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Ambassadors of Philanthropy 


What a great night! Here’s a recap of Coastal Community Foundation’s Ambassadors of Philanthropy celebration.

Who are our #AmbassadorsofPhilanthropy? They are the people we work with every day who allow us to make a difference throughout the Lowcountry and across our nine-county region.

We gathered in the heart of downtown Charleston on Saturday, July 15, 2017 to celebrate the spirit of these philanthropic ambassadors. The evening took shape outside the ballrooms at Belmond Charleston Place where we had a genuine “step-and-repeat” photo backdrop for our ambassadors to feel like they were walking the red carpet!

(View our complete photo album.)

Guests made their way into the ballroom for the main portion of the program, after nibbling a few hors d’oeuvres. It was a pleasure to hear from our Immediate Past Board Chair, David Jensen and our current Board Chair, Mike Branham, who updated us on recent progress and previewed what’s ahead for CCF. CEO Darrin Goss, Sr. spoke about the focus and importance of our work.

(Click to listen to the complete audio of speeches: Ambassador James A. Joseph’s speech, David Jensen’s speech*, Mike Branham’s speech, Darrin Goss’s speech)

All three CCF speakers used real-time polling technology to engage the audience! The graphic below is the “wordle” created in real time by audience respondents who were asked by Darrin, “What do you think is the biggest issue facing our region? If you could name just one challenge, problem, or inequity that you could eliminate or overcome, what would that be? If you were going to direct the Foundation on one thing what would it be?”

Our keynote speaker, Ambassador James A. Joseph (Former United States Ambassador to South Africa) rounded out the program with an address on the impact community foundations can make when they act with intentional enterprise. His words were an inspiration and a call to action. He said it best when he posed to us, “I would dare to suggest that the most effective foundations serving the communities of the future may well be those that integrate these non-financial forms (Social, Moral, Intellectual, and Reputational) of capital with their financial capital.”

Guests enjoyed a delicious meal and drinks, jazz from The Usual Suspects, and a personalized, signed gift—Ambassador Joseph’s book, Saved for a Purpose.

If you weren’t able to join us for the celebration, don’t worry! This is just the beginning of our Ambassadors of Philanthropy celebrating. In the weeks and months to come, our Civic Engagement Agenda (CEA) and Impact Investing work will continue to take shape, and CCF will rely upon all of our community stakeholders to help inform the process. There will be many opportunities for you to get involved!

Many thanks to our presenting sponsor Belmond Charleston Place and sponsors First Citizens Bank, Blackbaud, Young Clement Rivers LLP and South State Bank for making this event possible; and to Charleston County School of the Arts (The Usual Suspects) for providing entertainment.

Event photo credit: Adam Chandler Photography

*Please note: David Jensen’s comments were inspired by a sermon given by the Reverend Michael Wright of Grace Church Cathedral.