Question: What is the Marion County Healthcare Foundation?
The foundation was established from the proceeds acquired when the Marion County Medical Center was sold. The foundation manages and invests the charitable funds and uses the interest to aid, support and improve the quality of life in Marion County via grants and scholarships to deserving individuals and organizations.

Question: How does the Foundation benefit our community?
We are a catalyst that links community leaders and organizations to tackle key issues. We award grants to nonprofit organizations in our region and work with educational institutions to determine scholarship and educational needs in the community.

Question: Who governs the Foundation?
A 13-member Board of Directors governs us and approves all grant and scholarship distributions from funds. Board members are chosen for their leadership, experience and knowledge of their community and its charitable needs. Current members include: • Bruce I. Siegal • Johnny R. Floyd • Beth Klauber • Dianne Herrington • Sylvia H. Holmes • Reverend Curtis Campbell • Janie McClellan Johnson • Ganga Mathi, MD • Edwin P. Rogers, Jr. • Edward W. Whittington, Jr. * Senator Kent M. Williams * James A. Battle, Jr. * Jean Pearson

Question: How do we invest Foundation funds?
Financial institutions and investment firms for long-term performance invest our assets. Our board sets investment policies and monitors performance with help from our investment committee and investment advisor. An independent accounting firm audits our accounts annually. We will post investment performance on our website and publish results in our annual report.

Question: How do Foundation funds work?
All funds are used exclusively for charitable purposes to provide grants to nonprofits or institutions for educational assistance. Most funds are permanent endowments that grow over time and provide a portion to be used for grants and scholarships each year. Funds share modest administrative expenses on a pro rata basis. Assets are invested in our master portfolio unless a donor specifies otherwise.

Question: What geographic area does the Foundation serve?
The foundation serves Marion County South Carolina and the immediate surrounding communities.

Question: What is the vision of the Foundation?
To improve the quality of life in Marion County through inspired philanthropy, grants and innovative community programs. To aid, support, manage, conduct and provide healthcare services, promote health and wellness and improve the quality of life in Marion County and surrounding communities.

Question: How will my organization be notified as to whether it received grant funding or not?
One of our staff members will call you within a few days after grant decisions are made. You will also receive an official letter in the mail.

Question: Are all nonprofits eligible to apply for grants?
Nonprofits that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Service code are eligible to apply for grant funding. They should serve the Marion County areas of South Carolina.