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Civic Engagement

Civic engagement at Coastal Community Foundation encompasses nonprofit capacity building, stakeholder convening and field research, all targeted at better understanding the communities we serve as part of our overall leadership efforts.

This work is best encapsulated in our Civic Engagement Agenda, a comprehensive agenda that focuses resources and efforts on the key issues that challenge our community. Launching in January 2018, we will report on our progress annually with lessons learned and a dashboard indicating our progress on different community indicators. This report will be made available online and in hard copies to the public.

Learn how the Civic Engagement Agenda connects with our Community Partnership Program.

Impact Investing

Through impact investing, we strategically deploy capital through grants and other financial investments in our community. We see impact investing as a spectrum – everything from targeted grantmaking to financial investments with a purpose.

This work involves funds like the Lowcountry Conservation Loan Fund, a revolving loan fund dedicated to providing capital for environmental conservation projects across our service area. It encompasses the N.E.W. Fund, a grants program that supports capacity building and leadership development in neighborhood associations across Charleston and Colleton Counties.

To learn more about our work in impact investing, contact Edie Blakeslee at [email protected]ndation.org.

Grantmaking

Coastal Community Foundation runs several competitive grant programs each year, funding everything from community development organizations on Hilton Head Island to arts institutions in Charleston. Through our grants, we support operating funding, capital grants and specific programs.

We run our competitive grant programs thanks to the generosity and vision of many funders, including local corporations, individual donors and national foundations. These programs fund nonprofits based on geography served, field-of-interest and other criteria.

Visit our Apply for a Grant page for more information.

Strategic Projects

As part of our community leadership efforts, we undertake a variety of special projects and initiatives to further our goal of creating lasting change in our community.

Current projects include:

Community Partnership Program
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Community Partnership Program

A new initiative at Coastal Community Foundation, the Community Partnership Program will harness the power of philanthropy to make a significant, long-term difference in our region by inspiring individual donors and corporate leaders to get engaged with our community.

Learn more on our Become a Partner page.

Discover St. John's High School Initiative
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Discover St. John's High School Initiative

Alongside a team of committed philanthropists, community members and school administrators, we are working with St. John’s High School to launch the Discover Initiative, a campaign to reintroduce the school to current and prospective high school students and their parents. St. John’s has experienced success under the current school administration, now offering improved AP options, many extra-curriculars and a small student to teacher ratio, creating the opportunity for a highly personalized education experience. We connected St. John’s with interested community members, including Colleen Troy, a CCF board member and marketing expert, and remain involved in the Discover St. John’s High School initiative.

To learn more about Rediscover, contact Edie Blakeslee at [email protected] or watch this video.

Medical Society of South Carolina
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Medical Society of South Carolina

Founded on Christmas Eve in 1789 by a group of private practice physicians in Charleston, the Medical Society of South Carolina (MSSC) is the fourth oldest medical society in existence. MSSC partners with Coastal Community Foundation to distribute grants to Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County nonprofit organizations focused on improving health, wellness and access to area residents, drawing on CCF’s local expertise in grantmaking and the nonprofit sector. Funding for MSSC’s grantmaking comes from the Roper St. Francis Physicians’ Endowment, and grant applications are by invitation only.

To learn more, contact Edie Blakeslee at [email protected].

Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program
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Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Coastal Community Foundation established the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program in 2016. This program promotes access to higher education for African American students by annually awarding scholarships and providing resources through a tailored program throughout college in honor of the late Reverend and Senator Clementa Pinckney.

Visit our scholarship opportunities page for more information.

Social Venture Partners Charleston
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Social Venture Partners Charleston

SVP Charleston (SVP) cultivates philanthropists who collectively invest their expertise and financial resources in mission-driven nonprofits to achieve sustainable, measurable impact. Using a unique investment model to support organizations across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, SVP tackles our community’s most pressing social challenges in education, health and workforce development. SVP is a partnership-based fund of Coastal Community Foundation.

Visit their website or email [email protected] to learn how you can get involved as a Partner or Investee.