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With the help of 57 individual donors, Children’s Trust of South Carolina surpassed its $10,000 fundraising goal for Midlands Gives on May 3.

Children’s Trust received $10,659 in donations, an increase in both dollars and donors from 2021. The money will support programs and services around the state that are strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.

Children’s Trust board members Cheryl Holland and Philip Vann gave an additional $20 for every donor who made a gift. The matching donations amounted to $1,140, which is included in the overall fundraising total.

“When I became a mother, I also understood that my daughter’s opportunities and blessings in life are tied to every other child in South Carolina’s success,” said Holland, president and founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. “I believe that the dollars I give to Children’s Trust are an investment in my daughter’s future and every other child’s future in my community.”

Vann, a director with Cushman & Wakefield in Columbia, echoed her sentiment.

“I made this challenge gift because I want to see a South Carolina where children and families thrive,” he said. “This is my small part of the work to change the narrative so that our state is free of child abuse.”

Midlands Gives is an annual 18-hour giving challenge for nonprofit organizations in the 11 counties that comprise central South Carolina. The Central Carolina Community Foundation, which hosts the event, raised $3,734,986 for 540 nonprofits this year. The record-breaking total came from 19,534 individual donations.