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Envision Williamston

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Envision Williamston
Williamston, Anderson County, South Carolina 29697

County (ARC Region) Anderson
State (ARC Region) South Carolina


Q1. Mission:

Envision Williamston is a community based program designed to enhance the identity and heritage of the Williamston community by working with both the public and private sectors of our town to restore vitality and ensure economic stability through concentrated efforts in organization, promotion, design and business development.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Envision Williamston strives to tap into the potential of current community members while reaching out to entrepreneurs looking to plant roots. We design plans to utilize, improve, and provide stewardship for existing resources (to include natural resources). We remain friendly to small business leaders and prepare for growth and success.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $20,000/$16,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $18,435 / $9,927

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $20,000 / $16,000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
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Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

The need to follow safety protocols has eliminated our ability to hold events. We had a strong lineup of annual events that serve well as economic boosts to the community and the organization.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Economic health of our current small businesses
Slowed growth of new businesses coming to town to get established
Funding challenges brought about by a halting of events

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Information and new strategies is always a good kick-starter for ideas and creativity. I hope to also gain contacts for networking. Coming into this new role during a pandemic is a challenge and I am seeking as many tools as possible. It’s vital for me to have a maximum of resources in order to serve the community and help our businesses and citizens thrive.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Lisa Cope Cope, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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