MAXIMUS Foundation has made a donation of $20,000 in employee contributions and corporate matching funds to the Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund, established in coordination with the nonprofit Palmetto Project and the City of Charleston, supporting South Carolina communities working toward systemic change that can lead to greater social and economic equality.
As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the MAXIMUS Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to nonprofit organizations with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs MAXIMUS operates. The MAXIMUS Foundation is completely funded by MAXIMUS and its employees, and provides grants to community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.
Donations provided by the MAXIMUS Foundation support the communities where Reverend Pinckney served as a pastor and community leader. “In these communities, one in three children is reported to suffer from hunger, while a majority of adults are without health insurance or Medicaid…These are all rural areas that lack industrial or economic engines on which short-term growth can be constructed,” according to Steve Skardon, Executive Director of the Palmetto Project, in a recent press release.
While the Palmetto Project’s Board of Directors is managing the Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund, its priorities will be guided by advisors comprised of Reverend Pinckney’s colleagues, friends, family and community stakeholders. Among those priorities are youth and children, human needs, health and access to care, and economic opportunity, all of which align with the mission of the MAXIMUS Foundation.
“The philanthropic activities of the MAXIMUS Foundation reflect the caring nature of the MAXIMUS workforce, which is a noteworthy component of the corporate culture,” commented MAXIMUS Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Montoni. “MAXIMUS operates several projects in South Carolina, including one in the Charleston area, and we are proud to offer our support during this difficult time.”
About Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund and Palmetto Project
A nonprofit organization founded in 1984, Palmetto Project’s mission is to identify innovative strategies to address the social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action. Over the years, they have brought together civic leaders, educational institutions, corporations, governmental agencies, and others to rethink their state’s approach to everything from healthcare to education, from election reform to race relations. Today, their efforts are helping communities create jobs and provide health care, making schools safer and exciting while improving test scores, and enhancing the learning skills of young children in ways that will help them compete on an equal footing with others. For more information, please visit http://palmettoproject.org.