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  • Posted by Kevin Patten

    Blow Out the Candles and Make Your Wishes Known

    July 19, 2017

    The first woman I fell in love with turned 75 this year.  Yes, my Mom celebrated her 75th birthday with a surprise luncheon from her six kids.  As I watched Mom blow out the candles on her cake, I wondered what she was wishing.

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December 2016

July 2016

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Moving Forward By Hearing, Learning, and Understanding

    July 12, 2016

    On July 10, South Carolina celebrated the one-year anniversary of the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.  What should have been a joyful event for our state became a backdrop for protests against th

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December 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The 2015 Holiday "Acts of Giving" List

    December 1, 2015

    As the Midlands’ expert in philanthropy, we’re offering you a list of our recommendations for local “acts of giving” opportunities to get you started.  We hope you will take time this holiday season to enjoy a time honored family tradition or begin a new one. Your traditions will certainly inspire generosity!

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October 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Uniting in Flood Relief

    October 9, 2015

    The outpouring of support from friends and strangers in response to the flooding this week has been trem

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June 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Safety First: Avoiding Giving to Fraudulent Charities

    June 1, 2015

    Safety is important in all areas of life. We spend lots of time and energy making sure we are safe -- avoiding common dangers everywhere we go. Similar safety habits should also be applied when we make charitable gifts.

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March 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Creating Change As One Community

    March 12, 2015

    Did you know that the “case of the century” began in South Carolina?  In the late 1940s, residents of Clarendon County decided it was time for change.  Rev. De Laine and his community were tired of the inequality in their children’s education and began working together to create a better life for the future generations.  The community filed a lawsuit that demanded the end of separate, unequal schools.  The final result? A landmark case, Briggs v. Elliot, that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit and the Supreme Court declaration that segregated public schools are unconstitutional.

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February 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Strengthen Your Heart with Giving

    February 26, 2015

    During the month of February, our hearts get lots of attention. Between Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month, we can’t ignore the importance of this organ. Our hearts are the center of our health, both physical and emotional. Most likely, you have seen lots of advice on how you can protect and strengthen this valuable organ.  Did you know that giving can also strengthen your heart? That’s right; giving has been proven to be good for your heart health, both physically and emotionally.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Matchmaker for Philanthropy

    February 12, 2015

    What do Match.com, eHarmony and Central Carolina Community Foundation have in common?  The answer?  We are all dating sites.  Yes, believe it or not, Central Carolina Community Foundation has been a matchmaker for years.  No, we probably can’t help you find true love, but we can help you find the charitable causes you’ve dreamed of helping.  The Foundation helps people in our community find causes and organizations that match their charitable giving goals.

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January 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    5 Reasons You Need a Will, Today

    January 29, 2015

    Planning is a big part of our lives.  We plan our days, our meals and our vacations.  We make plans for lunches, business meetings and birthday celebrations.  But, have we made plans for our future?  We plan our children’s lunches and their play dates but, have we made plans for their future?  Amazingly, only 44 percent of Americans have a will and even fewer people believe that is an important document to create.  In fact, studies show that women and young people (ages 18-34) are more likely to be concerned about maintaining their weight than protecting their financial assets.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Chain Reaction of Giving

    January 16, 2015

    One of my favorite games growing up was dominos.  But I never actually followed the rules. Instead, I took my domino collection and made designs on the floor, relishing in the final act of seeing the long line knocked down by the touch of a finger.  It amazed me how a simple act of knocking down the first domino could start such a large chain reaction.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Lesson from Luke

    January 8, 2015

    After spin class last Saturday, my neighbor Kevin asked my advice about making a donation.  His son Luke, who is in 2nd grade, had seen the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSPCA) commercials showing injured and abandoned animals and wanted to make a donation to an animal shelter.  After discussing some local shelter options, I told Kevin about the Foundation’s Talk About Giving Game and how it could help facilitate his family’s conversation about charity. 

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December 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    7 Generous Family Holiday Traditions

    December 17, 2014

    Traditions make this time of year extra special.  In addition to strengthening family bonds, traditions teach values and skills to your children. During the holidays, children can get wrapped up making their wish lists for Santa and dropping hints about special toys they’d like to see under the tree. This year, take time to incorporate some of these simple and fun traditions that teach giving into your holiday plans:

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Make the Most of Your Giving Spirit

    December 4, 2014

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  There is so much to celebrate during the holiday season, so much festivity and cheer.  But what’s most exciting is the spotlight on giving.  Or, the “giving spirit,” that society embraces like an old friend.  The holidays are a great time to encourage giving.  Giving brings joy throughout the year and even more so during the holiday season.  But how do you ensure that you make wise donation decisions?

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October 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Why Do You Give?

    October 31, 2014

    30 years ago, several Midlands business leaders came together to

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Giving is Contagious

    October 3, 2014

    Did you know you can catch the “Giving Bug?”  That’s right, giving is contagious.  The more you give and, spread your passion for giving to others, the more others will give.  When you give, you create a ripple effect, spreading generosity throughout our community.  Your gifts today can inspire others to be generous tomorrow.

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September 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Impact of Simplicity

    September 19, 2014

    Simplicity.  Even the sound of the word makes me smile.  It is a characteristic many of us strive for but, with the demands

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August 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    What Motivates You to Give?

    August 22, 2014

    There are many reasons a person chooses to be philanthropic. But, it is often surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the personal motivations that drive our decision. Aristotle said “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Knowing the motivations behind our charitable efforts helps us make wise choices when deciding where to give. This knowledge can make the difference between proactive and reactive giving.

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Sistercare Leaves a Legacy

    August 14, 2014

    One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

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  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    A New Perspective on Philanthropy

    August 8, 2014

    By Tori Sharpe, Summer Intern

    One of the most interesting things about interning with Central Carolina Community Foundation has been explaining to others what I do. Though community foundations are a vital and growing part of our communities, many people have never heard the term “community foundation” before and, if they have, are unclear on the details. 

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July 2014

  • Posted by David Laird

    Sonoco Foundation Accepting Fall Grant Proposals

    July 30, 2014

    The Sonoco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hartsville, SC-based Sonoco

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    5 Reasons to Give Locally

    July 25, 2014

    One of my favorite Midlands activities during the summer is visiting our many local farmers’ markets.  In addition to the fun of shopping for fresh, in-season produce, I enjoy knowing that my purchases are helping our local farmers and our local economy. This Saturday, when I was strolling through the Soda City Market, it struck me that there wasn’t much difference between buying local tomatoes and investing in local charities.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Conversation on Multi-Generational Giving

    July 11, 2014

    Four generations. Five panelists. Different views on philanthropy. And, one giant elephant. These were the items in the room at Palmer Memorial Chapel when we began our Multi-Generational Family Forum on June 17th. Through group activities and discussion, participants furthered their understanding of how each generation thinks and, in turn, increased their ability to engage their entire family in philanthropy. The conversation also centered on the barriers that affect giving (our elephant) and how a multi-generational family could address them.  

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June 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    8 Books About Giving For Your Summer Reading List

    June 19, 2014

    Although the heat of summer has descended on us, the summer season officially begins this Saturday, June 21st. Summer activities lend themselves toward relaxation. It’s the perfect time to plunge into your reading list, learn about a new subject, or teach your children about a new topic they might not learn in school. If giving and philanthropy are your topics of interest, we have the scoop on the books you should add to your summer reading list.

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    The Philanthropic Budget

    June 5, 2014

    Resources are limited. There is only so much time in the day and so much money to go around. With prices climbing and demands for our limited resources increasing rapidly, it can seem especially difficult to fit philanthropy into our lives. We hear frequently about the importance of budgeting to ensure our financial obligations are met and goals reached. Today, we have some simple tips for how you can include philanthropy into your planning, ensuring that it becomes a lifestyle habit instead of one more demand on your limited resources.

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May 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Magnify the Midlands

    May 1, 2014

    Do you remember using a magnify glass growing up? Most likely, you used it in science class or maybe in your own exploration of the world.

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April 2014

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Leaving a "Giving" Footprint

    April 24, 2014

    With the celebration of Earth Day this week, there were lots of conversations about making the world a better place for future generations. We were reminded that how we care for our planet today affects those who will be living here long after we are gone. Interestingly enough, this concept also applies to our giving habits. If we are proactive, we can help the future generations through family philanthropy and planned giving. 

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Don’t Be Fooled! Five Mistakes to Avoid When Giving

    April 4, 2014

    With April Fools’ Day occurring earlier this week, you most likely have had your fair

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March 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Giving Wisely

    March 21, 2014

    When my husband and I give, we often give locally. We are familiar with the nonprofits in our community and their reputations. Very often, we know people who work at the organization or serve on the board. We might even be a volunteer.

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February 2014

December 2013

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Donating Appreciated Securities – The Tax Gift that Keeps on Giving

    December 19, 2013

    Most people prefer to write a check for their charitable contributions because it is convenient, quick and simple. But if they have relatively large gifts and have appreciated stocks or mutual funds which they have held for over a year*, they are missing out on the enhanced tax benefits of donating securities.

    Most people prefer to write a check for their charitable contributions because it is convenient, quick and simple. But if they have relatively large gifts (of say approximately $10,000 or more a year) and have appreciated stocks or mutual funds which they have held for over a year*, they are missing out on the enhanced tax benefits of donating securities. - See more at: http://yourfoundation.cyberwoven.com/blog/posts/donating-appreciated-sec... Most people prefer to write a check for their charitable contributions because it is convenient, quick and simple. But if they have relatively large gifts (of say approximately $10,000 or more a year) and have appreciated stocks or mutual funds which they have held for over a year*, they are missing out on the enhanced tax benefits of donating securities. - See more at: http://yourfoundation.cyberwoven.com/blog/posts/donating-appreciated-sec...

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Tips for Year-End Charitable Giving

    December 9, 2013

    As this year draws to a close, many people are considering making year-end gifts to charity.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Creating a Culture of Giving

    December 5, 2013

    Have you heard about ‘Giving Tuesday?’ In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, which occurred this week, is a day focused on giving, not getting.  It sets the tone for a holiday season filled with generosity and goodwill

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November 2013

October 2013

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Child’s First Donation

    October 9, 2013

    When Columbia mother Catharine Aitken’s oldest son Ian turned five, she decided it was time to start giving him an allowance and with that she wanted to also incorporate lessons about giving.

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  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Is a Charitable Remainder Trust right for you?

    October 7, 2013

    Do you want to have your cake and eat it, too? A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is a planned charitable gift that may diversify your investments, increase your cash flow, reduce your taxes and leave a substantial gift to your favorite charities.

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September 2013

August 2013

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Following Your Passion: Susan Webber

    August 13, 2013

    Defining what is important to you can clarify your philanthropic passion and help make the most of the legacy you create for yourself. In this series, we're talking to Midlands residents about the life experiences that have shaped the

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July 2013

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Following Your Passion: Louise Slater

    July 18, 2013

    Defining what is important to you can clarify your philanthropic passion and help make the most of the legacy you create for yourself. In this

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Following Your Passion: Charlotte Berry

    July 10, 2013

    Defining what is important to you can clarify your philanthropic passion and help make the most of the legacy you create for yourself. In this series, we're talking to Midlands residents about the life experiences that have shaped the

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December 2012

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Children and Finances: Where to start?

    December 5, 2012

    Authored By Helen Meyers

    Regardless of the age of your kids, from toddlers to teens, it’s never too early or too late to start talking about money. But where to begin? It’s not always intuitive. Here are a few tips to get you in the right frame of mind and steer you in the right direction.

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November 2012

July 2012

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    What Do Your Children Care About?

    July 11, 2012

    Our primary motivation in charitable giving is rooted in making a difference. Whether it’s supporting an institution or organization that is meaningful to us personally, or taking a stand in support of a cause we believe in, the majority of people simply believe in the value of giving. Giving is intrinsically good and right.

    But taking it a step further, we support that which we are passionate. And everyone’s passion is different. Throughout life we are influenced by others and our experiences and as we grow our values evolve.

    In teaching our children about giving, we have a unique opportunity to help them explore their own talents and passions. By talking with our children about what they care about, we can find ways for them to make a difference while learning about a subject near and dear to them. If they care about animals, help them research the different rescue organizations or shelters and select one to share their lemonade sale profits or allowance with. If they’re interested in science look at local science museums or the planetarium and talk about their needs and ways to get involved together.

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August 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    The Clay Family: The Joy of Giving

    August 22, 2011

    True philanthropy isn’t simply about numbers or programs or even charitable giving. At its core is a deep love for humanity, the kind of selfless concern that assumes personal responsibility for bettering the world. So when we call the Clays a family of philanthropists, we’re talking about more than their contributions to a wide range of charitable organizations across the Midlands. We’re describing a family united in its belief that we all share a responsibility for positively impacting the world.

    Their story is an interesting one because of their journeys, individual and as a family, down this path. Both Emily and Henry Clay, who founded Columbia Metropolitan Magazine in 1989, learned to give early in their lives. As they became adults, married, and started their own family, they made a commitment to instilling philanthropy as a central part of their family’s value system—in part to provide a balance to today’s self-absorbed culture.  

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