On January 12th, hundreds of community members gathered to celebrate the success of The Beaufort Fund’s 2017 grant cycle. A competitive grant fund of Coastal Community Foundation, the Fund gave out $588,000 to nonprofits serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Since its founding, The Beaufort Fund has awarded $8 million of support to nonprofits in the Southern Lowcountry.
The theme of the evening was “Shining The Light“, paying a tribute to the nonprofits who are a beacon of hope for so many in our community. Beaufort Fund staff members Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, Advisory Committee Chair Fred Washington, Jr. and President & CEO Darrin Goss, Sr., all delivered remarks at the reception, where dozens of grantee representatives were present.
This past year proved the critical role nonprofits play in the local community during Hurricane Matthew, a point touched on during the remarks. Organizations like Human Services Alliance worked closely with United Way of the Lowcountry to immediately assess and address community needs, with United Way serving as recovery hotline headquarters. As of last week, the hotline had received calls from more than 1,000 individuals, and with the leadership of agencies across the community, nearly $3 million in FEMA assistance has been distributed through its Individual and Housing Program. Beyond organizational efforts, individuals across the community gave their time, talent and treasure to the recovery, including 900+ volunteers registered through United Way.
The Beaufort Fund reception united dozens of grantees serving the community in diverse ways, from preservation to education, community development to arts and culture. We were proud to celebrate them then and to continue doing so now.