Friday, March 14, 2014

Suddenly Donor-Advised Funds are in the news

Whoa, what's this?  There is actually a thoughtful and well-reasoned conversation underway about Donor Advised Funds.  One side, of course, wants to do away with them while the other sees them as a fundamental shift in how big ticket philanthropy gets done.  The truth must be somewhere between the two. Question is, do we have to kill Donor Advised Funds to see their role in fueling the nonprofits in our community? This is not some arcane tax ruling that only affects a few.  Coastal Community Foundation is nearly all Donor Advised Funds so this is not just news but big news to us.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Q&A with Charles Williams

Coastal Community Foundation is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award and to recognize this year's winner

Charles Williams

Please join us for an opening exhibit and reception on October 18, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at City Gallery at Waterfront Park (34 Prioleau Street).

Getting to know the artist: Q&A with Charles Williams

When did you start painting?

When I was in 10th grade, my high school art teacher helped me overcome my fear of mixing colors.  He mixed colors for me until I developed enough self-confidence to do it myself.  When he realized how serious I was about painting, he also helped arrange for me to have private lessons with Georgetown artist Bruce Chandler and that was when I started painting.

When and how did you realize that you wanted to pursue art as your career?

When I saw art related magazines in bookstores, even when I was a young child, I wanted to see my art on those magazines.  I spent many hours every day drawing my versions of the art I had seen.

Describe your art in three words.

Contemporary realism landscapes.

What got you interested in painting landscapes?

I became interested in painting landscapes from seeing work by artist Jacob Collins in American Artist and Art Collector magazines.

Do you draw from any other inspirations besides nature?

I draw inspiration from interactions with other people and from seeing other art forms, including visual and/or auditory art, such as video, film, or music.  I am also often inspired by memories, which sometimes leads me to create pieces that elicit a passionate response from my audience derived from their own emotional response.

Tell us something about yourself (non-art related) that we don't know!

If I hadn't become an artist, I would have chosen to be either a musician or a meteorologist, or both.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lending or Giving?

Would lending your lawnmower make you more influential in getting your neighbors to mow their lawn more often than just giving them a lawnmower?  Or put in philanthropic terms, do bankers who provide a line of credit to a charity have more influence on how the charity works than that charity's major donors?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

First Impressions

With its logo proudly displayed on the corner of Huger and Rutledge Avenue, its overflowing parking lot, and modern two-story design, the Foundation’s office certainly leaves an initial impression.  But what happens up the stairs and through the doors of suite 201?  The Foundation’s newest addition, Director of Development Steffanie Dohn, remembers her first impressions and her transition into the Foundation’s family— “I was drawn to CCF because it is a wonderful community resource and effective vehicle for philanthropists to impact everything, from arts to human services, that is necessary for a vibrant community.”

She recalls staff boasting what a “wonderful place” the Foundation is to work.  Now she knows.  Not only has Steffanie seen how “truly happy people are to be working here,” but that “the level of expertise and experience among the staff is exceptional.  I am amazed at how much they get done in a day, all while maintaining an incredible sense of humor and work/life balance.”

What Steffanie does not know, however, is the initial impression she has made on other staff.  “She is motivated, energetic, positive, and a good listener.”  “She fits right in.”  Welcome home, Steffanie!