Together SC Announces New Board Members, Selected by South Carolina Nonprofits
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Together SC, the state’s network of nonprofit organizations and their allies for good, recently announced four new board members elected by its nonprofit member organizations from across South Carolina.
Free’s longtime service to Together SC and the nonprofit sector includes 11 years leading Habitat Greenville and his prior work as 2019 Nonprofit Summit chair. Free also helped develop Together SC’s 2020 strategic plan that aims to further nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as integral players in successfully building vibrant, equitable communities. Since March, the organization has worked tirelessly on guiding its members through COVID-19 response and recovery.
“So many nonprofits work on the front lines addressing the impacts of the pandemic and the existing underlying inequities in health, education, housing and financial opportunity that hold back so many South Carolinians,” Free says. “As nonprofits advocate for those they serve, so must Together SC advocate for the needs of nonprofits themselves.”
Recently, Together SC, in collaboration with College of Charleston’s Riley Center for Livable Communities, released the results of a statewide survey revealing the pandemic’s impact on nonprofit organizations. It illustrates the urgent need for governmental funding as 63 percent of the survey’s 566 respondents can only survive six months or less without additional funding.
That’s why Together SC and its advocacy allies are busy urging legislators to consider nonprofits as they allocate the State’s remaining CARES Act federal funding. The legislative conference committee meets Tuesday, Sept. 22, 3:00 p.m. to craft the final bill for consideration. Together SC has also been working on legislation to reauthorize charitable raffles that provide a critical fundraising tool for groups large and small. Again, that decision should be made this week. Stay up to date on these and other critical issues impacting community organizations at www.togethersc.org/blog
Together SC’s board is comprised of highly respected and tenured leaders with notable accomplishments in their communities. It looks to these leaders to help engage and serve their local communities.
Together SC’s current board members also include: Stacey Denaux, CEO of One80 Place, located in Charleston; Robyn Ezzell, manager of Nonprofit Executive Search Practices for Find Great People International, located in Greenville; Carl Humphries, CEO of HopeHealth Inc, located in Florence; Erika Kirby, executive director of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, located in Columbia; Tamela Spann, vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Hollingsworth Funds, located in Greenville; Paige Stephenson, president and CEO of United Way of the Piedmont, located in Spartanburg; and JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation, located in Columbia. Founding board chair Mac Bennett, senior counsel for Capital Development Services is an emeritus member of the board; he resides in Beaufort County. Find more information about Together SC’s board members at www.togethersc.org/board-of-directors.
Armed with a new strategic plan and an engaged board of directors, Together SC looks to continue helping South Carolina’s network of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders understand, adapt to and influence our changing landscape. Join the organization as an ally for good online at www.togethersc.org.