79 % Foundation in 2020 went back into the community

through contributions, and proceeds from our annual fundraising event, as well as partnerships with local organizations. With those as mentioned above, the Foundation was able to:


  • Award $10,475 in scholarships to high school seniors of Charleston County

  • Provide $34,132 in funding to support a community program, which includes:

    • Assist students as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application and enrollment process.

    • HBCU for Life: A Call to Action

    • #CAP is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admission from researching various institutions and submitting applications through completion of the enrollment process. Chapters will assist students in completing college applications, preparing for the ACT and SAT, writing compelling personal statements, identifying scholarships and other financial aid, and compiling a portfolio to track college admission results.​

  • ​Women's Healthcare and Wellness

      • Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

      • Heart Health remains a focus on healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking. 

      • Nutrition and Wellness will emphasize healthy lifestyles, including prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. The focus will be on structured nutrition initiatives, and partnerships with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for more extended, healthier living.

    • Care for the Caregivers places emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others. We emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving.

  • Building Your Economic Legacy

      • We emphasize financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth-building, including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit.

      • Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation. Financial Freedom Legacy Workshops will be conducted in partnership with local certified financial planners who will share information on saving, investing, and retirement planning. Community residents will be trained in ways to perform financial assessments to achieve their financial goals.

      • Credit Repair and Monitoring. The focus is on ways to repair credit and improve credit scores, including how to check for inaccurate or outdated information in credit reports, and how to protect against both identity theft and unauthorized credit history use.

      • Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365. The focus is to highlight and promote successful African-American owned businesses with an aim toward spawning new entrepreneurial ventures in our communities by encouraging intentional support and leveraging the power of the black dollar 365 days a year.

    • Operation Assist. This initiative will focus on implementing programs to assist those in need in various communities by directing attention to the plight of the homeless, including homeless children, and homeless veterans. Partnerships are formed with or adopt a shelter, a transitional home, or an organization that assists these needy populations.

The Arts

      • Children from the community will be exposed to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers, and various other artists.

      • Salute to the Harlem Renaissance will celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will correlate with HBCUs and African-American culture and will include colleges with art collections.

    • Salute to the Black Arts Movement will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Activities will include art events, poetry slams, dancing, painting, and performing arts.

  • Global Impact

    • Global Impact through Global Classroom Project prepares youth for an increasingly global and complex society. This program is carried out in partnership with the UNA-USA. Students gain an understanding of the UN, its mission, and its focus. The Africare program focus on youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.




Foundation Successes


The Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston annually awards student scholarships to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence in higher education. Through the generous donations of individuals and partner organizations, the Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston can offer various scholarships. Since the founding in 2004, the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $157,000. The Foundation has also donated over 15,000 bags of school supplies to students attending the City of Charleston First Day of School Fest as well as provided opportunities for Charleston County students to participate in cultural events such as the Charleston Christmas concerts and Spoleto Plays.