Ways to Donate

When you give to ECCO, you provide help and hope to neighbors struggling to keep the lights on, families that cannot afford medical care, and seniors, unsure where their next meal is coming from. When you give, you’re investing directly into the East Cooper communities and the neighbors who live here. There are several ways you can support East Cooper Community Outreach through monetary donations. We invite you to explore these giving options.

Online Donation
Make your impact right away. When you donate to ECCO, you’re creating a ripple effect of lasting change in this community. Want to feel good, do good today! Online giving is a convenient way to make a gift directly to ECCO within minutes. We welcome gifts of all sizes.


Annual Giving
When supporters make donations to our Annual Fund, they help to cover our everyday expenses. Since other fundraising efforts (like grants) are usually intended for specific purposes, the Annual Fund allows ECCO to have unrestricted funds that go toward general operations.

Unrestricted gifts to ECCO’s Annual Fund provide a crucial bridge between the needs of our clients, and the actual cost of purchasing food for our Wellness Pantry, providing financial assistance to a family in need, or helping provide basic dental care to an uninsured adult.

Most importantly, unrestricted gifts, regardless of the size, allow ECCO to respond to our most pressing financial concerns and provide the flexibility to pivot and take advantage of important opportunities.

With a gift to ECCO’s Annual Fund, you’ll make an immediate impact in the community. 


Life Ring Society

The Monsignor James A. Carter Life Ring Society

Established in 2013, the Life Ring Society was established as an initiative to encourage ongoing support from the local community. Made up of donors who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more, this society is the very lifeblood of ECCO’s Annual Fund. 

Like a life preserver, the Life Ring Society provides hope to those in financial distress by giving them the opportunity to pull themselves up. Each gift makes a direct impact on the lives of the neighbors we serve.

Our Life Ring Society levels of support:

  • Visionary Circle – $10,000 and above
  • Empowerment Circle – $5,000 and above
  • Inspiration Circle – $2,500 and above
  • Hope Circle – $1,000 and above

Members of the Life Ring Society enjoy benefits such as: 

  • An invitation to annual Life Ring Society events
  • A quarterly newsletter from our executive director
  • Name displayed on the upcoming Life Ring Society display
  • Life Ring Society window cling mailed to your home

Throughout the year, ECCO’s Board of Directors hosts several Life Ring Society receptions for existing donors to invite new friends to learn more about supporting the organization. To learn more about our Life Ring Society, please email ECCO’s Director of Development, Don Squires, at dsquires@eccocharleston.org or by phone at 843-416-7123.

Monthly Giving

Become a monthly donor and support ECCO on a regular basis. This is one of the most helpful ways to support our organization. Did you know that a $50 monthly donation to ECCO could provide a monthly food order for one local family in need? Monthly, recurring gifts are a wonderful way to show your ongoing support for ECCO and provide our organization with essential consistent gifts. 


Donor-Advised Funds

Combine the most favorable tax benefits available with the flexibility to easily support ECCO and your neighbors in need. Donor-advised funds are like charitable investment accounts for the purpose of supporting nonprofits. Donor-advised funds are tax-deductible and the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in the U.S.

If you’re interested in learning more about this charitable investment option/planned giving opportunities, contact Don Squires, director of development and marketing, at dsquires@eccocharleston.org.

Visit our donor-advised funds page to learn more.

Legacy Giving

This community of donors is making “hope and help” part of their lasting legacy. Planned giving can make a difference today and for many years to come. Planned giving allows a donor to include ECCO in their estate.

If you’re interested in learning more about this charitable investment option/planned giving opportunities, contact Don Squires, director of development and marketing, at dsquires@eccocharleston.org.

Visit our planned giving page to learn more.