New Executive Director

Waccamaw Community Foundation Names Executive Director

MURRELLS INLET, S.C.: The Board of Trustees of Waccamaw Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael L. Mancuso to Executive Director and Principal effective July 26.

Mancuso comes to Waccamaw Community Foundation with 30 years of leadership experience across the private and nonprofit sectors, most recently as the President and CEO of Triangle East Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation and as the Executive Director for Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, Inc.

Since 1999, Waccamaw Community Foundation has awarded $30 million in grants, scholarships, and community investments that impact Horry and Georgetown County communities. In his role, Mancuso will lead the Foundation as the voice and relationship manager for donors and stakeholders and implement initiatives to support the people in the communities it serves.

“The Board of Trustees engaged in a multi-round interview process with several very good candidates,” said Brent Groome, Board Chair of Waccamaw Community Foundation. “In looking at where we are and where we want to be, collectively we felt that Mike was the best candidate. His diverse business skill sets, enthusiasm, and leadership experience will serve us well as he engages our communities.”

Mancuso’s hiring comes as the Foundation is closing out a successful mission supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. During this mission, Waccamaw Community Foundation partnered with Coastal Community Foundation, Black River United Way, Chapin Foundation, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Trident United Way, United Way of Horry County, and United Way of the Lowcountry to support communities in coastal South Carolina that are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mancuso and the Waccamaw Community Foundation will serve Georgetown and Horry county nonprofits through its competitive grant program, disaster relief and recovery rapid grants, and specialized donor-advised grants. As the only Philanthropy serving both Horry and Georgetown Counties, the Waccamaw Community Foundation plays a unique and important role in bringing these counties together, focusing on pressing community issues that know no boundaries.

Formed by local citizens in 1999, the Waccamaw Community Foundation builds sustainable philanthropy to strengthen Georgetown and Horry Counties in South Carolina. Through donors, nonprofits, grant opportunities, community advisors, and student scholarship opportunities, Waccamaw Community Foundation has awarded $30 million in assets and programs that impact Horry and Georgetown County communities. Waccamaw Community Foundation is an affiliate of Coastal Community Foundation. To learn more, visit or call (843) 357-4483.