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To our friends, donors, partners, and community,  As our communities cried out for justice and healing five years ago in the wake of the Walter Scott shooting and the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy, Coastal Community Foundation recognized we had a duty to show leadership in our region, to read reality truthfully and to confront the…

Like many South Carolinians, I vividly remember where I was when I heard the news of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church. At the time, I was CEO of the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a long day of traveling, I got a call from my mother, shaken, saying, “They shot…

On May 18, 2020, I was set to host a listening session with a U.S. Congressman to discuss South Carolina’s plan to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As we started the call, an Internet troll disrupted the call with sexually explicit sounds and words, as well as an audio clip repeating the N-word…

Today, S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson and S.C. Rep. Marvin Pendarvis announced that their Charleston Together initiative has raised more than $50,000 since the formation of the fund on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The fund, aimed at enhancing community and race relations, will be established at Coastal Community Foundation to manage the assets and expand the…

 During the COVID-19 pandemic, therapists and special education teachers at Pattison’s Academy are using new technology and techniques to help their students. Pattison’s Academy is an education and rehabilitation academy for children with disabilities and their families in the Tri-County area. After the governor ordered schools to be closed, the teachers and therapists had to…

We are blown away. To date, you have raised, with our matching funds, more than $80,000 for Lowcountry lands and waterways. Thank you! Truly, thank you for your commitment to the land trust’s work and to protecting our special places for future generations. What we have learned from this crisis is that now, more than…

As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve. In the United States, one in six people live…