Putting New Ideas to Work In South Carolina

Our mission is to identify innovative strategies to address the social and economic challenges facing our state, and put them into action.
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Who We Are

We are South Carolinians who believe in the future of South Carolina, and we are doing something about it. Today, all across South Carolina, we are bringing a fresh entrepreneurial spirit to the social and economic challenges facing communities in the 21st Century. And it’s working…


We’re not a government agency or a private business. We are an independent, non-profit initiative. Our funding comes from many sources, but mostly from citizens who believe in the potential of our state.


Palmetto Project has been the catalyst for over 330 successful public-private partnerships that have helped change South Carolina for the better. Many of these ideas have been replicated in other states and even in other countries.


Our efforts are helping communities create jobs and provide health care, making schools safer and exciting while improving test scores, and enhancing the learning skills of our youngest children in ways that will help them compete on an equal footing with others.

Our Story

We were founded in 1984 by leaders of the state’s business community who believed that every problem we face has a solution. Over the years, they brought together civic leaders, educational institutions, corporations, governmental agencies, and others to rethink our state’s approach to everything from healthcare to education, from election reform to race relations.

Our Programs’ Priorities:

Health and Access to Care Families, Youth, and Schools Community Engagement Civic Participation 

Latest News

FHF – Midlands

FHF – Midlands

Midlands Friends: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we're going to be sending out family information this week! If you live in the Midlands and would like to donate or you're ready to adopt a family, senior citizen or disabled adult from Richland,...

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It’s that time!

It’s that time!

We are here to help you enroll in a health insurance policy that works for you: including Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace, and private insurance.  ** MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS OCTOBER 15. FOR ALL OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS...

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Palmetto Project Program Spotlight BEGIN WITH BOOKS  Charleston County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library WHAT AN IMPACT our Charleston County Affiliate is making. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers!TOTAL Charleston County...

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