Philanthropic Partners Call: Funding Racial Equity and Social Justice

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (EDT)

Talking Together with Philanthropic Partners: Race Equity and Social Justice Grantmaking

Join philanthropic leaders from Duke Energy Foundation, UNUM/Colonial Life and the Sisters of Charity Foundation as they discuss the challenges, discoveries and rewards of their newly established grantmaking efforts in the racial equity and social justice arena. Understand the “why” behind their change in focus to prioritize this work and how each navigated their internal and external journeys.

Following this introduction attendees will break into small groups to discuss the following:

  • Share your foundation's grantmaking experience in the racial equity and social justice arena.
  • How can the philanthropic sector ensure that our grantmaking process is accessible to grass-roots organizations and others with limited grant making experience?
  • How can the philanthropic sector ensure that there are human resources in South Carolina to help nonprofits navigate social justice work?
  • How can grantmakers maintain racial equity and social justice as a priority so it doesn’t become diluted over time?

Guest Speakers:

Amanda Dow, Duke Energy Foundation, Shareholder Manager

Alana Stroker, UNUM/Colonial Life, Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager

Donna Waites, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Vice President of Programs

Presented by:


Attendees (53)

Bree Bess

Program Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Debbie Cooper

Director of Community Impact

Community Foundation of Greenville

Cynthia Curtis

Community Investment Officer

Arras Foundation

Amanda Dow

Duke Energy Foundation Manager- SC

Duke Energy Foundation

Nicole Echols

Director of External Affairs

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Kerri Forrest

Lowcountry Program Director

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Kim Frohnappel

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Betty Gardiner

Director of Grantmaking and Development

South Carolina First Steps

Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

Hannah Jarrett

Director of Economic Mobility Strategy

United Way of the Piedmont

Erin Johnson

Vice President for Community Investment

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Amanda Lawrence

AVP, Community Engagement, HCA Healthcare

Trident United Way

Naomi Lett

President / CEO

United Way Association of SC

Michele Lineberger

Executive Director

The Springs Close Foundation

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

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Bob Morris

Community Foundation of Greenville

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Karen Oliver

ECAC Program Manager

United Way of the Midlands

Chynna A. Phillips

Senior Director of Policy and Research

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

David Platts

South Carolina Arts Commission

Anthony Richardson

Executive Director

Nord Family Foundation

Kevin Russell

Interim President

United Way of Florence County

Geales Sands

Executive Director

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

Pam Temple

Program Director

Arras Foundation

Nick Turner

Nord Family Foundation

JoAnn Turnquist

Retired April 2024

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Natalia Valenzuela Swanson

Program Director, Healthy Eating & Active Learning

Mary Black Foundation

Donna Waites

President & CEO

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Ann Warner

Interim CEO, International Center for Research on Women


Mary Woodiwiss

Director of Grants and Projects

Greenwood County Community Foundation

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


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Madeleine McGee

Madeleine McGee

President/CEO, Together SC

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