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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.)

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The 2023 Grant Application will be available in early January.

Grant Application is search engine specific, please use Internet Explorer when completing your application.

Other search engines have previously caused issues with the application process and are not recommended for use. If awarded, images may be used, but are not limited to social media, print, communications, etc.

Address Change

If your mailing address has changed, please email Danielle Stix at danielle.stix@dicommunity.org to update your organization account as the address you include in your Grant Application does not update your organization’s account information.

For more information about the Daniel Island Community Fund, please contact Danielle Stix at Danielle.Stix@dicommunity.org.

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.

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.

Callen-Lacey Center for Children in Moncks Corner

Families Helping Families

Berkeley County Animal Center

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.

To Apply For A Match

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.