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Florence Symphony Guild Establishes Endowment Fund


Florence Symphony Guild Establishes Endowment Fund

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is delighted to welcome the Florence Symphony Guild to their family of funds.  The Guild has established an endowment fund, fittingly named the Kathleen Lazar Baskin-Florence Symphony Guild Endowed Music Fund in honor of their upcoming 50th anniversary and Mrs. Baskin’s long-time, generous support.  This new fund, along with over 100 funds currently held at the Foundation, is part of the exciting philanthropic work of Eastern Carolina Community Foundation in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

Working to be good stewards of gifts received, especially a recent gift from Kathleen Lazar Baskin, the Guild was looking for an investment structure that would best serve their goals and meet their mission.   Entering into an agreement with the Foundation was an exciting option and everything came together.

“It has been a pleasure to learn more about the Florence Symphony Guild and their long term vision for their organization. We are grateful for the Guild’s confidence in the work we do.  Establishing an endowment fund is a clear indication of their dedication to their mission and their future”, stated ECCF Executive Director Belle Zeigler.  In addition to the contribution made by the Guild to establish the fund, the Baskin family has made significant donations to the initial set up of the fund.  In fact, Mrs. Baskin’s three daughters made gifts totaling $10,000 in honor of their mother as she approaches her 102nd birthday this month.  The collaboration of the Guild, the Foundation, and the Baskin family is a wonderful example of a shared vision making positive impact in our community.

ECCF Mission

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation improves the quality of life in our area of South Carolina through inspired philanthropy and innovative community programs.

We serve Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence,

Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties.

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