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
John Weymouth
Jim Allhusen

Donna R. Bafundo

Sandra Benson 
Brad L. Bloom
Denis C. Bonnett

Cheryl Comes

Yvonne Curl 
Jerilyn A. Farren

Sheila Mahony 
Michael J. Marks

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

June 2018

Note from the President/CEO

Denise K. Spencer, President and CEO
Clean Your Cup
For over a year, the Town of Hilton Head Island has embarked upon a Visioning Process. The purpose of this process was to engage the community to provide an "open, inclusive and transparent platform for community members to help create a shared vision and action plan." This process engaged a globally recognized consulting firm, a citizen leadership group, busy and capable Town staff and thousands of stakeholders in Hilton Head Island and beyond. There were two "Think Tank" sessions, 10 presentations, over 350 communications (ads, social media, etc.), the completion of more than 2,500 surveys, booths, kiosks and even television interviews. At this writing, the completed VISION AND STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN has been moved ahead to the Public Planning Committee and is on its way to Town Council for approval.

This plan is intended to provide direction for the forward motion of a number of issues impacting the Island and the region, with a shared view and a collaborative action.  
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Grant Information and Awards

Looking for 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.    
The Foundation Center, the creator of FDO, is hosting an informational webinar about the directory and how to use it on June 20. Registration is free.   

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 session dates for 2018.  

Competitive Grants Deadline September 15
The deadline for the Community Foundation's next competitive grant cycle is September 15. Organizations intending to submit a grant request are required to attend a Grants Information Session and have a current The Giving Marketplace profile. See below for upcoming Grants Information Session dates and registration information. Contact Debbie Cahoon for assistance creating or updating your organization's The Giving Marketplace profile.  

Upcoming Grants Information Sessions
The first step to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation is to attend a Grant Information Session where you can learn about our grantmaking guidelines and eligibility requirements. All sessions are on Thursdays at our offices, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   
The next session will be on July 19 and is the last one before the September 15 grant application deadline. To register and see a full list of upcoming sessions, visit the Grants Information Session page on our website. You can register to participate in-person or through video conferencing.  

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: 

Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Race Charitable Fund: application deadline is July 15, 2018
Hargray Caring Coins: application deadline is September 30, 2018

Tell Us What 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: 

In addition to the new profiles listed above, 24 agencies have recently updated their profiles so there is plenty of new information to review. The increased activity is due, in part, to interest from funders using The Giving Marketplace as a part of their vetting and review process. We are happy to add the Long Cove Charitable Club Grants Advisory Committee and the Hampton Lake Tiger Bass Charitable Fund Committee to the growing list of grantmaking groups who use The Giving Marketplace in their grantmaking process.


If your organization is not yet on The Giving Marketplace, contact Debbie Cahoon for an overview and assistance to get started. If your organization has an existing profile, be sure to verify that the information is complete and current. An up-to-date Marketplace profile is required in order to apply for a grant from the Community Foundation.   

Lowcountry Volunteer Connections  

April is an important month for organizations that work with volunteers. Many found new and fun ways to recognize those who give their time and talents in support of the organization's mission. For National Volunteer Week (April 15 - 21) Community Foundation of the Lowcountry launched a successful #LOWCOUNTRYVOLUNTEERS Challenge to show our support for both the organizations and their volunteers. Lowcountry Volunteer Connections logged 362 agency fans during the challenge period. Hopeful Horizons was the recipient of a $2,000 grant for receiving the most new fans and Port Royal Sound Foundation was the recipient of a $2,000 grant drawn from a pool of organizations meeting the eligibility criteria.
Organization fans are the first to receive notifications for new volunteer opportunities from the agencies they have fanned. We encourage you to take a few moments to look at your profile and make any necessary updates, while adding current opportunities. Contact Debbie Cahoon for assistance on creating, updating or expanding your site and for information on the advanced capabilities of the site.
In Other News   

Start Now:  Prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the official start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The early arrival of the first sub-tropical storm that recently brought destructive rains to the Gulf Coast region is a reminder that disaster can strike any time. Given the role many nonprofits play in disaster recovery, we encourage you to download the FEMA mobile app that has customizable checklists, shelter and recovery center maps, survival tips, and weather alerts.   
Also, check out the seasonal outlook for 2018. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center indicates 10-16 named storms are possible, with potentially up to four becoming major hurricanes.  

Mark Your Calendars: Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Meeting August 23
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. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 33,000 members in more than 244 chapters throughout the world. Currently there are chapters in Charleston and Savannah, but not here in the Lowcountry.  
On August 23, there will be a lunchtime meeting to share information about AFP membership and assess community interest in establishing a local chapter. We encourage all nonprofit staff and/or volunteers involved in grantwriting and resource development to attend.   
You can learn more about AFP on their website. Contact Kevin Smith if you would like additional details and/or to be added to the local AFP mailing list. Registration for the information meeting is required and will open later in July.   

Attention Volunteer Program Managers
If you help to recruit, manage and retain volunteers for your organization or company and are interested in learning more about how to do so successfully, join SoLo-SCAVA, the Lowcountry's professional association for volunteer administrators.    
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.  
Remaining program dates for 2018 are July 19 and October 18. 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're Redesigning Our Website 
For fiscal year 2019 we have budgeted for a website redesign. If you've ever redesigned a website, you understand what a massive undertaking it is. You also know how important it is to get it right. One of the first things we need to do is some research. And that includes finding out what users like ---  and don't like ---  about our current site. We're hoping you can help.

If you use our website, we'd like to get your opinion. What do you like about it? What do you think needs to be improved? We'd love to hear your opinion. Send an email to Jean Heyduck if you'd like to weigh in. Thanks!

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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