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Coastal Community Foundation Establishes Lowcountry Unity Fund

June 25, 2015 by CCF

Fund will support long-term solutions to racism and economic inequality in response to Emanuel A.M.E. Shooting

Charleston, SC: June 25, 2015 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking institution dedicated to serving coastal South Carolina, today announced that it has established the Lowcountry Unity Fund in response to the June 17, 2015 shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. The purpose of the fund is to promote long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and to economic inequality in African-American communities.

“No amount of effort or good intentions can undo the tragedy that took nine lives away from our community, but we hope that this fund can be a part of this community’s healing process,” shared Richard Hendry, Interim President/CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “The Lowcountry Unity Fund will support programs that foster a climate of love, equality and progress for many years to come.”

The Lowcountry Unity Fund will serve as a permanent resource to eligible organizations across Coastal Community Foundation’s entire service area. Today, Google and South State Bank pledged a combined total of $125,000 to the new fund.

Donations will be accepted from any member of the public. Checks should be written out to Coastal Community Foundation with “Lowcountry Unity Fund” in the memo line. Online contributions can be made at http://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/donate-today/ by designating the gift to “Other” and typing in “Lowcountry Unity Fund” in the text box. Additional questions about how to contribute to the Lowcountry Unity Fund may be directed to Steffanie Dohn, Director of Development, at steffanie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

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