My First Library: Early childhood literacy is critical to every student’s success. With founding partner Bojangles’ and supporting organizations, My First Library builds at-home libraries for upcoming first-graders in high-need schools throughout the state. To date, we have given away 19,680 books across the state to students who may not otherwise have the resources to develop their reading skills.
WhatWorksSC: We know that great programs exist throughout our public schools; but too often they do not have access to the financial support or network to expand their impact. SC Future Minds is proud to co-host WhatWorksSC with the Riley Institute at Furman University. The annual award celebration and luncheon honors programs that are improving students’ lives and demonstrating capacity for scale. With our help, these outstanding initiatives can reach more children throughout South Carolina.
A Community Foundation for Education: Even small plans can have major impact; that’s why SC Future Minds hosts funds for public education programs that may not have the staff or legal capacity to manage resources with best in class accountability and transparency. Current programs include the Berkeley County School District Endowment and the South Carolina National Board Certified Teachers Network.
Education for the Economy (E4E), a new statewide, business-led initiative advancing research-based policies that support the needs of public schools and private sector companies—at the same time. The data-driven advocacy initiative is modeled after successful efforts in North Carolina and Tennessee and is the first of its kind in the state. E4E will initially focus on policies that strengthen the talent pipeline in public education, making the economic case for investments in teachers and principals that both save public dollars and sustain growth.
The Award-Winning “Donate Now” Button: In this day and age, you can donate to just about any cause under the sun via the internet. That’s why SC Future Minds decided to create the “donate now” button, enabling donors to contribute to any public school in South Carolina. The button facilitates the transfer of thousands of dollars every year from community members to schools and districts. In 2017, the button received the “InnoVision Award” for development and execution of technology to improve education. Principals have used this button to help students that cannot afford graduation supplies, to honor teachers or administrators, and to fund band trips and field trips. We can also provide the technology for district-wide fundraisers such as Color Runs, 5K races, and other fundraisers. Sign your school up for the Button today and start receiving donations immediately!
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