There are many ways to give to TCL.

The TCL Fund

The TCL Fund provides unrestricted support allowing the College to respond quickly to the needs that make a TCL education possible.

TCL Scholarship

Each year, because of donors like you, approximately 100 students receive the TCL Scholarship. The TCL Scholarship recognizes financial need and merit in equal measure.

The Guarantors Program

TCL Guarantors Program helps deserving students who are faced with financial challenges to stay in school. It supports the traditional college student as well as the older student who is coming to TCL to learn a new skill and develop a new career.

The President’s Fund for Opportunity & Excellence

The Fund supports faculty, facilities, teaching supplies and instructional equipment—those priorities which make a quality education possible

Mather Legacy Society

The Mather Legacy Society recognizes donors who have included TCL in their estate plans; as a beneficiary of another type of planned gift; or who make a permanent gift of an endowment.

About the TCL Foundation

The Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization constituted to solely serve the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The Foundation’s federal taxpayer identification number is 57-0767384.

How the College Is Funded

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is a state-assisted, not state-supported community college. The College receives 18% of its operating budget from the State of South Carolina. The unmet balance comes from the tuition and fees charged to students. Affordable tuition is fundamental to the mission of community colleges. TCL sets tuition and fees to cover the real unmet cost of instruction. There is no additional revenue collected to enlarge programs or for new programs. Like community colleges nationally, TCL relies on the communities we serve for the support to sustain and grow academic programs, student support services and more.

Ways to Give

The TCL Foundation accepts contributions on behalf of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in a variety of ways including cash, check, credit card, securities, bequests and planned gifts.

  • The easiest and quickest way is to use our secure online giving form through PayPal.
  • If you would prefer to write a check, make checks payable to the TCL Foundation and mail to:TCL Foundation, PO Box 2614, Beaufort, South Carolina 29901

Planned Giving

A gift is “planned” to the extent that the donor purposefully integrates a charitable gift into the donor’s overall financial, tax, and estate planning. A planned gift enables a donor to make a positive financial difference for the donor while also making an important gift to the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Planned gifts are legacy gifts that not only benefit the College today but also future generations of students.

Planned gifts can be made using many different kinds of assets. Most planned gifts are made with cash or appreciated marketable securities. However, depending on the donor’s particular circumstances, gifts are often made using qualified retirement account assets, real estate, insurance policies, and even artwork or business interests.

For more information on Planned Gifts, email or call Mary Lee Carns at or 843-470-5962.