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$373.25 BILLION

FUN FACTS Historically, charitable giving rises about 1/3 as fast as the stock market.


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Online giving grew by 13.5% in 2013, while overall charitable giving grew by 4.9%.

13.5% IN 2013

Source: The Charitable Giving Report, derived from The Blackbaud Index


$18.45 BILLION


$31.76 BILLION

$58.46 BILLION


16% 71%



$264.58 BILLION


Individuals (71%) Foundations (16%)

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elebrating 20 years in Charleston, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Lowcountry Chapter continues to honor groups and individuals who support and invest in community organizations. The organization is a professional networking and community organization with a mission to advance the culture of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. Members are able to network, attend workshops, learn about national giving trends and more. Like its counterparts nationally, the AFP Lowcountry Chapter hosts an annual National Philanthropy Day event that honors charitable individuals, businesses and foundations in the community. All have given their time, treasure and talent to worthy nonprofits and make a difference in the community. A new category, “Future Philanthropist Award,” was added this year. THE 2016 AFP LOWCOUNTRY CHAPTER NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: • J.W. Walker Legacy Foundation, Foundation Philanthropist of the Year. • Carolyn Hunter, Philanthropist of the Year. • Steve and Emily Swanson, Philanthropists of the Year. • Romney Urban Garden Youth Leadership Team, Future Philanthropist Award. Each will be recognized at Charleston’s 20th annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Drive. The keynote speaker will be Darin Goss, president and CEO of the Coastal Community

Foundation. Winners were determined by an AFP Lowcountry Chapter committee which evaluated each individual nomination. Many nominations were collaborative, with several non-profit organizations working together to nominate an individual or foundation that has made an impact on several organizations. “It wasn’t just their direct giving, but how they inspire others to be philanthropic themselves—whether that’s attracting people to support a cause or be a motivating figure to take action,” said Elliott DeMerell, president-elect of the AFP Lowcountry Chapter. “At this level, they are champions of, and involved in, a lot of different causes and organizations.” DeMerell said the luncheon is a great opportunity to recognize generous community members as well as highlight the causes and organizations they support. He said spotlighting non-profits and philanthropy is becoming more and more important in the Lowcountry, as employers look for ways to invest in their community and employees. “Company community relations shows an investment in the area, attracts more people and helps make Charleston better,” DeMerell said. “A lot of companies, including Blackbaud and

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Boeing, allow their employees to participate in helping non-profits like Habitat for Humanity and allow them to choose which groups to support. It’s nice for employees to know that their company is doing something for an organization that they care about.” Looking at the next 20 years, DeMerell said the AFP Lowcountry Chapter will continue to enhance the development and fundraising industries and stay on top of trends in giving, including the use of technology. “Technology like crowdfunding and GoFundMe accounts mean that people will be more likely to give through their phone and online,” DeMerell said. “We see trends from all over the country and are able to share ideas and borrow examples.” He said the organization’s core mission remains the same: to connect people in need with those who are able to help and who want to see change. “The main benefit of being a fundraising professional is that you get to see the change in people’s lives,” DeMerell said. “The future of the AFP Lowcountry chapter is to continually find ways to get better at our craft and help people and help causes.” For more information, and to see a list of past winners,




ince opening its doors in 1991, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) has been fortunate to have the support of many community members who believe in its mission, but J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation has quickly become one of DNLCC’s most dedicated and passionate advocates in the community. As founder and President of the J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation, Julie Walker conducted extensive research to identify the areas in the United States with the most underserved women and children. After determining that the Southeast was where the need was greatest, Julie moved in 2014 from the West Coast to the East Coast. This move was prompted because she prefers complete site visits for grants herself— her commitment to helping serve the needs of women and children effectively and efficiently are truly inspiring. DNLCC was one of the organizations contacted by the J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation for a site visit in 2014 after Julie identified

DNLCC as a potential grantee based on their grant parameters. In 2014 and 2015, the J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation provided grants of $25,000 per year in support of DNLCC’s Collaborative Community Response to Julie Walker Child Abuse, providing funding to cover comprehensive services for over 35 children. In 2016, the J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation provided a matching grant to hire a coordinator for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) cases seen at DNLCC. Since the passing of human trafficking legislation in South Carolina two years ago, DNLCC developed a protocol in collaboration with community partners to handle cases involving the sex trafficking of children. These cases are generally more complicated

than other sexual abuse cases, as they can involve multiple police jurisdictions and geographical locations. DNLCC implemented a multidisciplinary protocol with CSEC child victims last year, and the need for a special CSEC coordinator to manage the case load was quickly identified and a challenge grant secured. The matching grant made by the J. H. Walker Legacy Foundation allowed DNLCC to move forward quickly to fill this position and ultimately to better serve this population of child abuse victims. While the J. H. Walker’s support of DNLCC has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, it have also provided substantial support to numerous other Lowcountry non-profit organizations, such as Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Florence Crittenton, Open Arms Ministries, Meeting Street Academy, the Dream Center, and the Charleston County School District. The J. H. Walker Foundation is a tremendous force for good in our community.

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hen Carolyn Hunter was a young woman attending a four-year college in Virginia, she found herself in the difficult position of having to leave college because she didn’t have the financial resources to continue at that school. Instead, she transferred to a more affordable two-year community college where she received her degree in Business Management. Based on the suggestion of a trusted family member, Carolyn began working at McDonald’s as a grill cook straight out of college. Like many, Carolyn initially felt that working in fast food was a low pay, low skill job with no future. However, today she is very glad she followed the advice because that grill cook job set her on the path to where she is today. She bought her first franchise in 1989 in Moncks Corner. Her passion, drive and professional success allowed her to take on three additional franchises in subsequent years, even as she raised her son. A number of years ago, she set a personal goal to help at least 100 people


with attaining education, housing, and business opportunities and went about accomplishing that goal through many channels. Wanting to reconnect with her two-year college roots, Carolyn joined the Trident Technical College Carolyn Hunter (TTC) Foundation Board in 2006 and quickly made her mark as a founding member of the Student Emergency Fund Committee, which assists students who find themselves in dire financial crises due to unexpected emergencies. In most instances, these students would otherwise have to drop out of college. In 2010, she established the Rachel Hunter Thompson Scholarship Fund to honor her mother and provide five $1,000 student scholarships annually. In 2011, she unveiled to TTC’s President

her plan to give their foundation a gift of $1 million – the largest single donation in the college’s history. Carolyn continues to fund her annual scholarship as well as support the college in many other ways. Most recently, she committed $100,000 to support the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center at TTC. She also gives generously of her time and leadership with TTC’s Foundation Board, as well as several other local organizations. Carolyn supports Trident United Way as a member of their Board of Directors, their Women’s Leadership Council and is a member of the Tocqueville Society. She has been an active member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors since 2007, generously supports and organizes fundraisers for Teachers Supply Closet, the United Negro College Fund and the American Red Cross. Carolyn Hunter shines her light on our community and in doing so, illuminates the way for others.


on-profit organizations in the Lowcountry, including the S.C. Aquarium, YESCarolina, Reading Partners, Ashley Hall, Trident United Way and the College of Charleston each have the privilege to know Steve and Emily Swanson as donors, champions and friends and hold them in the highest regard for their commitment to making a difference. Both 1989 graduates from the College of Charleston, Steve and Emily have been supporting their alma mater for more than 23 years and are the college’s most generous alumni donors in its 246 year history. After years of consistent and generous giving to the College annual funds and other special initiatives, in 2012, Steve and Emily established the Swanson Scholars Program in the Honors College with a commitment of more than $2 million to create endowed and immediate use scholarships. The program has attracted more than 45 of the best and brightest students from across the country to study at the College, with the first cohort of 11 Swanson Scholars graduating in 2016.

Steve and Emily Swanson

The recipient of a full-ride scholarship himself, Steve knows firsthand how scholarships impact students’ lives. He and Emily sought to have a similar impact on current and future generations of students through this incredible gift. The Swansons’ absolute loyalty to the College and their indisputable roles as leading donors were key factors in Steve being recruited to co-chair the College’s BOUNDLESS comprehensive fundraising campaign, which went public in 2014. Steve embraced his role as co-chair by recruiting members to the campaign steering committee, helping to develop strategies for major gift solicitations, giving campaign

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presentations to volunteer boards, hosting campaign events and being involved closely with the day-to-day campaign activities. During the College’s presidential transition, Steve was a constant force that fueled the campaign’s achievements and motivated others to invest in the College. Beyond their generosity as donors, Steve and Emily are among the most fervent champions of the College of Charleston. Steve is a proficient volunteer, serving as a member of the School of Business Board of Governors, Honors College Advisory Board, and School of Mathematics and Sciences Board of Advocates. He also served on the College’s Foundation Board from 2003 – 2016, acting as Board Chair from 2008 – 2010. Leaders. Philanthropists. Advocates. Champions. These are the most illustrative and appropriate words to describe the impact that Steve and Emily Swanson have on the College of Charleston and the aforementioned Lowcountry organizations, among others. They are an inspiration to others who wish to make a difference on levels that can be measured both community-wide and by the individual.





n a unique collaboration, the Romney Urban Garden (RUG) was designed and constructed in 2014 as a partnership project between Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) and New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church’s (NIREC) middle and high school youth leaders. By utilizing the core strengths of each entity, the RUG is bridging the divide between effective design, implementation, and maintained community management and presence. HCF provided seed funds for the establishment of the RUG and NIREC provided the vacant property and formed a youth leadership team. Their support has been in the form of labor, time, and commitment. Working with and mentored by Crop-up’s Elizabeth Beak and Katy Quinn, the youth leaders have learned about and have become responsible for garden systems, management, community outreach, garden ‘upkeep,’ among many other responsibilities. As garden beds are rented by community members, the youth leadership team assists neighbors, via their learned expertise, with

Green Heart Project educates kids about healthy food through gardening at Charleston elementary schools. (Photo/provided)

the maintenance of their garden beds. The youth leadership team is also responsible for community gathering events, which have become popular because of the on-site pie oven, and fundraising. In the near future, an observation bee hive will be installed with the assistance of the Bee Cause Project. The youth leaders, in collaboration with a dedicated neighbor, will be responsible for managing this bee hive and educating the

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community on the importance of protecting our pollinators. To accomplish all of this, the youth leadership team has met on-site for Saturday workdays, twice a month during the summers and for regular planning meetings in the evenings during the week or after church on Sundays. The dedication of this group of young people to this important garden deserves recognition. This formerly blighted property has become a beautiful and vibrant gathering place for the neighbors on Romney Street. The beauty of the garden is due to the many Saturdays clearing the parcel, moving mulch and compost, planting beds and weeding. The NIREC youth have set an example to the community. Neighbors have been welcomed and often become part of the team, inspired by the youth team’s energy and accomplishment. On an individual level, the youth leadership team has reached out to less involved neighbors, encouraging them to rent beds in the garden and helping them maintain the beds where assistance is required.




hen you want to build something lasting and enduring, you build it on a firm foundation so when the rains fall and the winds blow, that structure will stand and not fall. Coastal Community Foundation is as strong as it is sure, and that is because it was built on a firm foundation. Our firm foundation and strong past have positioned us for great success, and now at 42 years old, we are positioning ourselves Darrin Goss Sr. President and CEO, for the next strong wind, Coastal Community the next big flood and the next heavy rain as Foundation we adopt the philosophy of “passing gear philanthropy” in our daily work. I have the pleasure and sincere honor to a lead an organization conceived by wise men: Howard Edwards, Mal Haven, and Ted Stern. Our original grant of $9,000 from the Historic Charleston Rotary Club, along with their social, intellectual and reputational capital, built a foundation that lasted through difficult times. For example, in 1989 when the water rolled in and wind like a freight train devastated our city, the Foundation stood and fulfilled its purpose by collecting and providing more than $3.7 million in relief funding for those affected by Hurricane Hugo. Because of our firm foundation, we have had the privilege of working with great leaders that helped advance our community. From those

humble beginnings, we had leaders like Mr. and Mrs. Deytens, who in 1982 became our first major donors, and Linda Ketner and her family, who in 1988 created our first $1 million fund for affordable housing. Then there are thoughtful philanthropic leaders like Mrs. Bunnelle, who cared so deeply about Georgetown County that she left a planned gift to establish the now-$42 million Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, and Anita Zucker, who preaches tikkun olam – repair of the world – and led the creation of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Greater Charleston in 1996. With a successful model already in place, one might argue “Darrin, let’s just hold it steady,” but the winds of change are blowing and the need for responsive and effective investments in our community is growing. Furthermore, the flood of economic, educational and social disparities for some in our community is drowning a whole generation of youth and young adults, so we can no longer be just a community savings account. We have to evolve into something more active than that. This is where the philosophy of “passing gear philanthropy” comes in. Developed by MDC Inc., an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity by advancing equity, the core idea is that philanthropy, unburdened by short-term pressures of business and government, can accelerate societal change – much like a car’s passing gear. Key to the implementation of passing gear philanthropy is a deep understanding of the past coupled with a long-term vision of the future. My commitment today is to grow our assets

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under management. That growth, however, is not just for growth’s sake. At Coastal Community Foundation we are committed both to the long-term understanding that we need resources for the future and our present reality that we must also address today’s challenges. So while we are committed to providing best-in-class donor services – the work you already know – we are also expanding our work in grantmaking and community leadership to grow our own local passing gear. Our work is evolving because our community is changing. By working with our colleagues at United Way, Chambers of Commerce, private sector philanthropic offices and others in the nonprofit sector, I believe we can play a complementary role to advance community good through our new and developing Civic Engagement Agenda, which will prioritize our activities around philanthropy that ensures success for all of our region’s citizens. Our staff and board are committed to expanding opportunities to engage people who don’t yet know how they can get involved and reengaging those who joined us in the past. Our new Community Partnership Program opens the door for all kinds of donors to join us in shaping our Civic Engagement Agenda. We have great days ahead of us. The foundation on which we were built is sure, strong and stable. The task now is to build a new level of community leadership and support upon this foundation that will frame our next 40 years. Darrin Goss Sr. will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Philanthrophy Day Luncheon.


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FOR ALL By Holly Fisher


ll Pat Walker, president and CEO of Lowcountry Food Bank, has to do is look outside her office on Azalea Drive in North Charleston to see food inaccessibility. The nearest grocery store is a bridge away. When people don’t have cars and they don’t have a neighborhood grocery store, they shop at the closet place, usually a convenience store, Walker said. A place most people grab a cup of coffee or an afternoon candy bar, those living in Charleston’s food deserts are trying to feed their families at what they can purchase at the corner convenience store. “There are almost no perishable foods,” Walker said. “Your food choices are generally not healthy food choices.” The issue of food insecurity in pockets of

the Charleston region is a significant issue. In September, residents of Charleston’s Eastside lost their grocery store when the Bi-Lo on Meeting Street closed, leaving peninsula residents with just two grocery store options. Several areas of North Charleston are without a grocery store where residents can shop for meat, fruit and vegetables. It’s not only an inconvenience for the people who live in these food deserts, it also plays a large role in rising rates of chronic disease. Lowcountry Food Bank serves 10 coastal South Carolina counties under the Feeding America umbrella. Walker said a Feeding America hunger study found that in the households the food bank serves, more than 40 percent have diabetes. The number grows to 70

percent when it comes to high blood pressure. “The statistics are just incredible. There’s a growing body of research that connects food insecurity with diet-related illnesses – diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity,” Walker said. “In that case, a lot of times we believe people are just making poor choices because of a lack of access and education.” So Lowcountry Food Bank and other organizations are stepping in to address both. Of the 26 million pounds of food the Lowcountry Food Bank will distribute this year, about 25 percent of that will be fresh produce. Working with local farmers as much as possible, the food bank is distributing fruits and vegetables through its Fresh For All program. Like a pop-up farmers market, the program brings free produce into low-income neighborhoods.

Green Heart Project uses urban gardens at area elementary schools to introduce students to new foods. (Photo/provided)

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FOLLOW THE RECIPE But access is only part of the solution. It won’t do people any good if they go home with an eggplant or butternut squash but have no idea how to cook it. So the food bank’s Cooking Matters classes demonstrate how to prepare healthy recipes, how to substitute unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones and how to cook unfamiliar produce. For Drew Harrison, the idea is to start with children. As the executive director of the Green Heart Project, he’s using urban gardens at area elementary schools to introduce students to new foods. The organization launched in 2009 with five raised beds in a garden at Mitchell Elementary School

in downtown Charleston. It’s grown to five schools, four of which serve low-income students. “Our main mission is to educate kids about healthy food through gardening,” Harrison said. “The more you can get students out in the garden and learning about healthy, whole foods and get them involved in the process, the more excited they are to try it.” The students also learn math and science concepts in the gardens – how to measure the pH of the soil, tracking the height of plants and calculating the square footage of the garden to determine how many plants will fit. Green Heart Project also works with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Cooking Matters

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program so students can learn how to prepare a meal with their families. Harrison said this problem is so big it takes multiple organizations and partnerships to fight this uphill battle. “What keeps me involved is when I see the lightbulb go off and I see the paradigm shift in kids when it comes to healthy food,” he said. “At first they are timid to take something they picked off a plant and put it in their mouth. By the end of the year, they’re so excited and amped to try anything in the garden, you almost have to change the rules of the garden: you can’t eat everything that’s green.” While the Green Heart Project is largely focused on education, other organizations are helping get food into kitchens.


Top left: Volunteers at Green Heart Project help elementary students grow urban gardens at school to introduce them to new foods. Top right: Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mobile grocery store and farmers market that will make regular stops in Charleston. Bottom, left two photos: Green Heart Project has five raised beds in a garden at Mitchell Elementary School in downtown Charleston. The organization has grown to five schools, four of which serve low-income students. Bottom, right two photos: The Lowcountry Street Grocery bus will travel to underserved or low-income areas. Customers there will pay on a sliding scale. (Photos/provided)

A NEW GROCERY STORE MODEL Fresh Future Farm, started by Germaine Jenkins, is an urban farm and grocery store in North Charleston’s Chicora-Cherokee community. Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mobile grocery store and farmers market that will make regular stops at areas all around Charleston. Kate DeWitt, associate director, launched the company with her business partner, Lindsey Barrow Jr. Initially, they raised $47,000 on Kickstarter – enough to convert a 1988 school bus into a two-aisle grocery store. The bus will travel around Mount Pleasant, Charleston, Summerville and West Ashley with 40 percent of the route in underserved or low-

income areas. Customers there will pay on a sliding scale. “We will set pricing based on the median income of the stop that day,” DeWitt said, noting they also will be able to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). Other, more affluent areas will pay the set pricing, which will be competitive with farmers markets, DeWitt explained. This model allows Lowcountry Street Grocery to be a viable business. “Food deserts are food deserts because of the kinds of food outlets they can attract and they can’t attract,” she said. “We wanted to create a grocery store that could remain viable even in areas that have trouble attracting good, healthy

outlets. The only way to have that flexibility is to offer (the service) to other target markets.” Lowcountry Street Grocery is accepting route applications on its website, and DeWitt said the business should be fully operational in 2017. Each organization is coming to the table with a slightly different approach in how to address this one common issue of food insecurity. “We see a role for a multi-sector collective impact,” DeWitt said. “People are saying they are not going to stand for this in the community. We all have our roles to play. Ours is creating a better food environment. Every time we have a bus stop on the Eastside or in Chicora, for that time, we’ve created a better food environment and it’s not a food desert for those few hours.”

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Top: Warrior Surf Foundation. Bottom left: Veterans on Deck. Bottom middle: Heroes on the Water. Bottom right: Warrior Surf Foundation. (Photos/provided)




harleston’s scenic waterways can serve as a healing environment for many veterans in overcoming post-combat mental health issues. The peaceful rivers, lakes and ocean views can provide many quiet moments to decompress in a natural setting. But they also provide additional benefits: They promote physical fitness, provide an opportunity to gain useful skills and build confidence. They also help veterans learn to cope with stressful situations in a positive way. Three Charleston-area nonprofits are currently empowering veterans to overcome post-traumatic stress and other post-combat issues through sailing, surfing and kayak fishing. These programs – totally free – have been shown to help with isolation, depression and social reintegration. The techniques learned can be applied to everyday life. VETERANS ON DECK Veterans on Deck takes veterans on a twohour sail four times a week on the Charleston Harbor and teaches veterans the basics of sailing.

“Just being out away from city noise out on the water and in the sunshine is calming and relaxing,” said Jessica Zserai, director of operations and development for Veterans on Deck. “On the water, the veterans communicate with each other to make the boat go; how far they go is a measure of their success.” The idea for Veterans on Deck was developed in 2010 by Dr. Ronald Acierno, director of the PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. The program was created for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental issues. An official first mate sailing instructor is always on board, as well as a therapy nursing student from the VA Medical Center, to assist veterans who need it. “If a boat keels a little, we have counselors and therapists to encourage them to work through that stress and have that positive experience,” Zserai said. “We change the internal dialogue.” Veterans can come just for the ride, or they can learn how to take the helm in a controlled

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environment. Veterans meet at the Ashley Marina downtown and have sailed to Fort Sumter and other landmarks. Veterans on Deck also has a female empowerment sail each week. Zserai said there is no pressure, and veterans can participate as much or as little as they’d like. For some, the responsibility of taking the helm can be a therapeutic experience. “We teach them how not all stress is bad stress,” she said. WARRIOR SURF FOUNDATION At the Warrior Surf Foundation, veterans and their families can learn the fundamentals of surfing through a six-week surfing camp on Folly Beach. The Warrior Surf Foundation aims to treat and help veterans with PTSD and other combat-related injuries through surfing and ocean therapy. Co-created in 2015 by army medic veteran Tyler Crowder, Marine Corps combat veteran Andy Manzi, and Charleson Surf Lessons owner Josh Wilson, the surf camps have had nearly 150 veterans participate.

Heroes on the Water provides kayak fishing experiences for veterans.

“Through surfing, veterans can be in public with another group of like-minded veterans, so they aren’t by themselves,” Crowder said. Plus there’s the thrill of surfing itself. “It’s a positive feeling to catch a wave and ride it. There’s something about the ocean that is overall very positive and can produce a euphoric feeling.” Camps are held year-round for six weeks, and the organization provides all the surfboards, wetsuits, shade and water – even the sunscreen. “We have everything provided; all veterans need to do is show up,” Crowder said. In addition to the camps, Erin Jones, a clinical therapist and former therapist at the Charleston VA Medical Center, is available to do seaside therapy sessions before or after the lessons. “Veterans frequently sit on the beach for 60 to 90 minutes with the therapist conducting therapy sessions, and then we take them on the water and go surf,” Crowder said. “The theory is that the water has a calming effect, and they have time to process information learned. And they also learn how to surf on top of it.” Surfing can also be a bonding experience between veterans and their family members. It can help veterans lose weight and get in shape, and can develop into a lifelong hobby. “A lot of the guys who have started surfing with us have transitioned to teaching surfing to veterans; they often become mentors themselves,” said Crowder. HEROES ON THE WATER At Heroes on the Water, veterans learn how to cope with stress while kayak fishing. The national organization’s Lowcountry chapter allows veterans to participate in planned fourhour outings at lakes and waterways across the state. Lunch is provided, as well as all kayaks, paddles, fishing equipment and even fishing licenses, if needed. “Kayak fishing is a calming experience, because you get close to water without the loud motor noise,” said Darrell Olson, Lowcountry Heroes on the Water Chapter coordinator, who’s

also a fishing enthusiast and retired Air Force veteran of 20 years. “When I’m kayak fishing, I’m going with the tide, letting it float me down a river, letting me drift and do my thing whether I’m casting or not.” Safety monitors accompany the veterans to help with fishing techniques and overcome any challenges on the water. “Kayak fishing requires a little more balance using your body; veterans learn what to do while casting their rods in order to prevent falling into the water; we also work on the skills needed for paddling,” Olson said. Past kayak fishing trips have been held in James Island, Summerville, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach. Events are held in the fall and spring, at sites all over South Carolina involving veterans in many communities. Olson said that in addition to the kayak and fishing skills, social interaction and camaraderie has been an added benefit for the veterans. “On a recent trip, we took a few veterans fishing for catfish and we provided them lunch afterwards; everybody was sitting around eating, and it was just like when I was active in the VFW – everyone was talking war stories and relating their experiences to one another,” Olson said. “It was great to see that come out – letting them talk, and providing that type of healing by telling stories.” These holistic ways to combat post-combat stress can assist veterans in overcoming mental issues, improving relationships and reintegrating back into society. Crowder said the surf camps give veterans something to look forward to each week during the program. “We could be saving them from alcoholism, drug abuse or something worse,” he said. Zserai adds that the sailing program and similar programs are especially beneficial for veterans who don’t want to get traditional therapy or be labeled as having post-traumatic stress disorder. “Veterans develop coping skills, and we see success when they take these skills and apply them to real life,” she said.

FREE PROGRAMS ADDRESS POST-COMBAT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR VETERANS VETERANS ON DECK Takes veterans on two-hour sails four times a week from the Ashley Marina, 33 Lockwood Drive, Charleston. Meet at the round table on the dock 15 minutes before each scheduled sail. Please check times ahead at Tuesdays - Men’s Empowerment Sail, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays - Women’s Empowerment Sail, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; All-Comers sail, 2-4 p.m. Fridays - Veteran-led All-Comers sail 2-4 p.m. To donate/more information: visit www.

WARRIOR SURF FOUNDATION Provides veterans and their families surfing lessons and ocean therapy with six-week surf camps on Folly Beach. All equipment is provided. Sign up at Volunteers and donations of surfing equipment always needed. To donate/more information: www.warriorsurf. org or to see upcoming fundraisers, visit www.

HEROES ON THE WATER The Lowcountry chapter of the national organization teaches veterans the fundamentals of kayak fishing with planned four-hour guided fishing excursions in the fall and spring. Donations of fishing equipment and volunteers to provide lunches on fishing days always needed. To see a list of upcoming events or to sign up, visit: To donate/more information: email:

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Volunteers with rEvent repurpose flowers for delivery to area hospitals and other organizations. (Photos/provided)


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arah “Bella” Slagsvol was a special events manager for Elle Magazine in New York. She planned elaborate events, red carpet events and more. One day, she looked around and asked a question: “What do we do with all those flowers after the event is over?” The answer was that they were discarded. “I realized how terribly wasteful it was, and I sought out to create a company with the sole purpose to repurpose flowers,” Slagsvol said. After moving back to Charleston, The College of Charleston graduate launched rEvent, a non-profit organization with a sole mission to take post-event decorations and repurpose them for patients in hospitals, at senior living facilities and more. Flowers are rearranged in an 8-ounce jar along with fresh water and minerals to extend the life of the blooms. One standard-sized floral centerpiece yields 24 beside bouquets. “They brighten anyone’s day; hospital patients who don’t get many visitors or don’t have family, seniors and veterans. We extend the beauty of these gorgeous flowers and brighten the day of someone,” Slagsvol said. Right now, rEvent is a free service for the Charleston metropolitan area that event planners and couples can schedule online; rEvent volunteers pick up flowers, decorations, linens and any other décor, re-arrange bouquets

and deliver them to area hospitals and similar facilities. For a more personal touch, just-married couples or companies can pay rEvent to attach custom tags and a ribbon to flowers with their name and a message of well wishes. “We pick up everything that’s reusable; fabric tablecloths we can donate to a group that teaches sewing, candles can be reused, everything can go somewhere else,” Slagsvol said. “Even a life-size Jenga game that couples have at receptions can go to a school.” The service has been wholly embraced in the Charleston community, a top wedding destination in the country. “The response has been overwhelming,” Slagsvol said. “I’ve gotten letters from nurses after we deliver flowers to women in the maternity ward who said that the flowers changed everyone’s day.” The service has also taken off nationally; after getting media buzz, rEvent was asked to repurpose flowers for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia earlier this year. rEvent has a board of directors and runs on volunteers who donate their time to pick up flowers and deliver them to area hospitals. The organization is funded by donations and grants promoting

sustainability solutions. All donations of flowers and decorations are tax deductible. “I started this because I felt like something was missing in my life,” Slagsvol said. “I wasn’t giving back and realized what I needed to be doing was brightening the day for all kinds of people. Taking someone’s mind off their illness even for a second, or to see that one smile, is so worth it.” For more information or to schedule a service, visit

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n October, Lagunitas TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary took over the former Southend Brewery at 161 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. While there have been several small changes, including new décor and furniture, there is one notable difference: the brewery will reserve its second and third floor only to local non-profit organizations for fundraisers. “Our goal is to offer the space free of charge and, if we can, donate all the beer sales back

to the non-profits so they come away with the most successful fundraiser that they can,” said Karen Hamilton, Director of Communications with Lagunitas Brewing Company. “Little cost of overhead allows them to keep more of the money to do good things.” This initiative follows in the footsteps of Lagunitas locations in Petaluma, California, Chicago and a newly-opened Lagunitas nonprofit fundraising space in Portland. Lagunitas Brewery in Charleston will honor

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all the private events that Southend had already booked through June of 2017, Hamilton said. Beginning July 2017, all the dates will open up, “and we will be able to contribute a lot more to the non-profit community,” Hamilton said. There are available dates through June 2017 that can be reserved for nonprofit organizations. The TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary can be reached at 843-853-4677. “We’re excited to become a part of the Charleston family,” Hamilton said.


MISSION STATEMENT: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Charleston Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

QUICK FACTS: Charleston Habitat for Humanity YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 1989 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Jeremy Browning, Executive Director CONTACT INFORMATION: 731 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403 Office: 843-722-7145 Restore: 843-579-0777 Fax: 843-722-7142 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Nancy Kuhne, Director of Development PO Box 21479, Charleston, SC 29413 Phone: 843-203-4025 AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: 4,500 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): $1,088,448 PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 70% FY15 GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  Charleston, North Charleston and West Ashley GREATEST NEED:  Financial and non-monetary contributions to our homebuilding program and ReStore at 731 Meeting Street. These resources allow us to combat poverty and provide safe, affordable housing to hardworking families in the Greater Charleston area.

A CLOSER LOOK: 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: • “Veterans Build” launch in October 2016. Charleston Habitat for Humanity will partner with The Home Depot Foundation to help build, rehabilitate or repair homes in partnership with U.S. military veterans and their families. • Tripled the revenue raised at the 2nd Annual Builder Bash, increasing net 10x over the previous year, thanks to our generous event sponsors and supporting partners. • Selected by several local community events as a beneficiary partner, such as The Charleston Greek Festival and the Turkey Day Fun Run and Gobble Wobble. • Growing construction team with an additional site supervisor, allowing us to expand programs offered to the community and increase number of partner families served. 2017 GOALS: • Triple the number of partner families served with the addition of new staff, increased volunteers and community support. • Fund an entire home at the 3rd Annual Builder Bash. • Land acquisition for new subdivision. FUNDRAISING EVENTS: • Women Build Week – May 6-14, 2017 in North Charleston’s Joppa Way • 3rd Annual Builder Bash -

September 28, 2017 at The Cedar Room (Old Cigar Factory) CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: For the past 27 years, Charleston Habitat for Humanity has achieved its vision through strategic partnerships with businesses, foundations, faith partners, civic organizations, individual donors, and volunteers who work with us to help defray the cost of our homes through donated materials, labor, construction and funds for land and infrastructure. In addition to in-kind contributions of time and materials, corporate sponsorships are available to cover the cost of building materials and subcontractor labor. Volunteer participation allows Charleston Habitat to decrease the cost of building a new home by 50%, so we are fortunate to offer home sponsorship packages at $5K, with the top tier naming opportunity at $75K. The 3rd Annual Builder Bash will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at The Cedar Room (Old Cigar Factory. Naming rights to the event is $10K, with additional sponsorship levels ranging as low as $1,000. We invite you to join us in our mission. By coming together as a community, we make the dream of homeownership a reality for hardworking families in the Greater Charleston area.


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MISSION STATEMENT: To be a best-in-class Christian engineering organization that transforms lives through sustainable safe water solutions.

QUICK FACTS: Water Mission YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 2001 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: George C. Greene III, PE, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO CONTACT INFORMATION: P.O. Box 71489, N. Charleston, SC 29415 Phone: 843-769-7395 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Molly F. Greene, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board Rogers Hook, P.E., Vice President, Volunteer and Investor Partnerships P.O. Box 71489, N. Charleston, SC 29415 Phone: 843-769-7395 Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for more than 3.3 million people in 52 countries. AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: 500 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): $17.5 million PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 86% GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  Water Mission has over 250 staff members working around the world in 10 permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

GREATEST NEED: • Prayers for the organization to deliver on its mission and for the safety and protection of our staff who work in dangerous or insecure places around the world.

• Financial support to help deliver safe water systems and latrines to the 2.5 billion people around the world who lack adequate sanitation.

A CLOSER LOOK: 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: • Secured $5 million grant commitment from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation (Grundfos Corp) to bring safe water to 250,000 refugees in western Tanzania. • Surpassed 3.3 million people with over 2,300 of safe water systems and latrine installations in community development programs and disaster response. • Worked closely with global NGOs including UNICEF, UNHCR and the World Bank in Uganda and Tanzania. • Earned global stage recognition alongside Blackbaud at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. • Featured in Oracle’s JavaOne™ 2016 Conference in San Francisco as one of three organizations pushing the technical boundaries for solving global problems. 2017 GOALS: • Provide safe water and sanitation to 375,000 people in places we operate around the world. • Deliver safe water treatment systems during natural and man-made disasters such as civil unrest that results in refugees fleeing for protection.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS: • Scotty’s Ride for Water – 13-year old Scotty Parker will ride 3,200 miles from Santa Monica Pier in California to Water Mission Headquarters. Help Scotty achieve his awareness and fundraising goals to combat the global water crisis. Contact us or make a donation at • Charleston Walk for Water - Register yourself or form a team, and join us for the Annual Charleston Walk for Water on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Register now at • Individual Fundraisers - Host a memorable fundraiser for your birthday party, an anniversary, race, or business promotion to support Water Mission. Personalize your fundraiser page at watermission. CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Give online at • Honor your customers and employees this season with a meaningful gift of safe water. Give your holiday tribute gifts today through our Christmas Catalog. Visit


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MISSION STATEMENT: Teachers’ Supply Closet’s (TSC) mission is to serve children in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties (tri-county area) in meeting their educational and creative needs by providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

QUICK FACTS: Teachers’ Supply Closet YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 2008 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Lynette Duggins Thomas, MA, Executive Director CONTACT INFORMATION: Garrett Academy of Technology 2731 Gordon Street North Charleston, SC 29405 Phone: 843-714-0234 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Lynette Duggins Thomas, MA, Executive Director AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: Over 100 Volunteers who have contributed more than 4,000 hours to date. TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): $997,100 ($827,800 in-kind) PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 94% GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  TSC has a strong partnership with all three school districts (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.) GREATEST NEED:  The need to help to support the solicitation, collection, storage, and on-site delivery of supplies. TSC is actively looking for a new location to move its warehouse and store to a larger distribution space. TSC anticipates budget increases for moving, rent, and utility expenses in 2017. Last year, TSC had an output increase (3,200 more students served) and distributed classroom supplies valued at $779,871.

A CLOSER LOOK: 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: TSC has over 60 organizations that donate supplies, as well as corporate funders and over 100 volunteers who contributed more than 4,000 hours last year. Locally TSC has a strong partnership with all three school districts (Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester), which help alert the teachers when it’s time to shop. With nine years’ experience, TSC has developed a wide network of community partners who donate the needed school supplies. TSC will impact over 26,000 students. TSC is an affiliate member of the Kids In Need Foundation, a national organization that sends transport truckloads of free school supplies to the TSC facility in North Charleston. However, TSC must pay the shipping costs, which can range upwards of $1,000 per delivery. TSC was welcomed to Charleston County School District under the location of Garrett Academy of Technology as a temporary location to serve our teachers and students. TSC logged 1,029 teachers who visited its store, collected supplies, and reduced their need to purchase the items themselves. Based on national statistics, TSC saved teachers about $779,871 last year. 2017 GOALS: Ultimately, success would look like a well-educated and productive tri-county community. Success is achieved one family at a time by eliminating the barriers that hinder the education process.  Success would look like a balanced yearend budget, with increased contributions that allow for building and program expansion to aid additional schools, teachers, and children. TSC is pleading for support of the community for a Donated Truck to pickup school supplies and (2) self-propelled Electric Power Pallet Jack Truck. TSC is actively looking for a new location

to move its warehouse and store to a larger distribution space. TSC anticipates budget increases for moving, rent, and utility expenses in 2017. FUNDRAISING EVENTS: • Sound of Charleston, January – 2017 • Taste of Black Charleston, February – 2017 • Low Country Giving Day, May – 2017 • Publix Super Markets Tools for Back to School, August – 2017 • TSC Business Breakfast, November 14, 2016, The Belmond Charleston Place Hotel – Riviera Theater, 225 King Street, Charleston, SC. • WCBD News 2 Supply Drive Partnership • CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Contribute a FINANCIAL donation to help kids in need. • Volunteer at Teachers’ Supply Closet. • Sponsor a Supply Drive (Corporations, Clubs, Religious Organizations, etc.). • Sponsor a Signature Event. • Join us for our “Tee It Up Fore Kids” Golf Benefit. • Donate a new or gently used book or toy. • Attend our Annual “Friend-Raiser” Breakfast. • Donate your new or gently used office, school or art supplies. • Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. • Get your kids involved by organizing a TSC Supply Drive. NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED BY:

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MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank is to lead the fight against hunger in our community.

QUICK FACTS: Lowcountry Food Bank YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 1983 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Pat Walker, President and CEO CONTACT INFORMATION: 2864 Azalea Drive, Charleston, SC 29405 Phone: 843-747-8146, Fax: 843-747-8147 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Dennis Toney, Director of Major Gifts AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: 5,000 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): $7.7 million PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 97% GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  Berkeley, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg Counties GREATEST NEED:  Financial and food donations, and advocacy on behalf of our clients, empower the Food Bank each day in fulfilling our mission. Volunteers are vital to feeding those who experience hunger in our community; each year, we depend on more than 30,000 service hours provided by over 5,000 volunteers. One in six individuals experience hunger. We need the grassroots support of our community to ensure that every child, family, and senior has the nutrition needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

A CLOSER LOOK: 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: • The LCFB distributed more than 25 million pounds of food to children, adults, and seniors facing hunger in the community. • Through the Zucker Family Production Kitchen, the LCFB served more than 107,000 meals to children and seniors in our community. • The Summer Meals program provided nearly 64,000 meals, to 1,900 children, through 35 sites during the summer months. • The BackPack Buddies Program served a record 3,300 children per week and expanded a program to serve homeless and transient children, serving more than 100 children in Charleston and Berkeley counties. • By the end of 2016, the Kids Cafe program will have increased the distribution of nutritious supper meals to an average of 1,550 students per day at 35 sites. • The LCFB distributed over 2,100 monthly food boxes to seniors in need. • In 2016, 24% (more than 6 million pounds) of the LCFB’s total food distribution will be fresh produce through partnerships including local farmers, Limehouse Produce, GrowFood Carolina and Lowcounty Local First. • As of September, the LCFB provided 8,118 families with 381,720 pounds of fresh produce through 45 Fresh for All distributions. • The LCFB successfully continued the Summer School Pantry Program at 9 schools, which provided 29,160 pounds of healthy shelf-stable food to families. • The LCFB celebrated 33 years of service thanks to community support. 2017 GOALS: • The LCFB will continue to increase healthy food distribution, including the distribution of fresh produce through

our Fresh for All program and empower clients to make healthy choices through our nutrition education program. • The LCFB will continue to enhance training, professional development and capacitybuilding opportunities for our network of nearly 300 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and schools. Our goal is to provide the food resources, knowledge, and tools necessary for partners to create sustainable hunger solutions. • The LCFB will continue to examine how to use limited resources to make the largest impact on hunger and expand existing programs and initiatives that meet hunger needs. FUNDRAISING EVENTS: • Chefs’ Feast – (February 19, 2017) – Join Chef Robert Carter and the Lowcountry’s most acclaimed chefs at the 18th annual Chefs’ Feast. Indulge in delectable fare from 30 top Lowcountry restaurants while enjoying live music and cocktails. Proceeds benefit numerous food service programs. Visit • The Farmer’s Table – (Fall 2017) – The all-local feast, prepared by Beaufort’s most talented chefs, kicks off with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails under the oak at LeChene Circle. Visit CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Sponsor a local BackPack Buddies program at an elementary school • Sponsor a local School Pantry program • Sponsor a Fresh for All, farmer’s marketstyle distribution • Sponsor our childhood hunger event, Chefs’ Feast • Sponsor the purchase of a van for food distributions

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MISSION STATEMENT: To advance equitable access to capital by providing loans, technical assistance, and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy food, community facilities, and community business enterprises.

QUICK FACTS: SC Community Loan Fund YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 2004 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Michelle Mapp CONTACT INFORMATION: 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 302 Charleston, SC 29407 Phone: 843-973-7285 Fax: 843-973-3598 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACT: Michelle Mapp, CEO AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: 31 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): $1,697,000 PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 85% GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  SCCLF provides loans to non-profit, for profit and government agencies working to revitalize and transform South Carolina by financing projects that: 1) provide affordable housing; 2) create access to food and essential services; 3) increase the quality

and availability of neighborhood facilities; 4) create employment opportunities; 5) attract additional investment; and 6) strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community. GREATEST NEED: Impact Investments! Impact investments made into SCCLF generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Investments

with us are socially and fiscally responsible, are invested wisely, and offer SC accredited investors a return of 2%. Investments require a minimum investment of $25,000 and have a minimum term of five years. Our investments come from financial institutions, foundations, religious institutions, government entities, businesses, and individuals seeking to make a positive social impact in our local community.

A CLOSER LOOK: 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: • Provided 10 loans totaling $10.3 million in financing that financed 48 housing units, 3 healthy food enterprises, 1 community facility, and 6 community businesses, creating or retaining 149 jobs, and providing a safe, affordable place to call home for 120 individuals and families • Launched a new logo and brand identity, along with structural changes to our website in an effort to simplify messaging and make the site more user friendly • Successfully led the SC Food Access Task Force efforts to secure $250,000 from the S.C. General Assembly for the South Carolina Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) during the 2016 legislative session • Secured $4.5 million in new equity and debt capital to finance community development projects throughout South Carolina • Provided Technical Assistance (TA) and capacity building services to 322 non-profits, entrepreneurs, and local governments 2017 GOALS: • Provide $6 million in loans to non-profit

organizations and for profit businesses that face insurmountable odds in acquiring capital from traditional funding sources • Expansion of the South Carolina Community Development Tax Credit, a unique tool that catalyzes private capital to transform and revitalize underserved communities from the inside out FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Creating Community: Thought Leader Speaker Series + Art Reception, November 15, 2016, Charleston Music Hall. 6:00pm7:00pm Speech; 7:00pm-9:00pm Art Reception CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: We accept donations, stock transfers, and in-kind gifts. Your support and donations help to transform lives and build strong communities. For more information on how to support us, please visit www. All contributions and investments to SCCLF may qualify for a 33% S.C. Community Development Tax Credit. For more information, consult your financial advisor and review S.C. Schedule 14.

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MISSION STATEMENT: Helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work

QUICK FACTS: Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina dba Palmetto Goodwill YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 1979 TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Robert G. Smith, President & CEO CONTACT INFORMATION: 2150 Eagle Drive North Charleston, SC 29406 Phone: 843-566-0072 CORPORATE GIVING CONTACT: Tina Marshall, Community Relations officer AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2016: 225 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2016-2017): With 30 retail stores, 11 Job Link Centers and 15 service contracts, Goodwill has an operating budget of $55 million PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 91% of revenues generated fund programs and services for the communities that Goodwill serves. GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  We are chartered through Goodwill Industries International to provide services in eighteen counties in SC including Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg. GREATEST NEED: Donations of clothing, household goods, small appliances and electronics are our greatest need and are key to Goodwill’s mission.

A CLOSER LOOK: We provide free employment services to individuals seeking a new job or career change. Job seekers can access the following resources at Goodwill’s Job Link Centers: • Computers to search online job listings • Resource manuals with referral agency information • Qualified staff to assist people with disabilities and other barriers as well as homeless veterans and displaced workers • Pre-employment training where individuals receive training on soft-skills such as interview tips, dress for success classes and resume building. • Hiring Events with local employers 2016 TOP ACHIEVEMENTS: Community Impact: For the current year to date, 47,558 people from our community have benefitted from a Goodwill job training program or employment services. 1,295 people have been placed into new jobs. By the end of 2016, we anticipate having provided services to 62,000 people while placing more than 1,700 into new jobs. Goodwill began holding “Hire Me!” events in 2015.  It replaced the typical job fair. The Hire Me! Event gives job seekers an opportunity to go through an actual interview and possibly receive a job offer in the same day. As of August 30, 2016, more than 350 people have been employed through these events. Training: In an effort to help meet the needs of the unemployed and the recruitment challenges of the local hospitality industry, Goodwill partners with Charleston Culinary Arts Institute at Trident Technical College to provide a Hospitality Certification Program. At the close of the six-week course, graduates receive a certificate and job placement assistance. Veterans Services: Palmetto Goodwill part-

ners with The Charleston VA in a Community Resource and Referral Center in North Charleston and also supports the Palmetto Warrior Connection. The center is designed to provide assessments for a number of services such as medical, mental health, housing and employment. Veterans who are homeless or struggling have access to food, showers and family services; assistance with social security benefits, legal aid, adult education and vocational rehabilitation services. 2017 GOALS: • Increase the number of people that have access to job training and employment services through Goodwill. • Increase employment and education outcomes for our community through hiring events, expansion of programs such as the Hospitality Training program and the Workforce Academy that helps non-college bound high school students earn a diploma while learning work skills through a workstudy program. FUNDRAISING EVENTS: • Goodwill’s annual Shining Stars Awards Banquet will be held on April 27, 2017. • Inaugural golf tournament to be held in the Myrtle Beach community next fall. Proceeds will support employment services for veterans. • Second Annual Hippie Dash 5k Walk and Fun Run to support advocacy training for people with disabilities. CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Event and table sponsorship opportunities at the banquet and golf tournament. Contact Tina Marshall at Donations to benefit Veteran Programs. Corporate Donation Drives. Goodwill will provide a bin and pick up service for company donation drives.


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Youth volunteers at the Lowcountry Food Bank during the Summer Service-Learning Institute. (Photos/provided)




The Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston focuses on creating volunteer opportunities for youth ages 11 to 18. The city-run organization recruits youth volunteers, creates projects and ensures that each youth is having a positive volunteer experience. We dream of the day when every youth in Charleston has the opportunity to participate in life-changing service. HOW WE DO IT YVC ensures that every project is a success by adhering to the YVC model so that every YVC youth has a positive experience. Projects are structured, diverse, and team-based, supervised by a trained adult Team Leader and incorporate service-learning to make sure that youth are engaged and excited about volunteering.   FOUR MAIN GOALS 1. To engage youth in service projects that are challenging, rewarding and educational. 2. To serve the unmet needs of the community and its residents. 3. To promote among youth a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of their community. 4. To promote a lifetime ethic of service among youth.   To learn more, contact Jennifer Gorham at 843-965-4190 or email

The Mayor’s Youth Commission (MYC) was created by Mayor Joe Riley after the tragic events in 1999 at Columbine High School. The mayor felt it was important to learn from youth, what they are feeling and what they are experiencing. Each year, the MYC meets with the Mayor quarterly to bring to light issues and to discuss ways to alleviate some of the problems that students face in their communities. Whether the problem is drug or alcohol abuse, bullying, texting while driving or how to make the right choices to meet your goals, the youth have insightful feedback and thoughts. The MYC provides a forum for young people and gives them a meaningful voice in developing effective solutions to those youth issues and problems. Since the inception of the MYC, the annual Charleston Youth Summit was created as a way to bring students together to discuss important issues as a larger group and have workshops geared towards the issues the youth address throughout the year. On Feb. 26, 2016 the organization celebrated its 10th  Annual Youth Summit. Since 1999, over 290 youth have been selected to serve as MYC members and over 1,600 youth across Charleston County have participated in the annual Youth Summit.

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Youth volunteers at one of the quarterly meetings with Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. This meeting included two Charleston Police Department officers who were invited to help build a rapport with young volunteers.

Young volunteers at the Charleston Area Senior Citizens Center during the Summer ServiceLearning Institute.

Youth volunteers wrapped birthday presents for foster children with the Birthdays For All organization during the Summer Service-Learning Institute.

Volunteers helped spruce up landscaping at Pet Helpers.

Youth volunteers painted a drum barrel in partnership with Keep Charleston Beautiful to help eliminate litter. on the Eastside.

Picking up litter around the College of Charleston campus during the Summer Service-Learning Institute.

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