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Nonprofit Spotlight: Women in Philanthropy


Making a difference in the Lowcountry through the power of collective giving. Through a woman’s unique lens, the organization promotes the power of collective giving, engages and inspires women along their philanthropic path and supports new approaches to address community needs.


Women in Philanthropy was formed in 2003 under the auspices of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. It is a philanthropic women’s giving circle for collective giving by women within the Lowcounry community. In 2003 seven women gathered together 100 women willing to donate to begin a women’s giving circle. This initial investment was the seed money for the endowment fund, which has now grown to over $1 million and insures that grants will be made to Beaufort County nonprofits long into the future. To date, Women in Philanthropy has provided over $600,000 in grants to Beaufort County nonprofits.

Whom it Helps

The purpose of Women in Philanthropy grants is to strengthen families and individuals who live or work in Beaufort County in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services.

WIP members at the Edible Education for Sustainability Garden at Hilton Head Christian Academy. This is a five-year project showcasing methods of sustainably growing and then incorporating the produce into school menus.

How to Help

Become a member and be a part of WIP’s success. Membership is open and welcoming to all Lowcountry women. Want more specifics about membership and grant-making? Go to, click on giving circles, scroll down to WIP and go to FAQs. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Loda, advisory board chair, at [email protected] or Debbie Cahoon at [email protected] or 843-681-9100.

For More Information About Women in Philanthropy

The Community Foundation provides Women in Philanthropy with fund management and administrative support. This assures donors (members) that less than 1.5 percent of donor dollars goes to administration and management expense. Each year the membership votes and selects a theme upon which to award grants. Applications are rigorously evaluated and several chosen to be funded. After funding, the granted projects are monitored throughout the year to assure the funds are properly spent. The hope is that by giving toward one theme each year, rather than numerous focal points, WIP can make a permanent difference. WIP is hoping to find new ways to permanently solve longstanding problems. Learn more at