Coastal Community Foundation, a South Carolina grantmaking institution that focuses on serving the coast of South Carolina, recently announced that it has used the Blackbaud Fund to award $55,543 to seven local nonprofit organizations.
As part of Blackbaud’s commitment to employee-led initiatives and philanthropy, an employee-led grants committee rotates yearly as it develops recommendations for funding projects.
The seven local nonprofit organizations that received funds include Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding as well as Reading Partners.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding is known as a nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center. The awarded grants will help the center’s Public School Program, which is primarily dedicated to local Title I schools. The program focuses on improving the quality of life for special needs children by increasing physical, mental and emotional fitness through therapeutic riding.
Reading Partners is a local literacy nonprofit that is a branch of a national initiative. It will use its awarded funds to further support its operations. Over the last five years, it has experienced a rise of 600 percent in the number of students the organization has served. Reading Partners recently opened its first rural school to serve even more students.
“This program demonstrates Blackbaud’s commitment to the young people in our community,” Grace Strother, a member of this year’s grants committee, said. “Committee members witness firsthand the impact the nonprofits make with those they serve. We were overwhelmed by the passion, talent and sheer determination offered by each organization.”