• What is a community foundation?

    • A Community Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents of a specific geographic area.

  • What services does CCF provide?

    • Unlike many other charities, our main services are not provided directly to individuals. Instead, we provide funding and marketing/awareness for other nonprofit organizations. These are the areas we specialize in and focus on. We have built an organization that can specialize in these activities so that other nonprofits don’t have to.

  • Do you support designated funds?

    • Yes, we can earmark funds for certain designations within certain parameters. We would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss options with you.

  • What do you do with the money you receive?

    • Funds raised are allocated to a mix of operating budget, endowed funds, and grants to local nonprofits.

  • Why can't I give directly to nonprofits?

    • You absolutely can. If you have an organization or organizations that you care deeply about and want to support, we encourage you to do so. We actually offer fundraisers, general information, contacts, and donation links for many local organizations right here on our site.

    • If, however,  you want to support charitable organizations in Clemson as a whole, we can help with that, especially if it is dealing with estate or large gifts for the Clemson community.  We do the work of vetting and following up with organizations that we give money to, so you don’t have to. We also invest a portion of our donations to grow the impact of charitable funds in the Clemson area.  

  • What types of gifts do you accept?

    • You can donate online with a credit card or check through our Donation page. If you would like to talk to us about an estate gift, long-term pledge, gift of stock or real estate, or any other unique situations, please contact us.

  • Are you a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit?

    • Yes!  We are currently registered as a charitable organization with the state of South Carolina, and as of September 2014 are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.  All of which means, that donations made to the foundation are tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information on how this applies to your specific situation.

  • What is your grants process?

    • We offer a yearly competitive grants process to any nonprofit organizations that are seeking funds for projects to benefit the Clemson-area. We have a grants committee made up of community members that reviews each application and determines which projects will have the greatest impact and will best meet the needs of our community. Click HERE to view our grants application page.

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