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 on April 1st and August 1st, 2019 for project funding from qualified non-profit organizations. Organizations may apply once annually with a maximum awards of up to $5,000. (*Additional funding for special projects may be considered on a case by case basis.) Awards will be announced at the end of May and end of September.

We are no longer accepting 2019 Grant applications. Our next grant cycle will open in early 2020. Please note, if awarded, images may be used, but are not limited to social media, print, communications. etc.

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

Daniel Island initiatives and events seeking funding from DICF can send requests directly to Danielle Hermann.

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2018 DICF Grant Distributions

In 2018, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) awarded more than $647,519 via grant making (events, grants, and community initiatives). Throughout the year, the Daniel Island Community Fund awarded a total of 34 grants to area nonprofits and supported 53 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 2018 Grant Contributions. …Read More

  • American Red Cross – $30,000
  • Avian Conservation Center $20,000
  • Charleston Gaillard Management – $5,000
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood – $5,000
  • Charleston Stage Company – $5,000
  • Charleston Young Life – $10,000
  • Coastal District Council of the St. Vincent De Paul Society – $5,000
  • Darkness to Light – $5,000
  • Engaging Creative Minds – $5,000
  • Girls on the Run Charleston – $5,000
  • Junior Achievement of Greater SC – $5,000
  • Operation Home – $30,000
  • Palmetto Project Inc – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons Elementary STEAM School – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons High School Renaissance – $5,000
  • PSHS – Iron Horse Gameday Glub – $10,000
  • Reading Partners South Carolina – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons Elementary PTA – $10,000
  • Wando-Huger Community Development Corporation – $5,000
  • Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – $5,000
  • Church of the Holy Cross – $8,192
  • ECCO – $10,000
  • Hearts of Huger Revitalization Effort – $5,000
  • Humanities Foundation Inc – $7,900
  • Lifeline Childrens Services, Inc – $10,000
  • Lowcountry Food Bank Inc – $8,400
  • Operation Home Inc – $30,000
  • Philip Simmons HS Band – $15,000
  • Philip Simmons HS PTSA – $15,000
  • Philip Simmons Middle School – $5,000
  • Daniel Island School PTA – $30,000
  • St. Thomas Charge/Hearts of Huger Revitalization Efforts – $25,000
  • Golfers for Education – $1,000
  • Cainhoy Elementary and Middle Schools – $25,000

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 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.


November’s Non-Profit – East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)

Founded as an emergency relief effort in 1989 after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) has since grown into a permanent resource for the community in need with three main program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services and Empowerment. Thousands of families a year receive emergency assistance for food, clothing, household furnishings, financial aid, and have access to dental care, medical care, prescription assistance, counseling, and educational opportunities like financial literacy classes, computer skills training, job readiness workshops. These services are all enhanced through personal interaction with staff who provide individualized support for each client, ongoing case management, and emphasize accountability and achievement.

ECCO helps individuals and families with a range of services including food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, special holiday initiatives, comprehensive medical and dental care, medications,  counseling, educational opportunities including computer skills training, financial literacy workshops, job preparedness, an asset-development program, and ongoing case management. These services are all enhanced through personal interaction with staff who provide individualized support for each client while emphasizing accountability and achievement.

To read more about ECCO, please click HERE .


Donate to ECCO Today

You can donate to ECCO HERE via our GoFundMe page or you can donate by check at the POA office – 130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C. If you choose to donate by check, please make the check payable to the “Daniel Island Community Foundation” and add the non-profit name in the memo section of the check.


2019 Campaign

The Daniel Island Community Foundation and resident advisory committee have chosen 12 non-profits that the community will be focused on for the 2019 calendar year. This year, we will be shining a light on a different non-profit organization each month of the year. Residents will be able to donate to any of the selected non-profits at any point throughout the year.

Please see below for the 2019 list of non-profit organizations. You can donate to any of the below non-profit organizations through their GoFundMe Page (by clicking on the name of the organization) or you can donate via check at the POA office – 130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C. If you choose to donate by check, please make the check payable to the “Daniel Island Community Foundation” and add the non-profit name in the memo section of the check.


​2018 Recap

In 2018, the Daniel Island Community Foundation (DIC Foundation) along with its resident advisory committee initiated a new fundraising campaign in which they selected 12 specific non-profit organizations to fundraise for throughout 2018. These 12 non-profit organizations were chosen by Daniel Island residents via an online survey in January of 2018. Residents were then encouraged to donate to any of the 12 organizations via GoFundMe pages set up by the DIC Foundation or check at the DIPOA office.

The DIC Foundation and resident advisory committee, are thrilled to announce that at the close of 2018, ALL of the 12 non-profits met their matching goal of $5,000 and some even exceeded their goal. The cumulative tax deductible gifts that were donated to each of the below featured non-profits were matched up to $5,000 by the Daniel Island Community Fund.

  • Human Services: East Cooper Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Community Outreach, Lowcountry Food Bank, Sustainability Institute
  • Children: Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Darkness to Light, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
  • Education: Daniel Island School PTA, Philip Simmons High School PTA, Reading Partners
  • Nature/Environment: Water Missions International, East Cooper Land Trust

Thank you to all residents and businesses who participated in the 2018 giving campaign. We would not have been able to make this happen without you! We also wanted to send a special thank you to Overture of Daniel Island who helped us close the final gap in our 2018 fundraising efforts. With their donation, we were able to meet fundraising match goals for all 12 non-profit organizations!

ch goals for all 12 non-profit organizations!