Philanthropic Partners Call - Facing Race Together: "I Am Not Alright"

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (EDT)

The United Way Association of SC, SC Grantmakers Network and Together SC join together to host calls for our philanthropic colleagues.

Our goal is to share what's happening across the state and to lift up and inspire philanthropic partnerships, locally and statewide.

These calls take place on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 9:45am.

This Wednesday, June 10th:

Facing Race Together: "I Am Not Alright"

Darrin Goss, president and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Madeleine McGee, Together SC preident, will discuss Darrin's recent letter, “I am not alright.”  This open and honest letter appeared in the June 8th edition of For Good Connections.

In it, Darrin generously shares with us his personal reactions to recent events and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

He makes the case for equity rather than equality, and implores white people to speak up and act now. 

Wednesday's conversation will also discuss the role and opportunities for the philanthropic community to step up and lead.

Join us to share your thoughts and learn how you can be part of healing 400 years of oppression.

It will take an unrelenting commitment from all of us.

Guest Speaker:

Darrin Goss

Darrin Goss, President & CEO

Coastal Community Foundation

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Attendees (68)

Susan B Bankson

Wells Fargo

Bree Bess

Program Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Kendall Biga

Program & Operations Manager

Charleston Hope

John Boyle


Trident United Way

Sheila Caldwell


The Heart2Heart Foundation, Inc.

Debbie Cooper

Director of Donor Services

Community Foundation of Greenville

Cynthia Curtis

J. Marion Sims Foundation

Jaime Dailey-Vergara

Director of Marketing & Communications

United Way of the Lowcountry

Dale Douthat

President & CEO

United Way of the Lowcountry

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Sally Ehrenfried

Principal, Government Relations


Brandi Elkins

Membership Manager

Together SC

Kerri Forrest

Lowcountry Program Director

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Rachael Fulmer

SC Business Developer

Lutheran Services Carolinas

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Darrin Goss

President & CEO

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

LaShauna Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Oconee County

Veronica Hemmingway

Southern Lowcountry Director

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Amber Jackson

Executive Director/CEO

United Way of Lancaster County, Inc.

Kathy Jackson

New Business Development


Lesa Kastler

The Community Foundation of Greenville

Catherine LaCour

Chief Marketing Officer


Michele Lineberger

Executive Director

The Springs Close Foundation

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of Greenwood & Abbeville Counties

Tory Mackey

Executive Director

Chapin Foundation

Meredith Mathews

Program Manager

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Jeff McCormack

Executive Director

SC Physicians Care Charity

Kevin McCray

Community Building & Grants Manager

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Rebecca Melton


United Way of York County, SC

Wilma Moore

Highland Community Engagement Coordinator

United Way of the Piedmont

Bob Morris

Community Foundation of Greenville

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Donna V.S. Ortega

Community Investment Officer

J. Marion Sims Foundation

Emily Parrish

Executive Director

Children's Attention Home

Kevin Patten

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Norvell Pettus

Community Relations Specialist

Dominion Energy

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Caroline Rakar

Steering Committee


Debbie Rice

Senior Philanthropic Specialist

Wells Fargo

Blakely Roof

President & CEO

United Way of Horry County

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Megan Seiner

Executive Director

SC Bar Foundation

Michelle Shain

Senior Director of Development

United Way of Greenville County

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

Allison Smith

Resource Development and Fundraising Manager

United Way of Oconee County

Katy Smith

Executive Director

Piedmont Health Foundation

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

15 Other Registered Attendees


Weekly Calls 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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