County Council Candidate Forum @ Via zoom
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Local government decisions are critical to nonprofits’ missions and the communities they serve. This year’s County Council activities related to CARES Act funding are a perfect example.

Join us for a virtual candidate forum with the 11 candidates running for Greenville County Council. Deb Sofield, well-known author, speaker, and coach, will moderate a discussion covering topics of interest to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including growth, housing, transportation, government transparency, and more. This session will educate us as voters about the positions of these candidates, and it will demonstrate to them the strength of our sector.

We strongly encourage you to share widely with your board, volunteers, staff, donors, and constituencies.


District 18          Mike Barnes (uncontested)

District 20          Steve Shaw, Farris Steele Johnson

District 22           Stan Tzouvelekas, Samantha Wallace

District 24           Amanda McDougall Scott, Liz Seman

District 25           Ben Carper, Ennis Fant

District 27           Butch Kirven, Will Morin


Coronavirus Relief Funds – Making the most of Greenville County’s opportunity @ Via zoom
Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Greenville County still has $54 million left of $91 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.  While there are still grant funds available for nonprofits, only 91 have applied. Funds also remain for grants for public and community health.  Yet small businesses and nonprofits who serve so many within Greenville County know that residents are still hurting.

How can nonprofits and businesses make successful proposals to the county before the 12/30 deadline?  Are there ways to expand funding opportunities for all nonprofits, including those already funded?

Join us for a session this week on Thursday, 11/12 at 4:00 pm with Holland and Knight, an international law firm that has advised many counties and cities on the use of their Coronavirus Relief Funds.  They will inform us on what is allowable within Treasury guidelines, give examples of how funds have been used in other communities, and will answer our many questions so that we can put these dollars to work for Greenville County residents

Leaning in – Our COVID Response Is More Important Now Than Ever @ Via zoom
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

As much as we wished that turning the calendar page from 2020 would also let us turn the page on COVID-19, that is far from the case. Our rates have increased 38%, hospitalizations 41%, and deaths 83% over the last 14 days.

Join us for a GPP and NPA update on how community institutions are responding and a wrap up from 2020, and what it all means for us.

  • Saria Saccocio, Prisma Health, on COVID-19 rate projections, vaccination roll out, and what to expect through 2021
  • Whitney Hanna, Greenville County Schools, on the attendance plan, student needs now and in the future, and how partners are and can help
  • Nicole Wood, Greenville County, on the successful rollout of millions in CARES Act funding and what the County expects for 2021
  • Deborah McKetty, United Way of Greenville County, on 211 calls, utility assistance, and community need seen through the Helpline
Advocacy and Policy Change in 2021 and Beyond @ Via zoom
Feb 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The November election added three new members to Greenville County Council, gave the Republicans a supermajority in the state legislature, and flipped the US Senate and Presidency to Democrats (with South Carolina’s federal delegation firmly holding our position as a red state).

What does this mean for the issues that many nonprofits and funders care about, such as affordable housing, poverty and economic mobility, health and education, transportation, the arts, and more? Join us for an expert panel to discuss what to expect (and what’s already underway) in our local, state, and federal policy-making bodies and how the nonprofit and philanthropic sector can engage in policy change.

• Farris Steele Johnson, Community Organizer at Public Education Partners
• Bernie Mazyck, Founding President and CEO, South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations
• Chynna Phillips, Research and Policy Director, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
• Jason Zacher, Senior Vice President, Business Advocacy & Upstate Chamber Coalition Executive Director

Moderated by:
• Lindsey Jacobs, Policy and Advocacy Director at Public Education Partners
• Derek Lewis, Executive Director of Greenville County First Steps, Greenville County Schools Trustee

Greenville County’s New Emergency Rental Assistance Program @ Via zoom
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Greenville County staff Nicole Wood and Meredith Papapieris will share details on the new federally funded emergency rental assistance program that they will launch next week.  Please join us to learn more – high level details on the program are below to help you determine if you’d like to attend and learn more.

If you cannot attend but want to learn more, please still register and the recording will be sent to you promptly after the event.  Details will also be posted on our website.

Bullet points for Greenville County Emergency Rental Assistance Program:

  • Greenville County received $15.8 million in Federal funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • Program to launch early March
  • Application will be completed online &  will be available on Greenville County website
  • Funding will be available for rental and utility assistance
  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance (measured from March 13, 2020), plus an additional 3 months if the applicant is able to demonstrate that the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability
  • Priority will be given to households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median AND/OR households with an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to the application for assistance
  • Program will be available through December 30, 2021 or until funds are exhausted
  • An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in Greenville County with at least one or more individuals meeting the following criteria:
    • Qualifies for unemployment due to COVID‐19, has experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID‐19, or has incurred significant costs due to COVID‐19 or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19;
    • AND
    • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (including eviction notice, utility shutoff notice, past due rent notice, past due utility notice, or any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing stability);
    • AND
    • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.
Create and Activate Your Major Donor Program! @ Via zoom
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This fast paced session will show participants how to build a major gifts program – from the ground up – that can yield tremendous results at your nonprofit organization. Learn key steps in the process that can connect you to your donors and your donors to YOU! In this session, we will explore the process of creating and operating a major gifts program that can generate highly impactful giving – to your organization and to your donors.

We will discuss the many steps from identification to asking…and MORE!
Presented by Erik J. Daubert, MBA, ACFRE – Erik “returns” to Greenville via zoom and by popular demand to share best practices in fundraising using his lively and highly engaging presentation style.

Sponsored by NonProfit Alliance and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of SC, Piedmont Chapter with support from the United Way of Greenville County

Transformational Gifts – You Don’t Have to Be Mackenzie Scott to Make an Impact @ Via zoom
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

At the end of 2020, Mackenzie Scott made news by giving more than $4 billion to 400 nonprofits across the country, three of which are here in Greenville County. Join us to hear from two of those leaders – Catriona Carlisle with Meals on Wheels and Tammie Hoy Hawkins with CommunityWorks Carolina – about receiving the news of their gifts and what it means for their organizations. We’ll use this as a jumping off point to discuss what makes a gift – other than its size – transformational for a nonprofit. Jerry Blassingame with Soteria CDC will discuss how greater philanthropic support has ramped up his impact. Featuring special guest, Meghan Duffy, Executive Vice President of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

Getting Our Boards Back on Board @ Via zoom
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Several of you have come to GPP and NPA saying, “My board needs help!” Challenges include:

• Board members getting very comfortable with zooming and multitasking while doing so – how do we pull them back in post-COVID?
• Board attendance slipping because members are busy with their own COVID stresses at home and work
• Boards failing on responsibilities like evaluating the executive director
• How to follow through on non-COVID aspirations for boards, like attendance policies, self-evaluation, getting them to read materials

Our organizations are in a time of transition – moving from virtual to in-person, moving from crisis to recovery, looking at mission expansion or mission re-alignment. Now is a great time to look at how to make this transition in a way that positions our board for success. Many of your boards take the summer off, so this seemed like a great time to prepare to equip you and your boards for the latter part of 2021 and beyond.

End the Debt Trap in South Carolina @ Via zoom
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Our last in person GPP meeting in January 2020 looked at “payday lending” in South Carolina and early plans to put an end to predatory interest rates. Please join us for an update on the tremendous progress that a new coalition has made since that time and what’s next in terms of policy change.

What’s Next For Boards? Best Practices for 2021 and Beyond @ Via zoom
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

2020 required boards to pivot to online meetings, strained participation with members’ own busy schedules, and the enormous challenges that nonprofits were facing. What lessons and adjustments can we take into the coming years? And what best practices can take boards from good to great?

Join us for a meeting with board and staff leaders to maximize board performance to meet each board’s mission.