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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


Happy Birthday, Medicaid!

In South Carolina, over 480,000 kids from low-income families are covered by Medicaid. Happy 53rd birthday, Medicaid! Studies repeatedly demonstrate the role of Medicaid in lifting people out of poverty, particularly among adults living with disabilities, children,...

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What Should Our History Really Teach Us?

Growing up in the Lowcountry, I’ve always felt sorry for the Old Exchange & Provost building at the foot of Broad Street in downtown Charleston. Architecturally, it’s beautiful, but not as elegant as nearby homes south of Broad or as majestic as the churches and...

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August 17, 2018: #NationalNonprofitDay!

"Sherita J. Herring, a renowned speaker, best-selling author, and business strategist, founded National Nonprofit Day to educate, enlighten and empower others to make a difference, while acknowledging those that are in the trenches, impacting lives every day – the...

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