Daniel Island Community Foundation

Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF)

Daniel Island Community Foundation

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

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

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2018 DICF Grant Distributions

Daniel Island Community Foundation

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

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.


December’s Non-Profit – Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC)

Founded in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House, Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC)’s mission is to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Our vision is that all children have loving and stable families and a nurturing community that empowers them to lead successful lives. Today, CYDC provides programs reaching over 900 children, youth and their families locally each year. We care for young people who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment, and provide resources and support to Lowcountry families.

Through its continuum of services, CYDC creates a seamless, caring experience for families and children in need of prevention and intervention services. With your support, CYDC will achieve its goal for foster youth in the Lowcountry. For more information about CYDC, you can visit


Donate to CYDC Today

You can donate to CYDC 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.

*Numbers are as of 10:45 AM on December 10th. For real time numbers – click the name of the organization above.

A special thank you to the Daniel Island Employee Advised Fund for donating $25,000 (included in above totals) towards the Daniel Island Community Foundation campaign! Your generous donation gets us one step closer to our goal of matching $5,000 per organization.

The Employee Advised Fund (EAF) is a fund that is 100% comprised of donations from Daniel Island employees. This includes employees from the Daniel Island Club, the Daniel Island Real Estate, the Daniel Island Company, and the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association. Employees donate their own money to help fund non-profit organizations that are near and dear to them.

​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!

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