The Beaufort Fund Awards $592,000 to Local Nonprofits

Annual reception unites nonprofits and supporters from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper Counties

BEAUFORT, SC: February 15, 2016 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization serving coastal South Carolina, today announced that 2016 awards from The Beaufort Fund totaled $592,000 to 55 nonprofits from the Southern Lowcountry – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. This sum includes awards to 12 three-year grantees, organizations receiving renewable support in recognition of a highly effective program and business model.
Nonprofits and supporters from the Southern Lowcountry community gathered at an annual reception on Friday, February 12th to honor grantees at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Maritime Center. The reception brought together many guests, including Mayor Billy Keyserling of Beaufort, to celebrate the success of grantees from across the region.
“We are sincerely honored that The Beaufort Fund enables us to partner in some capacity with so many worthy organizations,” said Ali Titus, Program Officer at Coastal Community Foundation. “The collective impact of all of our 2015-16 grantees is an inspiring reminder of the power of community. I am continually humbled by their dedication and collaborative approach to solving problems.”
At the reception, remarks were made by Coastal Community Foundation staff members Ali Titus and Gloria Duryea and Fred Washington, Jr., Chair of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee. Richard Hendry closed out the remarks with a speech about “creative destruction” he has observed in the local nonprofit sector. The reception was Hendry’s last official function as CCF’s Interim President and CEO, as he retired on Saturday and the incoming President and CEO, Darrin Goss, Sr., begins today.
The Beaufort Fund supports a wide array of nonprofit programs, but the Fund’s Advisory Committee also provides general operating support to many organizations, an important building block of nonprofit capacity. This year, 14 nonprofits – 25 percent of all grantees – received general operating support.
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 $7.5 million in grants 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 Ali Titus, 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 2016 Grantees
* denotes three-year grantee, (parentheses) denotes year of first award
^ denotes funding awarded for general operating support
Agape Family Life Center
*Alzheimer’s Family Services (2014)
American Red Cross
Antioch Educational Center
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
^Arts Council of Beaufort County
Beaufort County First Steps
^Beaufort Open Land Trust
Beaufort Women’s Center
^Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry
^Camp Wildwood
Center for Heirs Property Preservation
*^CAPA: Child Abuse Prevention Association (2016)
Circle of Hope Ministries
*^CODA: Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (2016)
Coastal Conservation League
Colleton Center
Colleton County Council on Aging
Colleton County First Steps
First Books of Beaufort
^Friends of Caroline Hospice
^Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic
Hampton County First Steps
*Hampton Friends of the Arts (2015)
*Hampton County Literacy Council (2016)
HELP of Beaufort
*^Hope Haven of the Lowcountry (2016)
*The Literacy Center (2014)
*Little Red Dog Foundation (2016)
Lowcountry Food Bank
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity
^Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
Lowcountry Open Land Trust
Meals-on-Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Med-I-Assist
NAMI Beaufort County
*Neighborhood Outreach Connection (2015)
Nemours Wildlife Foundation
Operation Sight
Palmetto Project
Penn Center
^Port Royal Sound Foundation
Reach out and Read Carolinas
^Santa Elena Foundation
*Second Helpings (2014)
^SC Environmental Law Project
Teach For America SC
Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation
Thumbs Up Inc.
Under One Roof
*Volunteers in Medicine (2015)
YMCA of Beaufort
About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation empowers individuals, families and organizations to make a lasting impact through permanent, endowed funds for charitable giving. 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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