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Camp Cole is a Gift to Last Forever The Fawcett Family honors the legacy of Stacy Sawyer by making her dreams come true. Deans Fawcett is on a mission, and she

Without the financial guidance of the

isn’t the least bit intimidated by the

Community Foundation to rely on, Deans

enormity of the charitable undertaking

says starting Camp Cole would have

before her. “I really haven’t felt daunted,”

been a much more difficult process for

the Columbia native says of fundraising

her family. “It’s been a great project, but a

for Camp Cole, the future Midlands

hard learning experience,” she says. “The

retreat center for people dealing with

Community Foundation has helped us so

serious health conditions that she has

much with the money-related questions

co-founded with her husband Peter, their

we’ve had, with handling the 501(c)(3)

children, and the Sawyer family. “It’s a

concerns and also the tax side of things. We

labor of love, and a gift to Columbia to last

needed their expertise, and they’ve helped

forever, I hope.”

Camp Cole will be the only overnight

The forty-acre camp is named for the late

retreat facility of its kind in the Columbia

Cole Sawyer, who lost his battle with cancer

area, and--Deans is quick to point out--

in 2005 at the age of eleven. Cole’s mother,

the only facility in the state that will sleep

Stacy (Deans and Stacy were sorority

over two-hundred people with full heating

sisters at University of South Carolina and

and air conditioning, a feature that will

rekindled their bond while volunteering at

allow them to operate year round. What’s

a retreat for children with pediatric cancer),

more, Camp Cole will be designed in

always dreamed of starting an overnight

accordance with the rigorous standards

camp in the Midlands for people with major

of the Americans with Disabilities Act

health issues like her son, but her own

and the American Camp Association, so

untimely passing in 2016 prevented her from

that the space will be accessible to all who

realizing this project. Her staggering loss

visit. “We’ve talked to a lot of different

galvanized the Fawcetts into taking action,

organizations serving many different

and they are now committed to making

populations,” Deans says. “Groups

Stacy’s dream a reality. “Her death was our

supporting people with Down’s syndrome,

catalyst, and it’s been our incentive to keep

people with autism, people with muscular

going,” Deans says. “We’re going to build

dystrophy. We wanted their suggestions

this camp, and then other organizations that

on what they would need, and what would

need the space can come use it.”

impress them to come.”

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us immensely.” With powerful community partners like Palmetto Health Richland and the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina signing on to support the project, Camp Cole is poised to open its doors in 2020. But all of this good news doesn’t mean Deans is slowing down on the fundraising front. “We’re just getting started,” she says. “All of us know that this will be something lasting we can give the community.” And something remarkable, she adds, to honor the memories of Cole and Stacy. By Luke Hodges

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Giving Philanthropy A Voice On the Hill An interview with Jeff Hamond, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates, Washington D.C. Jeff Hamond works directly with private

to have a local community foundation

and community foundations, and others in

president involved in every substantive

the philanthropic space to share the good

meeting, which makes our presence on

work they are doing in local communities,

Capitol Hill focused more on a foundation’s

as well as educate lawmakers about the

work in the district or state. This approach

consequences of adverse policy decisions.

allows the Member or staffer to gain

He is leading the Community Foundation

an understanding of how public policy

Public Awareness Initiative.

issues impact community foundations by connecting these issues to local success stories. It allows us to highlight the


Sumter County Museum Partners with Temple Sinai As part of the Foundation’s Connected Communities grant initiative, Sumter County Museum was awarded a $65,000 grant for its partnership with Temple Sinai, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Sumter. The Museum is using to the grant to renovate the temple’s social hall into an exhibit about Jewish history in Sumter and South Carolina. The public grand opening will be Saturday, June 2 from 10-11:30 a.m.

philanthropic work in a community, rather than simply be another charity lobby.

What areas and issues is CFPAI working to address in Washington? Our main focus has been on selfpreservation and tax-related issues, such as charitable deductions, Donor Advised Funds (DAF), the IRA rollover, estate taxes, and gifts of appreciated property. We are

Jeff Hamond

the leading entity pursuing the repeal of

What is the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative (CFPAI)? CFPAI was formed in 2012 to provide community foundations with their own voice in Washington, DC. The group

the DAF prohibition in the IRA charitable rollover, which limits charitable choice and has hampered CFs nationwide for nearly a decade.

How will this work impact Community Foundation donors?

started with 18 foundations and has now

On the IRA rollover issue, every community

grown to 115 foundations in 46 states.

foundation can give examples of how

The main focus of the group has been to

they lose donations every year because

help Members of Congress and their staffs

a potential donor, upon learning they

understand the vital role that community

cannot use the rollover to open a DAF,

foundations play in their communities

seeks another local charity for their gift –

Why is this work important?

or doesn’t give at all. The DAF exclusion restricts donor flexibility by (1) codifying

Leeza’s Care Connection Reopening at the Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home Foundation staff members, Kevin Patten, Kelly Rogers and Brooke Dickerson, attended the reopening of Leeza’s Care Connection on February 20 at the former home of Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo. Leeza’s Care Connection is supported by a CCCF donor and is a free resource center for caregivers of chronically ill patients.

Congratulations to CCCF Trustee Lou Kennedy on Recent Awards

The work is important because Members of

a preference of some charities over others,

Lou Kennedy, owner of

Congress don’t really hear much from the

and (2) making it harder (if not impossible)

Nephron Pharmaceuticals

philanthropy space, outside of Foundations

for a donor to spread out his or her IRA gift

and CCCF Trustee, was

on the Hill.

among several charities.

recently honored for her

The Initiative has brought small groups

On the recent tax bill, the Initiative played

of community foundation presidents to

a major role in ensuring that the new law

Washington for meetings on Capitol Hill,

didn’t change any rules related to donor-

and arranged dozens of conference calls

advised funds, such as required payouts,

for Foundation presidents or other senior

or gifts of property- significant victories for

foundation staff. We go to great lengths

community foundations and their donors.

leadership in the Midlands. Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 by honoring ten women across the state for their great leadership, including Lou Kennedy. Kennedy’s success as the leader of Nephron Pharmaceuticals also helped the company receive

Read the full interview with Jeff Hamond on the Foundation’s blog at

the Large Business of the Year award from the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center.

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At A Glance From July 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Total Assets: $ 139,831,000 Number of Grants Awarded: 772 Nonprofits Received Grants: 433 Grants awarded: $7,010,886 Grants Since Inception: $155 M+

Legacy Society The Legacy Society honors those who have made a lasting commitment to our community by including charitable gifts to the Foundation in their estates. The Community Foundation thanks the following individuals for their vision and insight for our community’s future both during their lifetime and beyond. Anonymous (3) Stacey Atkinson Gayle O. Averyt Mary Wyatt Balbach Kenneth W. Baldwin Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Barinowski Mac and Leslie Bennett Charlotte Lunsford Berry Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Bowers Sr. Betsy Linn Chambers Mr. and Mrs. Freeman W. Coggins Jr. Janet Cotter Jo Mengedoht Cox Margaret R. Cullum Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Dade Harriette Ann Edmonds* Toni Elkins Julie D. Epting Mr. and Mrs. George C. Fant Jr. Julia R. Gentles Diane Goolsby Lawrence H. Gordon Leila Grimball Rusty and Plum Hammond Julie Hawkins Marjorie Heggie and David Estefano C. Carroll and Susan B. Heyward

Mrs. Owen M. Holmes III Clifton J. Kitchens Dr. and Mrs. David L. Kulbersh Dr. Lanneau D. Lide Jr. Lloyd S. Liles Mr. and Mrs. David L. Martin Jamie Young McCulloch Robert E. McLawhorn Cassandra E. Baker McLeod* Dr. and Mrs. James E. Mercer Frances K. Mills Janice H. Morrow Sara Nalley Ethan W. Nord Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oana Katie and Scott Peterson Virginia Ravenel* Bill Rogers J. Royal Roseberry III Jay W. Schwartz* Henry and Linda Sims Mr. and Mrs. David C. Sojourner Jr. Pete and Sarah Stewart Kerry Stubbs Dorothy S. Team JoAnn Turnquist Mr. and Mrs. H. Dallon Weathers Jr.

Sally Nash Wilson Robert and Rose Wingard *=new members

Marshall and Frances Shearouse Ruth Kay Sidisin John C. “Buck” Smith Mary Averill Stanton H. Talcott Stith, Jr. John and Betty Warren Christine Webb Mr. and Mrs. John T. Weeks Milford H. “Joe” Wessinger Max and Sibby Wood

In tribute to our deceased members: Phoebe S. Callahan Mr. Charles Shannon Blackwell Mr. and Mrs. Addison Bostain L. Arlen Cotter Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Dana Mrs. William W. Dukes Jr. Sam Elkins David A. Epting Katherine K. Greiner Owen M. Holmes III Marion A. Knox Kate Miller LaCoste Ms. Mable Wannamaker Leadley Mack McCulloch Jacqueline M. Miller Stephen G. Morrison Dorothy G. Owen Mr. and Mrs. J. Key Powell Walker Alonzo Rabon Mr. and Mrs. Edward Y. Roper Sr. Paul and Ann Schuler

Interested in joining the Legacy Society? Contact Heather Sherwin at 803.978.7831.

Welcome to Our Family These funds were established between January 1, 2018 and March 28, 2018. Please join us in welcoming these donors to our family. Brittons Foundation Palmetto Green Race to the Table SC

The Essence of a Community Foundation “What is a Community Foundation?” and “What do you do?” are questions our board and staff hear often. This edition of Talk About Giving helps answer these questions. A Community Foundation houses a flexible, yet permanent collection of funds supported by a wide range of donors; donors like Stacy Levinson and her husband Perry Lancaster who established a fund this year to support the community they call home by connecting with organizations that are helping improve lives. A desire to ‘give back’ is reflected in our diverse family of over 400 donors, including the Fawcett Family who are building Camp Cole as a lasting gift for our community. A Community Foundation is governed by a board of volunteers who are knowledgeable about their community. They use that knowledge to

deploy funds to meet community needs. Selected by our Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s Connected Communities grants focus on the Midland’s strengths and assets – welcoming community, superb public spaces and vibrant social offerings. These characteristics create bonds that tie folks to the place they call home. They increase our region’s competitiveness and provide opportunities to interact with others. The organizations and projects receiving awards this year reflect the diversity of our region and provide many opportunities for residents to connect. I look forward to seeing them come to life. A Community Foundation provides philanthropic knowledge and expertise. Keeping up with federal policy decisions and tax law changes are ‘must dos’ for our staff as our donors often rely on our knowledge. CCCF is a member of the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative (CFPAI) network. This network provides us with timely information and provides a voice for community

foundations in Washington, D.C. In April, Jeff Hamond, Vice President of Van Scoyoc Associates and the Director of CFPAI, spoke at our Philanthropist’s Forum. Jeff discussed tax reform and philanthropy through his Washington, D.C. insider’s lens. It was fascinating and mindboggling … as policy often is. A Community Foundation adheres to a sense of “community’ and brings people together through philanthropy. Midlands Gives, now in its fifth year, has helped foster a community of philanthropists who during the past five years has raised over $5.5 million through 42,859 individual gifts. Please join us again on May 1st to make a difference by giving together! All the best,

JoAnn M. Turnquist President & CEO

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Announcing the 2018 Connected Communities Grant Recipients $335,770 granted to 11 Midlands Charities to Launch Innovative Projects Eleven local nonprofits will launch new projects

and physical setting of the Midlands

to enrich the Midlands region with $335,770 in


funding from the Foundation’s fourth annual Connected Communities grants.

“Selected from 57 submitted Letters of Intent, these eleven projects are part of

The nonprofit grant recipients presented

a creative group of organizations that

innovative ideas to the Foundation that embrace

are working to enrich our community in

one or more of the following three focus areas,

meaningful ways.” says JoAnn Turnquist,

identified by the John S. and James L. Knight

President & CEO of Central Carolina

Foundation and Gallup as the three most

Community Foundation. “The initiatives

important elements of an attractive community:

and programs that will be launched will

Welcoming Community, which promotes and

engage community members and increase

encourages open and inclusive activities and

our region’s livability. It’s an honor to

programs; Vibrant Social Offerings, which

support this work.”

support the availability of community events, arts and culture opportunities; and Superb Public Spaces, which enhance the beauty

Communities grants, the Foundation and its donors can leverage philanthropy to positively impact the attractiveness of the Midlands

This year’s grant recipients are located in

community, ensuring that residents of our

Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland,

region “love where they live, stay where they

and Sumter counties. Through these Connected

live and give where they live.”

2018 Connected Communities Grant Recipients Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina del Sur/South Carolina Hispanic Outreach; La Vida Sana (The Healthy Life) — A program to promote community engagement, healthy eating, and active lifestyles through the revitalization of a

Edisto Habitat for Humanity; The Michael G. Salley Community Park —

Town of North; Beautification of 178 & 321 Intersection — The Town of North will

The development of a new community park in

landscape and beautify the southwest corner at

the area of Kings Road, Orangeburg, SC.

the intersection of Highways 321 and 178 with

Historic Camden Foundation; Redoubt Revitalization at Historic Camden — Historic Camden will rebuild

rose plantings and a utility box wrap.

and reinterpret their redoubt, an earthen

West Columbia Beautification Foundation; West Columbia Enabling Park – An all-inclusive enabling park for

fort used by British soldiers in the American

children and individuals of all capabilities

Cola Town Bike Collective; Columbia Cycling Transportation Network —

Revolution. The completed historic project will

will afford everyone the opportunity to feel

serve as an education and event space for the

welcome and part of the community.

The Cola Town Bike Collective will build


moribund garden in West Columbia as well as the development of a garden in Northeast and North Columbia.

a modular, scalable network that provides visitors and residents access to the region’s public green-ways, business centers, and recreational parks. The information will be accessible through a comprehensive web-based app as well as promotions at the Soda City Market and public work stands throughout the city center.

Columbia City Ballet; Lexington Amphitheater Performances — Performances at the Ice House Amphitheater in Lexington, SC will delight audiences and provide educational opportunities for families.

Columbia (SC) Chapter, The Links, Inc.; Links to a Healthy Lifestyle — An expansion of the exercise fitness trail at Burton Pack Elementary School will place kid-friendly activity signage and park benches along the trail.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful; Gervais Street Train Bridge Beautification — A timeless and iconic image will be painted on the Gervais Street train bridge, owned by Norfolk Southern.

Sumter Cultural Center; Sumter Yarn Explosion — More than just “wrapping yarn around trees,” this project will leave a lasting, visual asset that sparks interest and conversation in the Sumter community.

Richland Library; My Life Experience — Richland Library will cultivate a more open and inclusive community through a mobile Virtual Reality (VR) simulation lab designed for the user to personally step into the shoes of society’s most vulnerable people.

top: community members converse at the 2017 connected communities grant recipient indie grits lab’s fellowship. bottom: volunteers having fun at lexington main library’s summary reading program

For more information on Connected Communities and the funded projects, visit under Community Impact.

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Philanthropists: It’s Your Time to Shine! The fifth Midlands Gives event is on May 1, 2018! Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event:


local nonprofits participating

HEADQUARTERS AT South Carolina State Museum



in prize incentives The Foundation’s affiliates in Chapin, Kershaw, Sumter and Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties are once again stepping up to sponsor


for participating nonprofits in those counties.

SCHEDULE YOUR GIFT and browse the nonprofit profiles. You can sort by category or search for a specific nonprofit.


beginning April 17th and have your donation process automatically on May 1st. Please note, scheduled gifts do not count towards prize incentives.

which nonprofit(s) you would like to give to.


out your information and submit your donation using your credit card.


Tell your friends and family about donating and ask them to consider making a donation as well.

Connect your charitable passion to your network by creating a Champion Page


The minimum donation is only $20 and you can give to as many nonprofits as you like.

Start your own personal campaign to raise money and awareness for your favorite cause. You choose the goal, send your page to family and friends, and become a champion for local nonprofits.

Can’t wait?

Begin spreading the word about Midlands Gives to your network now. Make sure you use #MidlandsGives on social media.

Visit to view participating nonprofit’s profiles, prize details, headquarters schedule and more!

Community Foundation is “The Perfect Connector” for Philanthropists and Charities Stacy Levinson and Perry Lancaster connect to their community through philanthropy. Stacy Levinson, owner of the iconic Columbia

back, and help make

we’re so excited to join forces with them, because

clothing store Brittons, has always been

it a little better for

they’re helping connect us with organizations

community minded. This is thanks, in large part,

the people who live

we might have overlooked otherwise.” Whether

to the influence of her parents and grandparents,


they’re hosting a fundraiser for the Free Medical

for whom acts of generosity were constant--and

This mindset led

even courageous. Her paternal grandfather,

Stacy and her

Charles (who immigrated to the United States from Latvia at the age of seven), became one of the first merchants in Jim Crow era South Carolina to welcome African-American patrons into his store, to try on hats. “My family has been part of the South Carolina community for close to a hundred years,” the third-generation clothier says. “We’ve always been fortunate to receive a lot from this state. It’s only right that we give

husband, veteran Perry Lancaster and Stacy Levinson

Brittons salesman Perry Lancaster,

to seek out the Community Foundation for guidance with their myriad philanthropic activities. “There are so many charities that we don’t know about out there, and the Foundation is the perfect connector,” Perry says. “That’s why

Clinic of Columbia, or collecting donations for Harvest Hope during their annual “Christmas in July” celebration at Brittons, Stacy and Perry say partnering with the Community Foundation has widened the scope of their charitable giving considerably. “Together we’re helping the bigger cause,” Stacy says. “That’s why we came to the Foundation in the first place--so they could help us build the community stronger than it is.” By Luke Hodges

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Mark Your Calendar Don’t miss out on these upcoming events

Midlands Gives

#GetYourGiveOn with The Soul of Philanthropy

May 1, 2018 | Mark your calendar and get ready to give during our 5th annual 24-hour online giving event! Midlands Gives allows everyone to be a philanthropist with a minimum donation of $20. Watch the leaderboards on May 1 to see thousands of donations add up to millions of dollars and benefit over 370 local nonprofits!

April 29, 2018, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Richland Main Library Join us for the final celebration of GIVING BACK: THE SOUL OF PHILANTHROPY REFRAMED AND EXHIBITED, the groundbreaking exhibit that explores African-American philanthropy. The celebration will include a 4 PM talk by Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Founder and Executive Director of Young, Black and Giving Back Institute from Washington, D.C and activities for children and teens to learn about giving.

Foundation Donors Make an Impact A snapshot of how your giving is making a difference.

The following information are from grants recommend by Community Foundation donors from their funds from October to December 2017.

Top Five Grant Areas:


Education & Scholarships


Human Services




Animal Welfare


Community Improvement


Nonprofits Who Received Top Five Grants Largest Number of Grants: by Dollar Amount:

9 grants 8 grants 7 grants 6


6 grants

University of South Carolina Educational Foundation Heartworks Ministry, Inc./Jubilee Academy


Columbia International University


Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

Harvest Hope Food Bank, Columbia Branch ETV Endowment of South Carolina

$150,000 Coker College


Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network


Palmetto Disaster Recovery

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Spring 2018 Newsletter