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Our Services

Since 1974, we have provided philanthropists throughout the region with best-in-class donor services. Your generosity and commitment to the community resulted in more than $17 million in grantmaking in 2016. Today, our team is ready to work with you to achieve your charitable goals whether you are an individual, family, organization or company.

We build strong relationships at Coastal Community Foundation. By focusing first on getting to know you, we’re prepared to bring you the latest giving opportunities that align with your interests. Furthermore, by taking an active role in our region through grantmaking and community leadership, we are poised to connect you with the causes and initiatives that interest you most.

Fund Options

At Coastal Community Foundation, we value our donors. We work hard to help you meet individual, family and corporate giving goals. We offer a variety of fund options. Each fund we manage has a unique design and purpose. Each offers tax advantages and can help you make a meaningful difference.

  • Donor Advised Funds – You receive an immediate tax deduction, plus the flexibility of charitable giving with the support of CCF’s Development and Stewardship staff to make grants in coastal South Carolina and beyond. Donor advised funds can be created quickly and easily with a gift of $10,000 or more.
  • Field-of-Interest Funds
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Designated Funds
  • Organizational Endowments

Setting up an endowed fund allows your gifts to grow over time, allowing you to give more and support the causes that matter to you forever. Fund agreements are set up to give you flexibility in your level of involvement with and financing of funds.

We welcome you to help create lasting impact by creating a fund, donating to an existing fund or joining our Community Partnership Program (CPP). CPP members are helping us build the knowledge and capacity to connect people and organizations in ways that will create measurable results for the benefit of coastal South Carolina. We are building a comprehensive plan to chart a course of action for both short and long-term impact on the key issues facing our community.

To learn more about our funds and engagement opportunities, contact Melissa Levesque at 843-723-3635.

Ways to Give

We are here to help you customize a solution. You can give to causes you care about while gaining maximum tax benefit. Our goal is to partner with you to help you achieve your philanthropic vision.

Gifts can take many forms. In all cases, the donor can direct gifts to general areas of interest or to specific charitable organizations.

  • Cash – A cash gift—which can be made using a check or credit card—is the simplest way of making a charitable contribution. Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes. The maximum deduction in one year is limited to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income.
  • Appreciated Securities – Gifts of appreciated securities—stocks and bonds, including stocks in closely held companies—provide important tax advantages to you. The full fair market value of the donated appreciated securities is fully deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. Unused deduction amounts exceeding this limit can be carried forward for up to five more years. In addition, you do not pay federal capital gain tax on the appreciated portion of the gift.
  • Real Estate – A gift of real estate can provide many tax advantages.
  • Retained Life Estates – You can contribute a private residence, vacation home, or farm while retaining the right to live in and use the property.
  • Retirement Plan Assets – Using IRAs and other retirement plan assets is a thoughtful way to make a charitable contribution. It provides you a number of significant financial and tax advantages. Unlike many assets, retirement plan assets are potentially subject to both income and estate taxes. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you could transfer up to $100,000 annually against your Required Minimum Distribution and reduce the taxable balance of the IRA in your estate.
  • Life Insurance – A gift of life insurance is another way to make a substantial contribution. By assigning ownership to Coastal Community Foundation, you can receive a tax deduction for the cash value of the policy and the premiums paid each year.
  • Gifts that Provide Income – There are several ways to make a charitable gift that will provide you with income during your lifetime. Please ask us for details on the various types of income-producing gifts, including Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts (gifts that pass an asset on to heirs) – The Charitable Lead Trust provides income to Coastal Community Foundation for a specific period of time and then distributes the remaining assets to you or others designated by you. There can be significant estate tax savings with this type of gift.
  • Bequests – An excellent way to provide a gift after your life is by means of a bequest in your will or living trust. Setting up an endowment in your family’s name to support your favorite charities is a wonderful way to continue to support your philanthropic priorities in perpetuity.
  • Private Foundations – A private foundation can make a direct gift or transfer all or part of its assets to Coastal Community Foundation. The identity and purpose of the original donor are preserved, and the donor or others designated by the donor can participate as fund advisors. Because CCF is a public charity, there are no taxes to pay and we are responsible for all accounting and reporting requirements. Also, you have the assurance that a permanent nonprofit organization is in place to administer the fund forever.

Download our complete PDF with information about Contributing to Your Fund here.

To learn more about our funds and engagement opportunities, contact Melissa Levesque at or 843-723-3635.

Knowledge Building for Donors and Professional Advisors

Our knowledge building events for fundholders and professional advisors are targeted towards your interests. Topics vary from session to session, but they always focus on ideas we hear from you, our donors.

Past sessions have covered charitable solutions for art and collectibles, intergenerational giving, estate planning and much more. We are always interested in hearing directly from donors and professional advisors about what sessions they’d like to attend next.

Sessions occur quarterly throughout the year. Our next session focusing on impact investing is scheduled for February 2018. Contact Melissa Levesque at 843-723-3635 to learn more or suggest a topic.