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 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)

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director

Berkeley County First Steps

Amber Stewart

Program Associate

SC Association for Community Economic Development

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Anne Marie Maertens

Interim Executive Director

Hispanic Alliance

Anne Reid

Chief Development Officer

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC

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

Caitlyn McAnulty

Donor Relations Coordinator

Children's Trust of SC

Caprice Atterbury


Origin SC

Carmen Levitt

Director of Administrative Affairs

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Darlene Lynch

Director, Community Health Transformation

SC Office of Rural Health

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

Elizabeth Anderson

Executive Director

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

Filippo Ravalico

Director of Operations

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Gretchen Smith

Executive Director

Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County, Inc.

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

James Dismond

Sr. Director, Business Development

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Jenna Elser

Artistic Director

Greenville Light Opera Works

Joan Hoffman

Chief Operating Officer

Children's Trust of SC

John Concklin


Institute for Child Success

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center


Director of Development & Marketing

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Latorrie Geer

Chief Operating Officer


Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Lelia King

Executive Director

Build Carolina

Lisa Hart

Executive Director

Carolina Teen Center

Lynn Hutto

HR/Management Consultant

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Madison Anderson

Director Development

Pattison's Academy

Maggie Kalergis

Development Manager

Audubon South Carolina

Mandy Black

Executive Director

Little Steps

Megan Reilly

Development Director

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Nancy Lee

Executive Director

South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity

Rena Dixon

Director of Health Services

Fact Forward

ReZsaun Lewis

Executive Director

Lowcountry Youth Services

Robie Scott

Director of Development and Community Relations

The Post and Courier

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Susan Didato

Development Director

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

Tami Barlow

Director of Operations

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Theresa Bowles

Volunteer, Past Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

Tim Veeck


Habitat for Humanity of York County

Tom Swanciger

Executive Director

Father to Father, Inc.

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

18 Other Registered Attendees
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Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder, DNA Creative Communications