Become a Partner

Interested in a year long partnership with ongoing and consistent volunteer support? 

Click here to download the 2021-2022 Community Partner Project Application

Interested in partnering for 1 or more specific events that need volunteers?  

Click here to download the 2020-2021 “Done in a Day” Community Partner Application

 

Community Project Cycle 2021-2022 (June-May) – Year Long Partners: 

  • September 30, 2020: Applications due 
  • September – November: Community Projects and Development (CPD) committee conducts site visits, holds weekly/bi-weekly committee meetings to discuss projects 
  • December: Vote as a committee on 2020-2021 projects, present recommendations to Community Council for vote, present First Reading to Board 
  • January:  Present to Finance Council, take all recommendations back to Board for vote, present First Reading for 2020-2021 projects to general membership 
  • February:  Voting Meeting of JLC general membership 
  • March: Placement Fair- JLC members sign-up for committee placements, including community projects 
  • May: Notification given to approved 2020-2021 projects 

Additional Information:

  • Installment payments disbursed in 2021-2022 based on Outcomes Measurements
  • Project may begin as early as  June 2021
  • Summer concentrated projects are an option

Community Project Cycle 2020-2021 (November – May) – Done in a Day Partners: 

Schedule Coming Soon!

Community Project Development (CPD) Leadership

Chair – Sarah Davis
Assistant Chair – Ashley Macdonald
Contact information:communityprojects@jlcharleston.org 

Junior League Board Contacts 

VP Community – Ruby McChesney;community@jlcharleston.org
President – Meredith, jlpresident@jlcharleston.org 

Community Projects – Description and Selection Criteria

The proposed project should: 

  1. Elevate women and children in the Tri-County area  
  2. Identify a project goal that includes both significant volunteer participation from League members and a monetary contribution from the JLC.  Project goal may include a volunteer only commitment. 
  3. Involve well-defined volunteer opportunities that will be performed and funded within a specific time frame, commencing no sooner than June 1, 2021, and ending no later than May 1, 2022.
  4. Provide for collaboration between the Junior League of Charleston, Inc., and one or more registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations in good standing with the Office of the South Carolina Secretary of State. 
  5. Detail a project plan that includes: 
    • Specific details of how the proposed project will elevate women and children in the Tri-County area 
    • Goals and objectives of the project 
    • Anticipated tasks needed to accomplish those goals, including number of volunteers, hours, and description of volunteer tasks and training requirements, if any 
    • A project timeline 
    •  Plan for measuring the impact of the project 
    • A thorough budget encompassing all aspects of the project, as well as additional revenue requirements above the Junior League’s commitment and anticipated sources of that additional revenue 
    • A specific person or team of people in your organization who will work with a Junior League representative to organize and implement the project and who will provide an assessment of the project to the Junior League 
    • A copy of your organization’s most recent audited financial statement A brief summary statement of past projects undertaken in collaboration with the Junior League of Charleston, if any 
    • A brief summary statement regarding your organization’s experience in other collaborations with local nonprofits, including how those experiences have affected your expectations for future partnerships 
    • What your organization expects the Junior League of Charleston to bring to this project 

All selected projects will be thoroughly reviewed by the Junior League members serving on the Community Project Development Committee in the normal course of project selection. A Junior League member may contact you to discuss the proposed project in greater detail or to arrange a site visit to your organization. We appreciate your cooperation during this process.   The Junior League will evaluate project proposals based on the following criteria: 

  1. Commitment of an organization to elevating women and children in the Tri-County area. 
  2. Inclusion of a significant volunteer component, including a description of volunteer tasks and level of commitment (number of hours), days and times volunteers are needed. Please note our members are available for volunteering at various times, but projects with a weekday evening or weekend day volunteer component have been historically more successful. 
  3. Clarity of the goals and objectives of the project, including a timeline outlining tasks necessary to accomplish project goals and objectives. 
  4. Strength of the plan for measuring the impact of the project. 
  5. Depth of understanding about what the JLC can bring to the project. 
  6. Demonstration of past experience collaborating with nonprofits, including the JLC, if applicable. 
  7. Strength of description in regard to how requested funding will be used to fulfill project goals and objectives, if applicable. The committee will consider how funding the project request fits into the total amount of funding available for all requests. 

For a year-long partnership, click here to download the 2021-2022 Community Partner Application. 

For a single-event partnership, click here to download the 2020-2021 “Done in a Day” Community Partner Application. 

 

Proposals may be submitted: 

  • electronically to  communityprojects@jlcharleston.org 
  • or by mail to Community Project Development, Junior League of Charleston, Inc., 51 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29407. 

Questions regarding community projects or the application process should be directed to communityprojects@jlcharleston.org.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What does the League do in the community?
A: The Junior League of Charleston, Inc., combats hunger and homelessness in the Charleston area through projects  with community partners selected annually through a formal project proposal process.  The membership voted in 2009 to adopt this focus for the League’s community financial support and volunteer hours. 

Q. Does JLC grant funds that will then be re-granted?
A. No (we would give directly, if that were the case). 

Q. May funds be used for salaries?
A. Yes – although we prefer to see majority of funds used directly for goods and services provided by the applying agency. 

Q. What is the maximum amount of financial assistance that can be awarded?
A.  Projects are typically funded in the $2,000-$10,000 range. 

Q. When are most Junior League volunteers available?
A.The majority of Junior League members work outside the home, so evening and weekend hours are preferred.