Our Community. Your Foundation.
Since 1995, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has served as a catalyst for philanthropic giving. Our mission is to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region.
As a tax-exempt, public charity, the SouthCoast Community Foundation offers donors the guidance and flexibility to fulfill their philanthropic goals. We serve a range of charitable individuals and corporations whose main concern is improving the quality of life in our community.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation allocates individual, family and corporate funds to meet community needs. To date, we have contributed over $41.9 million in assets to charitable grants, funds, and scholarships across the SouthCoast. We currently support over 175 programs benefiting art, culture, education, and humanitarianism across the region.
Our Board of Directors helps our community thrive by mobilizing philanthropic giving.
Board of Directors
Louis E. Sousa CFA
Carl J. Cruz
Nicholas M. Christ
Colleen Carney Courtney
Jayne Rebello Korn
Denise M. Porche´
Maria A. Rosario
Our staff and associates are champions of our community, with focuses on public service and development, arts and culture, youth services, finance, and more.
Pam Ellis joined the Community Foundation in October 2017 as Development Systems Administrator. She served 10 years as Development Operations Assistant/Office Manager for the Marion Institute and has extensive experience as an environmental educator at several local institutions and nonprofit organizations. In one of her many volunteer leadership roles in the community, Pam serves as secretary for the Leadership SouthCoast alumni committee, and is a member of the Class of 2013.
Our Strategic Priorities
Building on nearly 25 years of history and looking ahead toward the next phase of our work to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has grounded itself in a deep understanding of the organization’s business model as well as the needs and challenges of our region.
In order to meet our mission and fulfill the obligations of the SouthCoast Community Foundation, the strategic focus over the next five years will need to balance internal improvements with more robust and engaging external initiatives. We will continue our commitment to be the philanthropic partner of choice for local donors, and we will articulate and promote a clear vision of the impact we will have in servicing the needs of our communities.
By 2023, we will:
Build a Community Foundation that can serve the needs of our region.
Be an effective catalyst for philanthropy.
Improve the quality of life in our region through education, arts and culture, and economic opportunity.
For a detailed summary of our strategic priorities and how we plan to meet them, click below.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation was established in 1995 with its first charitable gift of $100,000. For 25 years, we have shown significant growth. We now manage more than $35 million in charitable assets in support of more than 175 funds established by our dedicated nonprofit, individual, and corporate fundholders.
To view our most recent financial statement, click below.
Since 1995, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has given rise to philanthropic giving across the SouthCoast region.
In its first year of operation, the SouthCoast Community Foundation received its first charitable gift of $100,000. In 1997, we invested $1 million to establish Youth Entitled to Success (Project YES), spearheading drug abuse prevention and education efforts in our community.
For 25 years, we have supported personal and corporate philanthropy by offering a range of innovative giving options. We offer a variety of funds to help every donor meet their philanthropic goals.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation currently manages more than $35 million in charitable assets in support of more than 175 funds established by nonprofits, families, and businesses across Southeastern Massachusetts.
In its 25 years of operation, the SouthCoast Community Foundation has distributed more than $30 million to charitable organizations throughout the SouthCoast.
We are active in 41 cities and towns across 4 counties of Southeastern Massachusetts. Our service area includes Greater New Bedford, Greater Fall River, Southern Plymouth County and more.