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Founded in 1974, Coastal Community Foundation works with people and organizations who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy. We are rooted in the community from 40+ years of experience in the Lowcountry. Our proactive approach to donor services, fund flexibility and opportunities to engage with the community make us the partner of choice for hundreds of donors in coastal South Carolina.

We run many programs and initiatives, including competitive grants for nonprofits and an annual scholarship program. We dynamically respond to changing needs, like disaster response during Hurricane Matthew or when we established the Lowcountry Unity Fund in the wake of the Emanuel AME Church massacre. By understanding local needs and remember the unique history of our region, we carefully invest our resources to protect, enhance and change our community for the better.

Coastal Community Foundation is affiliated with the Southeastern Council on Foundations and serves nine counties in coastal South Carolina: Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper. The Foundation maintains office locations in Charleston and Beaufort.

With a mission to foster philanthropy for the lasting good of the community, Coastal Community Foundation manages more than $230 million in assets and awarded more than $17 million in grants in 2016.

What We Do

At Coastal Community Foundation, our focus on donors is led by the Development & Stewardship team, while our Grantmaking & Community Leadership staff run grant programs, initiatives and other community activities.

Development & Stewardship

Our personalized support and proactive outreach help donors make a difference through our tailored advice, special project opportunities and deep connections with local nonprofits.

Grantmaking & Community Leadership

Our annual grantmaking programs give out millions of dollars each year to nonprofits supporting many different causes, as well as college scholarship programs. We carry out our commitment to community leadership through special project support, stakeholder convening, research and thought leadership through the Civic Engagement Agenda and more.

Contact Us

Main Office

(843) 723-3635

Beaufort Regional Office

(843) 379-3400

Fax

(843) 577-3671

Email

info@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

Main Office

635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29403

Beaufort Regional Office

One Beaufort Town Center
2015 Boundary Street, 2nd Floor
Beaufort, SC 29902

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday

Affiliates

As a separate legal entity and with its grants determined by an autonomous governing board, an affiliate foundation (supporting organization) allows you to retain control of all of your giving without handling the extensive legal and financial paperwork needed to create and run a private foundation. Coastal Community Foundation also handles asset management for, provides grantmaking and technical assistance to,and offers all nonprofit information needed to ease giving decisions to its supporting organizations.

For questions about supporting organizations, please contact Angel Johnson-Brebner at angel@coastalcommunityfoundation.org or (843) 793-6027.

The following are Coastal Community Foundation’s Affiliate Foundations:

Hide Mission Jewish Endowment Foundation of Greater Charleston (1996)

To encourage donors to endow their support of Jewish causes, the Jewish community and the Charleston Jewish Federation.

Hide Mission Saul Alexander Fund (1997)

To provide grants in the areas and proportions stipulated by Mr. Alexander in his will: 50% to Jewish causes, 15% to charitable causes in Summerville, and 35% to general charitable causes in Charleston County and Summerville.

Hide Mission Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation (2000)

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Dedicated  to strengthening and supporting charitable causes serving Georgetown County, South Carolina. Founded by its namesake prior to her death in 2000, the Foundation embodies her vision of a community with abundant opportunity for healthy, safe and sustainable living.

Hide Mission Waccamaw Community Foundation (2015)

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Since its inception in 1999, WCF’s mission has been to connect donors and philanthropists in Horry and Georgetown Counties with the causes they care about most, and ensure their contributions will continue to grow our communities far into the future.

People

Board 2016-2017

  • David C. Jensen, Chair

    Wells Fargo

  • C. Michael Branham, Esq., Chair-Elect

    Young Clement Rivers, LLP

  • Paul Kohlheim, Secretary/Treasurer

    Civic Leader

  • Todd Abedon

    Chartwell Holdings

  • Amy E. Armstrong

    South Carolina Environmental Law Project

  • J. Elizabeth Bradham

    Civic Leader

  • Herbert Drayton

    Vertical Holdings, LLC

  • D. Cabell Gilley

    Gilley, Levin, Gilley & Fischer, LLC

  • Shawan Gillians

    Santee Cooper

  • Steven E. Goldberg

    Steinberg Law Firm

  • Gordon Granger

    Civic Leader

  • Paul K. "Kip" Hooker, Jr.

    Dixon Hughes Goodman

  • Rachel K. Hutchisson

    Blackbaud, Inc.

  • Bonnie Adams Kapp

    New Morning Foundation

  • Linda Plunkett

    Civic Leader

  • Dawn H. Robinson

    First Citizens Bank

  • Bill Stanfield

    Metanoia

  • Colleen Troy

    Touchpoint Communications

  • Angelia Washington

    Solvay

  • Anita Zucker

    The InterTech Group

Active Past Chairs

  • Wade H. Logan, III

    1985-1987

  • Henry B. Smythe, Jr.

    1988-1991

  • Linda G. Ketner

    1991-1992

  • J. Conrad Zimmerman, Jr.

    1992-1993

  • Thomas P. Anderson

    1994-1995

  • Anita Zucker

    1995-1996

  • Bruce D. Murdy

    1999-2000

  • John H. Tiencken

    2000-2001

  • Wilbur E. Johnson

    2001-2002

  • Linda M. Plunkett

    2002-2004

  • Charlton DeSaussure, Jr.

    1993-1994

  • Burton R. Schools

    2007-2009

  • Henry J. Blackford

    2004-2005

  • Stephen McLeod-Bryant

    2009-2011

  • Edward G.R. Bennett

    1998-1999

  • Elizabeth H. Warner

    2011-2013

  • William G. Medich

    2013-2015

Volunteers

  • Courtney Champion
  • Vicki Verity
  • Blaine Ewing
  • Quinetha Frasier
  • Jan Gonzalez
  • Ruell Hicks
  • Jim Marks
  • Melanie Mathos
  • Bernie Mazyck
  • Bill Medich
  • Larry Mercado
  • Bob Nigro
  • G.P. Diminich
  • Thetyka Robinson
  • Ronda Dean
  • Kathie Smith
  • Lica Colwell
  • Sykes Wilford
  • Sarah Windham

Audit Reports

June 30, 2013 June 30, 2014 June 30, 2015
Assets $164,055,934 $191,377,383 $198,782,471
Foundation Funds $111,119,741 $131,722,647 $137,922,770
Charitable Trusts $1,919,214 $2,563,069 $2,526,822
Supporting Organizations
Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation $39,457,488 $43,434,630 $42,284,920
Other Supporting Organizations $11,559,491 $13,657,037 $16,047,959
Gifts $15,068,690 $21,333,157 $22,305,894
Grants $12,756,639 $18,559,262 $19,939,521
Operating Expenses as a % of Assets 0.92% 0.79% 0.89%

Auditors: Webster Rogers, LLP

The audited financial statements of Coastal Community Foundation are available for download. Older copies of the audited financial statements and Form 990s are also available upon request.

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