CIS Charleston announces $100,000 major gift and challenge match campaign

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area Executive Director Jane Riley-Gambrell announced the receipt of a significant financial gift and the launch of a challenge campaign to match the donation. PHOTO PROVIDED

Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area (CIS) announces the receipt of a significant financial gift and the launch of a challenge campaign to match this exceptional donation dollar for dollar to double the gift’s impact. A very generous and committed couple from Kiawah Island has offered to award up to $100,000 to CIS, matching 1:1 any personal gift given to the organization over the next year for a potential total of $200,000.

This represents a phenomenal opportunity for CIS – currently celebrating its 25th year of service to Charleston’s youth – to sustain and strengthen its program throughout the community. The gift also demonstrates this anonymous couple’s commitment to the CIS mission and the respect they have for the staff members who never give up on their students, working persistently to motivate and prepare them for graduation, college and career.

The gift announcement and Meeting the Match challenge campaign launch was timed to coincide with Giving Tuesday, a nationwide movement encouraging communities across the country to make a contribution to a local non-profit organization on the first Tuesday in December. Started last year by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation, the group’s purpose is to highlight and celebrate the holiday spirit of giving – not just through purchases for friends and family, but also by promoting the spirit of philanthropy to benefit the many non-profit organizations that do so much for so many who are in need. To learn more about this program, visit its website: www.cischarleston.org.

With the additional funding raised through this matching gift campaign, CIS in Charleston will not only strengthen its ability to sustain the 41 in-school staff positions it currently has, the organization will be able to increase the number of students who have access to its more intensive services and programs.

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