Many of us have wondered about how to help those in particular need in the Lowcountry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We now have a unique opportunity to respond. In an article published in the Charleston City Paper on March 20, it was reported that The Coastal Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund to respond to those in need in nine Lowcountry counties including Charleston county. According to Mayor John Tecklenburg, “The purpose of the fund is to provide immediate and long-term support to nonprofits in support of those being affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”
Building on this, on Tuesday, April 7, a matching grant opportunity from Seabrookers Tony and Linda Bakker, the founders of Blackbaud, was announced. Said Tecklenburg in an email to Town of Seabrook Island Council, “The $500,000 (unrestricted) matching grant is designed to spur giving in the Lowcountry in support of our people. The Bakkers will match every dollar contributed to the Fund over a 14-day period up to $500,000. This is an opportunity to generate 1 million additional dollars for our communities. The challenge only applies to new gifts and must be given directly to the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. The giving window is Tuesday, April 7 through Tuesday, April 21.”
For information about The Coastal Community Foundation, click here.