The Charleston Leadership Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2002 in order to bring together local Christian leaders to minister to the community and change lives.
CLF accomplishes this mission by working through a combination of organizations and initiatives some of which are wholly owned divisions, organizations we started as divisions but are now stand alone non-profits and organizations we simply helped with funding in their start up phase. In addition we have specific initiatives that further the kingdom of Christ in the greater Charleston area. Examples are of all these efforts follow:
The Annual Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast is our marquee event held annually in the fall. This event founded in 2002 has over the past 18 years attracted over 21,000 community leaders to attend. Each year nationally renown speakers have addressed our audience giving their testimony on how their faith has impacted their lives. This event has focused on bringing together all people of different walks of life-black, white, male, female, Republican, Democrat, Independent, and Liberal or Conservative. Fellowship in the name of Jesus does amazing things. It puts political and philosophical differences in a totally different perspective. We join with others in all of the 50 states sharing similar breakfasts over the year with unity of purpose to pray for our city, county, state and national leaders and seek the Lord’s guidance and strength in the conduct of our personal and public lives.
Good Cheer Fund – We have been honored to join the Post and Courier in their Good Cheer Fund to help provide for individuals’ needs during the holiday season. CLF was founded in order to bring together local Christian leaders to minister to the community and change lives. Participating with Good Cheer Fund to identify needs and help respond to them is directly in line with our mission. Over the years, our focus has been on prayer for people and our community, especially building community bonds across diverse cultural lines, evident even among Christians. Now, CLF will also be helping people more directly with their physical needs, needs that are no doubt being lifted to the Lord in prayer by individuals and families – “Answering Prayers by Answering Needs.”
CLF Associates Program – Charleston has many Christian nonprofits. Often, people ask for our opinion on whether to invest or not in a specific nonprofit. As a leadership foundation (LF), we felt it would benefit you to vet Christian or Christian-formed nonprofits and give limited recommendations about them. We highlight these new associates online, at our May Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast and are featured at our Annual Prayer Breakfast. These nonprofits can all benefit from increased funding, volunteers or awareness. All of the nonprofits selected must serve the Charleston metro area.
The Jerry and Lynn Young Legacy Endowment is an endowment fund established for the purpose of supplementing or providing staff compensation for the planning and presenting the Annual Charleston Leadership Foundation Community Prayer Breakfast. The Inaugural CLF Legacy Golf Outing was April 3, 2019 and was established to help support the Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast.
Our Directory of Bible Study Opportunities is a sampling of opportunities in the area to attend groups that will help you in your journey with Jesus Christ.
Charleston Leadership Foundation Newsletter has the latest CLF news, topics of interest and Christian events happening in the Charleston area. We’d love to include testimonies from past prayer breakfasts or any Christian events you’d like listed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowcountry Orphan Relief, (LOR) is a non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children who have been victim to abuse and/or neglect. We work directly with other non-profits, schools, foster parents, and government agencies to identify the individual needs of these and other children in low-income situations. We intervene at critical junctures in the lives of these children, with products and services that provide a strong, positive impact. SINCE 2004, LOR HAS CLOTHED OVER 30,000 CHILDREN IN THE TRI-COUNTY AREA. LOR was a division of CLF until 2006.
Be a Mentor Initiative Be A Mentor (BAM) was founded in 2004 as a division of the foundation and established itself as it’s own 501(c)(3) in 2018. BAM advocates for mentoring through advertising, community events, professional networking and corporate sponsorship. The first step in becoming a mentor is to get involved! BAM strives to increase collaboration among area mentoring programs, ensuring that every child with an unfulfilled promise has a caring adult in their life.
LifeWorks is a conduit for Christian professionals seeking to successfully apply their faith in the marketplace, providing education and encouragement through a commitment to bible teaching and quality programming. CLF was an early supporter of LifeWorks and continues to work closely with them on common initiatives. This event occurs in the first 3 quarters of the year, with the Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast happening in the 4th quarter.
God in the Workplace has a vision of equipping business leaders to do exactly that. Knowing what God intends for your business life will transform the way you approach business. These monthly workshops draw from the insights of academics and Christian business leaders as they help other Christian business leaders to integrate practices in their business to honor God in the workplace.
With the Charleston Leadership Prayer Breakfast, LifeWorks and God in the Workplace, there is a Christian Business Event happening monthly. Another organization meeting monthly for Christian business leaders is the SC Christian Chamber of Commerce – C3