BEAUFORT, SC: January 13, 2017 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization serving coastal South Carolina, today announced $588,000 in awards fromThe Beaufort Fund’s 2017 grant cycle. 59 nonprofits from the Southern Lowcountry – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties – and supporters from the community gathered at an annual reception on Thursday, January 12th to honor grantees at Tabby Place at The Beaufort Inn.
“It’s wonderful to celebrate a program every year that highlights the generosity, kindness and collaborative spirit at work in our community, especially in light of the divisiveness our country experienced in 2016 and the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew on our region,” shared Danica Whitney, Program Officer for The Beaufort Fund of Coastal Community Foundation. “This program works because we all work together, and that gives me great hope for the future.”
At the reception, remarks were made by Coastal Community Foundation staff members Danica Whitney and Gloria Duryea, as well as Fred Washington, Jr., Chair of The Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee. CCF President & CEO Darrin Goss, Sr. closed out the remarks with a speech “shining the light” on the work of the local nonprofit sector, the theme of the evening.
In his speech, Goss highlighted the leadership of fellow funders such as Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and United Way of the Lowcountry and applauded the efforts of the nonprofit sector in Hurricane Matthew recovery. He also introduced Betsy Kinsley, CCF’s new Vice President of Development & Stewardship, who was in attendance for her first event with CCF since relocating from Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
The Beaufort Fund supports a wide array of nonprofit programs through special project and general operating support. This year, 34 nonprofits – 58 percent of all grantees – received general operating support, an important building block of nonprofit capacity. The total grants also include awards to 12 three-year grantees, organizations receiving renewable support in recognition of a highly effective program and business model.
Coastal Community Foundation is proud to support the important services provided by grantees of The Beaufort Fund. Since its founding in 1998, The Beaufort Fund has awarded more than $8 million to organizations serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Grants are recommended by a diverse committee of community leaders drawn from across the four counties.
For more information about The Beaufort Fund, contact Danica Whitney, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about supporting Coastal Community Foundation’s work in the Southern Lowcountry, reach out to Gloria Duryea, Stewardship Officer, at email@example.com.
List of 2017 Grantees
* denotes three-year grantee, (parentheses) denotes year of first award
Agape Family Life Center, Inc.
Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort
Alzheimer’s Respite and Resource (Memory Matters)
American National Red Cross
Antioch Educational Center
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Avian Conservation Center
Beaufort County First Steps* (2017)
Beaufort County Open Land Trust* (2017)
Beaufort Women’s Center
Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
Born To Read, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Inc.
Camp Wildwood, Inc.
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)* (2016)
Circle of Hope Ministries, Inc.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)* (2016)
Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth (COSY)
Colleton County First Steps
Colleton County Memorial Library
Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry
Family Promise of Beaufort County
Fennell Elementary School
First Books of Beaufort
Friends of Caroline Hospice
Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic
Hampton Literacy Council* (2016)
HELP of Beaufort* (2017)
Helping Hand Center, Inc.
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry* (2016)
Jasper County Council for the Aging
KT Destiny Center, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Inc.
Little Red Dog Foundation* (2016)
Lowcountry Food Bank
Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity* (2017)
Lowcountry Land Trust, Inc.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head, Inc.
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Med-I-Assist
NAMI Lowcountry* (2017)
Neighborhood Outreach Connection* (2015)
Nemours Wildlife Foundation
Palmetto Project, Inc.
Port Royal Sound Foundation
Reach Out and Read, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Inc.
South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Inc.
Teach For America, Inc.
Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation, Inc.
Thumbs Up, Inc.
Under One Roof Services, Inc.
Volunteers In Medicine* (2015)
YMCA of Beaufort County
About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation works with people and organizations in our region who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy. By understanding local needs and remembering the unique history of our region, the Foundation carefully invest resources to protect, enhance and change our community for the better. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper Counties. To learn more, go to www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.
Did you know that 24% of Hampton County adults lack basic literacy skills?
Hampton County Literacy invites you to Tutor Training Workshop 101 to help the adults learn to read, write, and do basic math to be able to function in everyday life.
The workshop will be held at Open Arms Fellowship Saturday, January 23rd from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
The topics included are: Introduction to Literacy and Principles of Adult Literacy, Learning Styles and How to Work With an Adult Learner, and Tutor/Student Relationships. All trainees will have a practice session on working with adult learners.
Register by calling Mrs. Smith or Mrs. DeLoach at 803-943-2461 by Wednesday, January 20th.
Bob Daino, President and CEO of WCNY, talks about the importance of working together to bring new educational opportunities to our community during the ProLiteracy financial literacy event on August 4, 2015.
ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the United States, is helping local high school students learn the financial literacy skills they need to make good day-to-day decisions regarding money. The project is made possible with a $15,000 contribution from AT&T Aspire and will benefit over 300 students.
ProLiteracy has partnered with WCNY Public Media to utilize its Enterprise America simulated city of 14 businesses and a City Hall. Students use the skills they are learning to run the businesses. This new project builds on the Enterprise America program by enhancing financial literacy activities to young adults entering or soon to be entering the job market, and facing the challenges of money — opening bank accounts, paying bills, applying for loans, launching start-ups, and more.
Upon completion of the program, each participating high school student is given a money management book, Control Your Money, which is designed to assist learners in important financial situations. Students also get one free download of a companion mobile app and a summary guide on how to best utilize the provided resources.
“We are excited to be able to provide resources that are designed to help students build fundamental math skills by employing real-life financial applications,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “There is a significant need for students to improve math and financial literacy skills for high school graduation. Math is a key area of weakness and the resulting lack of financial literacy causes long-term problems for today’s youth and young adults.”
The support for this financial literacy initiative is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s
$350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on high school success and workforce readiness. The program creates new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century careers.
“AT&T is proud to join this dynamic partnership with ProLiteracy and WCNY that will positively impact young lives in our community and better prepare them for future success,” says Kevin Hanna, AT&T regional director of external affairs. “The work that these organizations do locally is phenomenal, and we are excited to be part of this new partnership to increase the financial literacy skills of young adults in the community.”
“WCNY is committed to providing Central New York young adults with hands-on, real-world educational experiences to prepare them for future careers,” says Robert J. Daino, president and CEO of WCNY. “We’re excited to partner with ProLiteracy and AT&T to enable WCNY to deliver even more dynamic educational programming for area teenagers.”
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org
WCNY is Central New York’s public media organization. As the public voice for Central New York, WCNY’s mission is to connect with and give back to the community by inspiring, educating, and entertaining the public with programming that encourages a deep appreciation for diversity and shared humanity. Enterprise America is an entrepreneurial, financial, civic, and STEM program offered at WCNY that helps young people explore a variety of job opportunities while teaching skills required for successful employment. It is the only program of its kind in New York State. For more information about WCNY, please visit www.wcny.org
About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment, and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. For more information about AT&T, please visit about.att.com
Financial Literacy Facts
Capital One, “As High School Graduates Open their Gifts, Parents Have Key Opportunity to Talk Money Management,” June 14, 2011; American Express, “Back-to-School Gadget Buys Are Up, Though Kids Still Need Pencils to Chew On,” August 20, 2013; CreditDonkey.com, “Survey: Financial Literacy Statistics,” July 3, 2013; Inceptia, “First-Year College Students Score Poorly in Basic Financial Literacy,” January 22, 2013; College Savings Foundation, “College Savings Foundation Survey Shows Delay in Life Milestones for Recent College Graduates,” May 23, 2012,
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Legislation to enact America’s College Promise introduced in House, SenateJul 08, 2015 · By Angela Hanks
Today, members of the House and Senate introduced legislation to enact the America’s College Promise proposal President Obama unveiled earlier this year, which would make up to two years of community college tuition-free for up to 9 million qualifying students. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the America’s College Promise Act in the Senate, and House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced an identical version in the House.
America’s College Promise would establish a federal grant program allowing states and Indian tribes to apply for funding to cover up to 75 percent of in-state tuition and fees for eligible students enrolled in academic programs that fully transfer to a bachelor’s or graduate degree at any public college or university in the state, or in occupational skills training programs that lead to a recognized postsecondary credential in an in-demand industry sector or occupation in the state. States would be responsible for supplying the remaining 25 percent of funds to fully cover an eligible student’s cost of attendance. Participating states would also be required to commit to using proven and promising practices to improve student outcomes, maintain or increase current state investments in higher education, promote alignment between the state’s secondary and postsecondary education systems, ensure that programs leading to a postsecondary credential meet certain quality criteria established by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (or other criteria determined by the state), and to use at least some of the funding on the basis of performance, rather than enrollment.
In order to be eligible to participate in the program, students would have to be enrolled in an eligible program at a community college for the first time, on at least a half time basis. Eligible students must also maintain satisfactory progress in their course of study.
The bill also establishes two grant programs geared at 4-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and 4-year minority-serving institutions (MSIs). HBCUs and MSIs would use the grants to encourage students to enroll as first-time students and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree, incentivize community college students to transfer to participating HBCUs and MSIs to complete a bachelor’s degree program, and to otherwise improve student completion rates and other outcomes. Grant funds would be used to waive or significantly reduce tuition for eligible students. Eligible students must be low-income and enrolled in an HBCU or MSI for the first time, on at least a half-time basis, and must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
National Skills Coalition strongly supports a two-year skills guarantee, though we hope it can be extended to working people who can only attend school less than half-time while holding down a job and supporting their families.
Photo credit: Hoodr by CC BY-SA 3.0
ProLiteracy Applauds President Obama’s Community College Plan, Calls for Additional Support for Adult Literacy Programs. On Friday, President Obama announced two proposals intended to increase access to high-quality skills training. One, America’s College Promise, will make two years of community college free for up to 9 million qualifying students. The second proposal is for a new American Technical Training Fund, which aims to support training programs through community colleges to help low-wage workers gain the necessary credentials and skills needed to be competitive in the job market. While ProLiteracy supports these new initiatives and the President’s commitment to adult education, the proposals do not address the importance of funding support for adult literacy programs that are helping millions of adults at the very lowest literacy levels. These adults need basic assistance in order to gain the skills needed to move on to future educational and job-related goals.
“ProLiteracy commends the President for taking the necessary steps to make adult education training accessible,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “However, there are 36 million adults in the United States who critically need remedial assistance before being eligible to take advantage of these community college training programs.”
ProLiteracy is calling for the President to address the needs of service providers who are helping at-risk populations, including recent immigrants seeking English language support in order to continue education and find jobs. Many of these learners are being served by ProLiteracy’s network, but the funding has not been proportional to the need.
“Additional funding is required to get low-literate adults to the level that will allow them to take advantage of post-secondary education,” says Morgan. “We’re calling for more support and funding for adult literacy and adult education programs to help adults get to the starting line of community college. We cannot continue to allow these adults to be left behind.”
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