A Community Organized to Leverage Assets
A Community Organized to Leverage Assets

...the first African American giving circle in South Carolina...

Who we are...             What we do...                How we do it!


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 commitment to acknowledge and celebrate the African American community's long-standing focus on the values of self-determination, self-help, and collective action. (click here for CG Members)


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 strategically 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 delivering direct services and support" to further develop and improve the lives and circumstances of people in the community.


Learn more about our mission, vision, and values...


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