Nonprofits are coping with economic challenges and shifting priorities. The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO) is presenting its annual conference in Columbia this week to scrutinize these changes and discuss ideas about how organizations can navigate change.

Robert Egger, author of "Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All" and founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, is one of three keynote speakers. He will discuss the need for innovation and collaboration.

Bob Deans, a veteran journalist and communications director for the National Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., will talk about the expanding role of nonprofits in shaping social discourse and the need for good storytelling.

Janine Lee, president and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will address the relationship between nonprofits and foundations.

"Learning from and with our peers, gleaning tips and tidbits from their experience and expertise, is central to SCANPO's role as the state's primary nonprofit umbrella," said Madeleine McGee, executive director of SCANPO, in a press release. "This conference offers so many opportunities to be inspired by creative, visionary leaders like Robert Egger, and then to translate that inspiration into action in our own organizations and communities."

The conference, Feb. 29-March 1 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, is geared for nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers, according to SCANPO. It will include five programming tracks: Governance, Resource Development, Operations, Emerging Leaders, and Growth. A pre-conference workshop focused on board development and fundraising will be held Feb. 28.

To register, call (803) 929-0399, or visit