Recognizing Purposeful Action During the Time of COVID-19 and Social Injustice
The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual awards program usually honors the significant role philanthropy plays in enriching our local and global communities. Each year, in conjunction with the celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the SC Lowcountry Chapter of AFP recognizes outstanding achievements by local individuals, foundation, and corporate philanthropists. However, 2020 has created a different time for us all. Therefore, in recognition of the significant work local organizations are doing in support of those impacted by COVID-19, and social injustice, the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP would like to introduce Purposeful Action. Purposeful Action recognizes local organizations for their work supporting those impacted by COVID-19 and social injustice in 2020.
For their work involving a response to COVID-19:
Lowcountry Local First
Their nomination highlighted the challenges our local businesses, who are the heart of Charleston, certainly always face, but during COVID, those challenges grew exponentially. Lowcountry Local First was able to pivot, allowing our Charleston small business owners to continue to be engaged and assisted during an indeed trying time. The National Philanthropy Day Committee believed Lowcountry Local First positively responded during COVID – offering resources, education, advocacy, coaching, and more to the business owners that employ so many of our Charleston citizens.
For their work in social injustice:
The Charleston Forum
Their nomination highlighted how The Charleston Forum is working to produce annual programming for the tri-county area to address race in the Forum’s focus areas of education, economics, policing, and criminal justice. Additionally, the Forum’s 2021 programming, both virtually and in-person events, as well as conducting a second tri-county research project, clearly shows how The Charleston Forum’s momentum is building, and the future looks to be very bright in highlighting how Charleston must focus on social injustice. The National Philanthropy Day Committee believes The Charleston Forum exemplifies “Purposeful Action.”