Regional & Community Initiatives


Francis Marion University’s Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute

The Non-Profit Leadership Institute provides the opportunity for a cohort of non-profit leaders from across South Carolina to spend a nine-month period learning both time-tested and cutting edge strategies to lead their entity effectively while forming relations with others during the experience.

The NPLI consists of 11 sessions, held over a six month period. During this time, members will engage in such topis as Resource Management & Comprehensive Fund-Raising; Logic Modeling; Performance Measurement & Assessment; External Relations & Communication,;Legal Issues; Budgetary and Financial Management; Board Relations, Governance, & Human Resources; Collaboration & Strategic Planning; Public Policy Issues; and Operational Initiatives.

All sessions are led by recognized experts in their field including experienced non -profit leaders, seasoned university faculty members, and public officials. Sessions are highly interactive involving discussion & case studies. The dates for NPLI’s upcoming season are listed below.

NPLI 2019-2020 Program Dates

  • September 12-13, 2019
  • October 10-11, 2019
  • November 7-8, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • February 7, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 23-24, 2020

Location & Accommodations

The Non-Profit Leadership Institute is held in historic Lake City, SC at The Continuum, a state-of-the-art collaborative learning center established by The Darla Moore Foundation. Overnight accommodations are available at The Inn at the Crossroads in Lake City, adjacent to The Continuum.


Applicants who also would like FMU academic credit must apply with a payment of $350.00 by August 8th, 2019.  Those not seeking additional FMU credit may apply with payment up until the beginning of the sessions.  Click the link below to access the online application. Should you prefer a paper application to submit in-person, CLICK HERE.

Contact Us

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Teresa J. Ramey

Vice President for Regional & Community Programs

Phone: 843-661-4661

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Evrik T. Gary

Development Coordinator

Office: EFB
Phone: 843-661-1199

Chuck MacNeil

Director, Non-Profit Leadership Institute

Office: EFB

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Dr. Joe Aniello

Professor of Management

Office: FH 221
Phone: 843-661-1430