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.

2019 Grant Application (MUST use Internet Explorer)

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

Daniel Island initiatives and events seeking funding from DICF can send requests directly to Jane Baker.

Jane Baker.

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.

March’s Non-Profit: Camp Happy Days

camp happy days Since 1982, over 1,500 children with cancer and their families have benefited from their cost-free, year-round programs. Camp Happy Days welcomes all children with cancer across South Carolina without charge.

Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. Their goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

Read more about Camp Happy Days HERE.

Donate to Camp Happy Days Today

You can donate to Camp Happy Days 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.


​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!


Moving Forward to 2019

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.


January’s Non-Profit: Water Missions International 

January’s non-profit focus is Water Missions International. In 1998, founders, Molly and George Greene, were operating an environmental engineering company in Charleston, South Carolina when they heard about the devastation in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch. After receiving a request for multiple water treatment systems in Honduras, and being unable to find existing systems that would work, George and his team of engineers took action to build such a system – and thus the idea for Water Missions International was born.

When the Greene’s arrived in Honduras, they were shocked by what they found. The river that flowed through a nearby village was the color of chocolate milk, deep brown with toxins, bacteria and hopelessness. The residents of the village referred to it as the “River of Death” – no one survived once they drank from that river. As one of the newly built water systems became operational, the local villagers were still terrified to drink any water from the river – whether it was clear or not. So Molly and George placed their own lips to the hose and drank the newly purified water. With that action, Molly and George bridged the final gap and the villagers swarmed forward to drink the water.

In the aftermath of their Honduras trip, Molly and George discovered the sad truth about the global water crisis – that billions are forced to drink dirty water every day. In 2001, the Greene’s took action to combat this reality and founded Water Mission.

For more information on Water Missions International, please click HERE.


February’s Non-Profit: HALOS

Over 74,000 of South Carolina’s children live in the full-time care of grandparents and other relatives so that they will not have to enter the foster care system.

In 1997, child psychiatrist and pediatrician Dr. Eve Spratt founded HALOS. At the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Spratt saw firsthand the severe lack of resources for young victims of abuse or neglect in Charleston County and wanted to improve the conditions for these children and their caregivers.

At HALOS, they provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties and to their kinship caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, they help improve the lives of these children.

For more information on HALOS, please click HERE.