The New Year is the one time when you simultaneously look back on the year that just passed, while looking forward to the year ahead. We would like to take this time to share some of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s 2022 accomplishments and highlight the exciting things already planned for 2023.
The Foundation embraced the theme “All Together Now” in 2022, which focused on our four-county service area of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper. With that theme in mind, the Foundation released the 2022 Community Indicators Report in October (available on our website at cf-lowcountry.org).
We are incredibly proud of the publication, which provides local data on topics like Health, Housing, Employment & Business, Education, Transportation, Poverty, and the Environment. We recently partnered with Lowcountry Council of Governments to make the Community Indicators Report an online living document that is regularly updated with new data (summer 2023).
The “All Together Now” theme carries through to our 2022 Annual Report, which will be published in early 2023. We as a community can no longer think of the four-county region as simply a series of individual, disconnected zip codes. Residents from all four counties play an important part in the vitality of our region. The report looks at the exciting ways in which we partner with impassioned individuals who have identified a need in the Lowcountry and have taken steps with the Foundation to tackle it, including the nursing shortage, transportation issues, and educational challenges.
We kick off 2023 with excitement building for our Annual Community Meeting, a free event taking place March 29, 2023, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The program will highlight the recent work of the Foundation and focus on the committed partnerships we have developed over the years with local nonprofits and individual donors.
WSAV-TV Lowcountry reporter Andrew Davis will MC and we are extremely honored to have Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, as the keynote speaker.
The Foundation will present the inaugural Joan and Wade Webster Community Impact Award at the event, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her time to improve the quality of life in the region.
The Foundation is incredibly fortunate to partner with so many charitable individuals and nonprofits. If you are interested in starting your philanthropic journey in 2023, please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry at 843-681-9100 or visit cf-lowcountry.org to learn more about your giving options.
Scott Wierman is the president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.