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Scott elected to Together S.C. Board of Directors

on Tuesday, 21 September 2021. Posted in Local News


Together S.C., the state’s network of nonprofit organizations and their allies for good, recently announced three new board members elected by its nonprofit member organizations from across South Carolina.

They include: Darrin Goss, president and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation of S.C. headquartered in North Charleston and serving the nine county coastal region; Shawn Edwards, chief inclusive excellence officer of The Citadel; and, Spencer Scott, executive director of Florence and Marion County First Steps.

Together S.C. sees nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as integral players in successfully building vibrant, equitable communities. Since March of 2020, the organization has worked tirelessly guiding its members through COVID-19 response and now recovery.

Last fall, Together S.C. and its advocacy allies successfully secured $25 million for SC CARES Nonprofit Relief Grants, aiding nearly 700 organizations, but leaving $50 million in requests unfunded. Together S.C.’s subsequent March 2021 survey found nearly two thirds of the 900 plus respondents still had only six months or less in funding, even among those who had received S.C. CARES funding.

Nonprofits work day in and day out addressing the most complex and costly challenges facing our state, from workforce readiness and housing to health care, community livability and basic needs. Deploying our state’s existing grant-making infrastructure and nonprofit expertise will facilitate the most effective deployment of ARPA funds directly to areas most in need, including rural communities. For example, as the state invests in broadband infrastructure, nonprofits stand ready to help families, many of whom they already serve, take advantage of this new resource.

The organization’s offerings include: Removing Our Blinders, monthly conversations with white leaders willing to share how they came to see racial inequities; its much needed Black Nonprofits Leaders Group, and the upcoming March 2022 SC Nonprofit Summit in Spartanburg that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization and focus on the Urgency of Now.

“As the director of two nonprofits, and having previously worked in the business sector, I am excited to serve on the Together S.C. Board and to help connect nonprofits and businesses,” said Scott.

Together SC’s board also includes: Nicole Echols, executive director of the Pee Dee Branch of Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence; Robyn Ezzell, manager of Nonprofit Executive Search Practices for Find Great People International; John Hart III, executive director of Good Samaritan Medical Clinic; Erika Kirby, executive director of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation; Amanda Lawrence, vice president for Community Impact at Trident United Way serving Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties; 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; JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation, located in Columbia; and Ann Warner, CEO of Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) Headquartered in Columbia.

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