Harnessing the collective resources of the community through over 26,000 grants and scholarships
Columbia, S.C.— Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ local center for philanthropy, has awarded over $200 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1984 — a tremendous milestone and cause for celebration.
The Community Foundation was established to enhance the lives of citizens in the Midlands by a group of five business leaders with a $25,000 investment from United Way of the Midlands. The first grants were awarded in 1989 — 17 grants totaling $100,000. The Foundation has worked to earn the trust of residents, community leaders and donors in the region through effective investments of assets, strategic grantmaking and meaningful collaboration across various sectors in the Midlands.
The $200 million awarded comprises 26,066 grants and scholarships that have been distributed across the region, state and country. Some grants and all scholarships are awarded through a competitive process led by the Foundation’s Community Impact and Scholarship Committees, while others are awarded based on donor recommendations. All grants and scholarships are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The Foundation harnesses the collective resources of the community in a way that mobilizes action in areas vital to its long-term vitality and wellbeing — effectively connecting community partners to areas of need in the community.
“Our $200 million milestone could not have been accomplished without the generosity of our fundholders and donors across the communities we serve,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “This accomplishment is much more than a number. It is a celebration of collaborative philanthropy at its best — a celebration of the impact that donor contributions of all sizes have made. We hope that this philanthropic milestone will inspire pride and energize the community’s giving spirit.”
The Foundation currently has more than 425 funds that provide grants and scholarships in the following areas: animal welfare, arts and culture, community impact, economic development, education and scholarships, faith-based, health and wellbeing, human services, and youth development.
The Community Foundation’s Impact Over the Last 36 Years
The Foundation supports nonprofits across the Midlands, telling their stories and working with donors and partners to transform communities and change lives through the 400-plus charitable funds it manages. To learn more about its impact and initiatives, visit yourfoundation.org.
About Central Carolina Community Foundation:
Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ local center for philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, and annual scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.