Coastal Community Foundation, InterTech Group create Emanuel AME funds

The Coastal Community Foundation has established the Lowcountry Unity Fund to promote solutions to racism and economic inequality issues.

The Charleston-based Coastal Community Foundation and the InterTech Group Inc. in North Charleston are forming community service funds in the wake of last week’s shootings at Emanuel AME Church.

Coastal Community Foundation, which makes grants to agencies serving coastal South Carolina, has established the Lowcountry Unity Fund to promote long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and 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,” Richard Hendry, the foundation’s interim president and CEO, said in a statement. “The Lowcountry Unity Fund will support programs that foster a climate of love, equality and progress for many years to come.”

The Lowcountry Unity Fund will serve as a permanent resource to eligible organizations across Coastal Community Foundation’s service area. To date, various donors, including Google and South State Bank, have pledged $125,000 to the fund.

Meanwhile, the InterTech Group and the Zucker family will make a charitable gift of $75,000 to form an endowed scholarship fund intended to assist African-American students in the community. The fund will be named the Mother Emanuel AME Scholarship Endowment.

Scholarships will be solicited, reviewed and awarded annually following the Coastal Community Foundation’s standard scholarship procedures.

Donations to the foundation’s fund will be accepted from any member of the public. Checks should be written to Coastal Community Foundation with “Lowcountry Unity Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, contact Steffanie Dohn, director of development, at Online steffanie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.