Rev. Pinckney’s family launches foundation in honor of late Pastor, Senator

Clementa Pinckney

The family of Clementa Pinckney, is establishing a foundation in honor of the late Reverend and State Senator.

Thursday, July 30 would have been his 42nd birthday. Pinckney was one of the nine people murdered at Mother Emanuel in Charleston last month.

“While the shock has started to dissipate, we are still in a state of deep grief,” said Jennifer Pinckney, the foundation’s Chair. “But, we are answering God’s call to continue my husband’s work and that starts with establishing a charitable foundation in his honor.”

Pinckney served in the South Carolina House and Senate for nearly 20 years. State Senator Gerald Malloy served alongside Pinckney since 2002 and is assisting the family in launching the official Pinckney Foundation.

“We are reaching out to those who have been raising money in Clem’s name in order to consolidate efforts,” said Senator Malloy. “And on his birthday, we are thankful for your generous support as we begin to build a foundation that will become part of the Senator’s legacy.”

The Foundation was established by Mrs. Pinckney, Senator Malloy and Reverend Kylon Jerome Middleton, Ph.D., a former high school principal and current AME pastor, who was the Reverend’s best friend.
The mission of the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all South Carolina citizens by supporting religious, educational and charitable causes that the late Senator supported while serving as a leader in his church, community and the South Carolina Senate. To donate, visit

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