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The Beaufort Fund Awards $656,000+ to Local Nonprofits

February 9, 2015 by CCF

Annual grants reception unites donors, grantees and guests from across the Southern Lowcountry

Charleston, SC: February 9, 2015 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking institution dedicated to serving coastal South Carolina, today announced that The Beaufort Fund, an endowed grantmaking fund managed by the Foundation, awarded $656,670 to 60 nonprofits. Members of the Southern Lowcountry community gathered at an annual reception on Friday, February 6th honoring grantees at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center. The reception brought together many guests, including Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort and State Representative Weston J. Newton, to celebrate the success of grantees from across the region.

“The Beaufort Fund of Coastal Community Foundation once again brought out the best in the charities of the Lowcountry,” explained George Stevens, President/CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “We saw partnerships and collaboration across the philanthropic landscape, from donors to nonprofits to volunteers.  The web of interactions defies simple categories as arts organizations partnered with food banks, hospitals with early childhood literacy programs, and so on.  It was truly an ecosystem’s worth of positive partnerships.”

Those partnerships were apparent during the reception program, as Coastal Community Foundation staff members Richard Hendry, Ali Titus and Gloria Duryea highlighted unexpected connections between grantees. For example, Clemson University Extension Services in Colleton County runs a program on healthy eating for families that is operated in conjunction with Lowcountry Food Bank. Lowcountry Food Bank also partners with YMCA of Beaufort County, helping to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children participating in the YMCA’s afterschool programs. One of the YMCA’s many afterschool program sites is hosted by Agape Family Life Center of Jasper County. Agape also partners with Antioch Educational Center to offer a computer class program.

Coastal Community Foundation is proud to support the important services provided by these and countless other organizations through The Beaufort Fund. Since its founding in 1998, The Beaufort Fund has awarded nearly $7 million in grants to local organizations across Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Grants are recommended by a diverse committee of community leaders drawn from across the four counties.

For more information about The Beaufort Fund, contact Program Officer Ali Titus at Ali@coastalcommunityfoundation.org. To learn more about supporting Coastal Community Foundation’s work in the Southern Lowcountry, reach out to Director of Development Steffanie Dohn at Steffanie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.


List of 2015 Grantees

Agape Family Life Center

Alzheimer’s Family Services, Greater Beaufort

American Red Cross

Antioch Educational Center

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Beaufort County First Steps

Beaufort County Open Land Trust

Blackville Community Development Corporation

Born To Read

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry

Camp Wildwood

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

CAPA: Child Abuse Prevention Association

Church of the Harvest Apostolic

Circle of Hope Ministries

Clemson University Extension Services

Coastal Conservation League

CODA: Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse

Colleton Center

Colleton County First Steps

Colleton County Arts Council

Colleton Memorial Library – Children’s Department

COSY – Collaborative Organization of Services to Youth

Franciscan Center

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic

Hampton County First Steps

Hampton County Literacy Council

Hampton Friends of the Arts

HELP of Beaufort

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry

Jacksonboro Community Center

Jasper County Council on Aging

Jasper County Hunger-Free Zone

Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry

Little Red Dog Foundation

Lowcountry Food Bank

Low Country Habitat for Humanity

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers

Lowcountry Open Land Trust

Meals on Wheels – Bluffton/Hilton Head

Med-I-Assist Bluffton

Memory Matters

NAMI Beaufort County

Neighborhood Outreach Connection

Nemours Wildlife Foundation

New Destiny Center

Palmetto Project

Planned Parenthood Health Systems

Ronald McDonald Charities/CareMobile

Salvation Army of Beaufort

Second Helpings

Sheldon Township Med-I-Assist

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

South Carolina Literacy Task Force

St. John A.M.E. Church

Teach for America South Carolina

Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation

Under One Roof

Volunteers in Medicine

YMCA of Beaufort County

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