Blackbaud donates $25K to Angel Oak fund, asks others to do same

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Blackbaud on Thursday joined the grassroots effort to save the Angel Oak, donating $25,000 to the cause and asking other businesses to match its donation.

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust is trying to raise $1.2 million to protect the lands around the famed oak tree on Johns Island.

"We are excited to announce our commitment to the collaborative effort of preserving the Angel Oak Tree," said Anthony Boor, Blackbaud's interim CEO and CFO of Blackbaud. "Our charitable giving was fully planned when we saw the outpouring of local support for this Lowcountry treasure. It became clear, immediately, that Blackbaud could make a real impact on this effort, so we have adjusted our plans and are issuing a challenge grant to encourage other businesses to quickly get involved."

The land trust has until Nov. 21 to raise the money.

"The outpouring of affection for this tree has been tremendous," said Elizabeth Hagood, LOLT Executive Director. "Small businesses throughout Johns Island, non-profits and others have stepped up so generously. And today's announcement by one of Charleston's leading employers marks a tremendous opportunity for the entire Lowcountry business community to play a part in the Angel Oak's future."

If LOLT is successful, more than 30 acres of land around the Angel Oak will be permanently protected. Currently, developers are eyeing much of the property for commercial and residential development.

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