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Zeigler provides insight on ECCF to Rotarians

on Monday, 19 July 2021. Posted in Education, Local News

Belle Ziegler, executive director of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, speaks to the Florence West Rotary Club.

Members of the Florence West Rotary Club had a chance to hear from Belle Ziegler, executive director of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation during their weekly meeting on July 15 at the Florence County Club.

Zeigler provided background on the foundation’s purpose and offerings. In its 15th year, the foundation serves seven counties: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg.

The foundation offers financial advisement, stewardship and leadership, assists with grant making and investing, and offers community collaboration opportunities. She said there are six designated funding areas: Donor-Advised Funds, Designated Funds, Agency Endowment Funds, Scholarship Funds, Green Leaf Funds, and Giving Circle Funds.

She said there are more than 900 foundations and affiliates in the United States. The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is one of six community foundations in South Carolina. With more than $1.8 million in contributions, Zeigler said the foundation was able to provided $320,000 in grants in 2020. The foundation presently has as more than $15 million in assets.

According to the foundation’s web site, the mission of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in this area of South Carolina through inspired philanthropy and innovative community programs.

Zeigler told Rotarians that there is a grand misconception that a person has to be incredibly wealthy to be a philanthropist.

“That’s simply not true,” she said.

Zeigler said with a gift of $5,000 or more, a person can establish a fund with specific charitable purposes.

The foundation operates with a 19-member volunteer board.

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