Beaufort Fund holding 14th annual grant reception to award $500K in grants

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The 2010 Beaufort Fund awards

The Beaufort Fund of Coastal Community Foundation will hold its 14th annual grant award reception tonight, February 17, where 58 nonprofit organizations who serve Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties will be awarded a total of $500,000.

South Carolina Bank and Trust will be present to assist in the grant distribution and to provide an additional monetary award that will be presented to one of the eligible charitable organizations present the same evening.

The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Shed in Port Royal at 809 Paris Avenue.

Fred Washington, Jr., Chairman of the volunteer Beaufort Fund Advisory Committee for the past decade, observed that nonprofit groups collaborate more now than in the early years of The Beaufort Fund. People are more willing to ask, "How can we work together?", and then to collaborate well.

Edna Crews, Regional Vice President for the Community Foundation also made remarks concerning The Fund's longevity and permanence in the community. "The donor's long-term intentions for The Beaufort Fund are being fulfilled. One Advisory Committee member observed that after her visit with the American Red Cross (for fire victim assistance), at which she met both a staff member and a volunteer fire-responder, she began to notice the number of newspaper articles about area home fires, every one of which mentioned that the American Red Cross was on the scene, helping the families."

The Beaufort Fund is one of approximately 570 grantmaking funds managed by Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Established by generous anonymous donors in 1997, The Beaufort Fund provides support to charitable programs serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Including the 2012 grant awards totaling $500,000, more than
$5 million has been awarded to dozens of deserving organizations.

The Beaufort Fund accepts applications from any eligible nonprofit in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, or Jasper County each August.