Wells Fargo donates $100,000, Daimler gives $25,000 to the Pinckney Fund; contributions made to other funds

Two Charleston-area businesses on Thursday contributed $125,000 to the Lowcountry Ministries — Pinckney Fund after the church shooting in Charleston on June 17 that left nine people dead at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street.

Other efforts by businesses continue to pour in, as well.

Wells Fargo donated $100,000 and Daimler Vans Manufacturing gave $25,000 to the fund. The fund is set up to support counseling services for families, survivors and church members, and local initiatives serving vulnerable populations, youth projects and diversity and inclusion training, with a focus on ending racism.

“Wells Fargo is committed to honoring the victims, supporting their families and recognizing the efforts of the Rev. Pinckney,” said Rick Redden, Wells Fargo lead regional president for the Carolinas. “We want to join the city of Charleston in promoting unity and community support during this challenging time. Our team members, customers and local communities around the Carolinas have all been impacted by this tragedy. We hope our contribution will play an important role in the healing process.”

Daimler, which operates a van assembly plant in North Charleston and plans to build a $500 million van manufacturing operation in Palmetto Commerce Park, also reached out with some words of condolence.

“We share the grief of the families and friends of the victims of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting,” said Marco Wirtz, CEO of Daimler Vans Manufacturing. “Daimler Vans is honored to be a part of the Charleston community which has shown great strength, faith and love during and after this terrible tragedy.

“In the face of this tragic event, Charleston has set an example for the entire nation to follow, and we are proud to call Charleston home. As we stand with Charleston, Daimler Vans Manufacturing is pleased to donate to the Palmetto Project’s Rev. Clementa Pinckney Fund. We are steadfast in our pledge to support and serve this wonderful community,” Wirtz said. “Over the coming days, weeks and months, the victims’ families and friends will remain in our thoughts and prayers as we all begin the healing process.”

The Daniel Island Community Fund is pledging a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 donated by island residents and others toward the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Also, the Zucker Family and The InterTech Group of North Charleston, led by Anita Zucker, are giving $75,000 to form an endowed scholarship fund to help African-American students in the community. It will be called the Mother Emanuel AME Scholarship Endowment.

The Coastal Community Foundation’s standard scholarship procedures will be used toward the annual scholarship awards. The fund will include purposeful outreach to the church and the communities served by Coastal Community Foundation’s N.E.W. (Neighborhoods Energized to Win) Fund.

Also, the Coastal Community Foundation on Thursday set up the Lowcountry Unity Fund. Its purpose is to promote long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and to economic inequality in African-American communities.

“No amount of effort or good intentions can undo the tragedy that took nine lives away from our community, but we hope that this fund can be a part of this community’s healing process,” shared Richard Hendry, interim president and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “The Lowcountry Unity Fund will support programs that foster a climate of love, equality and progress for many years to come.”

The fund will serve as a permanent resource to eligible organizations across Coastal Community Foundation’s entire service area. South State Bank pledged $50,000 while Google added another $75,000 to the fund. South State Bank also donated $50,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

“We continue to be in awe of the resilience and strength of the Charleston community, many of whom are our customers and employees,” said Robert R. Hill Jr., CEO of South State Bank. “It is our hope that this financial contribution can provide some immediate support to the victims’ families and the work that many of our employees are doing in the community can have a lasting impact on moving the Charleston community forward.”

Donations for the new unity fund will be accepted from any member of the public. Checks should be written out to Coastal Community Foundation with “Lowcountry Unity Fund” in the memo line and mailed to 635 Rutledge Ave., No. 201, Charleston, S.C. 29403.

Online contributions can be made at https://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/donate-today/ by designating the gift to “Other” and typing in “Lowcountry Unity Fund” in the text box.

For more information on the new unity fund, contact Steffanie Dohn at steffanie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.