The Berkeley Hall Community has a rich history of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. The mission of the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation (BHCF) is to "make a difference by addressing the basic human needs of the greater Bluffton Community, especially those who are most vulnerable." Our mission has been brought to life through the generosity and commitment of the Berkeley Hall membership and a common thread which is the desire to make a difference in our community. Our Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is administered by a voluntary Board of Trustees and reporting to the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors.
As the Town of Bluffton and surrounding Beaufort County have grown, so too have community needs. With hundreds of Bluffton residents living below the poverty level, our mission is even more critical. We remain committed to funding projects that support our neighbors in the greater Bluffton area who are in the greatest need.
The seeds for our Foundation were planted in 2008 as members of The Berkeley Hall Club came together to host the first Charity Cup, raising $53,000 to support several local nonprofit organizations. The Berkeley Hall Charity Cup has become our signature fundraising event. The Charity Cup has historically been held every two years. With the success of the Charity Cup events and other fundraising efforts, the BHCF has, since 2008, raised over $575,000. BHCF operates with virtually no overhead expense; so essentially every dollar raised is available to support local charities.
In 2012, our support to seven local charities exceeded $140,000 for large impact projects. In 2013, our support for 12 local charities exceeded $50,000 for program enhancements. In 2014, our support for 14 local charities exceeded $150,000. 2015 will be a year where the BHCF will again look to support important projects of local charities that meet the needs of Bluffton's most vulnerable citizens.
This year the 2015 Charity Cup will be held on Monday May 25, Memorial Day! Participation in the Charity Cup is open to everyone, not just the Berkeley Hall community, on a first come first serve basis. Access information on participation and sponsorships here. We are again taking the opportunity to honor our local heroes by involving Active Duty Military, First Responders, and Police. Please join us for a day of golf, fun, and camaraderie. There is no better way to spend Memorial Day!
The money which is raised from member donations, Charity Cup Events, and other BHCF fundraising is awarded to local nonprofit organizations through a rigorous Grant Application and evaluation process. The BHCF Grants Committee reviews and evaluates all grant applications and makes recommendations to the BHCF Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for grant approval. Additionally, the Grants Committee regularly monitors the grant recipients to ensure that the grant is properly used.
Since our inception we have provided funding to:
*Bluffton Self Help * Bluffton Boys and Girls Club * NMCRS * CODA
* Hospice of the Lowcountry * Literacy Center * Bluffton Jasper VIM * Memory Matters
Backpack Buddies * CAPA * Heroes on Horseback
* Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
* Deep Well
* Meals on Wheels * Children's Center
* Habitat for Humanity
We will consider grant proposals submitted by any nonprofit organization that is a legal 501(c)(3) in the State of South Carolina located in Beaufort Country and who serves the greater Bluffton community, especially those who are most vulnerable.
The 2015 BHCF Grant Application will be accessible here later this year, please check back.