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Regional Mayors Forum Urges Public to Donate to S.C. Flood Relief Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation to Address Long-Term Needs

100% of donations go directly to local, non-profit organizations providing flood relief in Midlands 

 Today the Regional Mayors Forum – a collaborative of all mayors in Richland and Lexington Counties, as well as mayors from Sumter and Camden, S.C. – hosted a press conference at Coble Plaza at Columbia’s Riverfront Park, just yards from the Columbia Canal breach which still gapes open almost one month after the 1000-year flood of early October 2015.
The purpose of the Regional Mayors Forum gathering was to urge the public to support long-term flood relief efforts by donating to the S.C. Flood Relief Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation, where 100% of donations go directly to local, non-profit organizations providing flood relief in Midlands. For details on the fund, visit www.yourfoundation.org/scfloodrelief
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced additional news today:
Breaking News: $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge

One family responding to the needs of folks in the Midlands is the Lipscomb Family. Their Foundation has been a longtime supporter of our region and is a Central Carolina Community Foundation partner. They are stepping forward to help our community rebuild. Starting today, their foundation will match all gifts to the S.C. Flood Relief Fund up to $100,000. To donate, visit www.yourfoundation.org/SCFloodRelief.

CCCF has also released initial details about the grant process for the fund: 

How Nonprofits Can Apply for Grants from the S.C. Flood Relief Fund

Phase I grants will fund relief and recovery assistance programs provided by nonprofit organizations in the Community Foundation’s service area. Starting Nov. 2, 2015, 501c3 nonprofit organizations (or those with a 501c3 fiscal agent) associated with flood relief and recovery may request up to $25,000 via RFP at www.yourfoundation.org/SCFloodRelief. Preference will be given to applicant organizations in FEMA declared disaster areas. The review committee will consist of members of the Community Foundation Board of Trustees and an Advisory Committee made up of community members, including members of the Regional Mayors Forum. 
Central Carolina Community Foundation is the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy and hosts the annual Midlands Gives 24-hour hour giving challenge for more than 250 local nonprofits. 

Media Contact: Tracie Broom, Flock and Rally, 415.235.5718, tracie@flockandrally.com

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