The Palmetto Promise

We promote policy solutions to support a free and flourishing South Carolina, where every individual has the opportunity to reach their full, God-given potential.

Our Values

Finding Common Ground: Building trust and establishing relationships with South Carolinians of all backgrounds.
Best Practices: Performing rigorous research and thorough analysis to explain what’s working in public policy, both here and around the country, and why.
Policy Entrepreneurship: Promoting innovative policy solutions that are grounded in the principles of freedom and equal opportunity and communicated with respect and kindness.​

prom·ise \'prä-məs\ (noun)

1. A declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen.
2. The quality of potential excellence.

Does the word “promise” in our name mean that we believe we have a promise to keep to our state—or that South Carolina is a state that has great promise? The answer is of course…yes!

These twin definitions of “promise” serve as a guide for all of our work. Our beloved Palmetto State has great promise that we seek to unlock. And we promise to fulfill the duty we owe to future generations to sustain the sacred gift of freedom and leave them with a South Carolina full of opportunity for all.

The Palmetto Team

Our staff are firm believers in the proven formula: solid research + strong relationships = results.

Research Partners

Our distinguished scholars pair top-drawer research with practical, real-world solutions.