FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2020
Contact: Abigail Darlington
Coastal Community Foundation and its regional partners announce today that $1.2 million has been raised in two weeks for the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund for coastal South Carolina, exceeding the fundraising goal by $200,000.
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors and the Bakker family, who matched $500,000 in donations, the fund balance now stands at more than $1.5 million, with more than $1.8 million raised since the fund’s inception. Every dollar is going directly to the nonprofits working on providing medical care, food access, financial support and more to those most impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak in the nine counties of coastal South Carolina.
Blackbaud founder Tony Bakker, his wife, Linda Bakker, and their two children, James Bakker and Katy Bakker McKee, pledged on April 7 to match donations of up to $500,000 to the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund of Coastal Community Foundation through April 20 —giving the Foundation and its partners two weeks to raise the $500,000 from other sources.
“With this expansion of our resources, we can say confidently to our communities that they will not be alone in facing this crisis,” said Darrin Goss, President and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Bakker family, and for every donor who gave what they could to help their neighbors get through this.”
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who joined in to meet the match, which more than doubled what can go out to support those in need during this time of unapparelled crisis,” Tony Bakker said. “This is about the health and welfare of our friends and neighbors, all along the coast, and we believe it important to think about those who are struggling with the basics.”
Coastal Community Foundation and its partners would also like to extend special thank you to Bank of America for contributing $100,000 to the fund.
Since its inception in March, the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund has raised more than $1.8 million. So far, Coastal Community Foundation has awarded grants to 17 nonprofits, totaling $211,000.
The first round of grants, announced on April 7, supported five nonprofits expanding food access, providing shelter to children and supporting small businesses throughout coastal South Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of grants totaling $111,000 has now been awarded to 12 nonprofits throughout the coastal region to provide free meals, telehealth services, financial assistance and more to our communities.
While Coastal Community Foundation and the partners of the fund are grateful to have reached this milestone, fundraising will continue as needs in our region persist.
About the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund
The Covid-19 Relief & Recovery Fund is a regional, collaborative effort led by Coastal Community Foundation and supported by Black River United Way, the Chapin Foundation, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Social Venture Partners Charleston, Trident United Way, United Way of Horry County, United Way of the Lowcountry and Waccamaw Community Foundation.
This fund is designed to make grants only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. This is a rolling process, and applications will be accepted as they come in. Donations can be made securely online with a credit card here.
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to create vibrant communities by uniting people and investing resources across Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. Through our tools for long-term charitable giving, we help individuals, families, businesses and organizations be the reason why communities thrive in the nine counties we serve along South Carolina’s coast. To learn more, visit coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.