Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF)
The Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) was established as a means for supporting community enhancement projects and philanthropic initiatives on Daniel Island and in the surrounding Cainhoy peninsula communities. This private 501 (c) 4 organization is financially supported by a Community Enhancement Fee on all resale transactions on the island. The structure of the DICF allows its financial resources to grow as the island grows, creating a legacy for the community for generations to come. Zero funding from Annual Property Owner Assessments goes toward the Community Fund.
The Daniel Island Community Fund Grants Committee is made up of Daniel Island residents, who are involved with all grants made.
Grant Applications will be accepted annually on April 1st and August 1st for project funding from qualified non-profit organizations. Organizations may apply once annually with a maximum award of up to $5,000. (*Additional funding for special projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
The 2023 Grant Application will be available in early January.
Grant Application is search engine specific, please use Internet Explorer when completing your application.
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If your mailing address has changed, please email Danielle Stix at firstname.lastname@example.org to update your organization account as the address you include in your Grant Application does not update your organization’s account information.
Daniel Island initiatives and events seeking funding from DICF can send requests directly to Danielle Stix.
2021 DICF Grant Distributions
In 2021, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) expended over $500,000 in grant awards, special projects, and community initiatives.
Read more in our 2022 Philanthropy Report (download).
The DICF is funded through a half percent enhancement fee that is collected from every real estate transaction on Daniel Island. No money that homeowners pay to their annual property owner assessment goes towards the Community Fund.
Daniel Island 2021 Grant Contributions
- American National Red Cross – $50,000
- Association For The Blind And Visually Impaired South Carolina * – $5,000
- Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey – $5,000
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry – $10,000
- Camp Rise Above – $10,000
- Charleston Gaillard Management Corporation – $5,000
- Charleston Orphan House Inc DBA Carolina Youth Development Center * – $5,000
- Charleston Promise Neighborhood – $5,000
- Charleston Stage Company – $5,000
- Charleston Young Life – $10,000
- Children’s Museum Of The Lowcountry – $5,000
- Church of the Holy Cross – $20,000
- Coastal District Council Of The St Vincent De Paul Society Diocese Of – $5,000
- Daniel Island School and Community Garden –
- East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) – $75,000
- East Cooper Meals On Wheels, Inc. – $5,000
- Families Helping Families * – $5,000
- Girls On The Run Charleston – $5,000
- Junior Achievement of Greater SC – $10,000
- Lifeline Children’s Services, Inc. – $15,000
- Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc. – $10,000
- Operation Home, Inc. – $48,150
- Pattison’s Academy – $5,000
- Philip Simmons Elementary PTSA – $34,000
- Philip Simmons High School Band – $10,000
- Philip Simmons High School PTSA – $10,000
- Philip Simmons Middle School PTSA – $10,000
- Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. – $5,000
- Providence Baptist Church – $12,750
- Roper St. Francis Healthcare * – $5,000
- South Carolina Aquarium – $5,000
- South Coast Lacrosse Association – $5,000
- Special Olympics South Carolina * – $10,000
Daniel Island Community Foundation
The Daniel Island Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation duly organized under the laws of the State of South Carolina. This private 501 (c) 3 organization is financially supported by donations from Daniel Island Residents, businesses, and employees.
The Daniel Island Community Foundation was set up as a vehicle for Daniel Island Residents and Businesses to fund non-profit initiatives. A resident advisory committee has been established to assist in identifying charitable causes and organizations important to Daniel Island residents.
In the past few years, the Daniel Island Community Foundation and its resident advisory committee have created a matching initiative in which select organizations are challenged to fundraise $5,000 for their organization which was then matched up to $5,000 by the Daniel Island Community Fund.
2022 Matching Campaign
Our Resident Advisory Committee has worked with both the Daniel Island School and the Philip Simmons Schools to encourage our youth to get involved in philanthropy. The schools have both identified nonprofits they would like to focus on fundraising for in 2022.
The Daniel Island School has chosen to fundraise for the Callen-Lacey Center for Children in Moncks Corner. This center is a residential group home and emergency shelter serving children in foster care who are victims of abuse or neglect.
The Philip Simmons Schools have chosen to fundraise for Families Helping Families. Families Helping Families is a non-profit mobile food pantry based off of Clements Ferry Road and serves the Charleston and the tri-county areas helping veterans, children, and disabled men and women
In addition to these two organizations chosen by the schools, the Resident Advisory Committee has chosen the Berkeley County Animal Center as the third organization to fundraise for. Donations will help to ensure that the animals of Berkeley County receive necessary medical assistance, provide enrichment for the animals, foster supplies, spay and neuter, off-site events, general care, and make their time at the center a little more comfortable.
Please send your request to Danielle Stix at Danielle.Stix@dicommunity.org for review. Please include the organization’s name, what they do, and why you believe it qualifies for a match.
How To Donate
To donate to any of the chosen organizations, please click the name of the organization below and you will be redirected to our donation platform Donate2It or you may donate by check at the POA office – 130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C. If you choose to donate by check, please write the check out to The MatchingFund and include the organization’s name in the memo section of your check.
Resident Matching Program
Beyond the annual matching campaign, many residents donate to various nonprofit organizations on their own. As part of the philanthropic spirit, the Daniel Island Community Fund will accept matching requests for these donations. Match requests will be reviewed in the fourth quarter of each year.
How does your donation qualify for a match?
- The organization must directly affect our tri-county area.
- DICF will match up to $2,500 per organization if funds are available. On a case-by-case basis DICF will match more should the funds be available.
2022 Daniel Island Kids Young Philanthropist Contest
School may be nearly out of session, but there are still valuable lessons to be learned in the summer months, especially when it comes to giving back. The Daniel Island Kids Young Philanthropist Contest celebrates the concept of philanthropy while supporting several worthy causes. The campaign will run from now until August 26th. As part of the competition, youth are invited to raise money for a select group of non-profit organizations, with matching funds up to $5000 per charity to be donated by the Daniel Island Community Foundation. Fundraising efforts can include but are not limited to, lemonade stands, bake sales, balloon raffles, car washes, new “GoFundMe” pages, and more.
The DI Community Foundation works with both the Daniel Island School and the Philip Simmons Schools to encourage our youth to get involved in philanthropy. The schools both identified nonprofits they would like to focus on fundraising for in 2022 & a third charity was selected by the Resident Advisory Committee.
The Callen-Lacey Center for Children in Moncks Corner
Aresidential group home and emergency shelter serving children in foster care who are victims of abuse or neglect.
Families Helping Families
A non-profit mobile food pantry based off of Clements Ferry Road and serves the Charleston and the tri-county areas helping veterans, children, and disabled men and women.
Berkeley County Animal Center
Donations will help to ensure that the animals of Berkeley County receive necessary medical assistance, provide enrichment for the animals, foster supplies, spay and neuter, off-site events, general care, and make their time at the center a little more comfortable.
Proceeds from fundraising efforts throughout the year, including the proceeds from the Daniel Island Kids Young Philanthropists Contest, will be doubled up to $5,000 per non-profit organization when donated via the Daniel Island Community Foundation.
The top 3 young philanthropist who raises the most money through the summer (and donates via the Daniel Island Community Foundation) will win gift cards (details to follow).
How to Register for the Contest
To register for the contest, please email Dani Stix at Danielle.Stix@dicommunity.org. Your email should include the following information:
- Young Philanthropists’ First and Last Name
- Young Philanthropists’ Age
- The organization that the Philanthropist will be fundraising for (please pick one of the featured organizations above)
- Fundraising Idea
- Projected Start Date of Fundraising
- Contest Ends on Friday, August, 26th.
- All fundraising proceeds must be submitted to the POA office by Friday, August 26th.
Submission of Proceeds to Daniel Island Community Foundation
The contestant will bring one check to the Daniel Island POA office with the amount raised. The check should be made payable to The Matching Fund (Daniel Island’s 3rd party fundraising partner) with “Young Philanthropist Contest” written in the memo section.
The contestant will submit a donation in the amount raised to the organization’s Donate2It page (our 3rd party fundraising platform). Please be sure to include “Young Philanthropist Contest” in the memo of the donation.
Please do not submit fundraising proceeds until the end of the contest.
All proceeds must be in by Friday, August 26th for judging. An announcement will be made on Tuesday, August 30th with the three top Young DI Philanthropists!
Thank you for helping make a difference. Happy Fundraising!