Central Carolina Community Foundation Announces Finalists for $2,000 Talk About Giving Summer Grant Giveaway

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 28, 2011) - Central Carolina Community Foundation has announced the finalists for the Talk About Giving (TAG) Summer Grant Giveaway. The contest, which will benefit a Midlands nonprofit, runs through August 10. The $2,000 grant recipient will be selected by TAG Facebook fans.

The Talk About Giving Summer Grant Giveaway is open to all participants who "like" the Talk About Giving Facebook page and allow access to the TAG Summer Grant Giveaway application on the Facebook platform.

Throughout the summer, more than 600 TAG Facebook fans have nominated more than 60 Midlands nonprofits to receive the grant. For the second phase of voting, all fans of the TAG Facebook page are eligible to vote for three of the top 12 finalists to win the $2,000 prize. Anyone can vote for the final winner, not just those who participated in the initial voting round. The polls will be open until midnight on Wednesday, August 10.

"We are fortunate in the Midlands to have such a wide variety of programs and services available to enrich our community and we're excited to provide our fans with an opportunity to help us support the one that means the most to them"said TAG program coordinator Kristin Williamson. "We hope that everyone participating in the contest will take a minute to learn about all of the finalists and consider where they might want to help in our community."

The top 12 finalists in alphabetical order are:

College Summit, South Carolina partners with school districts to increase their college-going rates by fostering a high school culture where college-going is the expectation, not the exception.
Family Connection of South Carolina strengthens families of children with special needs through programs and services centered on the concept of parent-to-parent support.
Healthy Learners is committed to helping alleviate health related barriers to learning that face our community's economically disadvantaged children.
Historic Columbia Foundation has a mission to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation.
Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc., (MIRCI) provides community based services to individuals recovering from mental illness or emotional disorders through counseling, housing and financial management initiatives.
 Historic Columbia Foundation works to conserve South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote outdoor recreation through trails and greenways.
 Palmetto Children's Shelter provides a safe and nurturing emergency shelter bringing together a broad range of services for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Pet's Inc., the Carolinas Humane Society, assists the public with rescue, shelter, spay/neuter, and adoption of unwanted or found animals; provides medical, nutritional, and rehabilitation services to ensure successful life-long adoptions; and educates the public about the causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats.
Saving Lana Foundation supports the life-saving research of Canavan disease, a rare, fatal neurological disorder in children that affects the formation of myelin, or white matter of the brain, which insulates nerve cells.
S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy works to prevent adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina through education, technical assistance, public awareness, advocacy and research. Since its founding in 1994, teen pregnancy in South Carolina has decreased by 25 percent.
S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy provides support services, life skills, and transitional housing to enable homeless families to achieve independent living as productive members of the community
The Therapy Place provides children (infants to young teens) with special needs with the help they need to reach their fullest potential for growth, learning, and participation in the greater world.

Talk About Giving is a long-term initiative of Central Carolina Community Foundation designed for families who want to pass along to their children a healthy understanding of the importance of giving. Through ongoing conversation and active participation in giving, children recognize philanthropy as a part of their family's value system. And studies show children of parents who give are much more likely to continue giving as adults.

For more information about Talk About Giving and Central Carolina Community Foundation, visit www.talkaboutgiving.org or www.yourfoundation.org