Anyone can make a charitable contribution to a fund held at Coastal Community Foundation. We oversee hundreds of funds, some set up by individuals for long-term grantmaking, and others set up by organizations or groups for specific causes. We also operate several of our own funds to gather support for specific community needs. You can make an online donation.

Donating to Specific Funds

There are three ways to donate to specific existing funds held at CCF.

Direct Contribution to an Individual’s Fund

Direct contributions to individual funds are a meaningful token of appreciation for a friend or loved one with a fund at Coastal Community Foundation.

Direct Contribution to an Organization’s Fund

You might also consider donating to an organization’s fund to help support their operations.

Direct Contribution to a Specialized Fund

In times of need, such as after natural disasters, Coastal Community Foundation often sets up specialized funds to quickly gather donations and direct funds where they’re needed most. During the most recent government shutdown, for instance, donors contributed to The Care Fund to support federal employees who were furloughed.

Donating to Our Field-of-Interest Fund

Another option is to donate to one of our field-of-interest funds, which are endowed funds created and supported by donors to serve specific philanthropic issues or geographic areas through grantmaking.

Field-of-interest funds areas of focus

  • Education
    This fund supports education grantmaking for students of all ages as well as skills-building education programs that help adults attain job-related skills.

    Economic Opportunity (including Affordable Housing)
    Grantmaking supports organizations that encourage and advance economic opportunity for all members of our community regardless of race, education, income, gender, or age.

    Human and social needs
    Grantmaking focuses on providers of basic human needs.

    Environment & Livability
    Grantmaking supports programs that conserve and protect our environment and enhance the livability of our communities.

    Arts, Culture & Quality of Life
    Grantmaking supports the many organizations and programs that add to quality of life in our community primarily through the arts.

    Lowcountry Unity Fund
    This fund was created in October 2015 and offers mini-grants to support programs that target racial equity in Charleston County.

    Grantmaking in the area of health and wellness includes but is not limited to institutional healthcare and research programs to community wellness programs.

    Geographic Field-of-Interest Funds
    Geographic field-of-interest funds help enhance the quality of life in specific communities by supporting a network of nonprofit organizations. Each has a local grant committee comprised of community members, selected annually, who work together to read grant applications, perform site visits and recommend grants from the fund.

    CCF’s Geographic Field of Interest Funds include:

    • Beaufort Fund (serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties)
    • Giving Back to Berkeley Fund
    • Dorchester County Fund
    • Colleton Fund

Bridge Philanthropy

The Bridge Philanthropists program of Coastal Community Foundation is a collective voice for young philanthropists in coastal South Carolina. The program aims to inspire, educate and connect young people to a culture of philanthropy through civic, social and community engagement. Through the unique link with Coastal Community Foundation, members gain a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic and political landscape of the region and are exposed to opportunities to influence impactful, positive changes. Networking and social gathering events offer professional development opportunities, as well as exposure to community leaders and regional policymakers.

Membership Dues

General membership dues are $250/year. Sign up here.

If you’d like to learn more about our Bridge Philanthropists, contact Helen Wolfe at