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Communities in Schools is seeking donations to match its $100,000 challenge grant.

To donate, go to cischarleston.org, call them at 740-6793, or mail the contribution to: 1090 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405.

A dropout prevention group launched a fundraising campaign Tuesday with a $100,000 challenge grant.

Communities in Schools in Charleston received the gift from a “generous and committed couple from Kiawah Island” who promised to match any donation up to $100,000 during the next year. The award could raise up to $200,000 for the organization.

The donation is the largest from an individual in the organization’s 25-year history.

“At Communities in Schools, we are both deeply grateful and sincerely humbled by this gift, a first-ever for us,” said Executive Director Jane Riley Gambrell. “This is truly a remarkable vote of support and confidence for the work that we do in the community.”

Communities in Schools announced the grant on Giving Tuesday, a nationwide movement encouraging donations to local nonprofits on the first Tuesday in December.

The matching gift campaign will enable Communities in Schools to sustain its 41 in-school staff positions, as well as increase the number of students who have access to its more-intensive services and supports. Gambrell said an additional $200,000 could hire four more student support specialists, and that could mean serving more students in its existing schools or expanding to other schools.

“Through mentoring, tutoring, life skills lessons, service learning opportunities, field trips, and many other academic and social interventions, we help them discover personal talents and gain experiences that can change their lives,” Gambrell said.

The organization serves 13,300 students in Charleston and Berkeley county schools, and 94 percent of students who received their services were promoted to the next grade after last school year.

Reach Diette Courrégé Casey at @Diette on Twitter or (843) 937-5546.