About the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

At the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, our mission is strengthening community by connecting people, resources, and needs. We strive to fulfill this mission every day. Since 1994, the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been leading the community in making positive, sustainable change. Through our grantmaking and leadership initiatives we help foster academic achievement, build economic prosperity, achieve healthy ecosystems, encourage healthy people, support social enrichment, and create vibrant neighborhoods. Our success is connected to the generosity of our donors and the expertise of our grantee organizations.

With more than $54 million invested in the Lowcountry area since 1994, the Community Foundation is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

As your community’s foundation, we provide the expertise and leadership to help people give back to the Lowcountry with measured impact and great meaning.

What are Community Foundations?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help their region meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these funds.

All community foundations are overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying their communities’ needs. In the United States, community foundations serve tens of thousands of donors, administer $31 billion in charitable funds, and address the core concerns of more than 700 communities and regions.