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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by Denise K. Spencer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation as well as occasional guest bloggers.

 

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By Denise K. Spencer / March 31, 2015
When you are making decisions about your charitable interests and goals, to whom do you turn for advice? Do you ask your landscaper…your massage therapist…your doubles partner? And even if they have perfect knowledge related to their own philanthropy, it is most likely not customized to your specific needs.

By Denise K. Spencer / March 3, 2015
If you’re one of those individuals who came from elsewhere, either to work or retire here, have you begun to understand the serious issues in the Lowcountry? Have you started to develop a vision of what could be done and how you could help?

By Denise K. Spencer / February 10, 2015
Most of the time, when casual conversation turns to the state of the economy, there is talk of the stock market, interest rates, oil prices, cost-of-living increases and the comparative value of the dollar. While several measures of economic health are indeed on the rise, one critical currency has been downgraded or devalued and does not seem to be improving—that of a skilled labor force.

By Denise K. Spencer / January 14, 2015
Now that January has arrived, many of us are learning to use the new technologies that may have been gifts of the season. The cell phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops and flat screen TVs (I guess ALL TVs are flat screened these days, except for the one in my own living room) have been unwrapped, squealed over, and taken to new levels of usefulness. Is it a tool or a toy? Either way, for many of us, they have taken over our lives.

By Denise K. Spencer / December 10, 2014
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's strategic plan

By Denise K. Spencer / December 4, 2014
Wouldn’t it be great to lessen some of the holiday shopping stress by finding a single outlet that carries the perfect gift for everyone? Community Foundation of the Lowcountry offers a solution – a donor advised fund.

By Denise K. Spencer / November 3, 2014
We all intersect with the military in different ways. Depending on the generation we represent, we all have stories about how a particular conflict impacted us—it can be very personal. If we haven’t served ourselves, we have friends or relatives who are serving or who have served—some who were injured, or captured, or lost.

By Denise K. Spencer / October 23, 2014
Recently I was asked to speak at a morning meeting of Hilton Head Island’s newly formed Economic Development Corporation (EDC). When was the last time your own breakfast conversation was specifically directed at improving the local economy? What might change if it actually BECAME more frequent breakfast conversation among us all?

By Denise K. Spencer / July 2, 2014
Changes in the tax law may have future impact on charitable giving

By Denise K. Spencer / June 30, 2014
For at least twenty years, the nonprofit sector has struggled with the concept of measuring outcomes. Gone are the days when the sector can just “do good things” and expect to find support among volunteers, donors, and funders.

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