Coastal Educational Foundation
A Message from the CEF Chairman:
Welcome to the Coastal Educational Foundation website! I am honored to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of this storied organization. The CEF came into existence in the summer of 1954 to provide higher education to this region of the Carolinas. Through the vision, leadership and sacrifice of the CEF founders, a small private junior college with 53 students was established. From this humble beginning came the Coastal Carolina University of today, a university of 10,000+ students with a regional economic impact of approximately half a billion dollars annually.
The mission of the CEF continues to be to support Coastal and to be the advocate for our donors. As an organization we strive to be ethical, transparent and sophisticated in the management of the funds which have been entrusted to us. It is our responsibility to ensure that the donors’ wishes are carried out with the gifts they have contributed. Additionally we have been entrusted by the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation to manage their endowment and provide their accounting services.
In the interest of building a greater Coastal Carolina University, the Foundation seeks financial support through annual gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving and other ongoing fundraising programs. The CEF is very pleased that our efforts have contributed to Coastal Carolina University ranking among the top public universities for Best Value in the South by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions in Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges 2015.” CCU has also received the Military-Friendly Schools designation for six consecutive years.
Thank you for supporting the CEF – it's a worthy mission producing results for many years into the future.
Lawton E. Benton
CEF Chairman 2016-2018