Crescent Homes has sought a way to help out the place it calls "home." As it turns out, the answer wasn't far away.

The company, which calls itself Charleston's largest private home-builder, this spring started a philanthropy program called GIVE. According to Crescent Homes, the program will donate $250 toward a local charity with every home sale in 14 active communities in the Lowcountry. There's no annual cap, the builder says.

"We are local Charleston business. We love this place we call home and being part of its evolution and growth, so what better way to do that than involving our homebuyers?" says Lee Miller, vice president of marketing.

"We want to build beautiful, quality homes, but also help establish a strong sense of community with each home or neighborhood we build. This allows us to do both," she says. "GIVE is our way of giving back to the community that supports us.”

According to Crescent Homes, the charitable program will team with five local nonprofits every quarter. Crescent home buyers can pick groups to support, and a $250 donation will be given in their name to the foundation of their choice.

GIVE launched in early May. The first quarter focus will be Camp Happy Days, Charleston Animal Society, Habitat for Humanity, Be A Mentor and Ronald McDonald House.

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Crescent Homes formed with a commitment to be progressive, strive for improvement and go beyond the standard, it says. The GIVE program extends the goals beyond home building while spreading awareness and goodwill throughout the Charleston area. The company says it can bring attention to a host foundations, thus building relationships between local groups and home buyers while contributing donations each year to local causes.

Ted Terry, a fifth-generation home builder, founded Crescent Homes with a vision and passion for designing homes and communities that evoke the charm of the Lowcountry, the builder says.

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