Sistercare Leaves a Legacy
August 14, 2014
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Women are five to eight times more likely to be victimized by an intimate partner than a stranger. And, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children as adults. These frightening statistics tell the story of a dire need in our community, one that is, sadly, not going away but only growing.
In fact, South Carolina currently ranks first in the nation for the rate of women killed by men. However, there is a shining light in the darkness provided by an organization that is working tirelessly to change these facts. Sistercare, a local nonprofit, provides a range of various services for battered women and children for five local counties in South Carolina.
Audrey Brown, past president of the Sistercare board, tells us “Domestic violence does not discriminate. It affects everyone regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or education. Domestic violence is the cancer on society.”
One of the many services Sistercare provides is community education. These education efforts raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence and Sistercare’s services, ensuring the community knows there is a safe resource available for anyone who needs help. Sistercare also provides counseling services for children and adults, community support groups, transitional housing, court advocacy and emergency shelters.
Recently, Sistercare received a large bequest to help them continue their services. After deciding to invest the gift so it would generate regular annual income, the Sistercare board interviewed several independent firms including the Community Foundation.
“We were looking for a way to remove the uncertainty of funding and recognized that an endowment would be best,” Brown comments. “We selected the Community Foundation because in addition to managing the money, they also provide support for donors wishing to make legacy gifts to the endowment.”
The bequest serves as seed money for the Sistercare endowment. Sistercare plans to use the money as a cushion to maintain and expand their staff offerings as their services are needed all hours of the day, increasing their staff needs tremendously. Their fund at the Community Foundation provides a permanent resource for them to meet these staffing needs.
Sistercare hopes that their initial gift will inspire others to make a bequest to their organization. A bequest is one of the easiest planned gifts to arrange and often, the full value of the gift can be transferred tax-free at death. If you are interested in learning how you can help to ensure that funding will be available to serve women in need now and for future generations, please contact Heather Sherwin at 803.254.5601 x331.