The COLA GIVES giving circle was established in Spring 2013 by a group of native, returning and new residents of South Carolina who shared a common concern that the African American community was losing its focus on the values of self-determination, self-help, and collective action.
We wanted to demonstrate the continuing efficacy of these and other values that have served the Black community well in the past and promises to be an effective tool, if applied, for creating a successful future for all.
We leverage the resources available among our members, friends and donors to recognize and support the good work done by local, community-based non-profits within the community. These unsolicited "grants" of time, talent, and/or treasure are designed for those who "do the real work" of community development and improvement.
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