In This Issue
Note from the President/CEO
Grant Information and Awards
The Giving Marketplace
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

Bailey Schorr
Program Associate

VP for Grantmaking and Community Leadership

Leslie Vargas-Prada
Donor Services Associate

September 2018

Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Florence
We know all too well the devastation a hurricane brings and, here in the Lowcountry, we're counting our blessings that we were spared Hurricane Florence's wrath. Our empathy for those in her wide path means we're eager to help individuals and families who weren't so lucky. Click here to learn more.
Note from the President/CEO

Denise K. Spencer, President and CEO
Like Clockwork
My father collected antique timepieces. He had several mantel clocks and an oak Regulator (a school-house wall clock). A number of pocket watches were part of the collection. Lovingly, he cared for them. My siblings and I brought him feathers we found; he used the best of them to clean and lubricate the inner workings of his collection, claiming that a feather was the only tool delicate enough for the job. Each of the gears and wheels and springs that made up the mechanism were needed; if one was lost or out-of-balance or sticky, then proper time was not kept, or the piece stopped working altogether. 
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Grant Information and Awards
Six Local Nonprofits Granted Nearly Half a Million Dollars 
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry recently completed its second of three annual competitive grant cycles and awarded $498,023 to six local organizations.
The grants were awarded to the following organizations. 
  • Beaufort County Animal Shelter Support Fund received $86,048 for a radiology lab to enable the county to provide x-ray, ultrasound and other necessary diagnostic services at the new county animal campus on Highway 170. This service was previously not available.
  • Bluffton Community Center Foundation received $67,000 to support the construction of a shade/picnic pavilion with restrooms and storage next to the new playground at the Field of Dreams Park in Bluffton.
  • Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine received $94,420 over two years to support capacity building through staff and technology.
  • Heritage Library Foundation received $60,000 over three years to help fund its first ever paid executive director.
  • Hilton Head Recreation Association received $100,000 as a challenge "matching" grant and "last dollar in" to fund a state-of-the-art inclusive playground that will serve people of all ages, including both able-bodied and those with disabilities.
  • Hopeful Horizons received a three-year grant totaling $90,555 to fund a Grant Manager and Program Evaluation Director position.
Need Help With Grant Prospecting?      
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 Available  
Opportunity Grants are available throughout the Community Foundation's service area, which includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Opportunity Grants are 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. These grants support requests 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 remaining session dates for 2018. 

Upcoming 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 January 15, 2019. They are:  
  • September 20th
  • November 15th
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.   

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 will be taking applications beginning in November. Check their website for information on this year's theme in early October.
PEARLS of Hampton County will be taking applications beginning in November. Application instructions will be available on their web page in early October.  
Hargray Caring Coins: application deadline is September 30, 2018

What Do You Think About Our Grantmaking?  
GrantAdvisor is a new website that crowdsources grantmaker 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 you 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: 
We encourage organizations to take a few moments to review your own profile from the user/donor perspective. Without logging in, search from the list and you can see how your profile looks to system users. In addition to local donors who may be performing due diligence, we have a growing list of grantmaking groups who use this platform as part of their due diligence process. Those who use The Giving Marketplace to supplement their grant application process 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, financial information. Make sure that you have current information, and then share that information 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 Community 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! It's a great way to get your volunteer opportunities to those who would most like to work with you.
If your organization expects to have disaster related needs --- including the need for new volunteers to help when veteran volunteers have been evacuated ---  now is a good time to get up to date. We have a wonderful community that is eager to help when needed. 
If it's been awhile since you've logged in to your profile, we encourage you to take a look now, and make sure that it's complete. If you would like to start a new profile or have questions about your current profile, contact Debbie Cahoon.

In Other News   

What is "New Power?" 
Society is changing rapidly and many of these changes are driven by new technology. How do shifting power dynamics and technology impact our nonprofit sector? Henry Timms, New York City's 92nd Street Y's president and founder of Giving Tuesday recently released a book on the subject entitled "New Power."
He says: "The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it. New power focuses on collaboration and participation and transparency. Its methods include crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and decentralization."
We find his ideas very intriguing and think you will, too. To learn more, watch this TED Talk by "New Power" co-author, Jeremy Heimans and let us know what you think.   

Lowcountry Professional Associations Help Build Your Organization's ---  and Staff'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 expected to begin in October. For additional information, visit AFP South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter or contact Kevin Smith.   

Most organizations in the Lowcountry rely on volunteers to achieve their mission and yet most nonprofit staff who manage volunteers are not connected to resources that can help them recruit, retain and recognize 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.  
The next program meeting is October 18th and a holiday social event is planned for December. All program dates are Thursdays from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Palmetto Electric facilities in Hardeeville. Attendance at your first session is FREE.   
For details on the programs, sign up for the newsletter on the SCAVA website and get up to date information on the association's Facebook page.

We hope you'll join us for a sneak peek at this year's
Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

Please feel free to bring your family and friends.
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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