The conservation and environmental movement is stronger and more powerful when we work together to advance common goals. That’s why we build partnerships into the very fabric of our work – shaping policies, implementing new policies, and amplifying voices across South Carolina to protect the air, land, and water we love.
CVSC supports our partners through facilitating consensus building processes, policy and polling research, grassroots mobilization efforts, issue campaign strategy support, technical assistance, and collaborative fundraising.
CVSC’s Partnerships Department is a fast-paced, effective team with a genuine and bold spirit. We are continuously innovating new ways to build trust, cultivate new allies, secure resources, increase our ability to help our allied partners grow, and deliver results. If you have similar values, we may be a good match.
CVSC co-created Partnership Principles and Expectations with a broad and diverse group of partners across many sectors. With these Principles and Expectations, we have a tool that guides and informs our individual partnerships and coalition building efforts, allowing us to increase trust and prevent and resolve conflicts.
Our Principles and Expectations are based on exhibiting and encouraging the following values:
- Value 1: Mutuality
- Value 2: Inclusivity
- Value 3: Trust
- Value 4: Collaboration
- Value 5: Accountability
- Value 6: Active Learning
- Value 7: Self Transformation
- Value 8: Appreciation
CVSC staff support the South Carolina Conservation Coalition and also serves on its steering committee. The Conservation Coalition is made up of over thirty-five conservation-minded organizations across the state who create a legislative Common Agenda every year to coordinate shared advocacy goals. The Coalition has issue-focused committees, holds an annual retreat for all members for professional development and strategizing on issue campaigns, shares opportunities to educate lawmakers, and meets in Columbia annually during the legislative session for a Lobby Day & Oyster Roast. Our partnerships team is always looking for opportunities to grow and engage the Coalition. You can find out more about the Conservation Coalition here.
In 2020 & 2021, CVSC advanced pro-conservation policy, helped pass landmark legislation with the Santee Cooper reform bill, drove 1.3 million voter contacts, and secured 88% success rate in the elections. Our successes are a testament to conservations bipartisan appeal and CVSC’s legacy of building consensus across the aisle.