Eastern Carolina Community Foundation participates in national effort to highlight local philanthropy

From SCNow.com
Florence Morning News

FLORENCE, S.C. ─ Eastern Carolina Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week, which begins Nov. 12.

For 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president, George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems and improve futures,” said Foundation Executive Director Sarah Shelley. “We believe that anyone can be a philanthropist. People from all walks of life come to the Community Foundation to give of their passion, money and ideas to enhance the quality of life in the Pee Dee. You can be a philanthropist right here at home and use our giving options to accommodate your unique financial circumstances, charitable goals, and estate planning and tax objectives.”
Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation — large and small, urban and rural — working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Eastern Carolina Community Foundation was has been operating since Nov. 13, 2007 and is the newest community foundation in South Carolina. It serves the seven counties of the Pee Dee. To date, ECCF has established more than 50 charitable funds to carry out the philanthropic intent for individuals, nonprofit organizations and churches.

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