February 4, 2020
Coastal Community Foundation launches new brand, identity to reflect 45-year evolution
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Coastal Community Foundation President & CEO Darrin Goss speaks with a microphone to a crowd at the Foundation's headquarters
February 7, 2020
Coastal Community Foundation begins a new chapter with first-ever advocacy initiative
Today, our three-year effort to assess and research our communities’ greatest needs has culminated in the launch of our 2020…
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February 5, 2020
Frank and Kristi Haygood are the reason why CCF has a new headquarters
In May 2019, Coastal Community Foundation purchased its first office building with a generous gift from Charleston real estate investor…
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February 4, 2020
Coastal Community Foundation launches new brand, identity to reflect 45-year evolution
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December 2, 2019
CCF welcomes new Chief Financial Officer Jane Litz
We are excited to welcome Jane Litz as our new Chief Financial Officer at Coastal Community Foundation. Jane started with…
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November 13, 2019
How CCF’s Rev. Pinckney College Readiness Program works to close equity gap in higher education
College is an enormous factor in social mobility—but it’s not just getting into college that sets students up for success.…
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November 5, 2019
Exploring economic mobility in the Lowcountry, a deeper look at Access to Economic Opportunity
On Tuesday, October 29, CCF hosted a Philanthropy Engagement Session to explore the topic of economic mobility as a deeper…
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October 25, 2019
International African American Museum breaks ground with support from CCF donors
Coastal Community Foundation is proud to have been a part of the journey to the groundbreaking of the International…
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September 19, 2019
Meet the 2019 Pinckney Scholars
A new school year. A fresh start. CCF is honored to present this year’s Pinckney Scholars – a group of…
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September 4, 2019
How to help the Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian
The destruction left in Hurricane Dorian’s wake this week is unlike anything the Bahamas has ever seen. The most powerful…
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June 28, 2019
One way we're investing in equitable economic opportunities — and how to get involved
If you’re a financial news buff, you’ve probably heard of the rapidly growing impact investing trend over the last few…
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April 2, 2019
As SC’s coastal communities grow, not all have access to economic opportunities. We’re exploring how to fix that.
While many of South Carolina’s coastal places are thriving economically, many communities—and particularly minorities —are not sharing in the success.…
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February 27, 2019
Welcoming three new staff members to Coastal Community Foundation
Coastal Community Foundation is proud to announce the addition of three new staff members who bring a blend of expertise…
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February 18, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation investing in success of minority-owned businesses
Coastal Community Foundation has taken another significant step in the effort to provide more economic opportunities for all people in…
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February 5, 2019
CCF now investing in the Lowcountry's future in a creative new way
For much of our history, CCF has been a conduit between philanthropic investment and community need. Those entrusting us with…
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January 15, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation joins forces with Power Moves
Power is the ability to achieve a purpose. Whether or not it is good or bad depends upon the purpose.…
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January 2, 2019
College Readiness Program Expands, Scholarship and Student Success Manager
Coastal Community Foundation extends a warm welcome to our new staff member, Zahra Gauthier, whom shares our passion for community,…
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December 19, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Summer Boyd
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program—created in response to the Mother…
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December 8, 2018
Year-end giving 2018
The final quarter of the year is always one of the busiest seasons for charitable giving and grantmaking here at…
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December 5, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Ty Williams
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program—created in response to the Mother…
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November 21, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Henry Jones
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program—created in response to the Mother…
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November 7, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Monejah Black
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program—created in response to the Mother…
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September 26, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Kayla Hasty
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program —created in response to the…
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September 7, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Denzel Wright
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program —created in response to the…
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August 31, 2018
Unpacking Our New Purpose Statement
Over the past several months, Coastal Community Foundation has gone through the process of self-evaluation in order to set a…
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August 30, 2018
Jody Tamsberg: Responsible Philanthropy
Much of my time is spent now trying to give responsibly to causes that have meaning and impact. I served…
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August 24, 2018
Staff Spotlight: Veronica Hemmingway
We sat down with CCF Program Officer Veronica Hemmingway to discuss her work here at the Foundation, her homecoming back…
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August 22, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Janelle Green
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July 31, 2018
My Summer as a CCF Fellow
My name is Deion Jamison and I am a Summer Fellow at Coastal Community Foundation. Here at CCF, I am…
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March 15, 2018
People Stories and Dog Stories: An Exhibit
Painting series by local artists Lydia Campbell and John Hull hosted at Coastal Community Foundation RSVP on Facebook. On Thursday,…
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January 17, 2018
Honoring the Stewart Family Legacy
John Stewart, his wife Hannah, three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren exemplify the best in philanthropy and creating a…
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November 20, 2017
MUSC Celebrates College of Nursing Scholarship Recipients
In the past year, one million dollars and counting have been awarded to the College of Nursing students, for a…
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October 18, 2017
Charleston Stage: Uplifting the Arts, Engaging the Legal Community
Charleston Stage redefines the idea of mixing business with pleasure. Typically, collecting Legal Ethic/Professional Responsibility hours has probably never included…
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October 10, 2017
Hand-In-Hand Community Outreach: Restoring Pride in Ruffin
While many balk at the thought of physical activity, the community in Ruffin, SC is gaining a new appreciation for…
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September 26, 2017
Fast Pitch 2017: The Final Showcase
CCF’s partner organization Social Venture Partners (SVP) Charleston, a collaborative network of local philanthropists and social impact advocates, is holding…
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September 20, 2017
Meet Kate Hooray Osmond, 2017's Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year
According to Kate Hooray Osmond, our 2017 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year, “we go through life each day and…
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August 18, 2017
Coastal Community Foundation's 2017 Scholarship Recipients
CCF proudly supports any and all educational endeavors, and this is showcased through the numerous scholarships we award to students…
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August 4, 2017
The Gillette Scholarship Fund
Nearly three years ago, Lisa Gillette experienced an event that most mothers can barely fathom – the loss of a…
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July 21, 2017
100 Years of Encouraging Philanthropy
When your country is 240 years old, 100 years makes up almost 42 percent of its lifetime. A lot can…
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July 14, 2017
Meet the Hays Family
Donors defining philanthropy We sat down with Sarah Hays this Spring to get the scoop on what philanthropy means to…
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July 7, 2017
Collectors of Wood Art Pay Tribute to Emanuel A.M.E.
Though it has been a little over two years since the tragedy that occurred at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the effects…
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June 30, 2017
Google Rolling Study Hall
Google transforms Berkeley County school buses into innovative learning space for students. Long school bus rides can be a distracting…
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June 23, 2017
James Island Rams Alumni Scholarship
Growing up in an era marked by the Space Race, rock and roll and madras, for Cynthia Marterre, school spirit is…
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June 19, 2017
Catholic Charities expanding to Hardeeville
Catholic Charities (CC) serves as a helping hand to its brothers and sisters in the South Carolina community. Deacon Dan…
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June 16, 2017
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society
Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society (EIHPS) was founded in 1986 when a group of residents got together and founded the…
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June 14, 2017
Meet the 2017 Reverend Pinckney Scholars
“I know that [Clementa] is smiling down as he sees all of the Pinckney Scholars moving forward in life to…
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June 12, 2017
The Decker Legacy
On November 20, 2002, James and Mary-Bern Decker created the Decker Family Fund, a partially-endowed donor-advised fund. The fund gave…
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June 8, 2017
RSVP for Our Annual Celebration
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March 3, 2017
Leaving A Legacy
Mother, athlete, outdoor enthusiast and Charleston changemaker: these are a few ways to describe Dicksie Johnson. She was passionate about…
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December 9, 2016
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry & the Early Education Access Fund
Picture a classroom of three-year-olds. How would you go about teaching them what a magnet is, and defining what is…
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October 31, 2016
Response and Recovery After Hurricane Matthew
Edie Blakeslee, Vice President of Grantmaking & Community Leadership at CCF, shares her thoughts on the importance of long-term recovery…
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October 21, 2016
Celebrating Lisa Shimko, 2016 Lowcountry Artist of the Year
Last week, we celebrated our 2016 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year, Lisa Shimko. Post-Hurricane Matthew, family and friends came out…
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October 13, 2016
A Day in the Life: Kaela MacPhail
As the Assistant to the Grantmaking & Community Leadership department, every day is different, and I can never predict what…
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September 29, 2016
Getting to know 2016’s Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year
Lisa Shimko, 2016’s Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year, aspires to “spark a reminder of the natural world that can…
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September 28, 2016
#GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of #GivingTuesday. This day kicks off the charitable season by joining the…
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September 23, 2016
Changing Lives and Building a Workforce Through the Step UP Network
A little more than one year ago, we shared the story of The Step UP Network, then a fledgling workforce…
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September 10, 2016
The Impact of the Lowcountry Unity Fund: Charleston Legal Access
Charleston Legal Access is Charleston County’s first nonprofit, sliding scale law firm. The organization serves five households per week with…
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September 8, 2016
Meet Our Class of 2016 Scholars
Each year, Coastal Community Foundation releases a number of scholarships to deserving students in our nine-county service area. This year,…
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August 18, 2016
Meet Carson Marr, our 2016 Barkley Scholarship Winner
“Carson achieves at everything he pursues. He is a beautiful writer and one of our best students, a talented athlete,…
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August 16, 2016
The Future of Millennial Nonprofit Giving
Any development officer will tell you that creating a sustainable donor base is critical to fundraising success, but in order…
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August 12, 2016
Honoring the Life of John Stewart
The kind of man who always wants to be involved. For CCF, the lifelong legacy of donors like John Stewart…
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August 4, 2016
Powering Operations
How The Beaufort Fund helps create community impact Operations. Overhead. Administration. Conversations about nonprofits often center on the portion of…
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July 22, 2016
Lifelong Friends Become Reverend Pinckney Scholars
Childhood classmates now both part of the first class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars As Pre-K students, Christian Carter and Henry…
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July 15, 2016
How Metanoia's success is bolstered by its organizational endowment
Children and staff at Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School reading in June 2016 When nonprofit Metanoia found success in their 2015…
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July 8, 2016
Charitable Society of Charleston Volunteers Plant Seeds Weekly in Charleston Community
Recognized as a nonprofit in 1993, the Charitable Society of Charleston is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization created to support…
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June 29, 2016
Thank You to Our Retiring Board Members
This year, we say goodbye to seven of our board members as they finish their terms of service with Coastal…
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June 22, 2016
Med-I-Assist: Jasper County
Medical clinic provides free access to health care for residents of Jasper County According to the most recent census taken…
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June 15, 2016
Statement and Resources on the Pulse Nightclub/Orlando Shooting
This weekend, our nation witnessed the largest mass shooting in American history. Our hearts go out to the victims, their…
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February 24, 2020
Grant helps Hopeful Horizons create Colleton County satellite office
Coastal Community Foundation has given Hopeful Horizons a $750,000 grant over the next five years. The grant will give the domestic violence, child and sexual abuse agency to create a full-time office in Colleton County.
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February 10, 2020
Editorial: Coastal Community Foundation backs up its dollars with sense
As the foundation settles into its new headquarters on the former Charleston Naval Base, it’s also moving into a new role, as an advocate on several key issues that its board, staff and others feel are most important. It’s a logical step, and one we hope succeeds.
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February 6, 2020
Beaufort County nonprofit awarded $750K grant to increase its work in other counties
A $750,000 grant awarded Thursday — among the largest single grants ever given by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina — will allow a Beaufort County nonprofit to increase services in other Lowcountry counties.
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February 5, 2020
Helping Out for Feb. 5, 2020
Charleston-area charitable organizations have partnered in creating The Opportunity Center, a headquarters, job training center and business incubator.
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November 7, 2019
With 350th year weeks away, Charleston calls on businesses, events to get in on the party
The Coastal Community Foundation has signed on as the “philanthropic arm” of Charleston 350 Commemoration committee.
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May 14, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation moves from downtown location to naval base in North Charleston
Coastal Community Foundation is moving into the historic Sick Officer’s Quarters of the Charleston Naval Hospital building on the old Navy base.
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May 8, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation awards Julia Deckman with 2019 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year
Since 2003, the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded local artists with the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award, a monetary award intended to cover the artist's living expenses during the creation of a special work of art. This year, that award goes to local artist Julia Deckman.
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March 30, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation starts $3 million impact investing program along South Carolina coast
The Coastal Community Foundation, a nonprofit group focused on charitable giving along the South Carolina coast, is starting a new program to fund projects with positive social impact.
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For media inquiries, please contact Abigail Darlington, Communications Officer, at 843-723-3635 or abigail@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Press Releases

Press Release February 7, 2020

Coastal Community Foundation launches major grant program, advocacy to benefit communities in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties

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Press Release February 7, 2020

Coastal Community Foundation begins new chapter with first-ever advocacy initiative and updated brand

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Press Release May 16, 2019

Coastal Community Foundation secures permanent office in North Charleston’s Naval Hospital Historic District as part of expanding mission

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Press Release May 7, 2019

Julia Deckman awarded 2019 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year

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Press Release May 1, 2019

With help from community partners, North Charleston Police Department sets bold goal of sending all officers through the Racial Equity Institute

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Press Release February 13, 2019

Coastal Community Foundation grants to help Lowcountry workers still facing hardship due to government shutdown

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Press Release February 8, 2019

Coastal Community Foundation funds reach 50 percent more organizations in Beaufort area after tweaking 21-year-old grantmaking program

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Press Release January 22, 2019

Coastal Community Foundation Announces The Care Fund

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Press Release September 17, 2018

Angel Johnson-Brebner, CCF Executive VP, Selected for Prestigious Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative

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Press Release August 27, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

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Press Release June 5, 2018

CCF Announces Nine 2018 Reverend Pinckney Scholars, Major Program Enhancements for Fall 2018 and Beyond; Donors Contribute an Additional $3 Million

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Press Release April 20, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation Announces Beaufort Fund Program Enhancements; Grant application open now with June 20th deadline

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Press Release April 3, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation announces 2018 Specialized Cycle Grantees from the REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF) and the Webb-Croft Educational Fund

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Press Release March 29, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation to Make $3 Million Investment

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Press Release March 14, 2018

Robert A. Nigro, Private Investor Joins Coastal Community Foundation Board of Directors

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Press Release March 5, 2018

The Beaufort Fund Awards $578,450 to Local Nonprofits, Celebrates 20 Years of Grantmaking

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Press Release February 13, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation Promotes Melissa Levesque to Vice President of Development & Stewardship

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Press Release January 19, 2018

Coastal Community Foundation Opens 2018 Scholarship Applications

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Press Release December 13, 2017

Open Grants of Coastal Community Foundation Announces $309,000 in Awards

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Press Release November 21, 2017

Coastal Community Foundation Appoints Melissa Levesque, Director of Development

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Press Release August 31, 2017

Betsy Kinsley Selected for Riley Institute DLI

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Press Release July 26, 2017

Coastal Community Foundation Appoints Christa Divis, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

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Press Release June 14, 2017

Coastal Community Foundation Announces 2017 Reverend Pinckney Scholars

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Press Release February 20, 2017

Coastal Community Foundation Announces Discover St. John’s High School Initiative

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Press Release January 24, 2017

Coastal Community Foundation Opens 2017 Scholarship Programs

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Press Release January 13, 2017

The Beaufort Fund Awards $588,000 to Local Nonprofits

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Press Release January 12, 2017

Reverend Pinckney Scholars Thriving in Their First Year of College

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Press Release December 19, 2016

Winthrop Family Allendale/Hampton Fund Announces $60,000 in Grants for 2016

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Press Release December 1, 2016

Beaufort County School District receives $77,500 to support its Child Find Expansion Program

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Press Release November 21, 2016

The Impact of #GivingTuesday

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Press Release November 2, 2016

Open Grants of Coastal Community Foundation Announces $330,000+ in Awards

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Press Release November 1, 2016

Coastal Community Foundation Announces Betsy Kinsley as Vice President of Development & Stewardship

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Press Release October 4, 2016

Coastal Community Foundation Opens Fall 2016 Application for REALTORS® Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF)

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Press Release September 7, 2016

Cooper River Bridge Run Fund Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Grant Cycle

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Press Release September 2, 2016

Coastal Community Foundation Hosts Rag Quilting Exhibition

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Press Release July 12, 2016

Coastal Community Foundation Announces New Board Members

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Press Release June 2, 2016

Grant Applications Now Available for The Beaufort Fund of Coastal Community Foundation

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Press Release May 31, 2016

Coastal Community Foundation Announces First Class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars

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