Save the SC Picture Project!
The South Carolina Picture Project needs your help in order to survive, and we would like to send you a signed print by one of our photographers as a way of saying thanks (see below).
If we are able to raise $19,648 by March 31, 2017, then we will be able to work for six more months. During this time, we have three goals:
(1) To obtain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
(2) To seek sponsorships from the South Carolina business, tourism, and education communities
(3) To apply for grants
With your help, we hope to be able to survive long enough to become self-sufficient as a charitable organization. If we are unable to raise this money, the South Carolina Picture Project will close on April 1.
Until this time, we have been privately funded by a South Carolina family. A trust exists to keep the project online, but no new pictures or information will be added. Corrections will continue to be made when needed.
The South Carolina Picture Project is beloved by many citizens of South Carolina, and over 1,500,000 people use it every year to plan trips and study our state's history. Please help us continue this work. Thank you!
In exchange for your donation, we would like to send you a signed print from one of our generous photographers. We are deeply grateful for their support. The images will be professionally printed, and we will mail all prints between April 3 and April 21, 2017.
$65 or more = 8 x 10* of one photo below
$95 or more = 11 x 14* of one photo below
$115 or more = 16 x 20* of one photo below
* Please know that these sizes are approximate because some images do not scale precisely to these limits. If you are trying to work within the confines of specific dimensions, please ask!
Myrtle Beach by Steve Rich
Boneyard Beach by Ben Sumrell
Lake Murray by Ralph Mayer
Aiken Training Track by Larry Gleason
Lake Moultrie by Brandon Coffey
Morris Island Lighthouse by Vanessa Kauffmann
Shem Creek by Pamela Talbird
Gervais Street Bridge by Benton Henry
Furman Belltower by Tom Taylor
College of Charleston by Kathie Lee
Old Sheldon Ruins by Jim Dollar
Lake Jocassee by Mark VanDyke
Table Rock by Steven Faucette
Poinsett Bridge by James Salters
Heron at Swan Lake by Pete Lawrence
Egret in Nest by Pete Lawrence
Magnolia Gardens by Norma Armstrong
Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church by Bill Fitzpatrick
Palmetto Moon by Benton Henry
Palmetto Snow by Michael K. Jones
Several of you have asked when your prints will be delivered. We are working to find a printer who can both provide us a good price and also provide us a very high-quality print for you. We have it narrowed it down to two sources and should be able to place our order this week. Once the prints are ready (which should take 2-3 days or so), we will mail them to the photographers to sign.
If you do not want your photo signed, let us know and we can get it to you more quickly. But if you do want it signed, please allow us until the end of April or first week of May to get them to you. There is a lot to coordinate on our end, and we are sorry it is taking so long. We didn't want to print them at Walgreens or Costco. We did test those places, but our suspicions were confirmed and the prints didn't come out as nicely.
Thank you all, so much!
I wanted to send a quick update – as well as a giant thank you – to everyone who has helped us keep the South Carolina Picture Project safe for another six months.
In all we were able to raise $24,137, which was $4,489 more than our goal. More than 250 people contributed donations, including those from such faraway places as Texas, Indiana, and Washington state. Donations ranged in size from the tens to the thousands, and all were appreciated more than words can express. In a way, it wasn't so much the money that mattered but the growing realization that so many people believe in us and believe in our work. It has been a humbling experience to receive this outpouring of love and support, and it is an honor I don't think I'll ever forget.
We would like to send a special thank you to our "guardian angels" – four anonymous donors who collectively gave $8,500, or roughly a third of our total. Their magnanimous gestures touched us deeply, as did the many kind comments we received. Here are just three of our favorites:
"It is not only the pictures and history that are so important on this site, but also the way we make connections with each other and learn from each other."
"The Picture Project is my go-to source when I need a pick-me-up. It brings me so much joy. I have learned about so many wonderful places to explore, and I truly hope we can raise the funds to keep this amazing resource!"
"I'm beyond excited for y'all and for us as well. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy the SC Picture Project. Having these photos and stories has been such a blessing. Y'all do a fantastic job!"
Of course, now the hard works begins as we strive to find sponsors to keep the South Carolina Picture Project running long-term. With this too, we will need your help. The South Carolina Picture Project fills a void in our state, being the only resource dedicated to "living" or "citizen history." This unmatched collection of images and information, contributed by people across the state, grows daily. What separates us is that we are not just preserving the past, but we are also preserving the present for the future.
"Little Blue" (image attached) on Hunting Island in Beaufort County is a case in point. This humble cabin, stranded at sea for nearly a decade, was torn down last month by the state. The little house held a special place in the hearts of many, and its entry in the South Carolina Picture Project allows us to preserve images of it, historical information about it, and perhaps most importantly, personal stories from those who knew and loved it.
If you are a member of a South Carolina business or organization that would like to be part of the South Carolina Picture Project, please let us know. We would love to come meet you and show you our work and how it can benefit you. We have a deeply invested community with a terrific number of visitors, and we play an important roll in South Carolina – especially in the fields of tourism and education.
Sponsoring the South Carolina Picture Project would allow you to be part of something tremendously positive and worthwhile in our state, so please reach out, no matter how big or small your group is. If we work together, we can save something special. Thank you all – again – for your time, love, and help!
— Robin Welch
P.S. We are also looking for a lawyer or CPA who can help us file our non-profit paperwork. If you love the South Carolina Picture Project and could help us with a reduced rate, please let us know. Thank you so, so much!
How do I view photos to make my print selection? Made two donations. Thank you
So wonderful! ♥