December 2018 Newsletter

What's New

At its November meeting, the board approved nearly 100 grants totaling over $2.6 million: 80 of these are for general operating, and over half are multi-year grants.

The board also approved a grant to Waccamaw Community Foundation to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in Horry County, one of the counties in which we fund. "The Lowcountry has been impacted by a significant rain event every year since 2015... it is critical that our communities look at long term plans to address the challenges ahead," said Executive Director David Farren.

See the full list of grants on our website.

News in Land Conservation

Our Executive Director, David Farren, shared Longstanding Federal Land Conservation Programs Remain in the Crosshairs, about our grants to six conservation organizations for their efforts to prevent rollbacks of critical federal land conservation programs.

At our board meeting, we visited Audubon South Carolina's Francis Beidler Forest and Four Holes Swamp. Here we all are, gathered at The Meeting Tree. Thanks to Sharon Foundation staff, board, and conservation grantees gathered around the Meeting Tree in Francis Beidler Forest, SC.Richardson & Matt Johnson of Audubon SC for hosting us along with a number of our conservation partners - Ashley Demosthenes of Lowcountry Land Trust, Raleigh West of Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust, Jennie Stephens of Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, and Al George of South Carolina Aquarium. More pictures from our meeting are on Instagram.

News in Artistic Vitality

Senior Program Officer, Ellen Placey Wadey, wrote Why Art Matters now more than ever, in a world of increasing power imbalances and oppositional viewpoints.

Earlier this fall, The New York Times visited Chicago and identified the importance of storefront theaters to the health of the Chicago theater ecosystem.
Mark Sloan of Halsey Institute describes "Southbound" to GDDF board and staff.Board and staff visited the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, where director and chief curator Mark Sloan discussed the current photography exhibit, Southbound.

We partnered with the South Carolina Arts Commission and SC Arts Alliance earlier this year to host financial management training for Lowcountry arts grantees, and we're doing it again in 2019!

And More

The Washington Post published a beautiful spread about the Gullah Geechee, whose cultural heritage touches all the Foundation's program areas - land, arts, and collections.

We wish you and your families and friends
a happy holiday season and a happy new year! 

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