Throughout December, the moving stories about The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund encouraged us all to reach out and help others. It gave us "Good Cheer" indeed, and made us proud to live in this compassionate community, especially with the record level of giving.

With the holidays over, the staff, volunteers and board leaders who work with the nonprofits we all love and whose services we value, are heading back to work. Encouraged by your support, these organizations will renew their efforts and accomplish amazing things with few resources and provide critical services all year long.

Yet for nonprofits to be truly successful they not only need our generous donations - they also need resources, training, and effective leadership skills.

Will you give the additional gift of "know-how" and "networking" to help recharge the batteries of our community's dedicated nonprofit leaders?

Work in the nonprofit sector is all-consuming, with rarely enough time to do all that is needed. Will you encourage the leaders, staff and boards of your favorite nonprofits to take the time and join nearly 500 of their peers at our state's annual Nonprofit Summit?

For 16 years, this gathering has offered S.C. leaders the opportunity to learn new skills, network with and learn from others and, most of all, to hone effective nonprofit leadership.

The season of giving may have ended, but all-year round is the season of "doing" for South Carolina's nonprofit sector. A day or two of stimulation and inspiration at the summit will kick off an effective 2014 for these important organizations. In short, it will help your donated dollar have more impact in the community.

Conveniently, this year's conference will be held in downtown Charleston from Feb. 10-12 at the Francis Marion Hotel.

As co-chairs of South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations' (SCANPO) Summit Steering Committee, we invite all those who care about the work of our nonprofits to join us.

Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Lackawanna Boulevard

North Charleston

Clay Grayson

East Bay Street