SC Association of Nonprofits Adds New Leadership to Organization

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) recently added two new team members to serve and strengthen the state’s nonprofit sector. Sharon Thomas joined SCANPO’s staff as its member services manager and Debbie Nelson assumed a new consulting role for its Knowledge Network Services.

As member services manager, Thomas is the first point of contact for SCANPO’s members, answering questions, making referrals and ensuring that member organizations are getting the most of their membership. Prior to joining the SCANPO team, Thomas worked in the nonprofit field for 20 years as a trainer and consultant in child abuse prevention, as well as an executive director of Helping Hands of Georgetown, a crisis response and poverty intervention agency. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and religious studies from Charleston Southern University. A mother of five, Thomas resides in Berkeley County with her husband.

Nelson assumed responsibility for SCANPO’s Knowledge Network in a new consulting role. She manages a variety of resources and learning experiences for SCANPO’s membership. Nelson brings more than 30 years of professional experience and understanding of nonprofits and their training needs to SCANPO’s members as the president of DNA Creative Communications and founder of Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums. In addition, she teaches social marketing at Presbyterian College. Mother of two, Nelson currently lives in Greenville with her husband.

“We’re honored to have these two seasoned professionals join our team,” says Madeleine McGee, president of SCANPO. “Collectively, they bring more than 50 years of experience working with nonprofits. Sharon doubles our capacity to work individually with our nonprofit members, answering their questions and providing necessary resources. She has accomplished what so many hope for in building a successful, locally focused human needs nonprofit.”

“With Debbie’s arrival, SCANPO is poised to greatly expand its local training services. Already, the Greenville Chamber has invited us to lead a session for this year’s Leadership Greenville class.” 


Founded in 1997, the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) is the only statewide membership organization and network that brings together nonprofit leaders to strengthen the state’s entire nonprofit sector. To learn more about SCANPO, visit, and