The South Carolina Arts Commission is hosting a series of capacity building workshops for arts organization leaders.

SCAN is designed for arts professionals to engage in dynamic discussion with peers and experienced leaders in the field about the issues that affect arts organizations. The program invites arts professionals of any age and any demographic throughout the state to participate.

The initiative provides networking and resource sharing opportunities to enhance leadership capacity and develop innovative, effective, and sustainable arts management practices and opportunities. SCAN will convene virtually with a guest speaker to discuss industry issues. Attendance has no bearing on grant status or eligibility.

Arts Industry Director La Ruchala Murphy will host each workshop and is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about what South Carolina’s incredible arts organizations are doing in and for their communities and how the SCAC can better support and work in partnership with them as they build capacity.

Upcoming workshops

SCAN meetings take place:

  • from 5-6 p.m.
  • on the second Thursday of each month
  • on Zoom
  • and registration is required.
  • What strategies go into a sustainable development plan?

    This session will address the importance of setting fundraising goals and the process of developing sustainable multi-channel revenue streams. The program will include an overview of the fundraising landscape, including why fundraising is mission critical and where philanthropic funding comes from, as well as different methods of generating donated revenue to create a balanced and sustainable development plan.

    Headshot of Bates ChildressWith Bates Childress

    Bates Childress has decades of experience in the field of fundraising, including 15 years as a full-time in-house development professional and almost 40 years serving as a board member and volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations. He has worked for healthcare, educational, arts and social service organizations. During that time, he has developed an expertise in the areas of strategic fundraising planning and the implementation of major gift, planned giving, grant writing, events and direct response (mail, telephone, email & social media) programs. Utilizing his broad range of development knowledge, in 2022 Bates launched Donorcentric Development, a fundraising consulting firm focused on helping small and midsized nonprofit organizations build diversified and sustainable fundraising revenue streams.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Past workshops

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To discuss the program and ask any questions you might have, please contact Arts Industry Director La Ruchala Murphy (803.734.8762 |