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Facing Race Together: Reflections from Together SC Nonprofit Summit
Annual TogetherSC Nonprofit SummitTogether SC, a statewide organization that supports the needs of South Carolina nonprofits, recently hosted their annual conference in Columbia. The Mary Black Foundation was one of the generous sponsors who helped ensure its success. This year Together SC decided on one overall focus and theme, Facing Race Together. This was a diversion from the typical conference format which usually includes a wide range of nonprofit capacities like program evaluation, board development, strategic planning, fundraising, social media engagement, etc. I attended a number of sessions throughout the conference but two stand out as I reflect on the experience. The first one was led by a surgeon who challenged beliefs on health equity and shared the idea of an ‘in’ group and an ‘out’ group that receive differing kinds of care for both systematic and individualistic reasons. He asked important reflective questions like:
What can I do? How much do I contribute to the inequity?