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Staff Spotlight: Caroline Rakar

January 23, 2018 by Angel Rose Tinnirello

Meet Caroline Rakar, one of our Program Officers and the eyes, ears and everything else behind programs like the Reverend Pinckney Scholars at Coastal Community Foundation. We sat down to learn more about this seasoned CCF expert, who’s been a vital part of our team for six and a half years.

Getting to know Caroline:

What do you do at Coastal Community Foundation?

I’m a Program Officer which broadly means that I manage a portfolio of competitive grantmaking programs (including ones like the Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award), provide technical assistance to nonprofits, aid in the implementation of new projects & initiatives and oversee CCF’s Scholarship Programs. Additionally, I facilitate the lending process of our Lowcountry Conservation Loan Fund.

What do you love about working here?

I love that our office is always filled with people who care about our community—and that energy transfers to our staff. Our office is often the location for nonprofit Board meetings, scholarship recipient workshops, affinity group trainings, grants committee gatherings, and donor & prospect meetings. You can learn a lot about the exciting work happening in the community by hanging out in our hallways!

You were recently named a Hull Fellow. What’s that?

I am a proud member of the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s 2018 Class of Hull Fellows, a philanthropic leadership development program that explore the history of the South, the latest trends and best practices and the major issues facing foundations today. Thanks to Edie Blakeslee’s suggestion that I consider applying to the program, my cohort gathered for our initial meeting in advance of SECF’s November Annual Meeting in Orlando. In addition to monthly webinars, we’ll come back together for a May retreat to continue our learning and begin the process of determining our capstone projects to be presented at SECF’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Louisville. It was clear from our few days together that this class of Fellows will continue to be inspired by learning with and from each other.

Your last name recently changed from Mullis to Rakar. Can you tell us about that?

After nearly a decade together, I recently took the plunge and legally bound myself to my now-husband. 2017’s challenge was planning a wedding. 2018’s will be remembering to introduce myself with my new last name.

Tell us something fun about you!

Perhaps more interesting than our extended dating history, my husband Cole and I have actually known each other our entire lives. We were both born on the exact same day in the same hospital. I like to think that our cribs were close to each other in East Cooper Medical Center’s nursery.

Have a question for Caroline or just want to chat? Contact her at [email protected] or (843) 793-6120.

Our monthly Staff Spotlights help you get to know our team better. Want to learn even more about something our team members are working on? Email us with your ideas. 

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