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Ted Terry (right) presents a $3,200 check to the Boy Scouts of America's local chapter as part of Crescent Homes' GIVE philanthropic program.

Since starting up in April 2017, a significant local builder has pledged $62,500 to 15 area nonprofits through its philanthropic program based on the number of homes it sells.

Crescent Homes completed its inaugural year of the GIVE program, with company chief executive and founder Ted Terry handing out year-end checks totaling $20,750 to five charitable groups, the Charleston-based builder says.

Separately, the company named five new nonprofits to receive funds for first quarter 2018.

"It inspires me to see what an incredible impact the GIVE program has made on the Charleston area in just nine months," Terry says. "The program represents everything that Crescent Homes stands for: celebrating and building community within the Lowcountry. I am so grateful that the company is able to make a difference in the place we call home," he says.

Crescent Homes says it established the GIVE program as a commitment to give back to the Lowcountry, focusing on groups working to improve the local community. The donations draw awareness to charitable organizations' missions, aiming to forge a relationship between new-home buyers and Charleston area nonprofits.

A part of the program, the builder donates $250 to a local group for each house sold. The GIVE program names five new charitable groups each quarter. Home buyers receive educational background on each group and "are able to select which cause will receive a donation in their honor," according to Crescent Homes.

The fourth quarter 2017 donations range up to $5,000, including:

  • $5,000 to the Birthdays for All
  • $3,200 to the Boy Scouts of America
  • $3,500 to Charleston Waterkeeper
  • $4,050 to Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  • $5,000 to East Cooper Meals on Wheels

GIVE program pledges for the first three month period of this year consist of Pet Helpers, the local Charleston adoption center and veterinary clinic, which began as a weekly "Adopt a Pet” column in 1978 that today is an independently owned, innovative pet rescue facility for the Lowcountry; Operation Home, which for 20 years has offered such benefits as major repairs, installing heating and air conditioning units; and building wheelchair ramps to help low income families stay in their homes; Darkness to Light geared to fighting against child sexual abuse through education and training, bringing awareness to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to abuse cases; Charleston Miracle League, dedicated to "the happiness of children and adults with special needs," supplies a specially designed, rubberized baseball field so players of all abilities can take part; and One80 Place, designed to end homelessness "one person at a time" through rehousing, job training and healthcare.

Crescent Homes recently expanded GIVE to the company's Nashville, Tennessee, division and plans to launch in Greenville this year.

Terry, a fifth-generation home builder, founded Crescent Homes to design houses and communities that "evoke the charm of the Lowcountry," the company says. Call 843-573-9635 or visit