Message from our CEO

Our Mission

To advance equitable access to capital by providing loans, technical assistance, and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy food, community facilities and community business enterprises.

Our Vision

To ensure equitable access to capital to create thriving, prosperous, economically resilient communities for all South Carolinians.

2018 Impact


OCSD5 High School for Health Professions
$3,825,000, Orangeburg, County

546 Elm
$1,220,500, Charleston County

A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen
$210,000, Richland County

Christian Services of Lancaster
$468,000, Lancaster County

Why we Invest

Synovus places great value in supporting and investing in the communities we serve throughout South Carolina. While considering our own mission statement at Synovus, we felt as if the mission of the SCCLF to promote and support community centric activities such as small business, affordable housing, and other community development aligned well with our own. We know that our investment is being utilized in a manner that will promote economic success and sustainability in South Carolina’s most important communities.”

Reid Boehm, Synovus

Capital Spotlight


SCCLF was one of 12 organizations nationwide selected in Round 4 of the Wells Fargo’s Diverse Community Capital (DCC) program, receiving $900,000 to support diverse small business owners in South Carolina. SCCLF approved two Diverse Community Capital small business loans with this funding in 2018. In addition, the organization used the grant funds received to develop a new technical assistance program to serve diverse entrepreneurs – the Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP).

Technical Assistance

We provide consulting, program services, and workshops to strengthen the business and development capacity of nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers, entrepreneurs, and governmental entities. These technical assistance services support the development of projects across our four program areas, helping to increase access to affordable housing, healthy food enterprises, community facilities, and community businesses across the state.

TA Spotlight: Alston Transportation

Program Spotlight: Feeding Innovation

Measuring Future Demand

SCCLF conducted a survey in June 2018 in an attempt to better understand the demand for community development financing in our state. Survey results indicated significant unmet demand for financing with 68% of respondents reporting they hadn’t secured adequate financing for their community development projects. They further indicated a need for SCCLF’s technical assistance services and a promising lending market for the foreseeable future, with respondents estimating loan requests of $59MM by the end of 2021.

Advocacy & Policy Change

SCCLF stands with coalitions of community development advocates to advance state and federal policies that facilitate equitable access to capital in South Carolina. In 2018, SCCLF continued to move forward our ongoing advocacy and policy change efforts to better meet the needs of SC communities including supporting key legislation and hosting the first annual Investing in Community Summit.

2018 Investing in Community Summit

The first annual Investing in Community Summit offered an opportunity for individuals from across sectors to learn from each other, network, and discuss strategies transforming underserved communities across South Carolina. Over 200 attendees from across the state came together over the course of the three day summit, hearing from local and national leaders who have led community development efforts in their communities, and gaining the resources needed to support their small businesses and community development projects.

The Investing in Community Summit would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. Thank you to our 2018 summit sponsors:

Capital Spotlight


SCCLF was selected as one of ten grantees in the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10-million funding opportunity launched by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As a grantee, SCCLF received a $1,000,000 grant, tailored technical assistance, and an opportunity to share our story on a national stage.


2018 Financial Overview

Why We Give

My husband and I have been donors to SCCLF for a while now as we believe in furthering opportunity for those who don’t readily have it, and this organization does that in a sustainable and scalable way. Due to the nature of CDFls, they must have donated capital to increase their capital available to lend. Our family prioritizes donating to SCCLF because we know that by providing this much-needed operational support, the organization can more than quadruple its impact.”

– Elizabeth Smith, Lesetta, LLC

You Made This Possible!

$1 – $499
Andrew Hewitt
Angela Douglas
Anthony Joyner
Bill Stanfield
Charles & Cynthia Goldman
Christe McCoy-Lawrence
Debby Waid
Jan Clark
Jim Haley
Julie Hussey
Katherine M McAnnar
Kelly Price
Leigh Ann Shelton
Michelle Mapp
Network for Good
Quinetha Frasier
Sedrick McCallum
Steven Goldberg
Thomas Anderson
Tonia Switzer-Smalls
Tony Joyner

$500 – $999
Ashley Heggie
Jennie Stephens
Tish Lynn
Trident United Way
Whitney Powers
Zach Bearden

$1,000 – $4,999
Anna Lewin
Center for Heirs Property
Coastal Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Karen Abrams
NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank
PNC Bank
Robert Johnston
Tax Advantage Group
TD Bank
Wendy Zara

$5,000 – $9,999
Bank OZK
Elizabeth and Childs Smith

FTB Advisors
McNair Law Firm
Patricia Lewin
Pinnacle Financial Partners

$10,000 – $99,999
Wells Fargo

$100,000 – $499,999
Capital Bank*
Francis P. Bunnelle Foundation*
Opportunity Finance Network*

Bank of America
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
South State Bank*
The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
PNC Bank*
U.S. Department of Agriculture

*Asterisk indicates 2018 investor

2018 Board of Directors

Jim Haley, Chairman
Cityvolve, LLC

Wendy Zara, Vice-Chairman
Retired Financial Advisor

Thomas Anderson, Treasurer
South State Bank

Ashley Heggie, Secretary

Jennie Stephens, At-Large
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

Andy Hewitt
The Paramount Group- SC

Carolina Mascarin
Charleston Urban League

Debby Waid
Affordable Housing Advocate

Elizabeth Smith
Lesetta, LLC

Jacqueline McLeish
Sunrun Installations

Jan Clark
Intertech SC

Michael Mansson
Ziff Properties

Quinetha Frasier

Robert Johnston
The InterTech Group, Inc.

Sedrick McCallum
Woodforest National Bank

Torrey Rush
Osmium Development Group

Zach Bearden
Origin Development Partners, LLC

2018 Staff

Michelle Mapp, Chief Executive Officer
Anna Hamilton Lewin, Chief Operating Officer
Brendan Buttimer, Community Development Loan Officer (Upstate)
Chantee Gorie, Community Development Loan Officer (Midlands)
Dawn Deck, Grants and Investments Manager
Holly Shinn, Communications Manager

James Chatfield, Chief Lending Officer
Joseph Dukes, Community Development Loan Officer (Coastal)
Kendra Simmons, Data and Compliance Manager
Leigh Ann Shelton, Chief Financial Officer
Shelley Hough, Portfolio Manager
Victoria Baker, Communications Director