Coastal Community Foundation receives inaugural Truist Promise Award

Coastal Community Foundation is honored to be named the inaugural recipient of the Truist Promise Award by the Southeastern Council on Foundations (SECF) and the Truist Foundation.

SECF, which brings together a diverse network of philanthropy leaders and grantmakers in the Southeast, created the Truist Promise Award to celebrate innovative philanthropy in our region. This year’s award was named in honor of organizations whose work focused on the health, economic, and racial crises our nation is currently facing.

CCF is one of two organization to receive the award, which recognizes the immense progress the foundation has made in transforming into a Passing Gear Philanthropy foundation, focused on reading reality truthfully and taking action responsibly. Passing Gear is an approach that prioritizes addressing the history and origin of today’s disparities and that seeks ways to deploy all forms of capital to address them – social, moral, intellectual, reputational, and financial.

Six years ago, CCF began a process of self-examination to better serve and represent communities. The Foundation turned outward and gathered insight to create our Civic Engagement Agenda, which outlined systemic issues in our region. In the past year, CCF has used these insights and strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, advance racial justice, and work towards a more equitable future in South Carolina.

“For Coastal Community Foundation, and where we are in our journey right now, there could hardly be a higher honor than this Truist Foundation Promise Award. It is an indication that we are heading in the right direction, and we deeply appreciate the vote of confidence from SECF and the Truist Foundation,” said Paul Kohlheim, Chair of the CCF Board of Directors.

CCF is incredibly grateful for the recognition of the Foundation’s efforts and will continue the work to become a more authentically engaged organization. We are looking forward to sharing the lessons learned along the way with members of SECF as well as the communities we serve.

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