Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

90 Mary Street
Charleston SC 29403

phone: 843-723-3635
fax: 843-577-3671


Madeleine McGee, President and CEO



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Mission and Values (from the website):

Coastal Community Foundation is a public grantmaking foundation that fosters philanthropy for the lasting good of the community.

OUR CORE VALUES describe a standard of behavior to which CCF holds itself accountable. These values inform CCF's Board, staff, partners, donors, grantees, and other stakeholders as to how they can expect the organization to act. Therapeutic Riding

  • Trust and Integrity are essential for sound, enduring relationships. We earn the community’s trust by listening, responding and keeping our word, by being good stewards and neutral conveners, and by making sure our work meets community needs.
  • Broad participation by people from all walks of life and all parts of the region is integral to improving community and to our work
  • Commitment to the community’s future mandates building endowments and balancing the region’s long-term well-being with the current needs of its citizens.
  • Superior Service is personalized, focused on collaboration and making connections, and grounded in knowledge of the region.
  • Commitment to learning results in organizational improvement and effectiveness and personal growth for all those involved.



Coastal Community Foundation was founded in 1974 with $9,000 in seed money from the Downtown Charleston Rotary Club.

Within a decade, CCF assets Bluestein's Building - Home of CCFtopped $1 million. As funds became available, new grantmaking programs were offered, more donors participated, and additional staff were added.  Today, CCF manages more than $100 million for the charitable good of our region, most of which is endowed. CCF's professional staff is headquartered in Charleston where they work to foster philanthropy in partnership with area donors to offer grants in eight coastal counties — Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper.

Throughought its history, CCF has provided more than $30 million in grants and has been an important partner in many community endeavors. CCF's accomplishments include:

  • Working with donors to create more than 350 permanent endowments that make grants annually in all areas - basic human needs, arts, education, environment, health, and neighborhood/ community development.
  • Receiving and distributing gifts for the East Bay Avenue of Oaks project, "Gimme Shelter" bus shelter project, the construction and maintenance of Charleston's Waterfront Park, and more than $3.2 million in Hurricane Hugo relief dollars.
  • Providing seed money and early technical assistance to establish several now-independent charitable groups including Crisis Ministries and Youth Service Charleston.
  • Being the first grantmaker in our region to work directly with low-to-moderate income neighborhood groups—providing grants, technical assistance and leadership training since 1991 through CCF's acclaimed neighborhood program, The N.E.W. Fund.
  • Promoting collaborative efforts to address community needs, including the Lowcountry Conservation Loan Fund and the Heirs Property Preservation Project.