The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry witnesses the incredible charitable spirit exhibited in our four-county service area on a daily basis. The majority of these people’s good deeds go largely unnoticed by the general public, but are critical to the success of the organizations and/or communities they support. 

So we, along with a longtime Foundation philanthropic partner, set out to develop something that would acknowledge a deserving individual while benefitting a local nonprofit. I am excited to announce the creation of the Joan and Wade Webster Community Impact Award. 

Established as an endowed fund in 2022 with the generous support of Joan and Wade Webster, the Community Impact Award will be presented to an individual who has made a positive impact in the Lowcountry quality of life and has demonstrated visionary leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization. 

This is not a lifetime achievement award and is designed to recognize an individual for a recent charitable act. The nominee is required to be a resident of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton or Jasper County,

The Joan and Wade Webster Community Impact Award is the Foundation’s highest honor presented on behalf of a grateful community. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to bestow to a charitable/nonprofit organization based in the Foundation’s service territory, as well as a piece of art to memorialize the honor. 

The nomination form is now available to download on the Community Foundation’s website at Please complete your nomination form and email it to (along with your answers to the three questions). You may also pick up a nomination form at the Community Foundation office, 4 Northridge Drive, Suite A.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 17, 2023. A selection committee, chosen by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry board of directors, will review the nominations and select the award winner. 

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry staff and board, public elected officials, and paid staff of a nonprofit are ineligible to receive the award.

The inaugural Community Impact Award will be presented on March 29, 2023, at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Annual Community Meeting, to be held at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. We are excited to announce that the featured speaker will be Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. 

More details about the free event, as well as registration information, will be coming soon. 

Scott Wierman is the president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.