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 $518,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Beaufort County. In 2019 we awarded grants totaling $76,200 in support of "Preserving Our Lowcountry Heritage and History."


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]September [PDF]June [PDF]March [PDF]January  [PDF]November [PDF]October [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 2019, Women in Philanthropy awarded $76,200 in grants for “Preserving Our Lowcountry Heritage and History. 
  • Take a look at the complete history of Women in Philanthropy Grantmaking.
  • Grant Opportunities Women in Philanthropy is pleased to announce our annual grant opportunities. For this 15th grant-making year, we will award grants for Providing Enrichment and Readiness for At-Risk Children to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Grant requests must be specific to this theme. The total available funds Women in Philanthropy expects to distribute for grants awarded in 2020 is $75,000. Grants will be awarded in May 2020, and projects must be completed no later than April 30, 2021, when grant recipients' final reports and presentations are due. Clarity in project description and statements is important to our evaluation process. Applications are to be submitted online at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's website by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020. Click here to link to the grant submission site, and use the Women in Philanthropy access code: FY2020WIP.  Please note that paper applications are no longer accepted.  


  • Upcoming Events

    WIP Advisory Board meeting

    January 15, 2020

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

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Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

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