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Nonprofit Connect Resources

Legal Compliance Update from the SC Secretary of State’s Office

Grasping legal compliance and staying current on the legal requirements of a nonprofit organization can be complicated and somewhat daunting, but it is essential that nonprofit leaders are up-to-date on legal and regulatory issues facing our sector. South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond, and his legal counsel, Shannon Wiley, presented a legal compliance update at the Nonprofit Connect Session Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Below are links to the presentation as well as handouts further explaining nonprofit raffles

Legal Compliance for Nonprofits and the Role of the Secretary of State

Nonprofit Raffles Handout Post Legalization

Exempt vs. Nonexempt Raffles


FLSA Law Change

The Fair Labor Standards Act overtime law change will affect many nonprofits and faith communities…but how do we prepare?

The Joint Funders and Chapman Cultural Center held a convening on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, to discuss the basics of the FLSA law change, how to be compliant from a legal and human resources perspective, and to provide examples of peer plans for the changes that will take affect December 1. Below are additional resources from the panelists to assist your organization with the transition.
• Department of Labor Overtime Guidance for Nonprofits
• Tips for Addressing the DOL’s New Overtime Expansion
• FLSA White Collar Exemption Flow Chart

Department of Labor Overtime Guidance for Nonprofits

Letter – FLSA Law Change Convening

FLSA White Collar Exemption Flow Chart

Board Engagement in Fundraising (Support Spartanburg County session)

Board members play a key role in moving a nonprofit forward.  Many boards have great intentions, but how do you move your board from approving a new fundraising strategy to engaging them in action that achieves maximum success?

Words to Action – Board Engagement in Fundraising was presented at the Nonprofit Connect Session held Tuesday, February 2, 2016, by Colleen Bozard, President, ccbozard consulting. Below are the presentation and several handouts that provide creative ways in which to actively engage your board in fundraising activities that achieve maximum results for your organization.

Board Engagement in Fundraising

Board Engagement Assessment and Checklist

The Ask in Six Steps

Donor Relationships 

Building relationships with donors is essential to the success of an organization; however, this can sometimes become very time consuming.  Gain some helpful tips on how to build relationships with key donors while balancing your other work, as well as learn more about when and how to make the “big ask”…and when not to.

Building Meaningful and Productive Relationships with Donors was presented at the Nonprofit Connect Session held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Jennifer Evins, President, CEO & Director of Development at The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg.

Donor Relationships

Human Resources – Finding the Perfect Candidate for Your Organization

Tired of interviewing dozens of job seekers, hoping one will fit? Use the below resource to structure your hiring process:

Selecting the Right Talent to Fill Your Vacant Position was presented at the Nonprofit Connect Session held Wednesday, March 26, 2014, by Shellie Haroski, HR Consultant and Outplacement Specialist at Find Great People.

Selecting the Right Talent to Fill Your Vacant Position

The Art of Grantwriting – Tips to make Your Proposal Shine

Do you want your grant proposal to stand out about the rest?  Bellow are two resources to help you achieve that goal:

Top Tips for Success was presented by Mary L. Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, The Spartanburg County Foundation at the Grants Training Workshop held Thursday, December 6, 2013

Top Tips for Success


Tips, Tricks, and Words of Wisdom – Making Your Capacity-Building Grant Proposal Shine was presented by Catherine Schumacher, Development Consultant and Grantwriter, Schumacher Consulting, at the Grants Training Workshops held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 and Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Tricks and Tips Making Your Capacity Building Proposals Shine 

Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project is a collaboration of The Spartanburg County Foundation, United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg County Government, and The University of South Carolina Upstate.   It reports on progress of key issues that are the clearest indicators of quality of life in the County of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The identified key indicator areas include:

  • Education
  • Economy
  • Public Health
  • Natural Environment
  • Social Environment
  • Civic Health

Visit to learn more about the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project.

Foundation Center Cooperating Collection Network at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

Spartanburg County Public Libraries is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers, Spartanburg County Public Libraries provides visitors with free public access to a core collection of grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management. The core collection of reference books for grant seekers is located in the Reference Area on the upper level of the Headquarters Library.

Learn more about the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection Network.


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Listed below are links to local, regional and national organizations to assist local non-profits in finding funding resources and training opportunities:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation

Center for Civic Partnerships

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Council on Foundations

The Foundation Center

Grant Space



The Grantsmanship Center


Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The Philanthropy Journal

Sisters of Charity Foundation

South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations

South Carolina Foundation Listing

South Carolina Grantmakers Network

The Southeastern Council on Foundations

United States Census Bureau

Local Resources

Chapman Cultural Center

 City of Spartanburg

Economics Futures Group

Gifts In Kind Center

Mary Black Foundation

Metropolitan Studies Institute at USC Upstate

SC Appalachian Council of Governments

South Carolina Christian Foundation

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

Spartanburg County

Spartaburg County Community Development Department

Spartanburg County Public Libraries – Foundation Center Cooperating Collection Network

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation Community Guide

Ten at the Top

United Way of the Piedmont

USC Upstate