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Nonprofits come to Charleston from across the state to strengthen their practices

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Almost one in 10 people in South Carolina work for a nonprofit organization.

This week more than 500 of those nonprofits are in town for a summit at the Francis Marion Hotel downtown from Monday to Wednesday.

This summit is intended to help build the groups that care for others and it's likely that at some point you've worked with one yourself.

"Whether it's a school their kids attend, the church, the homeless shelter, crisis ministries, east cooper habitat, meals on wheels, the community foundation, united way, all of those organizations are part of the group that will be gathering," said Madeleine McGee, SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). "If your viewers feel they could do a better job helping those groups by exposing them to resources, by developing their own skills, whether it's helping with meetings or how to raise more money (we're always looking to raise more money for the causes we care about) the summit would be a good thing to stop by and sit in a workshop or two."

McGee also said that uniting together means big changes ahead for nonprofits in the state, that includes reversing legislation on raffling. Lottery-style games are illegal but SCANPO aims to change that in order to use it as a fundraising tool.

"Every nonprofit in this state is going to be the beneficiary of that," she said.

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