About Us

The Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. (GGIF) is a non-profit organization established in 2019 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to undeserved communities within the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor – more specifically, GGIF creates, incubates, organizes, and facilitate programs and initiatives that promote cultural enrichment, academic excellence, health & wellness, economic empowerment, and community recreation to families living primarily on the Island of St. Helena.

As this year’s #Thanksgiving🍁 holiday approaches, the Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation (GGIF) is excited to announce our 2nd Annual “Day of Thanks & Giving” Food Distribution! Thanks to our 2021 official sponsors “PUBLIX SUPERMARKET” & “HEALTHY BLUE SOUTH CAROLINA”, GGIF will provide 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ #Turkeys🦃 along with side-dish food items to families in need this upcoming holiday.

The 2nd Annual “Day of Thanks & Giving” will be held on Saturday, November 20th at Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park (860 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena Island, SC). Beginning at 11:00 a.m. and end no later than 1:00 p.m. All those interested in #Volunteering during this year’s turkey giveaway please #Inbox us with a FaceBook message, an #Email to Love@GulluahGeecheeIF.org, or simply leave a #Comment on this post. We would also like to thank this year’s community partners “MLK Park Committee – Penn Center”, “Heritage Academy”, “Picture Perfect Barber Studio”, “Girl Scouts Troop 4105”, & “Tap Ultra Lounge”!

The Community We Serve

According to a New York Times article, “St. Helena Island, is regarded by anthropologists and sociologists as one of the richest repositories of Gullah culture in the United States”. As a center of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, St, Helena Island is historically significant in the preservation of the Gullah culture, traditions, customs, and language. Therefore, the purpose of The Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. is to provide opportunities for our youth to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the legacy instituted by their African ancestors.

Program Impact

In 2019, its inception year, GGIF in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, provided a weekly after-school program at St. Helena Elementary School to 50-60 students in grades first-fifth. St. Helena Elementary School, the only school on St. Helena Island, is a Title 1 school receiving federal funds due to the large concentration of low-income students.

Let’s build together.