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Our goal is to build permanent charitable capital, which allows us to be a long-term, viable resource for the community. We give local nonprofits a dependable resource to support their charitable efforts through the following services.

Awareness

We work to build awareness for Clemson-area charities, through our OrgScouter platform, videos, social media, and marketing.

Grants

Each year, we offer a grants process to fund a wide variety of projects by organizations serving the Clemson community.

Investment

Our Charitable Investment Fund allows us to grow the financial resources available for future needs in the Clemson community.

Legacy

Through our Legacy program and a variety of fundraisers, we allow anyone to leave their legacy and make an impact.

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Nonprofit of the Month: Helping Hands of Clemson

Nonprofit of the Month: Helping Hands of Clemson

Our next Nonprofit Spotlight features Helping Hands of Clemson. We sat down with executive director, Jennifer Barbour and development director Dewey Brown to learn more about this organization. How was Helping Hands started?In the beginning, Ms. Tulli saw an ad in the...

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From the Newsroom

CCF Board Gains More New Members

The Clemson Community Foundation has added three new members to its Board of Directors. Corey Brookover, Jack McKenzie, and Katherine Sosebee joined the Board at its April 5 meeting. Brookover is a native Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia. A...

CCF Welcomes New Board Members

We are happy to announce that three new members have been elected to our board of directors. Harold Cheatham, Bryant Smith, and Linda White were recently elected to fill unexpired seats on the fifteen-member board. In making the announcement, CCF executive director...

CCF Welcomes Our New Executive Director

We are proud to announce that Bill D’Andrea has been named the executive director of the Clemson Community Foundation! “Billy D,” as he is widely known in the community, worked in the Clemson University Athletic Department for nearly thirty years, rising to the...

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Bill D’Andrea

Executive Director

Bill D’Andrea had a long career in athletics, serving Clemson University as a football coach for the Tigers from 1983 to 1989. He also served in various roles in administration. He was the Director of the Student-Athlete Enrichment Program and the Senior Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs. In 2014 he became the Athletic Director at Anderson University, stepping down in July of 2018. He joined the Clemson Community Foundation in early 2019 as our first Executive Director.


Board Members

Board Members

Adam R. Artigliere

Adam Artigliere is an attorney in the Greenville office of McNair Law Firm. He focuses his
practice on commercial real estate, local government and economic development. Adam
volunteers for a variety of local organizations, including serving as the Chair of the City
of Clemson Economic Development Advisory Board, on the Board of the Anderson Area
Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of ReBuild Upstate, and on the Charter Committee
of Lakes and Bridges Charter School. When not working and serving his community, he
coaches his daughter in 12U softball.


Bo Crader

Former Chairman of the Board

A Clemson native, Bo Crader works as a sales and marketing manager for Blackbaud, a
publicly traded software firm based in Charleston, SC. In this capacity, he has worked
with the nonprofit sector for over 13 years, leading technology projects at top
international nonprofit brands. He lives in Clemson with his wife and four children.


Bryant Smith

Bryant Smith is president and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a consulting and training firm
offering guidance on recruiting, training, and retention to individuals, businesses and educational
institutions. He also serves as editor-in-chief of My Click Urban Voice, a news and narrative
platform for people who live, work and want to connect with urban lifestyles.


Corey Brookover

Corey Brookover is a native Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia. A former elementary school teacher, she currently teaches Non Profit Leadership at Clemson University. She and her husband Bob are the parents of ten-year-old Finn.


David C. Lane

David Lane spent five years practicing law in Syracuse, NY where he also started his first
entrepreneurial venture, a retail gourmet food and kitchen-gift business, which grew to
three stores. The excitement of business led him to sell the stores and move to Boston to
pursue an MBA degree. Working his way through school with a restaurant chain started
him on a career that included executive challenges with Marriott Corporation, General
Foods Canada, Holiday Inn Corporation, General Mills (now Darden Restaurant)
Restaurant Associates, NYC, and Barney’s Coffee and Tea Company. Seventeen years
ago he began his Chamber career in Florida before coming to Clemson as President/CEO
of the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce in August 2012.


Dr. Debra “Debbie” Jackson

Vice Chair

Debbie Jackson is Professor Emerita at Clemson University and served as Professor and Vice
Provost for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the President at Clemson University prior
to her retirement in 2017. Dr. Jackson started her nursing career at Emory University and
her most exciting role was the 10 years that she spent as Director of the Wound, Ostomy
and Continence Nursing program at Emory before joining the faculty of Emory’s School
of Nursing. Her experiences at Clemson University ranged from department chair in
public health sciences to acting dean of the graduate school. She chaired two successful
university SACSCOC decennial reaffirmation reviews during her tenure at Clemson. In
addition to three edited textbooks in nursing, Dr. Jackson has published numerous book
chapters and articles. She remained active in nursing by writing a health column for the
Anderson Independent Mail, a local newspaper in the area from 1991 to 2017. She is
currently a member of the advisory board member of Clemson’s Emeritus College.


Frank J. Cox

Frank Cox is a longtime Clemson resident, retired military officer, and a leader in the defense
industry. He works part time as a leadership development consultant for the U.S. Army.


Harold Cheatham

Harold Cheatham was the founding dean of Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and
Human Development and is professor emeritus at his alma mater, Penn State. He earned his
master’s degree from Colgate University and his Ph. D from Case Western Reserve University.
He is a published authority on multicultural counseling theory and the psychosocial development
of African Americans in US higher education.


J.C. Cook III

J.C. Cook is a lifelong resident of Clemson, a local businessperson for 40 years, a member of
Pendleton United Methodist Church, and is married to Nancy Gossett Cook (36 years),
with 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. JC has served the City of Clemson as follows: 7
years Board of Architectural Review; 11 years City Council; and 5.5 years Mayor.


Jack McKenzie

Jack McKenzie recently retired from Clemson University where he worked for nearly forty years, most recently as senior director for development and alumni relations. An event planning consultant, he is a past president of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity which he serves as a member of its national board of directors.


Joseph Yaksich

Secretary

A native of Seneca and Clemson, Joe Yaksich is a Clemson graduate who returned home in 2014.
He is an attorney and volunteers for a variety of local organizations. He lives in Seneca
with his wife and daughter.


Katherine Sosebee

Clemson native Katherine Sosebee works in commercial business development following a decade in luxury retail in Atlanta and New York. An accomplished actress, she is president-elect of the Clemson Rotary Club and serves as a deacon at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.


Kelly Durham

Chairman of the Board

Kelly Durham is a former award-winning Wendy’s franchisee and the author of several
historical fiction novels including Berlin Calling. A Clemson graduate, he chaired the
University’s Board of Visitors and served on the Board of Directors of the Clemson
University Foundation, the Clemson Corps, the Clemson Community Foundation and the
Rutland Institute for Ethics. He produced a documentary about the Scroll of Honor
Memorial, which honors Clemson alumni who have died in service to their country. He
and his wife Yvonne live in Clemson.


Linda White

Linda White served as Clemson University’s first head volleyball coach. She also served as the
University’s associate athletics director for community relations. White was a founding member
of the City of Clemson’s Sports Council. She earned degrees from North Greenville College,
Winthrop, and Clemson.


Marcia Barker

Marcia Barker began her career in education in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching
7th grade. After that time she taught preschool and kindergarten for 17 years. Before
beginning service as Clemson’s First Lady in 1999, she was Director of Fort Hill
Presbyterian Preschool and kindergarten in Clemson. She is an ordained elder in the
Presbyterian Church and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Fort Hill
Presbyterian Church Preschool. Marcia was named an honorary member of the Clemson
University Alumni Association in 2001 and was also made an honorary member of the
Blue Key in 2001. She received the Clemson University Foundation’s Volunteer of the
Year Award in 2001. In addition to her work for 14 years, from 1999-2013, as Clemson
University’s First Lady, she has worked, both as a volunteer and board member,
with the Clemson Child Development Center. In 2014, Marcia was awarded the
Abernathy/Cox One Clemson Award for her contributions to the City of Clemson and
Clemson University. She and her husband, Jim, have two
sons, Britt and Jacob and daughter-in-law, Rita Bolt Barker and three grandchildren,
Madeline, Eliza and James Barker.


Rick Cotton

(ex. Officio)

Rick Cotton is the City Administrator for the City of Clemson.


Robert Halfacre

Robert Halfacre is a longtime Clemson resident and an active volunteer and nonprofit leader in the
local community. He began his banking career at the age of 17 with SC National Bank
working as a teller. He was hired immediately after college by Wachovia in 1995 where
he served in the following positions: Office Executive, Small Business Banker, Senior
Financial Specialist in Clemson, SC, Branch Manager and Assistant Branch Manager in
Anderson, SC. In 2003, he was hired by First Citizens Bank where he served in the
following positions: Commercial Relationship Manager for the Clemson/Seneca Market,
Market Executive and Commercial Relationship Manager for Beaufort County. In 2010
& 2014, he worked at BB&T and then Wells Fargo and served as City Executive &
Business Relationship Manager and Market President for Pickens/Oconee Counties. In
November of 2016, he began his career with Carolina Alliance Bank as SVP/Commercial
Banking Officer based in Anderson, SC. Robert is actively involved in many local
service organizations including: Y Mentor Elementary School, SC Works, March of
Dimes, United Way, Daniel High School Foundation, and many others.


Suzanne Morse

Treasurer

Suzanne Morse is a longtime resident of the Pendleton/Clemson area and claims both
communities as her own. She has been involved in and is a supporter of various civic and
humanitarian charities and has a desire to contribute to the well-being of her community.