Good Friends of the Lowcountry just commenced its second year of giving. On December 1, nearly 280 women gathered for a one-hour luncheon to fundraise, providing the nonprofit with nearly $60,000 for their annual budget. This money is funnelled directly into the Lowcountry community, to fill distinct, one-time needs.
The first Good Friends organization started in Charlotte. The local, female-based group has raised over $3 million, and it just celebrated its thirty-year anniversary this past December. What began as a small group of thirty women has grown to nearly two thousand members in the Charlotte branch alone. From the Charlotte model, several Good Friends organizations have organized in cities throughout the Carolinas.
The concept is simple. Good Friends donors meet once a year and give as much or as little as they want. Throughout the year, social workers and case managers from My Sister’s House or MUSC—to name a few—connect the organization with specific, individual needs. For example, Good Friends of the Lowcountry will pay garage parking fees for a cancer patient who can’t afford to park for weekly chemotherapy sessions. The organization will pay to repair the car of a working nurse who supports five children.