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 $442,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Beaufort County. In 2018 we awarded grants totaling $72,000 in support of "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.
    October [PDF]
    November [PDF]
  • 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. In 2018, Women in Philanthropy awarded $72,000 in grants for Addressing Women's Health, Wellness and Justice."
  • 2019 Grant Opportunity Now Open

    Women in Philanthropy has opened its 2019 grant cycle. Please read this letter [PDF] from the Chair of the Women in Philanthropy Grants Committee. If this year's theme, "Preserving Our Lowcountry Heritage and History," applies to you, please click here and create a user account for your organization. Once you have logged in, you can apply for the Women in Philanthropy grant by entering the access code: FY2019WIP. This grant opportunity is open for any projects which affect people who live and/or work in Beaufort County. 

  • Take a look at the complete history of Women in Philanthropy Grantmaking.

Advisory Board Members

Kathleen Bateson

Elizabeth Loda
Vice Chair
Grants Committee Chair

Laurie Burke
Governance Committee Chair

Marcia Collett
Communications Committee Chair

Debbie Hengemuhle
Membership Committee Chair

Susan Hooker

Shirley "Peaches" Peterson
Events Committee Chair

Andi Purple

Helen Ryan
Education Committee Chair

Competitive Grant Final Report Template

Click here to download the Competitive Grant Final Report Template [DOC] required by grantees.

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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