PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS BEST FRIENDS FUND (BFF) The Best Friends Fund (BFF) was created by a group of Kiawah women with the goal to raise money ordinarily spent on small gifts and donate it to local charities. In 2014, BFF partnered with Kiawah Cares to help collect funds and raise awareness. In addition to simply raising funds, whenever a donation is made, a card is sent to the individual of the donor’s choice to notify them that a donation has been made on their behalf. In 2014, the fund consisted of 74 members and raised over $21,000. These funds were distributed to five Sea Island charities. The goal for 2015 was to raise $10,000. For more information on the BFF, including how to make a donation, visit kiawahcares.org/bff-fund. COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHARLESTON Communities In Schools (CIS) of Charleston, which was established in 1989, strives to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Over the years, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 12,000 students in 25 Charleston and Berkeley County Schools, using an evidenced-based comprehensive approach to bring community services to students, their families and schools. The 501(c)3 organization continues to hold an accredited status with its national organization, which oversees 164 affiliates in 25 states across the country. How do we partner? CIS representatives in each Sea Island school identify the higest risk children and help coordinate Kiawah Cares partnerships to assist them. CIS of Charleston offers students many services, including a full support program as well as tutoring and mentoring. For more information on CIS Charleston, visit cischarleston.org. KIAWAH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION The Kiawah Women’s Foundation (KWF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides for children in underserved communities in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, specifically Johns and Wadmalaw islands. They are a 100% volunteer organization whose funds are dedicated to projects that provide food and educational programs for hungry children. Their primary outreach program is a weekend backpack food program called backpack buddies. It serves over 260 at-risk children on a weekly basis during the school year. Working with school officials and parents, the backpack buddies program focuses on meeting the nutritional needs and providing educational opportunities for these children. Fore more information on the KWF and its programs, visit kiawahwomensfoundation.org.