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Recognizing the impact of community foundations

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in News, Local News

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation will join more than 750 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week, Nov. 12 through 18. For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

ECCF will commemorate the occasion by conducting a food drive to benefit the needy at Thanksgiving. The public is invited to stop by the office at 154 W. Evans St. downtown Florence between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. any weekday from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18 and leave a non-perishable food donation. “Community foundations impact lives, solve problems and improve futures,” said Sarah Shelley, ECCF executive director.

“As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems.” In the spirit of this mission, ECCF recently spearheaded a local effort to assist flood victims in the Pee Dee by soliciting donations for the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund.

To date, the fund received more than $85,000 from community donations, which ECCF allocated to area nonprofits assisting victims in Pee Dee communities. Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation – large and small, urban and rural – working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Each region of South Carolina is represented by a community foundation. Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is proud to serve the seven counties of the Pee Dee: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg.

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