The Coastal Community Foundation has established a new fund to promote long-term solutions for racism and economic inequality in African-American communities.
The foundation, a grant-making institution that serves coastal South Carolina, announced the creation of the Lowcountry Unity Fund in response to the June 17 shooting that claimed nine lives at the Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.
"No amount of effort or good intentions can undo the tragedy that took nine lives away from our community, but we hope that this fund can be a part of this community's healing process," Interim CCF President/CEO Richard Hendry said in a statement. "The Lowcountry Unity Fund will support programs that foster a climate of love, equality and progress for many years to come."
The Lowcountry Unity Fund will serve as a permanent resource to eligible organizations across Coastal Community Foundation's entire service area.
To date, various donors, including Google and South State Bank, have pledged a total of $125,000 to the fund.
Anyone may donate to the fund by at https://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/donate-today/ by designating the gift to "Other" and typing in "Lowcountry Unity Fund" in the text box.