South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Dawn Deck as Investments and Grants Manager. Dawn joined the organization at the end of February, based out of SCCLF’s Upstate office in Spartanburg.
As Investments and Grants Manager, Dawn will oversee and implement SCCLF’s capitalization strategy to advance the overall mission of the organization. In this role, she is responsible for capitalizing SCCLF’s revolving loan fund through investments, grants, co-lending opportunities, and other mechanisms, ensuring adequate operating support for SCCLF, and cultivating and managing relationships with SCCLF’s funders.
Dawn came to SCCLF with nearly 14 years of experience in business development and personnel management within the nonprofit and finance sectors. Most recently, Dawn worked as the Director of Planned Giving for The ETV Endowment of South Carolina where she was responsible for the management and growth of their planned giving program. Prior to working for ETV Endowment, she spent several years working as a Branch Officer for The Palmetto Bank where she directed the internal operations and lending activities of the Spartanburg branch. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Marketing from Converse College, and completed professional training programs through South Carolina Banker’s School and the American Institute of Banking.
“Dawn’s experience in both the lending field and nonprofit development will make her a valuable addition to our team,” said SCCLF’s CEO, Michelle Mapp. “As we continue to grow our loan portfolio, focusing time and resources on capitalization has become increasingly important for our organization. The financial institutions, foundations, and individuals who invest in our mission are absolutely essential to the work we do across the state, and we are thrilled to finally have a full-time staff person dedicated to developing and strengthening relationships with these supporters.”
“I was attracted to this role and the work of SCCLF because I found it to be the perfect blend of my experience in the financial sector and non-profit development,” Dawn explained. “I believe the foundation of successful community development is building strong relationships. Therefore, I am thrilled I have the opportunity to cultivate relationships, with an ultimate goal of growing our revolving loan fund and increasing the organization’s capacity to finance community development projects across South Carolina. I am excited to join this team and am confident our team’s combined efforts will elevate the importance and benefits of equitable access to capital, causing the South Carolina Community Loan Fund to emerge as a leading CDFI in our state, region and nationally.”