Conference Postponed to October 18
Like you, we have been consumed the past few days watching the images coming out of Florida and the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma continued on its path. There was certainly an initial sigh of relief that South Carolina was spared the worst of the storm, but the images coming from neighboring communities in the southeast are a quick reminder of how devastating storms like this can be and how much assistance is needed when they are gone. Combined with still to be determined impacts of potential severe weather in the Midlands Monday and even Tuesday, and the potential of damaging flooding in South Carolina’s coastal communities, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone “Taking the Non Out Nonprofit” conference to Wednesday, October 18.
Such a decision doesn’t come without much thought and deliberation. Despite the fact that the weather report for Columbia on Wednesday is currently “85 and sunny” the weather is only one consideration. The realization that so many of our attendees are the leadership, staff, and volunteers of South Carolina’s nonprofit sector – a sector that has been, and will continue to be, engaged in disaster management, relief, and clean up in the days and weeks to come – is what ultimately led us to this decision.
Frankly, there are more important things for all of us to be focused on. The nonprofit and social service communities shine brightest in times of need. We use our hearts and our hands to make communities better each and every day, but when disaster strikes (near or far) this is especially apparent. Let us not distract from our strengths at this time. Whether your organization has staff running shelters, preparing donation drives for those impacted by Irma, mobilizing volunteers for clean-up efforts at home or somewhere in the southeast, playing host to the many evacuees that have found their way to our state, or just getting yourself back to “normal” after several days of closures and uneasiness – that should be the priority for all of us. We don’t want our scheduled gathering to be a distraction to any of that.
We believe strongly that the topics of this conference are important ones to help advance the work of the sector. So, we have rescheduled for Wednesday, October 18. Registration will remain open, but if you were registered for the original date, you do not need to re-register.
A day-long seminar in Columbia, SC for nonprofit executives, development directors and board members because it’s time you started operating more like a business and less like a charity, and it's time we showcased the power of the nonprofit sector to private investors.
Equipped with the knowledge that retiring baby boomers, changing approaches to funding and philanthropy, and a more crowded than ever nonprofit sector is creating a need for strategic thinking and bigger and bolder visions; Venture Carolina is partnering with 1000 Feathers and VentureSouth to help bridge the divide between nonprofits and entrepreneurship. During the event, nonprofit executives, development directors and board members will engage in dynamic conversation with industry leaders who will help our social service community think less like a charity and more like a business in an effort to expand resources and better meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Bank of America Innovation Challenge. Three finalists will present their profitable ideas during the conference on Oct. 18 to a panel of investors and funders, modeled after the popular show Shark Tank®. Congratulations to Epworth Children's Home, Feed and Seed, and Shift NC for being selected. The winning pitch will receive $5,000 to fund the development and expansion of their effort.