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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Darrin Goss, Sr. joining Coastal Community Foundation as our President & CEO. His direction has moved CCF to focus dually on community leadership and donor-centric philanthropy. Here’s a snapshot of the past year with Darrin.
February 12, 2016
Just before his first day on the job, Darrin joined the CCF team for our 2016 Beaufort Fund Grant Reception, meeting donors, nonprofits and supporters from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties.
February 15, 2016
Darrin has his first day at CCF and begins his Listening Tour of the Lowcountry, an introduction to our nine-county service area through the perspective of staff, board members, donors, nonprofits and other community leaders.
March 29, 2016
Darrin’s Listening Tour took him across all corners of the Lowcountry, but he managed to fit in a stop at the office last March for a Charleston donor meet-and-greet.
Darrin joins the first class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars at the March For Unity and Thanksgiving, hosted by Hate Won’t Win, a nonprofit founded by the granddaughter of Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, a victim of the Emanuel AME Massacre. Scholars’ families joined the Pinckney family and CCF staff for lunch following the march. The luncheon honored the legacy of Reverend Pinckney while congratulating the students on their selection for the program.
November 1, 2016
CCF launches the Community Partnership Program, a new opportunity to make a significant, long-term difference in our region through community leadership that engages individuals and businesses. In the introductory letter to donors, Darrin shared that “the most exciting aspect of the Partnership is the opportunity to build the unrestricted resources necessary to seed, scale or sustain best-practice programs, services and initiatives in our region.”
November 17, 2016
Darrin serves as keynote speaker for the annual National Philanthropy Day Lunch, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Lowcountry Chapter. Darrin remarked in his speech that “philanthropy is the love of humanity; it is the consistent act of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing what it means to be human. It is not only the humanity of the benefactor, but also the human dignity of the beneficiary.”
January 9, 2017
Darrin addresses his alma mater, Wofford College, where he was the keynote speaker kicking off the 2017 MLK Unity Week Celebration.
January 13, 2017
Darrin spoke to the crowd at the 2017 Beaufort Fund Grant Reception, where the grants committee announced $588,000 in awards from the 2017 funding cycle. Coming full circle, this event marked another new staff member’s debut to the Southern Lowcountry: Betsy Kinsley, CCF’s new Vice President for Development & Stewardship.
Congratulations on your first year at CCF, Darrin! We look forward to many more.