Philanthropy

About the DICF

The Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) was established as a means for supporting community enhancement programs 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.

The Daniel Island Community Fund’s board is made up of Daniel Island residents, who are involved with all grants made.

Examples of past funding activity include: …Read More

  • Financial assistance for housing rehabilitation and emergency repairs in several of the underserved communities surrounding Daniel Island.
  • Support for various education and youth initiatives at Cainhoy Elementary and Middle School, Junior Achievement and others.
  • Bishop England High School scholarships.
  • A partnership with the American Red Cross to provide community programming like CPR, first aid and hurricane preparedness training.
  • Support and establishment of on-island cultural programs.

For more information about the Daniel Island Community Fund, contact Jane Baker at jane.baker@dicommunity.org.

2018 Grant Application

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2017 Grant Distributions

In 2017, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) has awarded more than $826,000 via grant making (events, grants, and community initiatives). Throughout the year, the Daniel Island Community Fund has awarded a total of 30 grants to area nonprofits and supported 46 community events and/or initiatives. These events and/or initiatives can be anything from POA hosted events or special projects and events hosted by clubs and groups on the island. Below is a list of the Daniel Island 2017 Grant Contributions. …Read More

  • Windwood Farms Home for Children – $10,000
  • City of Charleston – $9,900
  • Daniel Island Band Booster Association – $ 5,000
  • Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center – $7,000
  • Humanities Foundation – $7,100
  • Operation Home – $51,419
  • Lowcountry Food Bank – 5,000
  • Hearts of Huger – $46,500
  • Holy Cross Church – $10,661
  • Camp Happy Days – $2,500
  • ECCO – $35,000
  • Daniel Island School – 7,500
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels – $12,500
  • Berkeley County Library – $2,500
  • Philip Simmons Middle School – $17,500
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation – $7,500
  • Lowcountry Freedom Reigns – $5,000
  • Daniel Island Garden Club – $1,785
  • American Red Cross – $20,000
  • Palmetto Project – $5,000
  • Junior Achievement – $13,000
  • Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – $5,500
  • Sustainability Institute – $10,000
  • Daniel Island School PTA – $25,000
  • Cainhoy Elementary – $27,500
  • Friends of the Berkeley County Library – $3,000
  • Daniel Island Community Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund – $21,543
  • Young Life – $10,000
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society – $ 5,000
  • Daniel Island Community Garden – $5,000
  • Golfers for Education – $1,000

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 Streetscape