Partner Spotlight - How To Apply For Colonial Life/Unum Funding

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Register for Zoom Link!
Category: Learning Together

There's nothing Together SC enjoys more than connecting members with one another; we especially love introducing our corporate and philanthropic partners and nonprofit leaders. 

Welcome to our first Partner Spotlight. Who better to spotlight than Colonial Life/Unum. 

Headquartered in Columbia, they recently made exciting changes to their grantmaking objectives and program guidelines

Join Alana Stoker, Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility, as she discusses Colonial Life'/Unum's new grant funding focus on creating stronger, more equitable communities by supporting organizations working to end racism, discrimination and bias. Their focus areas are: 

  • Systemic and policy change
    • Support action-oriented programs that champion solutions that work to permanently reverse or eradicate discriminatory or bias-led systems and policies.
  • Training
    • Provide training aimed to help individuals and organizations understand racial and social injustice, build empathy toward traditionally marginalized groups and communities, and create more equitable organizations and systems.
  • Economic justice
    • Work with marginalized communities to promote financial inclusion and prevent exploitation due to economic status.
  • Civic engagement
    • Engage in programs that provide a voice to marginalized individuals or groups so that they may address issues or concerns regarding their community.

Alana will explain their rolling annual application process and how your organization can get started.

You will also hear from recent grant recipients, Root & Rebound and Columbia College, as they share their experiences going through the Colonoial LIfe/Unum funding process.Panelists include:

  • Peter Mitchell, Columbia College Institute of Trauma Informed Practices
  • Alesia Rico Flores, South Carolina Director of Systems Change, Root & Rebound
  • Ana Walker, South Carolina Director of Legal Services, Root & Rebound

Come with your own questions about how your organization may qualify for a Colonial Lifes/Unum Social Justice Grant.

Attendees (69)

Elizabeth Anderson

Executive Director

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

Madison Anderson

Director Development

Pattison's Academy

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Caprice Atterbury


Origin SC

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Mandy Black

Executive Director

Little Steps

Theresa Bowles

Board Member, Secretary

Angels Charge Ministry

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Barbara Chappell

Vice President of Development and External Affairs

Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assa

John Concklin


Institute for Child Success

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Susan Didato

Development Director

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

James Dismond

Chief Executive Officer

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Rena Dixon

Interim CEO / Director of Health Services

Fact Forward

Jenna Elser

Artistic Director

Greenville Light Opera Works

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Latorrie Geer

Chief Executive Officer


Lisa Hart

Executive Director

Carolina Teen Center

Joan Hoffman

Chief Operating Officer

Children's Trust of SC

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Maggie Kalergis

Development Manager

Audubon South Carolina

Lelia King

Executive Director

Build Carolina

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity

Carmen Levitt

Executive Assistant to CEO

Spartanburg Academic Movement

ReZsaun Lewis

Executive Director

Lowcountry Youth Services

Darlene Lynch

Director, Community Health Transformation

SC Office of Rural Health

Anne Marie Maertens

Executive Director

Hispanic Alliance

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Caitlyn McAnulty

Donor Relations Coordinator

Children's Trust of SC

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Darlene Paradise

Director of Development

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Karen Quadrio

Chief Development Officer

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Barbara Rackes


SC Women in Leadership

Filippo Ravalico

Director of Operations

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Anne Reid

Chief Development Officer

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC

Megan Reilly

Development Director

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Brooke Robertson

Director of Strategic Communication & Member Experience

Neue South Collective

Domenico Ruggerio

Dir, Education Advocacy & Systems Transformation

Teach for America

Robie Scott

Director of Development and Community Relations

The Post and Courier

Gretchen Smith

Executive Director

Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County, Inc.

Amber Stewart

Program Associate

SC Association for Community Economic Development

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Ashley Thomas

Executive Director

The Hive Community Circle

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director

Berkeley County First Steps

Tim Veeck


Habitat for Humanity of York County

Brett Wadford

Chief Partnerships Officer

Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

18 Other Registered Attendees
Alana Stroker
Alana Stroker