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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by Denise K. Spencer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation as well as occasional guest bloggers.


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Denise K. Spencer
Denise K. Spencer
Denise K. Spencer's Blog

By Denise K. Spencer / March 1, 2018
Most taxpayers will be impacted by the passage into law of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Nonprofit organizations, and the people who support us, are still trying to understand the ramifications.

By Denise K. Spencer / January 31, 2018
Every time you “suffer” an inconvenience, count your blessings and share more of what you have with those for whom such inconveniences are a way of life.

By Denise K. Spencer / January 2, 2018
For me, virtually every day starts with a walk with my dog in my neighborhood. It is a quiet place, and I look forward to the sound of the wind in the trees, the scents of the season and the wildlife hustling around me—the deer, shorebirds and squirrels. But the sunrise—oh, the sunrise! It is a daily reminder of the gift of life we’ve been given. A small glow, expanding to a greater light, the intensifying of colors, the glory of it—it marks the start of another day of promise and possibility!

By Denise K. Spencer / November 30, 2017
Thanksgiving (the act, not the holiday) can be thought of as “gratitude in action” and is in part sharing what you can with others, and “paying it forward” so to speak, so that others may also feel the happiness of gratitude.

By Denise K. Spencer / October 31, 2017
The very word “volunteer” belies the idea of getting paid for the work. Volunteers are, after all, those who perform a service willingly and without pay. They take living generously to a whole new level.

By Denise K. Spencer / September 29, 2017
The Lowcountry of South Carolina has been my home since the summer of 2006. While I’m a Midwesterner by birth, I’ve come to adopt and love a number of southern cultural traits. In an email I wrote to cancel meetings when evacuation plans were still up in the air, I referred to Irma as “a rude interruption.” Right then I realized I had embraced the southern penchant for understatement.

By Denise K. Spencer / August 30, 2017
A book I read tickled me to no end. It is called F in Exams: Complete Failure Edition, by Richard Benson. It shares true-life, but wrong, student answers to questions on quizzes, exams and other tests. It made me recall that editing software, including spellcheck is now available. It is not perfect, but it helps. Some of the students quoted in the book might have appreciated its availability:

By Denise K. Spencer / July 31, 2017
Most people who are familiar with Community Foundation of the Lowcountry probably know us as grantmakers. While we are much, much more than that, we do indeed have a competitive grantmaking process. This is just one of the reasons most nonprofits in our area know us well.

By Denise K. Spencer / June 30, 2017
Not long ago, a man said to me that he could hardly wait for another three and a half years to go by for the next major election. I’ve thought a lot about that comment; it made me quite sad. I’m sure no one in the electorate got the outcome they wanted in every case.

By Denise K. Spencer / May 30, 2017
Often I am asked about the differences between for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

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