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Following Your Passion: Susan Webber

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 their philanthropic legacy.  “As the Beatles song goes, with a little help from my friends.”

Susan Webber


Susan Webber’s first memory of philanthropy came from her experiences during her sister’s childhood battle with polio. For two years, Susan’s family traveled from their home in Orangeburg, S.C. to Greensboro, N.C. where her sister received treatment.  The generosity of the community and one particular Greensboro family, whose hospitality resulted in lifelong friendships, made a lasting impact on Susan. Helping others and the importance of community bonds became values that Susan has carried with her to this day. Influenced by those early experiences and the active role her father played in the Orangeburg community, Susan has lived a life immersed in philanthropy and community involvement. Although her family’s history is deeply rooted in their hometown, time has seen most relatives spread beyond Orangeburg. Susan created a family fund at the Community Foundation after the passing of her parents to ensure that their legacy of supporting Orangeburg would inspire others and play a role in the betterment of the community forever.

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