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

VP for Community Investment
VP for Finance and Administration

Donor Services Associate
  VP for Marketing and Communications
Communications Associate   
 Finance Associate
VP for Development and Donor Services

 Administrative Assistant

Leslie Vargas-Prada
Donor Services Associate

June 2019

Note from the President/CEO

Christopher Kerrigan, President and CEO
Shrinking The Gap

June is the time of year when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are bursting with pride as they watch their child, grandchild, niece or nephew walk across the stage to receive their college diploma.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than 2.2 million U.S. students earned a bachelor's degree in 2017. A college education can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life, particularly when it comes to lifetime earning power. Did you know that a person who graduates from college will earn $1,000,000 more than a high school graduate over the course of their lifetime? Educational attainment not only impacts an individual's ability to care for themselves and their families, it can benefit society by increasing tax collection and reducing social services.

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Grant Information and Awards
Grant Awards 
Community Foundation awarded Community Impact grants to Coastal Discovery Museum, Outside Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine totaling $112,518. 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 September 15, 2019. They are:  
  • July 18th
  • September 19th
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 above 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:
The 2019 Women in Philanthropy grant cycle is currently closed. Visit their web page to learn more about the history of the group and their successful grantmaking efforts in support of Beaufort County charitable organizations. The theme for WIP 2020 grantmaking will be available on the site once it is determined by the group. 
PEARLS supports charitable organizations and projects in Hampton County. Their 2020 grant cycle will open next January. Visit their web page for additional information about their grants and application guidelines. It is also a great place to find information about PEARLS, their mission and their impact.   

Belfair 1811 Charitable Fund:
This year's grant cycle is closed. Check the site for updates in the fall.

Long Cove Club Community Endowment Fund:
The grant cycle has closed. Award decisions will be announced this month.  
The grant cycle will close on June 30, 2019.  
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: 
More and more funders are using The Giving Marketplace as a part of their grantmaking procedures. To better compete for these funds, 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. Remember to update your profile when you have changes in leadership, governance, and executive level staff. In addition, don't forget to upload 990's, insurance policy dates and SC SOS registration expiration dates.   
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 have questions, contact Debbie Cahoon.

In Other News

And The Winners Are...
Approximately 20 organizations participated in our National Volunteer Week, #LowcountryVolunteer2019 Challenge.

Three organizations were randomly selected by Diane Shott and Bailey Schorr. Diane is the newest addition to our staff, replacing Anita Miles who retired in April. Bailey is leaving the Program Office this month to pursue an immersion program in Mexico, as he prepares to change the focus of his nonprofit/employment pursuits.

This year's winners received up to $3,000 for their volunteer recognition programs. They are:
  • CAPA
  • Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
  • Volunteers in Medicine

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. For additional information, visit AFP South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter.

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 program meeting on Thursday, July 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Okatie at the Palmetto Electric Community Room. Join us as we learn more about Taproot and the services they offer.

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.

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 Debbie Cahoon . We'd enjoy hearing from you.

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