This week’s Blackbaud Nonprofit of the Match is Lowcountry Local First. Lowcountry Local First cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character.
The organization works with a diverse range of partners from the nonprofit, private and public sectors including local-independent businesses; policymakers; local, state, and national nonprofit and governmental partners; and donors and funders who share their values. Lowcountry Local First’s programs are designed to implement a new model of local economic development focused on integrating advocacy, education and training, and relationship-building toward a more equitable, diversified economy.
Lowcountry Local First develops innovative models for sustainable and equitable local economies. Their work leverages understanding of over 550 local business members and 12,000 employees across all sectors, and is informed by staff with expertise and on-the-ground experience in local economy building, innovative economic development, entrepreneur support, sustainable agriculture, and food systems. They are connected to local economy and sustainable business organizations throughout the country, granting them access to the best models, case studies and thought leaders.
For every $100 spent at a chain store, an average of $14 is reinvested in the community. For every $100 spent at a local store, an average of $45 is reinvested in the community. That money maintains our schools, paves our roads, employs our friends and neighbors and makes the Lowcountry a wonderfully diverse and interesting place to live.
Lowcountry Local First’s work includes local economic development, training and support for local business owners, awareness and education efforts aimed at the general public and advocacy for policies that recognize the importance of a strong, diverse local economy. In order to fulfill their mission mission, Lowcountry Local First organizes most of their efforts under two categories, Good Farming and Good Business, alongside their ongoing advocacy efforts.
To learn more, stop by their table on the concourse or visit https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/our-work/