Founded in 2003, the Laurens County Community Foundation began as an idea discussed during a dinner conversation between Ann Cornelson, Jim Roberts and George Love. The Foundation flourished under the direction of Love, who was instrumental in establishing the Foundation’s 501(c)3 status, policies and by-laws. Love also served on the board of directors and was elected Treasurer.
In the early years, Love stated, “I plan to give ten years to this project.” True to his character, Love worked tirelessly and passionately for 14 years with the Foundation.
Jim Roberts was also a board member and was instrumental in creating the Foundation’s logo and sharing the vision with the community. Ann Cornelson has made valuable contributions for the Community Foundation, working with Russ Emerson and George Love making many visits with lawyers, individuals, organizations and businesses in Laurens County to create endowments.
This trio had a vision that investing today would improve tomorrow for Laurens County. Today, the Laurens County Community Foundation has over $4,7000,000 in charitable assets. In their last fiscal year, the Foundation awarded $16,000 in community grants, distributed over $157,000 in scholarships and has donated over $173,000 to Laurens County.
Love has recently retired, however he remains active with the Foundation and is a consultant for the Foundation’s Executive Director, Robin Day and current board of directors. The board of directors include: Dr. Cynthia Jones-Chair, Don Adams-Vice Chair, Mary Fuhrman-Treasurer, Edith Davis-Secretary, Lumus Byrd, Steven Evans, John Ferguson, Will Ferguson, Morris Galloway, Dr. Ed Gouge, Bob Link, Elma Madden, Dr. Peggy Prescott and Felicia Stovall.
The Community Foundation’s mission remains the same as it was in 2003, to enrich Laurens County by creating charitable funds, promoting education, and providing community resources that have lasting impact.
“Together with our donors, the Community Foundation has been working hard to help make Laurens County a better place for everyone and our annual review captures those efforts,” said Executive Director Robin Day. “We are excited about what we have accomplished but feel that what lies ahead is even greater.”
The Foundation announced that their office has moved to a new location in the MS Bailey Municipal Center at 211 N. Broad St in Clinton on the lower floor.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Cynthia Jones, George Love and Robin Day