August 2018

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November 2017

  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    The Tale of the "Two Cities" Project

    November 14, 2017

    Our latest blog highlights an interview of Seth Gadsden, Director of the Indie Grits Labs, a Connected Communities grantee.  The interview gives an overview of their "Two Cities" project.

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September 2017

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    A Summer to Remember at the Lexington Main Library

    September 8, 2017

    Each summer the Lexington Main Library offers a variety of events in conjunction with the Lexington County Public Library’s summer reading program.  Thanks to the Connected Communities Grant, it can easily be described as "A Summer to Remember!"

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June 2017

February 2017

November 2016

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Marked by the Water

    November 30, 2016

    It took less than a week after the rains had stopped—before the water really started to subside—for the artists in the SC Midlands to start looking for an outlet for all the creative energy we had stored as we had witnessed the worst period of flooding in any of our lives. The 1000 Year Flood that struck us on October 4th, 2015 effected our community in ways that ranged from threatening to devastating. There was work to be done. From physical labor to hauling supplies to helping keep tabs on needs and news via social media, everyone had a job to do. And no less important was the job of the artists who rose to meet the cultural imperative for which they knew they were responsible—documenting not only what happened to our community, but how it made us feel and think. How it changed the way we saw our places in nature, in the community, and in the future.

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  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Building Sisterhood Through Philanthropy

    November 22, 2016

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October 2016

March 2016

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Meet Chelsee

    March 11, 2016

    Chelsee is the first recipient of the Harmon Scholarship, a scholarship for graduates from public high schools in Sumter County that helps students realize the American Dream. Chelsee recently returned to her alma mater to share with students her scholarship story. This week, we are excited to share an excerpt from her inspiring speech:

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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

    A Philanthropic Partnership

    October 16, 2015

    In the aftermath of the recent floods, the kindness of neighbors and strangers alike has been demonstrated over and over again throughout our region – philanthropy in action.  Although it will take time to recover and rebuild, it is important to celebrate the first steps we have taken towards that goal. Best of Philanthropy is a celebration of giving back. Each year, the Foundation partners with our friends at Columbia Metropolitan Magazine to present the Best of Philanthropy Awards event. This event celebrates and honors ordinary people doing extraordinary service in the community. 


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  • 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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August 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Love Where You Live

    August 13, 2015

    There’s a lot to love about the Midlands. From vibrant festivals and weekend events to beautiful parks and places to gather, our community offers much to do and many places to enjoy. As we work to improve our community, we want to recognize the good work that is already being done. So, during the next twelve months our blog will tell the stories of the everyday philanthropists in our community, folks who love where they live and who through their actions are helping build a connected community.  We look forward to sharing these stories and hope they inspire you to love where you live and invest in its future.

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April 2015

  • Palmetto Computer Consulting #IAmMidlandsGives Video Contest

    April 9, 2015

    Midlands Gives is made up of everyone in our community. Each person who participates on May 5th is a philanthropist. Wheather supporting a nonprofit organization through an online donation or spreading the word about your favorite causes, we can all magnify philanthropy and support our favorite causes. The Midlands community is invited to share why you are a philanthropist during our Palmetto Computer Consulting #IAmMidlandsGives video contest. 

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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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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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October 2014

August 2014

July 2014

  • 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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May 2014

  • Posted by David Laird

    Midlands Family Summer Activities

    May 22, 2014

    Summer is around the corner and approaching quickly! Most likely, you have already been planning your summer and have a schedule filled with activities. Summer is the perfect time to teach your family about giving and to enjoy time with each other while helping others. There are so many opportunities for Midlands Families to enjoy their break by helping our community. Here are just a few that we have come across this week:

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Midlands Gives Unites Community

    May 13, 2014

    Wow! 24-hours. 150 nonprofits. $704,932.23 raised! Behind these incredible results were inspiring stories of our community uniting to Magnify the Midlands. Thank you! We were overwhelmed bythe generosity of the community and the resulting success of our inaugural Midlands Gives.

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April 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    How Do Nonprofits Touch Your Life?

    April 18, 2014

    Whether we realize it or not, nonprofit organizations touch everyone’s lives. On May 6th, folks in the Midlands will have the chance to give back to the nonprofits that are touching their lives through Midlands Gives. 

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Giving Back with Heart n' Soul

    April 15, 2014

    People dancing the night away to the sound of cover songs from the 50’s and 60’s isn’t usually what comes to mind when a person hears the word nonprofit. However, Heart ‘n Soul is not the typical nonprofit.

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February 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Great Opportunity for Local Nonprofits

    February 21, 2014

    Working together. Every day we work with others; collaborating with a colleague at work, completing chores with the help of a family member, finishing a neighborhood project with friends.

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January 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    SOUPer Bowl

    January 23, 2014

    A big ‘holiday’ is coming up. It’s one of my family’s favorites – an annual celebration when we gather around the television with friends and eat a “full flavored” selection of hot wings, chicken nachos, queso dip and brownies.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    MLK Day of Service

    January 16, 2014

    “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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November 2013

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Thanks and Giving

    November 20, 2013

    The holidays are officially here. Travel plans have been made and grocery lists are being checked.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Celebrating Philanthropy

    November 14, 2013

    Here at the Community Foundation, we celebrate philanthropy every day. We have a front row ticket to watch giving in the Midlands and we regularly witness the generosity that makes our community an incredible place to call home.

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July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

  • Posted by David Laird

    Chapin Endowment Accepting Grant Proposals

    February 19, 2013

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2013

    Valentine’s Day is traditionally for sweethearts, but there are a lot of people out there that deserve our appreciation. And others that could probably use a little love. (photo caption: In 2012, CCCF staff delivered treats to the Columbia City Police Department.) There are so many little and big ways anyone – young or old – can help others. Whether it’s through a donation, act or something so simple as holding the door for a stranger and wishing them a good morning.

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January 2013

November 2012

June 2012

Stories of Philanthropy