On April 24th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.ET, the Excellence in Public-Philanthropic Partnerships Exchange held its first interactive learning opportunity—a panel via phone call with former Secretary's Awards Winners:
- Denise Spencer, President and CEO, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
- David Bennett, Mayor of Hilton Head Island
- Pete Nardi, General Manager of the Hilton Head Public Service District
As part of the Exchange, there are quarterly engagements for members (past HUD Award winners and their public partners). For the first one, we held a conference call in which a foundation brought their public sector partners on the line to discuss their joint initiatives and answer questions about the dynamics of partnering between government and philanthropy. Our panelists discussed their winning partnership—including what it took to get it off the ground, how they sustained momentum, and the results they achieved. The call concluded with a question-and-answer portion from the audience.
Project SAFE (Sewer Access For Everyone) initiative is a partnership between Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) utility. Project SAFE'S objective is to connect low-income households to public sewer, eliminating septic systems that can create public health issues for residents and visitors and wreak havoc on the region's fragile ecosystem.