About The Clemson Community Foundation

We exist to improve the quality of life for all people living in the Clemson area through support of charities serving this community. We do this primarily through fundraising and awarness on behalf of those organizations.


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The Clemson Community Foundation serves as a hub for philantropy in the Clemson area. We bring together nonprofit organizations and the public in support of our great community, because when we all work together, amazing things can happen.

Our Mission

“To increase the awareness of and support for nonprofit charitable organizations serving the Clemson community.”

Our Vision

“To become a long-term, stable source of financial support that meets the needs and improves the lives of members of the Clemson community.”

Our Story

How We Got Started

The Clemson Community Foundation was launched in 2013 as a project of Leadership Clemson, and was inspired by a combination of the success of community foundations in other cities and the unmet funding needs in the Clemson area. As a community foundation, we work to provide philanthropy and establish long-term sources of funds for local needs, such as charitable nonprofit organizations in the Clemson area.

Improving the Clemson Community Since 2013




We’ve given over $100,000 to help people in the Clemson Community

Due to the amazing generosity of the people in the Clemson community, we have been able to raise well over $200,000. With that money, we have funded a large number of projects benefiting people in need. These projects have been undertaken by a diverse variety of nonprofit organization that we are proud to work with. We have also put over $100,000 into a Charitable Investment Fund, so that we and other nonprofits can continue to serve the Clemson area long into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community Foundation?

A Community Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents of a specific geographic area.

What Services do you provide?

Unlike many other charities, our main services are not provided directly to individuals. Instead, we provide funding and marketing/awareness for other nonprofit organizations. These are the areas we specialize in and focus on. We have built an organization that can specialize in these activities so that other nonprofits don’t have to.

Do you support designated funds?

Yes, we can earmark funds for certain designations within certain parameters. We would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss options with you.

What Do you do with the money you receive?

Funds raised are allocated to a mix of operating budget, endowed funds, and grants to local nonprofits.

Why Can't I give directly to nonprofits?

You absolutely can. If you have an organization or organizations that you care deeply about and want to support, we encourage you to do so. We actually offer fundraisers, general information, contacts, and donation links for many local organizations right here on our site.

If, however,  you want to support charitable organizations in Clemson as a whole, we can help with that, especially if it is dealing with estate or large gifts for the Clemson community.  We do the work of vetting and following up with organizations that we give money to, so you don’t have to. We also invest a portion of our donations to grow the impact of charitable funds in the Clemson area.   

What Types of Gifts do you accept?

You can donate online with a credit card or check through our Donation page. If you would like to talk to us about an estate gift, long-term pledge, gift of stock or real estate, or any other unique situations, please contact us.

Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?

Absolutely!  We are currently registered as a charitable organization with the state of South Carolina, and as of September 2014 are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service.  All of which means, that donations made to the foundation are tax deducatable. Please consult your tax advisor for more information on how this applies to your specific situation.

What is your grants process?

We offer a yearly competitive grants process to any nonprofit organizations that are seeking funds for projects to benefit the Clemson-area. We have a grants committee made up of community members that reviews each application and determines which projects will have the greatest impact and will best meet the needs of our community.