Philanthropic Partners: Passing Gear Philanthropy - Meeting the Moment

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)

Join John Simpkins, the new president of MDC, as he shares with South Carolina’s grant-makers his vision of the Thriving South that we could be possible in this generational moment.

“The South is a place of promise, but it has a past that it still hasn’t fully reckoned with,” said Simpkins, who grew up in Lexington, South Carolina. “I can’t think of a better way to go back to where I was planted than with MDC—a ‘think tank with muddy boots’ that’s committed to equity and economic mobility. Because at this moment, equity and economic mobility are essential for driving the South into a new post-COVID reality.”

Through its State of the South report, Growth for Impact strategies, and the Equity-Centered Leadership approach exemplified by Passing Gear Philanthropy, MDC is engaged in the deep work of systems design for systems change to promote racial equity through economic mobility.

By reading reality truthfully, rigorously analyzing data, and promoting individual and organizational transformation, MDC is building on its half-century commitment to lasting change in leadership, community development, and economic security.     

Presented by:

Guest Speaker:

John L.S. Simpkins,

President, MDC


Darrin Goss,

President & CEO, Coastal Community Foundation

Attendees (64)

Allison Safford

Strategic Initiatives Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Angel Johnson-Brebner

Executive Vice President

Coastal Community Foundation

Ann Warner



Ashley Whitt

Senior Program Officer

The Spartanburg County Foundation

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Chris Collins

Associate Director Health Care

The Duke Endowment

Darrin Goss

President & CEO

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Debbie Cooper

Director of Donor Services

Community Foundation of Greenville

Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Edie Blakeslee

Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Leadership

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erika Kirby

Executive Director

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Geales Sands

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Hannah Jarrett

Director of Economic Mobility Strategy

United Way of the Piedmont

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Jennifer Evins

President / CEO

Chapman Cultural Center

JoAnn Turnquist


Central Carolina Community Foundation

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Katy Sides

Knowledge Management Officer

Hollingsworth Funds

Katy Smith

Executive Director

Piedmont Health Foundation

Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

Kevin McCray

Community Building & Grants Manager

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Laila Bell

The Duke Endowment

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Marc Pitman


The Concord Leadership Group

Marisel Losa

President & CEO

United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties

Mary Dell Hayes

Project Manager, SC Counts 2020

United Way Association of SC

Megan Seiner

Executive Director

SC Bar Foundation

Michelle Shain

Senior Director of Development

United Way of Greenville County

Molly Talbot-Metz


Mary Black Foundation

Naomi Lett

President / CEO

United Way Association of SC

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Patricia Wright

Program Associate

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Quinn Hayes


Harvest Hope Food Bank

Richard Puffer

Executive Director

The Byerly Foundation

Susan B Bankson

Wells Fargo

Susan DeVenny

Arras Foundation

Tamela Spann

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Hollingsworth Funds

Tannesha Clements

Executive Director/ COO

Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc

Terri Lottchea

Operations Manger

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Veronica Hemmingway

Southern Lowcountry Director

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

19 Other Registered Attendees


Monthly 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


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Madeleine McGee

President/CEO, Together SC

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