Philanthropic Partners Discussion of New Report on Poverty in SC

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (EST)
Moving Communities Out of Poverty

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina's recently released report (see link below) provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at the factors contributing to the pervasive poverty experienced throughout our state. 

Poverty in South Carolina is a complex, multi-factorial phenomenon and needs to be examined as such, focusing on six structural factors:

  1. economic stability,
  2. neighborhood and physical environment,
  3. education,
  4. food security,
  5. community and social context, and
  6. health

This call, designed specifically for philanthropic leaders, will discuss using this Report to inform grantmaking investments and program implementation. 


  • Key Findings - Chynna Phillips will highlight key findings and the racial inequities revealed. 
  • Informing Philanthropic Work - Naomi Lett will share examples of community investments that aim to move families out of poverty.
  • Group Discussion - Then, we will break into small groups to allow leaders to share what their organizations are doing and questions you may have about how to utilize this data in program design. 

Resources to Review Before Hand:

Participants are strongly encouraged to prepare for this discussion by reading the executive summary, diving into the full report or listening to the January 27th call:

Guest Speakers:

Chynna A. Phillips, Research and Policy Director

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Attendees (122)

Addy Smith

Event & Operations Director

Anderson Arts Center

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Amy Holbert

Chief Executive Officer

Family Connection of SC

Ann Warner


Women's Rights and Empowerment Network

Ashley Whitt

Senior Program Officer

Spartanburg County Foundation

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Brenda Shaw

Chief Development Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

C. Michael Bowman

President, BOD

Father to Father, Inc.

Carrie Silver


Bridges to a Brighter Future/Furman University

Cathleen DeCourcy

Executive Assistant

Real Champions Inc

Cecilia Meggs

Executive Director

Lighthouse Ministries

Crishell Bass

Career Counselor

SC Department of Education

Cynthia Curtis

The Arras Foundation

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Dolly Patton

Executive Director

Saluda Shoals Foundation

Donn Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Elizabeth Hamilton

Administrative Officer

James Island Outreach

Elizabeth Houck

Strategic Initiatives Associate

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Ericka Plater

Executive Director

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Geales Sands

Executive Director

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Hannah Horne

VP of Public Policy and Programs

Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Jaclyn Kohlhepp

CEO, JTK Consulting LLC

JTK Consulting LLC

Jannie Lincoln

Community Engagement Coordinator

Molina Healthcare

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Jill Dawson

Program Manager

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Julie Trott

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors


Director of Development & Marketing

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Kathy sistare

Grants Committe

Arras Foundation

Katie Reams

Community Impact Manager

United Way Association of SC

Katy Sides

Knowledge Management Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Kendall Biga

Program Coordinator

Charleston Hope

Kimberly Martinez-Ward


Compass of Carolina

Kristi Brock

Executive Director

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

South Carolina Grantmakers Network

Lesa Kastler

The Community Foundation of Greenville Board

Lili Coleman

Executive Director

Second Helpings, Inc.

Lisa Colby

Executive Director

American Red Cross

Lisa Larson


Just Say Something

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Marcia Bacon


Richland County First Steps

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Megan Byron

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Megan Wildebour

Managing Director

PURE Theatre

Melissa Hayden

Director of Grants & Administration

The Self Family Foundation

Meredith Mathews

Program Manager

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Molly Talbot-Metz


Mary Black Foundation

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Nija Orr

Community Coordinator

Little Steps

Paige Knowlson

Executive Director

Pattisons Academy

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Pam Temple

Program Director

Arras Foundation

Paulette Dunn

Chief Operating Officer

United Housing Connections

Quinn Hayes

Director of Women in Philanthropy

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Ricardo Perry

Senior Program Director

Real Champions Inc

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Stephanie Jones

Corporate Philanthropy Consultant

Dominion Energy

Sue Williams


Children's Trust of South Carolina

Susan Witkowski

Executive Director

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

Tanika Epps

CEO - Midlands

Communities In Schools of the Midlands

Terry Dixon

Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations

University of South Carolina

Theresa Bowles

Volunteer, Past Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

Tina Christensen

Executive Director

Winyah Rivers Alliance

Travis Williams

Founder & Executive Director

African American Prosperity Network

Yasha Rodriguez

Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

46 Other Registered Attendees

Presented by:

Hosted by: 

Chris Steed,

Fullerton Foundation, Executive Director

SC Grantmakers Network, Chair


Naomi Lett,

United Way Association of SC, President & CEO


Madeleine McGee,

 Together SC, President


For More Information:

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Madeleine McGee

President/CEO, Together SC

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