Charleston RISE Announces Foundation Grant Award

Kiawah Island Town Council has awarded Charleston RISE with funds to help Johns Island parents immerse in RISE’s fellowship program.

Charleston RISE, a grassroots parent-advocacy coalition that seeks great public schools for all children in the Charleston County School District (CCSD), is excited to announce a recent foundation grant awarded by the Kiawah Island Town Council.

Last week, the Town of Kiawah Island awarded Charleston RISE a foundation grant for the specific purpose of helping Johns Island parents go through the RISE fellowship program. The grant will help offset some of the costs of participating in the fellowship program.

Charleston RISE organizes two fellowship cohorts each year. The spring cohort begins in February and the fall cohort begins in August. Each fellow participates in an intensive 30-week, two-part program.

The first 15 weeks consists of weekly immersions into the Charleston school system, its policies and programs, as well as giving the fellows a strong foundation in communications strategies and community needs. The second 15 weeks, focused on impactful outreach and advocacy initiatives, allows the fellows to convert their passion for excellent schools and their new-found knowledge into action for our students.

“This news is particularly exciting because one of our goals for the year is to focus on growing RISE’s revenue through foundation grants and philanthropic giving,” said Bradford Swann, executive director of Charleston RISE and SouthCarolinaCAN (which provides underwriting for RISE). “The grant from Kiawah Island is a stepping stone on an important path for RISE. It opens the door for us to work with the communities across the district with the hopes of improving education for all students.”

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