Community Foundation Prepares for Bright Future

The Clemson Community Foundation implemented a series of measures in 2019 to increase the level of support it provides the greater Clemson area.

Bill D’Andrea joined the Foundation as its first executive director.

CCF board members developed a new strategic plan under the guidance of facilitator Dr. Lee D’Andrea.

Clemson University marketing professor Michele Cauley assisted the Foundation in conducting an online survey to better understand public perceptions of the Foundation and its role in our community.

Professor Cauley also guided a University marketing class project to evaluate the Foundation’s social media presence.

The Foundation added a new Community Relations Committee under the leadership of board member Linda White.

A rebranding effort was initiated by the Foundation’s Marketing Committee led by Jack McKenzie. Consultants Claiborne Linville and Cara Sanders Robb developed new branding materials for an early 2020 launch.

The Foundation adopted its first operating budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

Kelly Durham & Bill D’Andrea present a check to Susan & Jason Smith of the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation

With these strategic initiatives underway, the Foundation continued to provide financial support to non-profit organizations serving our communities. Under the leadership of Dr. Debbie Jackson, chair of the Grants Committee, the Foundation awarded a total of $31,000 to Family Promise of Pickens County, the Chinese Christian Church, Clemson Child Development Center, Pickens County Advocacy Center, Clemson Community Care, Emerson Rose Heart Foundation, Rebuild Upstate, D. W. Daniel High School Foundation, and Safe Harbor. Since its formation in 2013, the Clemson Community Foundation has returned more than $130,000 to the community through grants and other fundraising activities.

The Community Foundation was established by the Leadership Clemson Class of 2013, each of whom contributed $100 to fund the organization. Since then, the generous support of our community has helped the Foundation grow and enabled it to better support efforts to improve the quality of life in the greater Clemson community.

Photo: Barry G. Richards

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