In This Issue
Note from the President/CEO
Grant Information and Awards
The Giving Marketplace
Lowcountry Volunteer Connections
In Other News
Connect with Us!
Community Foundation Board and Staff
Board of Directors
Jim Allhusen
Sandra Benson 
Geoff Block
Cheryl Comes

Yvonne Curl 
Jerilyn A. Farren 

Doug Fletcher

Jean Jones

John Levy 
Sheila Mahony 
Michael J. Marks

Al Panu

Shirley Peterson

David Rosenblum

Jackie Rosswurm

James Wagner 

Allen Ward 

David Wetmore  

President and CEO

Program Administrator
VP for Finance and Administration

Donor Services Associate
  VP for Marketing and Communications
Communications Associate   
  Administrative Assistant

 Finance Associate
VP for Development and Donor Services

Program Associate

VP for Grantmaking and Community Leadership

Leslie Vargas-Prada
Donor Services Associate

December 2018

Note from the President/CEO

Denise K. Spencer, President and CEO
Is 70 ½ Your Lucky Number?

There are many people for whom a particular number is considered either lucky or unlucky. For my father, he always considered the number 9 to be an unlucky one. He claimed that whenever something bad happened to him, it had something to do with the number 9. And God rest his soul, he died on April 19, 1999 at the age of 69.

Others have lucky numbers that they swear by, and figure heavily in choosing a home (the address must be right), or a wedding date, or even when playing blackjack or buying a lottery ticket. 

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Grant Information and Awards
Grant Awards 
Community Foundation recently awarded Community Impact grants to Memory Matters and Second Helpings totaling $157,472. You can read more about the grant awards here.

Grants Information Sessions 
The first step to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation is to attend a Grants Information Session where you can learn about our grantmaking guidelines and eligibility requirements.  
There are two sessions before the next application deadline on May 15, 2019. They are:  
  • January 24th
  • March 14th
All sessions are on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and you can participate in person or via Zoom videoconference. To register or view a full list of upcoming sessions, visit the Grants Information Session page on our website.    
Is Your Organization Looking to Expand its Grant Support?    
The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is now available for free at the Beaufort and Bluffton branches of the Beaufort County Library. What is FDO? It's the largest and most comprehensive directory of foundations and grantmaking, with information on more than 140,000 grantmakers. The database includes filters and assessment tools to aid in your search for grants funding. Contact the Beaufort or Bluffton library branches for more information.  

Opportunity Grants Support Projects Up to $10,000   
Opportunity Grants are available throughout the Community Foundation's service area, which includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. This grants program is designed to stimulate and help launch new programs and projects; or to help focus, enhance, and/or expand an organization's existing programs and services; or as an investment in a capital project which is a critical enhancement to the mission of the nonprofit organization. Opportunity Grants are available up to $10,000 and are considered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The first step to apply is to attend a Grants Information Session. See below for information and to register.

Other Grant Opportunities
Community Foundation has several funds that offer grants at different times throughout the year. Click on the links below for additional information and eligibility requirements: 

Women in Philanthropy has opened its 2019 grant cycle. Review this letter [PDF] from the Chair of the Women in Philanthropy Grants Committee and if this year's theme, "Preserving Our Lowcountry Heritage and History," applies to your organization click here. Once you have logged in, you can apply for the Women in Philanthropy grant by entering the access code: FY2019WIP. This grant opportunity is open for any projects which affect people who live and/or work in Beaufort County.
PEARLS of Hampton County will open its 2019 grants cycle in January. Visit their web page for additional information and application guidelines.   
Belfair 1811 Charitable Fund: Grant application deadline is December 31, 2018.

Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund: Grant cycle will open in January 2019.    

You've Heard of TripAdvisor. What is GrantAdvisor?   
GrantAdvisor is a crowdsourcing website that gathers information to help nonprofits looking for funding. If you submitted a grant request to the Community Foundation in the past several years, we encourage you to complete a survey about your experience. Your feedback will not only help other organizations seeking funding, but can help inform our work and improve our practices. Share your experience on GrantAdvisor and complete an anonymous survey.

The Giving Marketplace

We'd like to welcome the following organizations to The Giving Marketplace. Click on the link below to learn more about the organization and their work in our community: 
The information exchange between The Giving Marketplace and Guidestar has recently changed. Now, when agency updates are published in The Giving Marketplace, the information is automatically updated on the agency's national Guidestar profile.  
If you update your profile in Guidestar and would like those changes to be applied to your Giving Marketplace profile, contact Debbie Cahoon and ask her to "sync" your Marketplace profile to your Guidestar profile.
We encourage organizations to take a few moments to review your profile from the user/donor perspective. Without logging in, search from the list to see how your profile looks to system users. In addition to the growing list of grantmaking groups who use this platform as part of their due diligence process, there are many donors who use The Giving Marketplace to evaluate nonprofits. This time of year we see increased hits on the site as these folks are planning year end giving. Whether individual donors or groups, they expect to see complete information. At a minimum, double check your board member list, South Carolina Secretary of State Registration expiration date, Director and Officer Insurance policy expiration date and financials.   
If you would like The Giving Marketplace logo to add to your email signature line or organization's website, we are happy to provide that so you can promote your profile with your constituents.
If your organization is not yet on The Giving Marketplace, contact Debbie Cahoon for an overview and assistance to get started. An up-to-date Marketplace profile is required in order to apply for a grant from the Foundation. 
Lowcountry Volunteer Connections

Lowcountry Volunteer Connections is a great resource for you to find and recruit new volunteers. When you list the causes that relate to your mission, volunteers who have a preference for those causes will receive notification of your needs.

Additionally, when a volunteer fans your organization they will also receive advance notification of your needs. Encourage your volunteers to register on the site and "fan" you agency to automatically receive email notifications when you post volunteer needs. 

If you still have needs relating to the holiday season, feel free to add them on Lowcountry Volunteer Connections' "#SEASONOFGIVING2018".  In addition to volunteer service needs, we encourage agencies to list tangible needs like toy drives, clothing drives or food drives. Help our community find ways they can give this holiday season. If you have questions, contact Debbie Cahoon.

In Other News

Professional Associations to Help Build Your Organization's Capacity

Southern Lowcountry AFP
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.  Community Foundation recently helped establish a sub-chapter of AFP South Carolina Lowcountry called Southern Lowcountry AFP.   Programming is currently being planned for 2019. For additional information, visit AFP South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter or contact Kevin Smith to be added to the Southern Lowcountry AFP mailing list. 

Need Ideas or Help Recruiting New Volunteers?  
SoLo-SCAVA, the Southern Lowcountry South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration, is a local professional association for volunteer administrators in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.  Membership is $35 per year and entitles you to four professional development sessions and discounts on registration for Together SC's Summit and SCAVA's annual statewide conference. There are also social/networking opportunities throughout the year.

We have a social gathering planned for Monday, December 17th from 5-7 p.m. in Bluffton. Join us as we celebrate the first year of SoLo-SCAVA and plan for the next. RSVP through the event posting on Facebook using  the link below.  

For details on programs and up-to-date information, visit the association's Facebook page.

2018 Annual Report Online

The Community Foundation's 2018 Annual Report is now available online [PDF]. The report, entitled "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," includes Fred Rogers quotes and infuses his philosophy into the meaningful work the Community Foundation undertakes every day.

HHI Public Art Exhibition: "#ARTFORALL"
Don't miss the 2018 Public Art Exhibition on display now through January 31 at Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. The biennial exhibition, hosted by the Public Art Fund of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, features 20 large scale sculptures created by artists from around the country. The pieces ---  some as tall as 20 feet ---  are installed among marshes, camellia gardens and in open fields throughout the museum grounds.

Remember to strike your most creative pose with one of the exhibition's sculptures as your backdrop. Upload your best shot to our FaceBook page with the tag "ARTFORALL." You'll be automatically entered into a random drawing where you'll have the chance to select a local arts organization to receive a $5,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The contest runs through December 31.

Connect with Us!

Have an idea that you'd like to share with us? Do you have suggestions about Lowcountry Volunteer Connections? Do you want to learn more about how to get the most out of your Marketplace profile? E-mail Kevin Smith, Debbie Cahoon,   or Bailey Schorr. We'd love to hear from you.

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year,
VP for Grantmaking and Community Leadership
Program Administrator 
Program Associate  
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry