The Beaufort Fund Awards $588,000 to Local Nonprofits

Reception united nonprofits, supporters representing Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties

BEAUFORT, SC: January 13, 2017 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization serving coastal South Carolina, today announced $588,000 in awards from The Beaufort Fund’s 2017 grant cycle. 59 nonprofits from the Southern Lowcountry – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties – and supporters from the community gathered at an annual reception on Thursday, January 12th to honor grantees at Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn.
“It’s wonderful to celebrate a program every year that highlights the generosity, kindness and collaborative spirit at work in our community, especially in light of the divisiveness our country experienced in 2016 and the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew on our region,” shared Danica Whitney, Program Officer for The Beaufort Fund of Coastal Community Foundation. “This program works because we all work together, and that gives me great hope for the future.”
At the reception, remarks were made by Coastal Community Foundation staff members Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, as well as Fred Washington, Jr., Chair of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee. CCF President & CEO Darrin Goss, Sr. closed out the remarks with a speech “shining the light” on the work of the local nonprofit sector, the theme of the evening.
In his speech, Goss highlighted the leadership of fellow funders such as Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and United Way of the Lowcountry and applauded the efforts of the nonprofit sector in Hurricane Matthew recovery. He also introduced Betsy Kinsley, CCF’s new Vice President of Development & Stewardship, who was in attendance for her first event with CCF since relocating from Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
The Beaufort Fund supports a wide array of nonprofit programs through special project and general operating support. This year, 34 nonprofits – 58 percent of all grantees – received general operating support, an important building block of nonprofit capacity. The total grants also include awards to 12 three-year grantees, organizations receiving renewable support in recognition of a highly effective program and business model.
Coastal Community Foundation is proud to support the important services provided by grantees of The Beaufort Fund. Since its founding in 1998, The Beaufort Fund has awarded more than $8 million to organizations serving 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 Danica Whitney, Program Officer, at To learn more about supporting Coastal Community Foundation’s work in the Southern Lowcountry, reach out to Gloria Duryea, Stewardship Officer, at
List of 2017 Grantees
* denotes three-year grantee, (parentheses) denotes year of first award
Agape Family Life Center, Inc.
Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort
Alzheimer’s Respite and Resource (Memory Matters)
American National Red Cross
Antioch Educational Center
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Avian Conservation Center
Beaufort County First Steps* (2017)
Beaufort County Open Land Trust* (2017)
Beaufort Women’s Center
Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
Born To Read, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Inc.
Camp Wildwood, Inc.
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)* (2016)
Circle of Hope Ministries, Inc.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)* (2016)
Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY)
Colleton County First Steps
Colleton County Memorial Library
Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry
Family Promise of Beaufort County
Fennell Elementary School
First Books of Beaufort
Friends of Caroline Hospice
Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic
Hampton Literacy Council* (2016)
HELP of Beaufort* (2017)
Helping Hand Center, Inc.
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry* (2016)
Jasper County Council for the Aging
KT Destiny Center, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Inc.
Little Red Dog Foundation* (2016)
Lowcountry Food Bank
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity* (2017)
Lowcountry Land Trust, Inc.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head, Inc.
Med-I-Assist, Inc.
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Med-I-Assist
NAMI Lowcountry* (2017)
Neighborhood Outreach Connection* (2015)
Nemours Wildlife Foundation
Operation Sight
Palmetto Project, Inc.
Port Royal Sound Foundation
Reach Out and Read, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire
Second Helpings
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Inc.
South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Inc.
Teach For America, Inc.
Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation, Inc.
Thumbs Up, Inc.
Under One Roof Services, Inc.
Volunteers In Medicine* (2015)
YMCA of Beaufort County
About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation works with people and organizations in our region who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy. By understanding local needs and remembering the unique history of our region, the Foundation carefully invest resources to protect, enhance and change our community for the better. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper Counties. To learn more, go to or call (843) 723-3635.


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