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

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
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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 Direcctor 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 (29)

Ashley Thomas

Executive Director

The Hive Community Circle

Barbara Chappell

Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assa

Barbara Rackes


SC Women in Leadership

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Brett Wadford

Director of Development

Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Caprice Atterbury


Origin SC

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Darlene Paradise

Director of Development

Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Domenico Ruggerio

Dir, Education Advocacy & Systems Transformation

Teach for America

Filippo Ravalico

Program Manager

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lynn Hutto

Interim Executive Director

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Madison Anderson

Director Development

Pattison's Academy

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity

ReZsaun Lewis

Executive Director

Lowcountry Youth Services

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Susan Didato

Development Director

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

8 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder, DNA Creative Communications