Navigating From Good To Great Campaign Status Report

Setting a New Direction for the Next Five Years

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Navigating from Good to Great Foundation’s “Setting a New Direction” capital campaign is on target to meet or exceed the first five-year campaign as the foundation reaches toward its $4 million goal.

The new campaign, which was launched in September 2012, has so far garnered investments of a little more than $3 million, or about 75 percent of the campaign goal. The initial Navigating from Good to Great campaign in 2007-2008 raised about $3.3 million from private and public sources, exceeding that campaign’s $3 million goal.

The “Setting a New Direction” campaign also includes a separate request for funding of the regional initiative to safeguard our area’s military installations. That initiative has garnered $350,000 in investments to date.

Below is a synopsis of the campaign’s status as of May 15:

  • 77 investor calls made
  • $3.03 million in investor pledges received
    • 75.71% of campaign goal
  • $1.2 million in outstanding campaign asks
  • $350,000 raised for military support
  • Top six campaign investors (based on 5-year estimate)
    • BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina
    • BB&T
    • Southeastern Freight Lines
    • Palmetto Health
    • City Columbia
    • Richland County

“We feel very good about the amount of support we’ve had so far with the ‘Setting a New Direction’ campaign,” said Mike Crapps, chairman of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and president & CEO of First Community Bank. “We are on the road to meeting our goals, and with the continued support of the community we can all work toward a better Columbia region.”

The “Setting a New Direction” campaign was born out of the success of the Foundation’s initial five year endeavor. Over the next five years, the Foundation’s goals include creating a regional economic vision and plan, continuing support for local military installations, continuing business retention and expansion efforts and fostering regional and intergovernmental cooperation.

About the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation
Navigating from Good to Great 2012-2017 is the five-year economic/community development initiative designed to transition the Midlands from good to Great. The Navigating from Good to Great Foundation is focused on creating and facilitating a region that is balanced, globally competitive, workforce advantaged, and not based on a singular market segment. The Foundation seeks to provide residents with a rich cultural infrastructure that is safe and supports a wide range of tastes through the effective involvement of the regions diverse population and resources.

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