As a part of its fifth anniversary celebration, South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) will host its first local nonprofit conference, “Know Your Worth: Recognizing the Impact of Rural Nonprofits” on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The conference will take place from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Sewanee Inn followed by the keynote address at 4:30 p.m., which will be in Convocation Hall.
Sewanee alumna and CNN Hero Becca Stevens, C’85, will deliver the keynote address, “The Power of Love in Justice Work: Advancing Community Impact.” Stevens will also deliver a workshop at the conference on developing rituals for community leaders. Stevens is the founder and president of Thistle Farms, a social enterprise organization that heals, empowers, and employs female survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Thistle Farm products will be available for purchase at the conference.
The all-day conference will include workshops and panels focused on rural nonprofit collaboration and development led by nonprofit leaders from local foundations, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Benwood Foundation, and the Community Foundations of Greater Chattanooga, Huntsville and Memphis.
Following the keynote address, there will be a grants and leadership awards ceremony. In partnership with SCCF, the University of the South’s Philanthropy Internship Program will award grants to several local nonprofit organizations. In addition, several nonprofit leaders who have completed local workshops sponsored by SCCF through the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) Nashville will receive a certificate in nonprofit leadership. These courses focused on capacity building skills such as board development, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and volunteer management.
This event is open to any interested individuals or organizations. For more information and to register, go to www.southcumberlandcommunityfund.org.