Marshall University and a master’s in business administration from Winthrop University. He has over 30 years experience in nonprofit management in five states and has served as president of the Foundation since March of 1996.
Mr. Keith also serves as treasurer of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Board of Trustees as well as on the Board of Trustees for Winthrop University Foundation and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). He has been an active member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations since 2000. He is a founding member and former chairman of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, a group of 40 grantmaking foundations from across the state.
In 2004, Mr. Keith received the Healthy Learners “In All Things Charity” award and in 2007, was appointed to serve on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. He was inducted into the Winthrop University College of Business Pinnacle Society in 2008 and earned the Clemson University Institute for Family and Neighborhood Life Leadership Award in 2009.
In 2013 Mr. Keith, was awarded the Otis A. Corbitt Leadership and Community Service Award for exemplary leadership in Human Services, Community Development and Education.
He and his wife, Doris, have two boys, Adam and Matthew. They enjoy traveling, family gatherings and their two dogs, Quincy and Ellie. He also serves as a Sunday school teacher for his church.
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Chris Steed serves as Executive Director of the Fullerton Foundation, a private family foundation based in Gaffney, SC. He works with a board of dedicated directors to foster health innovation throughout North and South Carolina. Prior to that he served United Way of the Piedmont for 10 years–first as their Vice President of Community Impact and then as their President & CEO.
The cornerstone of Chris’s career has been strong professional commitment to innovative programming, leveraged resources and collaboration. He successfully obtained AmeriCorps*VISTA and RSVP grants through the Corporation of National and Community Services to support specific volunteer efforts in the Upstate of SC. He worked with community organizations to establish a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance initiative that annually returns nearly $2 million in tax refunds and credits to our local community. Among his proudest professional accomplishments is the establishment of the Gifts In Kind Center that annually distributes more than $22,000,000 in donated household goods to nonprofits throughout our region. He worked with community partners to attack the significant gap in behavioral health services in our community. In 2013, United Way of the Piedmont established a 2-1-1 program that provides a 24 hour hotline for people in need of community services.
Prior to his service at United Way Chris held professional roles at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System including the Performance Improvement Manager at the Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. Chris is an active nonprofit consultant and has worked with various agencies in the areas of leadership, planning, and board development.
Chris served on the Blue Ribbon Taskforce for Community Partnership with the National Stroke Association in 2003. He has served his community on various boards and committees including Leadership Spartanburg Board of Regents, Spartanburg Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Spartanburg Academic Movement, Advisory Board for AFL, Spartanburg Community College, Cherokee 2020 and the Spartanburg Community Indicators Cabinet. He is a member of the prestigious Blue Ridge Institute for Southern Community Service Executives.
Chris is a proud product of SpartanburgSchool District 7! He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from WinthropUniversity and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife Erin are the proud parents of 9 year old Sarah and 6 year old JT – two obvious geniuses that will, no doubt, save the world some day!
In their spare time, Chris and Erin enjoy family, travel, cooking, auctions, and entertaining.
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She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenwood, Leadership South Carolina, the SC Diversity Leaders Initiative at Furman University, Rotary Leadership Institute and received certification in Advanced Proposal Analysis from The Grantmaking School (Grand Valley State University).
Mamie currently serves as a member of the Greenwood County Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Greenwood.
She also serves on the Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, Nonprofit Council, and served as co-chair of the Inaugural Upstate Women’s Leadership Conference held in March 2012 and as a member of the Planning Committee for the 2013, 2015 & 2017 conferences.
Mamie has previously served as a member of the Lander University Board of Trustees, the SC Grantmakers Network Steering Committee, United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties Board member and chair, United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties Campaign Chair, SC State Election Commission member, Lander Foundation Board member, Southeastern Council of Foundations Strategic Planning Committee, Program Committee member and annual meeting workshop presenter, Piedmont Technical College Business Advisory Committee member, SC Downtown Development Association board member, Leadership SC board member, SC National Heritage Corridor board member and Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity board member. She has also served on the CapitalBank Community Advisory Board, the Healthy Learners Greenwood Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Greenwood Board, United Center for Community Care Board of Directors, Healthy Greenwood Communities Board, Greenwood School District 50 Safe and Drug Free Schools Advisory Board, Women’s Leadership Vice Chair and Greenwood School District 50 STEMS Advisory Committee.
She was named a 2010 Small Business Champion for Women in Business by the Small Business Administration, receiving recognition from the SC Senate and the SC House of Representatives.
Mamie is a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club where she serves as a board member and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she serves as a deaconess, Sunday School teacher and usher.
She is married to Floyd Nicholson and they have three sons Antonio, Anthony and Michael and two daughters-in-law (Nancie and Tameka).