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“Midlands Gives” Shows Success of Online Philanthropy

Jo Ann Turnquist
Central Carolina Community Foundation

  This time last year marked the 100th anniversary of community foundations, of which there are now more than 750 across the country.  That event was kicked off by a national day of giving which was so successful for our next guest's organization that it has now become an annual event, which just so happens is today.

Mike Switzer interviews JoAnnTurnquist, president of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, host of today's event: Midlands Gives.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.