Denise K. Spencer, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Literacy, the environment, nonprofit capacity, women in philanthropy, community building, arts and culture, education, health, human services, religious organizations

CONTACT: 843-681-9100, dspencer@cf-lowcountry.org

PROFILE: Denise K. Spencer is the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. This is a position she’s held since July 2006. She previously worked as the president and CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation for 12 years. A previous 13-year position was at Central Michigan University, most recently as the manager of Midland programs.

She shares the following information on her LinkedIn profile summary:

With few exceptions, my career has been spent in the nonprofit and education sectors. I learned early that I prefer not to take my "helping coat" on and off, and I love spending my life wearing that coat. I believe strongly in the nonprofit arena, and I enjoy my work with the Community Foundation because it allows me to continue to provide support for the sector in many ways. I also love writing and am able to use that skill both for the Community Foundation and for some projects of my own, and I do a lot of work with nonprofit boards in support of their governance and planning issues.

Specialties: Nonprofit management, nonprofit governance and strategic planning, policy development, writing and editing (articles, speeches, grants, etc.).

Spencer received a BS in biology and psychology from Central Michigan University and a certificate/fellowship for the Michigan Political Leadership Program from Michigan State University. Personal interests include reading, writing, "being there" for friends and family, spirituality and church life, and giving back. She’s also a freelance writer who is in the process of writing several books.

Spencer is the staff member that mostly writes for the foundation’s blog. You can learn more about her perspective and approach to local grantmaking in these blog entries. She has a personal blog called Equilibrium, although it hasn’t been updated since 2011.