Women in Philanthropy

Women in Philanthropy is a dedicated group of local women who are making a difference in the Lowcountry through the power of collective giving. Since our founding in 2003, we have built an endowment of over $1 million and, since 2006, we have awarded more than $370,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Beaufort County. In 2017 we awarded grants totaling $71,000 in support of “Strengthening Options for the Elderly.” In 2018 our grants will address "Women's Health, Wellness and Justice."

Women in America are changing the face of philanthropy. With more money and increased control and influence over how it is spent, more women than ever are making philanthropic investments to help address and solve the problems of our time.


We invite you to join us!

The Women in Philanthropy Fund is an endowed giving circle fund that continues to grow in perpetuity. The Fund is invested prudently, and provides grants to help strengthen families and individuals in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services.

Elements of Women in Philanthropy

  • Membership
    If you are interested in becoming a member of Women in Philanthropy, please take a moment to download the membership brochure.
  • Newsletters
    Here is a sampling of our most current newsletters.

    Summer Note
  • Annual Contribution
    For ease and convenience, you may make your gift/charitable contribution, etc. online via credit card.
  • Grantmaking
    The grantmaking focus of Women in Philanthropy is strengthening families and individuals in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services. With this in mind, the advisory committee will establish the criteria for each cycle of funding for grant-seeking nonprofit organizations. The 2018 grant theme is "Addressing Women’s Health, Wellness and Justice."  

    Click here for 2018 grant information. 

    In its 12th grant-making year, Women in Philanthropy awarded $71,000 in grants for Strengthening Options for the Elderly."

    Take a look at the complete history of Women in Philanthropy Grantmaking.
  • 2016 WIP Grantee Presentations
    Bluffton Self Help [PDF]
    Family Promise of Beaufort County [PDF]
    Habitat for Humanity [PDF]
    Hilton Head Deep Well [PDF]
    Women of Faith and Power Ministries [PDF]
  • Upcoming Events
    2018 WIP Annual Grant Awards and Business Luncheon

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. and the Program/Lunch starts at noon.
    The Nicklaus Clubhouse at Colleton River Plantation.
    The event is $35/person. Consider bringing a potential new member. 
    More information and registration information to come.

Advisory Board Members

Margaret McManusChair

Kathleen BatesonVice Chair Kaye BlackGovernance Committee Chair

Marcia CollettCommunications CommitteeCo-Chair

Debbie HengemuhleMembership Committee Chair     

Susan HookerCommunications CommitteeCo-Chair

Elizabeth LodaGrants Committee Chair

Peaches PetersonEvents Committee Chair Helen RyanEducation Committee Chair

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23019
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

Office Location
4 Northridge Drive, Suite A
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29926

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