The Berkeley Hall Community has a rich history of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. The Berkeley Hall Charitable 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 Charitable 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 Board of Trustees and the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors. The Berkeley Hall Charitable 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 1,400 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, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The Berkeley Hall Charity Cup has since become a signature fundraising event. The Charity Cup is held every two years. With the success of the Charity Cup events and other fundraising efforts, the Berkeley Hall Charitable Fund has, since 2008, provided nearly $350,000 in support to 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. 2014 will be a year where the Charitable Foundation will again look to support large impact projects of local charities.
The 2014 Charity Cup will be held during Memorial Day Weekend this year, and we are taking the opportunity to honor our local heroes: Active Duty Military, First Responders, and Police. Berkeley Hall Members and local businesses have teamed up to invite more than 20 of these local heroes to join us for a weekend of golf, fun, and camaraderie. What better way to spend Memorial Weekend!
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. The Berkeley Hall Charitable Fund Grants Committee reviews and evaluates all grant applications and makes recommendations to the Charitable Fund Trustees and the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors for grant distribution.