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 (121)

Yolanda Anderson

Development/Donor Manager

Midlands Mediation Center

Marcia Bacon


Richland County First Steps

Crishell Bass

Career Counselor

SC Department of Education

Kendall Biga

Program & Operations Manager

Charleston Hope

Theresa Bowles

Volunteer, Past Board Chair

Angels Charge Ministry

C. Michael Bowman

President, BOD

Father to Father, Inc.

Kristi Brock

Executive Director

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Megan Byron

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Tina Christensen

Executive Director

Winyah Rivers Alliance

Lisa Colby

Executive Director

American Red Cross

Lili Coleman

Executive Director

Second Helpings, Inc.

Cynthia Curtis

The Arras Foundation

Jill Dawson

Program Manager

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Cathleen DeCourcy

Executive Assistant

Real Champions Inc

Terry Dixon

Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations

University of South Carolina

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Paulette Dunn

Chief Operating Officer

United Housing Connections

Tanika Epps

CEO - Midlands

Communities In Schools of the Midlands

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Elizabeth Hamilton


James Island Outreach

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Melissa Hayden

Director of Grants & Administration

The Self Family Foundation

Quinn Hayes

Program & Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Amy Holbert

Chief Executive Officer

Family Connection of SC

Hannah Horne

VP of Public Policy and Programs

Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Houck

Strategic Initiatives Associate

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Stephanie Jones

Corporate Philanthropy Consultant

Dominion Energy

Lesa Kastler

The Community Foundation of Greenville Board

Paige Knowlson

Executive Director

Pattisons Academy

Jaclyn Kohlhepp

CEO, JTK Consulting LLC

JTK Consulting LLC

Lisa Larson


Just Say Something

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Jannie Lincoln

Community Engagement Coordinator

Molina Healthcare

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties

Donn Mack

Executive Director

South Carolina Community Health Worker Association

Kimberly Martinez-Ward


Compass of Carolina

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Meredith Mathews

Program Manager

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Cecilia Meggs

Executive Director

Lighthouse Ministries

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Nija Orr

Community Coordinator

Little Steps

Dolly Patton

Executive Director

Saluda Shoals Foundation

Ricardo Perry

Senior Program Director

Real Champions Inc

Ericka Plater


Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

Karen Quadrio

Chief Development Officer

Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Katie Reams

United Way Association of SC

Brooke Robertson

Director of Marketing & Communications

Neue South Collective

Yasha Rodriguez

Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Geales Sands

Executive Director

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Brenda Shaw

Chief Development Officer

Lowcountry Food Bank

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

South Carolina Grantmakers Network

Katy Sides

Knowledge Management Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Carrie Silver


Bridges to a Brighter Future/Furman University

Kathy sistare

Grants Committe

Arras Foundation

Addy Smith

Event & Operations Director

Anderson Arts Center

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Molly Talbot-Metz


Mary Black Foundation

Pam Temple

Program Director

Arras Foundation

Julie Trott

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Ann Warner


Women's Rights and Empowerment Network

Ashley Whitt

Senior Program Officer

Spartanburg County Foundation

Megan Wildebour

Managing Director

PURE Theatre

Sue Williams


Children's Trust of South Carolina

Travis Williams

Founder & Executive Director

African American Prosperity Network

Susan Witkowski

Executive Director

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

45 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:

Madeleine McGee

Madeleine McGee

President/CEO, Together SC

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