At Central Carolina Community Foundation, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity that defines our state. Through various initiatives, we engage diverse communities in addressing relevant community needs in the Midlands.

African American Philanthropy Committee

The African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) convened for the first time in March 2019. The committee promotes, increases, and supports philanthropy in the Black communities throughout the Midlands. More information about the committee and their work will be posted in the future.

Committee Members: Felecia Rhue Howard (Co-Chair), Kara Simmons (Co-Chair), Rachel Bourke, Anita Garrett, John Gethers, Pastor Carey Grady, Kyle Greene, Lauren Greene, Jackie Griffin, Pat Hudson, David Pendergrass, Jennifer Clyburn Reed,  and Ashley Thomas

Black Philanthropy Month

August is Black Philanthropy Month! Each year we partner with local organizations to celebrate all month long through events and stories.

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the initiative encompasses self-organized events, community dialogue, and charitable giving across the nation.

Community members can follow the national conversation via social media by following #BPM2019. Find local BPM events here.

Local Giving Circles

  • Women In Philanthropy (WIP) provides an opportunity for a number of strong, caring and focused women to come together to learn about financial and philanthropic issues and to address the needs of women and children in the area.
  • Cola Gives, an African American giving circle.
  • Women Engaged, an African American Women’s giving circle focused on sharing resources and supporting causes in communities across South Carolina.

Our welcoming community initiatives engage diverse communities in addressing relevant needs and celebrates the rich cultural diversity that defines our region.