The Berkeley Hall Community has a rich history of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. The Berkeley Hall Charity Fund vision is to: "make a difference by addressing the basic human needs of the greater Bluffton Community, especially those who are most vulnerable." Our vision has been brought to life through the generosity and commitment of the Berkeley Hall membership and a common thread: the desire to initiate change and make a difference in our community.
The Berkeley Hall Charity Fund (BHCF) was established in 2010 under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (CFL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on Hilton Head Island.
The BHCF Fund is administered by a voluntary Charity Fund Advisory Committee and the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors. The Berkeley Hall Charity Fund allows Members to make tax deductible donations directly to the fund at any time, providing a constant track for future grant awards.
As the Town of Bluffton and surrounding Beaufort County has grown, so too have community needs in proportion to the population. With more than 1400 Bluffton residents living below the poverty level, our mission is even more critical. By making an investment in our community, we strengthen and provide permanence to those in need.
The seeds 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 including; Bluffton Self Help, Bluffton Boys and Girls Club, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA). The Berkeley Hall Charity Cup has since become a signature fundraising event. The Berkeley Hall Charity Cup is held every two years and has raised more than $370,000 to support local charities.
"Experience the Lowcountry" was the theme for the 2012 Charity Cup, which was held April 25-28, 2012. The list of fund raising activities included an opening cocktail party, golf tournament, silent and live auction that culminated with a Grand Gala on Saturday evening. As a result, The Berkeley Hall Charity Fund awarded grants totaling $142,706 to seven local charities. The grantees are: Bluffton Self Help, Boys and Girls Club Bluffton, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Literacy of the Lowcountry, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Beaufort, and Volunteers in Medicine Bluffton.
All of the money raised from member donations, and from Charity Cup Events, is awarded to local nonprofit organizations through a rigorous Grant Application and evaluation process. A voluntary Grants Committee reviews and evaluates all grant applications and makes recommendations to the Charity Fund Advisory Committee and the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors for grant distribution.
To access the Berkeley Hall Grant Application Package, please click here.