SCACED Educational Programs icon

Community Development Institute (CDI)

CDI offers professional organizations and their staff an opportunity to build skills, learn from peers and connect to existing state, regional and national resources. We offer structured training sessions throughout the year and cover a broad range of topics pertaining to Community Economic Development and Nonprofit Management.


Webinar: Rural Lending for Farmers and Rural Entrepreneurs

Learn directly from two local, lending experts on how to access capital for rural projects. Natural Capital Investment Fund’s Rick Larson discusses NCIFund’s financing opportunities, including bridge loans for NRCS EQIP cost shares for hoophouses. For example, short-term loans are available to limited resource farmers who have received EQIP cost shares, but can’t erect the hoophouse without upfront capital. NCIFund has expertise in rural lending often overlooked by traditional banks.

In addition, James Chatfield with South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF) discusses SCCLF’s healthy food program as well as small business lending solutions for rural entrepreneurs. SCCLF provides access to capital in disinvested communities across the state. SCCLF has a long and valued reputation among our local South Carolina rural communities.

Upcoming Educational Program Classes icon

2019 Calendar

Expanding the Reach: Connecting with Latino Communities


Mike Young, Director of Capacity Building, PASOs
Latinos represent one of the many diverse communities in South Carolina. Even though they bring a wealth of knowledge and culture, they continuously miss opportunities to participate in economic development opportunities. According to PEW Research Center, 5% of South Carolina’s population is Latino, with a median annual income of $20,000; 41% of Latinos under the age of 17 live in poverty. Attend this training to learn how community-based organizations can better meet the needs of Latino families in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way. PASOs, a statewide organization, helps the Latino community and service providers work together for strong and healthy families. A preview of this training will be offered at a workshop at SCACED’s annual Opportunity SC conference in December.

Nonprofits Guide to Advocacy

February 20 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Columbia, SC

Sue Berkowitz, Esq., Director of SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center & Bernie Mazyck, President & CEO of SCACED
“Advocacy” is often an overused and misunderstood word. Advocacy Training provides an in-depth tutorial on the importance of advocacy and the basic skill sets necessary to undertake a successful campaign. Participants will learn the fundamentals of “how” to advocate; and develop and implement effective strategies for citizen engagement. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Capitol and visit with legislators.

Developing a Workforce Development Program for Your Organization

MARCH 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Greenville, SC

Homes of Hope, Foothills Family Resources, & SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc.)
Workforce Development is a vital component of community economic development. Unemployment rate is at an all-time low (3.9%), however 30.1% of South Carolina residents have low-wage jobs, earning less than the poverty threshold for a family of four ($24,300). It can be challenging to start a program and know how to effectively measure its impact. Homes of Hope, Foothill Family Resources, and SHARE, leaders in workforce development training, will breakdown their programs and give organizations the tools and resources to start their own workforce development program.

Attendees will get a personal tour Homes of Hope's Workforce Development Training Center. Additionally, a panel of participants will share their personal stories and answer questions about their experience participating in a workforce development program.

Webinar: The Basics of Bylaws for Your Non-profit

April 2 | 10 AM – 11 AM | Free Webinar

Susan Ingles & Tiffney Love, SC Legal Services
Learn from SC Legal services on the importance of bylaws. This one-hour webinar will cover: Why are bylaws important, why you should not use a template, how to create bylaws for your organization, & how to review and update your bylaws over time.

Bylaws Bootcamp: Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to attend a free hands-on workshop with SC Legal Services lawyers. You will have the opportunity to work with an attorney to: plan a draft of your bylaws from beginning to end, review your nonprofits activities, or update your bylaws. Bylaws Bootcamp: April 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

SC Housing Program & Services

May 30 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Columbia

SC Legal Services
Do you work in affordable housing or want to know more about financial opportunities in affordable housing? SCACED is partnering with SC Housing to provide a day long training on the services and programs they provide, and how nonprofit organizations can access them. In addition to learning about the programs, attendees will have a better understanding of the application process. Some of SC Housing program include Housing Trust Fund, Emergency Repair, Owner-Occupied Rehab, & LIHTC. More details to come.

Leading Self: The Highly Effective Employee

June 4 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Greenville, SC

A. Stan Davis, Leadership Development Consultant
This workshop provides insights and personal strategies to becoming an empowered and highly effective employee in the nonprofit workplace. Using proactive leadership tools that have been tried and tested in both the corporate world and in grassroots leadership development programs, this training session will enrich your personal development path to help you to grow and develop your capacity to make a deeper impact for your organization.

This session will address the following questions:

  • How can I increase my overall value and impact by becoming a more effective employee?

  • What is strategic thinking and how can I use it to enhance my work experiences?

  • What can I learn from the “7 Habits of Highly effective People” to increase my capacity?

  • How can time management strategies work better by simplifying how I set my priorities?

  • What is active listening and how can it help me become a better communicator?

  • What can I learn from puzzles that will help me build productive work relationships?

Community Resiliency: Preparing Your Organization for Short- and Long-Term Disaster Recovery

July 10, August 7, & September 11 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Charleston, SC

In recent years, South Carolina has become accustomed to natural disasters, from historic flooding to hurricanes. Even though we are far too familiar with these experiences, do we know how to respond, withstand, and recover? Are our local communities prepared? Are organizations internally ready? What do we need to know about the short- and long-term effects of natural disasters? These are all important questions to ask and know when discussing community resiliency.

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is hosting a 3-part training series on Community Resiliency. SBP, a national organization in community resiliency will teach participants ways to better enhance small business and organizational preparedness; shorten the recovery period; and incorporate community resiliency into the civic mindset. Attendees are certain to leave the training sessions with action-orientated intelligence and a workable framework easily implemented across various organizations.

Webinar Series

Throughout 2019, SCACED will be introducing a number of webinar trainings on non-profit management. Nonprofit management topics will include by-laws, procedure manuals, financials, and other best practices. More information to come.


Past 2018 Classes:

What’s Next?: Organizations Guide to Strategic Planning

Does your organization have a plan for the short-term, the long-term, or are you wanting your organization to grow? Strategic planning is a powerful management tool that can help organizations focus their resources, establish priorities, create action plans, and respond to change. Come and learn key aspects of building and sustaining a high-performance organization through strategic planning.

CDC Innovations in North and South Carolina

In North and South Carolina, community development corporations and financial institutions have diligently worked to revitalize blighted and underserved neighborhoods and help their low-income residents. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Development team has released an online publication discussing leading practices from across the Fifth District based on community development insight and practitioner review from the field. Come explore examples of sustained and emerging business models from rural and urban Community Development Corporations across North and South Carolina. This class offers practitioners the opportunity to learn about commercial development ventures, workforce development opportunities, business incubators, community gardens, intergenerational services and financial education.

HUD Certification 3-day Study Session

SCACED is pleased to partner with TAHC to provide a HUD certification exam study session to housing counselors in North and South Carolina.  This 3-day fun, yet fast-paced curriculum will transform the HUD certification exam modules into comprehensive and digestible subject matter.  These sessions are ideal for housing counselors who are experienced but may not test well or new practitioners in the housing counseling field.  According to HUDs final rule, housing counselors employed by a HUD-approved agency must successfully pass its housing counseling certification exam on or before August 1, 2020.

Credit Counseling: Train-the-trainer

This class will give participants the knowledge to conduct a credit counseling education course at their organization. The class will focus on designing and presenting a credit counseling workshop, recruiting partners, marketing the workshop, measuring the impact of the workshop, and working with clients on a one-on-one basis. Measuring the Impact of Your Community Development Programs

Measuring the Impact of Your Community Development Programs

This training will focus on “evaluative thinking”: the mindset a person or organization needs to cultivate in order to engage in successful program evaluation. Evaluative thinking involves the continual willingness to reflect critically on one’s practice, question underlying assumptions of program operation, and ask “how do we know what we think we know?” Learn the core components of planning and implementing a program evaluation, including: different types of evaluation (e.g. process v. impact); the necessity of stakeholder identification and involvement; the use of logic models and theories of change; outcome measurement; types of data and data collection activities; and reporting. Participants will leave with an understanding of what program evaluation is, why it is important, and how it can be used to improve organizational decision-making and impact.