Donor Stories

The Community Foundation's fundholders are what make the Community Foundation one of the largest charitable funders in the Midlands. Without these generous individuals, families and businesses we simply wouldn't exist.

More than 390 individuals, families, corporations and organizations have chosen us to manage their charitable investments totaling $114 million. In this section, you will find a small sample of donor stories we have captured throughout the years. We thank each of our fundholders for selecting us to be the stewards and investors for their charitable wishes.

Local web design company gives back with Community Foundation fund

Cyberwoven is a local company based in Columbia providing digital expertise to their clients. Learn more about their new philanthropic mission.

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Converting a private foundation to a donor advised fund: one family’s story

While the foundation has been an outlet for family members to get firsthand philanthropic experience, the liabilities of a private foundation also became a source of “tension” for the family.

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Community Foundation is “The Perfect Connector” for Philanthropists and Charities

Stacy Levinson and Perry Lancaster connect to their community through philanthropy

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Camp Cole is a Gift to Last Forever

The Fawcett Family honors the legacy of Cole Sawyer by making his dreams come true.

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Sole Proprietors

INNERSOLE inspires self-confidence in underprivileged children.

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Sarah Jones Film Foundation makes a Tragedy Count for More

Sarah Jones made a distinct impression on the industry in which she thrived. Now her legacy continues for other aspiring cinematographers.

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Everyone is Welcome

The Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center celebrates over 10 years of serving the community.

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Planning Ahead is Key

Malcolm and Kitty are planning the legacy they want to leave. They created a small family foundation after moving to Columbia as a “way to continue giving when we can no longer do so ourselves,” Malcolm say

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Continuing a Family Tradition

Marian Blakeslee Butler lived a life guided by hard work and generosity. Mrs. Butler's generosity has created a ripple effect, inspiring others to follow her example and give back to the community.

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Turning A Passion Into Philanthropy

The Adams shared a love and appreciation for opera. Today the Margaret G. and James F. Adams Memorial Fund honors their memory by helping young, aspiring singers reach their goals.

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Bringing a Smile to a Child's Face

Helen Clay is no stranger to philanthropy or to Central Carolina Community Foundation. In 1996, her parents, Henry and Emily Clay, started a fund with the Foundation. Fourteen years later, Helen started her own fund as well.

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A Champion for Giving

Buck Smith was probably best known as the captain of the 1933 and 1934 University of South Carolina men's basketball teams that had a 32-game winning streak bridging two seasons.

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