The Berkeley Hall Community has a rich history of philanthropy in the Lowcountry. The Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation 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 our common thread: the desire to make a difference in our community.
From 2008 through 2014, through the extraordinary support and generosity of the Berkeley Hall membership, the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation (BHCF) has made 56 grants totaling more than $502,000 to fund projects that will improve the lives of Bluffton's most vulnerable residents.
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. In 2014 the BHCF Fund established its own 501(c)(3) and is now administered by a voluntary Board of Trustees and the Berkeley Hall Board of Directors.
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. As of the end of 2014, the BHCF had awarded grants to local agencies exceeding $502,000.
As the Town of Bluffton and surrounding Beaufort County have grown, so too have community needs. With more than 1,400 Bluffton residents living below the poverty level, our mission is even more critical. We are making an investment in our community.
BERKELEY HALL CHARITY CUP
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 historically held every two years. Beginning in 2015, the intent is to hold the Charity Cup, our major fundraiser, every year on or around Memorial Day.
Our 2015 Charity Cup was held on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. Nearly 130 Berkeley Hall member families and 20 businesses contributed to the event. We again took the opportunity to honor our local heroes by involving Active Duty Military, First Responders, and Police. With net proceeds from the 2015 Charity Cup exceeding $111,000, 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.
Our sincere thank you to the entire Berkeley Hall Community for supporting the 2015 Memorial Day Charity Cup.
THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS OF THE 2015 MEMORIAL DAY CHARITY CUP!
"From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you and your community for the support you have shown on this Memorial Day. I can assure you that it was a great time had by all of the Night Stalkers who were in attendance."
"We are so grateful for your generosity in opening up your golf course to us in the military. THANKS so much."
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 grant cycle begins in late spring when the grant application is made available on the Berkeley Hall public website. This year, applications are due on August 15, 2015. Once applications are received, 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. Approved grants are paid at the end of the year. Additionally, the Grants Committee regularly monitors the grant recipients to ensure that the grant money is properly used.
Since our inception we have provided funding to the following 17 organizations:
Bluffton Self Help * Bluffton Boys and Girls Club * NMCRS* CODA Hospice of the Lowcountry * Literacy Center * Bluffton Jasper VIM * Memory Matters * NOC 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 that serves the greater Bluffton community, especially those who are most vulnerable.
Note that 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.
To access the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation Grant Application for the 2015 Grant Cycle, please click here.
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