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philanthropy in our community

FALL 2010

Literacy 2030

enrich enrich Literacy advocates in the Midlands

Saturday,

area have joined together to form

October 16 at

Literacy 2030, a coalition working

Richland County

toward 100% literacy for South

Public Library.

Carolina by 2030. Yes, this is a tall

Margaret

task. But, it is something that our state

Doughty, of

desperately needs to strive for as

the national

we currently have the third highest

organization

illiteracy rate in the country.

Literacy

phphilanthropy i l anth r opy i ninoour ur c ocommunity m m u n ity

Literacy is the ability to read, write,

Powerline, will

compute and use technology at a level

be the keynote

that enables an individual to reach

speaker and

his or her full potential as a parent,

help guide the

employee and community member. It

individuals and

including many local dignitaries such

organizations through the discussion

as mayors and city/county council

is why the Community Foundation has

process. Literacy Powerline recognizes

members.

made increasing literacy one of three

the power of linking stakeholders,

target areas for our discretionary

neighborhoods and services together

Declaration for the Right to Literacy

grantmaking.

to increase literacy levels and has

Scroll are ways the community can

touches our lives in all that we do. This SPRING 2009 Vol. 5, No. 1

The Foundation awarded a grant

Literacy 2030 committee members with the literacy scroll.

“The Literacy Summit and the

successfully guided communities

join our cause to reduce illiteracy,”

this spring to a collaborative group

across the country through the entire

said Foundation President & CEO

for the purpose of hosting a Literacy

process.

JoAnn Turnquist. “By building

Summit in the Midlands. This group is

As a jumpstart to the Literacy

awareness and working together,

bringing together literacy advocates

Summit, the Declaration for the Right

we will develop solutions that help

and practitioners from 11 counties

to Literacy toured the Midlands during

improve our state’s literacy rate and

in the Midlands to share information

the first week of August on its 50-state

move us closer to our goal.”

about the issues surrounding literacy

tour, before being presented to

– services, barriers, successes and

President Obama. Modeled after the

failures. The information will be

historic Seneca Falls Women’s Rights

consolidated and merged into a

Convention in 1848, this scroll was

database, which will be available

introduced at the National Literacy

Find out more at www.facebook.com/

through a website. The website will be

Convention in Buffalo, New York, in

literacy2030.

a valuable tool in our efforts to reach

2009. It was displayed in several

SPRING 2009 Vol. 5, No. 1 100% literacy by 2030.

The Literacy Summit takes place

inside

locations in the Midlands and was

philanthropy in our community

signed by 411 South Carolinians,

Heathwood Hall Gives Back

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Preparing Youth for Adulthood page 3 President’s Letter

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A Professional’s Perspective

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Why the Heywards Give

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Best of Philanthropy Awards

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Community Foundation Week

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MAKING AN IMPACT

How Heathwood Hall Gives Back For almost 60 years,

relationship with

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Harvest Hope Food

has been an integral part of

Bank, becoming a

the Midlands. The independent

major contributor

college-preparatory school

in its fight against

educates students from age three

hunger. Each fall,

to grade 12, inspiring students

the entire school

to exceed the highest academic

participates in a

standards and make an impact on

two-week drive for

our world.

Harvest Hope. The

Heathwood Hall was the

Intermediate/Middle

first school in the Midlands to

School also hosts

include community service in

its “Turkey Trot,” a

its graduation requirements.

walk/run held on its

which keeps it from seeping in and

A minimum of 80 hours are

track to raise money for Harvest

ruining the grass fields.”

to be conducted before

Hope. The annual amount raised

Commencement.

has reached up to $15,000.

Heathwood Hall students collect items for Sistercare.

One of Heathwood Hall’s most unique programs, the Pursuit of

During the Christmas season,

Environmental Adventure and

ment, some of our students

Heathwood Hall students can be

Knowledge (PEAK) Outdoor

probably would complete the

found donating toiletries and toys

Center consistently offers high-

community service anyway,” said

to women and children through

quality environmental education,

Jim Robinson, associate head

Sistercare, helping families

wilderness exploration and

of the Upper School. “About 30

through Habitat for Humanity

leadership development while

percent of our students actually

or participating in the Salvation

emphasizing environmental

exceed the hours needed.

Army’s “Battle of the Bells.”

stewardship.

“Even if it was not a require-

Community service prepares

In addition to their charitable

Giving back, both to the

students to do more than

service, students learn the

community and to the Earth, are

donate money. They actually do

importance of environmental

deeply held values and traditions

something.”

sustainability and stewardship

of the school. Heathwood will

– giving back to the Earth. The

continue to build on its strong

students, Heathwood Hall

school has in place an active

history of civic responsibility,

teachers encourage good deeds

recycling program and an

providing students with purposeful

and thinking of others.

ongoing commitment to reducing

service opportunities that help

waste and its carbon footprint.

them grow personally and

Beginning with its youngest

“At Christmas time we give gifts to Arthurtown Child Development

The Class of 2014 developed a

Center,” said Cheryl Gahagan,

rain garden adjacent to a school

head of the school’s Early Child-

parking lot.

improve the quality of life in the greater community. “We are pleased to support

“The rain garden’s purpose

Heathwood Hall and its emphasis

“We educate our children with the

is to collect storm water, clean

on philanthropy,” said Mike Kelly,

hope that they’ll one day be well-

the water, and then purify it,”

CCCF Board Chair. “Their students

rounded and compassionate parts

explained Environmental Science

are making a difference.”

of a greater community.”

Teacher Peyton Sasnett. “The oil

hood Learning Center (ECLC).

During the past few years, the school has developed a special

and gasoline from the vehicles leaks down into the rain garden,

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School’s journalism students contributed to this story.

Board of Trustees Scott R. Adams Cheryl L. Behymer J. Mac Bennett R. Jason Caskey Love Collins III Chris D. Christiansen Aubria Corbitt Michael C. Crapps Judith M. Davis

Eric M. Elkins John S. Goettee L. Marion Gressette III Henry B. Haitz III C. Carroll Heyward David Hodges Jackie Howie Katharine M. Hubbard Bruce W. Hughes

D. Michael Kelly Ellis M. Knight James K. Lehman John H. Lumpkin Jr. Ted O. McGee Jr. Catherine R. Monetti Donna C. Northam Barbara Rackes George W. Rogers page 2

A. Eugene Rountree Terry K. Schmoyer Jr. Martha Scott Smith David C. Sojourner Jr. Nancy Spencer J. Hagood Tighe Susie H. VanHuss


Preparing Foster Youth for Adulthood Carolina Children’s Home has provided

be employed, typically with a focus on

safe harbor, healing and opportunity to

developing a specific life skill or trade.

thousands of South Carolina children and

The programs also focus on developing

adolescents for 100 years. In addition to

and maintaining healthy relationships,

proving shelter, counseling and treatment

financial management, secondary

services, staff teach the youth life skills,

educational programs (SAT & PREP

behaviors and practices that empower

classes) and specialized vocational or

residents with the skills needed to be

trade school training.

successful both during and following their group home care experience.

Programs such as these are very important as national statistics show

Youth in the Low Management Program learn life skills such as cooking.

The Children’s Home has taken a

that within 18 months of emancipation

proactive approach to meeting the

40-50 percent of foster youth become

evolving needs of children and families

homeless.* In response to such troubling

opportunities ­­— drivers education,

in South Carolina. Many adolescents in

numbers, Carolina Children’s Home

recreational and leisure fun, sit-down

protected custody have never made a

wants to ensure that the children and

dinners out, and education classes — ­­ is

doctors appointment, cooked a meal,

adolescents served by their programs

an investment in the hope that educating

driven a car, opened a checking account,

possess the skills and knowledge to avoid

former victims with necessary life skills

or even purchased or taken their own

becoming a part of these statistics.

will end the tragic cycle of abuse,

medications without an adult handling

“Carolina Children’s Home has been

neglect, and/or abandonment. “We are proud to support the work

some or every aspect. By offering a

able to provide excellence in programs

continuum of services to the youth, the

and services to South Carolina’s most

of the Carolina Children’s Home and

Home has been innovative in making sure

vulnerable youth, because of the

manage their agency endowment fund,”

that all of the residents’ needs are met.

great understanding and generosity of

said JoAnn Turnquist. “This organization

individuals and corporate support from

has, and will, make a positive difference

is designed specifically for youth

the community,” said Interim Executive

in the lives of children throughout our

between the ages of 14 and 21 and

Director Shannon Marcus.

state.”

The Low Management Program

constructs individualized care plans for

“The community’s investment in

For information about all the

each person. This plan identifies and

these children, communicates a special

programs and services offered by

categorizes each resident’s specific level

message to every child who passes

the Children’s Home, visit www.carolina

of independence, which then enables

through our doors. It’s a message of

childrenshome.org.

staff to sketch out a plan for reaching

hope and belief that they can overcome

those goals.

their pasts and have bright, beautiful

Accordingly, various programs on campus require its young residents to

futures.”

*League of Women Voters Life after Foster Care. League of Women Voters of California Education Fund,

Providing young residents with unique

Juvenile Justice Study Committee, 2002.

Letter from the President Margaret Mead, an American anthro-

needs of children and families in South

pologist wrote, “Never doubt that a small

Carolina. You will also learn how the

group of thoughtful, committed citizens

Community Foundation is working to

can change the world. Indeed, it is the

inspire change through its support of

only thing that ever has.”

Literacy 2030, a coalition working

In this newsletter, we are featuring individuals and organizations that have taken these words to heart. Stories

toward 100% literacy for South Carolina by 2030. For those thoughtful, committed

JoAnn Turnquist

profiling our five Community Champions

citizens who have embraced the concept

will inspire you. You will learn how

of changing the world, philanthropy

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is

becomes a lifelong practice, as illustrated

providing its students with purposeful

by Carroll Heyward’s story. The benefits

the Foundation and how we can help

service opportunities and how Carolina

of philanthropy, as Dave Sojourner points

you stimulate change and meet your

Children’s Home is taking a proactive

out, can last for generations and provide

philanthropic goals, please call me.

approach to meeting the evolving

an inspirational legacy.

Together, we will make a difference.

If you’d like to learn more about

PHILANTHROPY page 3


As a practicing tax and estate

your death. Your fund can serve

planning attorney, I frequently

as a permanent legacy and you

have opportunities to advise clients

can serve as the fund adviser to

who are interested in making

propose grants from your fund to

charitable gifts. Some clients are

the charities of your choice.

David C. Sojourner Jr., Shareholder, Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims, PA

After your death, you may

motivated by tax benefits and others are compelled to give for

designate your spouse, your

purely philanthropic reasons. Many

children, or your grandchildren

clients are interested in making

to serve as successor advisors if

to make a large impact in our

gifts during their lifetimes, while

you wish or you can authorize

community. Currently the Founda-

others wish to provide for chari-

the Community Foundation to

tion is focusing these funds on

table distributions through wills or

designate the recipients of future

increasing literacy, reducing the

trusts after death.

grants from your fund.

high-school dropout rate and

Other types of funds allow you

The Community Foundation can

reducing homelessness.

play an important role in your

to designate one or more specific

charitable gift planning and, as

charities in which to receive contri-

priorities in structuring their gifts.

an independent public charity,

butions or to make distributions to

This ability to obtain the benefits of

can provide a myriad of options to

organizations that will be identified

the charitable deductions that are

assist you in achieving your philan-

in the future in accordance with

available for income tax purposes

thropic goals.

fields of interests that you designate

or estate tax purposes while main-

(homelessness or illiteracy, for

taining flexibility for future distribu-

example).

tions is an extraordinary benefit

A Donor-Advised Fund can be established with a minimum contri-

For gifts of less than $10,000, the

bution of $10,000 and allows you

Each client has their own set of

INVESTING

A Professional’s Perspective

that the Community Foundation

to give to any number of charities

Community Foundation has estab-

can offer to all donors – large and

you support. You can add to this

lished the Commonwealth Fund

small.

fund during your lifetime or at

where smaller gifts are combined

Why We Give: Carroll and Susie Heyward As a young couple with a mortgage and some hand-me-down furniture and appliances, my wife

board, the Columbia Museum of Art Board, and the City of Columbia Planning Commission.

Susie and I did not have a lot of money to give.

We could see the funds that we gave to our

We were however blessed with strong backs

community were catalysts for improving our and

and the enthusiasm of youth. I joined the Rotary

future generation’s quality of life. Now, as we creep

Club of Columbia and Susie began volunteering

toward retirement, the legacy fund we established

through the Junior League of Columbia. I was

in 2002 with Central Carolina Community

later approached by Dr. J. W. Pitts who asked if I

Foundation will serve as an example to our children

would serve on the board of the Babcock Center, a

and others in the community that to give is truly

nonprofit organization serving mentally challenged

divine.

children and adults.

It is our sincere hope that we can continue to

The following nine years with the Babcock Center

contribute to the community through the Community

and then nine years with the Sisters of Charity

Foundation both with funds and time. We are

Foundation of South Carolina were years of great

truly blessed with a life that has been fulfilling and

growth for me and my wife. While I was serving the

bountiful for us. Time has taught us that if you give,

community through these organizations, Susie was

you will certainly receive more than you give.

paving her own path through the Columbia Green

The Staff JoAnn M. Turnquist | President & CEO x323

Carolyn M. Holderman | BGTIME Project Director x328

Jo Bull | Chief Operating Officer x326

Kerrie M. Newell | Director of Program Development & Events x327

Tonia E. Cochran | Director of Marketing & Communications x329

Veronica L. Pinkett-Barber | Program Officer x331

Edward E. Conroy, CPA | Chief Financial Officer x325

Judy E. Watkins | Financial Assistant x330

Contact Us

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213 | Columbia, SC 29204 803.254.5601 | 803.799.6663 (F) | info@yourfoundation.org | www.yourfoundation.org page 4


HONORING OUR COMMUNITY

Community Champions The Community Foundation and Columbia

These Community Champions use their time,

Metropolitan Magazine partnered to present the first

treasures and talents to improve the lives of others

annual Best of Philanthropy Awards: Honoring Our

in our community. They don’t seek out recognition

Community Champions at the Foundation’s recent

for what they are doing; they do it simply because

annual celebration. These awards honor ordinary

they believe it’s the right thing to do. As their stories

people in our community who make giving back a

show, philanthropy comes in many forms and sizes.

priority for themselves, their family or their business.

The winners and their stories were profiled in the

More than 200 people joined us on September 16 to celebrate the philanthropic endeavors of our

September Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. If you haven’t read it, we encourage you to buy the issue.

Community Champions. Each winner was presented

In addition to our Best of Philanthropy Awards, we

with an award and given the opportunity to grant a

also presented the 2010 David W. Robinson Catalyst

$500 donation to the charity of their choice in our

Award. The Catalyst Award, created in memory of

11-county service area. And the winners are:

David W. Robinson, recognizes organizations in

Local Business Champion: Michael Tucker, Chick-fil-A Lexington

our 11-county service area that have exemplified leadership, creativity, vision and commitment in addressing critical community issues.

Individual Champion: C.J. Bilka, Founder of His Hands Ministries Inc.

Student Champion: Anna H. Price, Dent Middle School

Group Champions: Knitting for the Needy, Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

Family Champions: The Singletary Family, Neeses, S.C.

The Singletary Family

Knitting for the Needy

C.J. Bilka and supporters

Anna Price and family

Michael Tucker & Kathy Riley

The 2010 recipient of the Catalyst Award is Sistercare Inc. Since 1981, Sistercare has been a leader in our community’s efforts to create a nonviolent environment that builds healthy families and strong individuals. Sistercare has worked persistently to help save the lives of 52,000 battered women and their children living in the Midlands. Sistercare explores alternative service approaches and works cooperatively with law enforcement, local courts, victims’ advocates, medical professionals, schools, faith-based organizations and multiple human service agencies to ensure clients receive the services they need. “Honoring these individuals and organizations by celebrating their gifts and service is a wonderful way to fulfill our mission to promote, facilitate and increase philanthropy in the Midlands,” said JoAnn Turnquist. “We look forward to continuing these awards at our annual celebration each year.” Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the evening. Dr. Stephanie Boyd and Leah McKee of Sistercare, Inc. page 5


Non-profit Org US Postage PAID Columbia, SC Permit #562 Central Carolina Community Foundation 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213 Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations During the week of November 12-18, 2010, we will join

Please visit www.yourfoundation.org or www.facebook.

more than 700 community foundations across the country

com/centralcarolinacommunityfoundation to learn more. We

in Community Foundation Week activities. For more than 20

are proud to be involved in a community that demonstrates

years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly

commitment and creativity in order to find new and better

important role of our philanthropic organizations working to

ways to improve the lives of our neighbors in need.

achieve meaningful results for our communities. The Community Foundation is providing matching gifts for agency endowment funds and coordinating volunteer opportunities for the nonprofit organizations whose funds we manage. Our agency endowment partners support a broad range of needs in our community including human services, education, the arts, children’s residential services and animal welfare. Our staff and board will be volunteering during this week and we encourage our donors to get involved as well. To wrap up Community Foundation Week, we will be participating in the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day ® on November 18, 2010. This day spotlights the entire spectrum of services provided by the Midlands nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. We will be posting information about all the activities surrounding Community Foundation Week and National Philanthropy Day ® on our website and Facebook page.

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Fall 2010 Newsletter  

Our newsletter updates our constituents of our recent activities.