Established to serve the Technical College of the Lowcountry, The TCL Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and accepts contributions on behalf of the college. Like community colleges nationally, TCL relies on local support to advance its mission.

TCL is state-assisted—not state-supported—and receives 18% of its operating budget from the State of South Carolina. In order to keep tuition affordable, the college depends on generous philanthropic support to sustain and expand its facilities, academic programs, student support services and more.

Donor gifts are instrumental in allowing TCL to serve more students and graduate more skilled workers. Thereby, donors who ensure TCL’s future also ensure a stronger local economy and better business climate.


TCL accomplishments are achieved with your help. In the last five years alone, donor investment helped build the Culinary Institute of the South, created valuable workforce training scholarships, funded much-needed classroom technology and equipment and so much more. Together we have transformed individuals and communities. Let’s continue to the build future together.


The TCL Fund empowers TCL to respond quickly to immediate or emerging education and workforce training needs of the Lowcountry.

The TCL Guarantors Program helps deserving students faced with financial challenges to stay in school.

The President’s Fund for Opportunity & Excellence supports faculty, facilities, teaching supplies and instructional equipment.

TCL Scholarship recognizes student financial need and merit in equal measure.

The Mather Legacy Society includes donors who have named TCL in their estate plans or as a beneficiary of another planned gift or who create an endowment.