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

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 To learn more about supporting Coastal Community Foundation’s work in the Southern Lowcountry, reach out to Director of Development Steffanie Dohn at

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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