A community venture based in the city of Charleston’s island town helped raise $127,600 in wake of the June tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME church on Broad Street downtown.
The exact total from Daniel Island Community Foundation was somewhat higher than originally forecasted.
“In the days following the June 17th shooting, the foundation issued a challenge grant pledging to match the first $50,000 donated by island residents and businesses. In total, more than $50,000 was raised in less than two weeks,” the group says.
The foundation presented a check this summer to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund for $127,600. The city of Charleston established the fund.
Along with the foundation, Daniel Island residents and businesses contributed in other ways as part of a “significant outpouring of financial support,” island supporters note.
BenefitFocus, which is headquartered on Daniel Island, announced a $100,000 donation to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. Blackbaud, also based on the island, donated $5,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund and $75,000 to the Lowcountry Unity Fund. It also made a commitment to match up to an additional $25,000 in employee donations.
Elsewhere, there have been donations by way of “lemonade and treat stands set up by children living on the island (and) funds raised by the Daniel Island Flying Fish swim team, the Charleston Battery, the Daniel Island Shuttle, Peace Love and Hip Hop, and the Music Battery,” according to the foundation.
To date, the collective fundraising efforts via Daniel Island groups total more than $314,000.
“There has been just an overwhelming outpouring of support from our community,” says Jane Baker, administrator of the Daniel Island Community Foundation and vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association. “We are so fortunate to live and work in a community that makes giving back to our neighbors in need a priority,” she says.
The Daniel Island Community Foundation describes itself as a private group set up so that island residents among others can make contributions in support of local nonprofit organizations.
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