Frances Bunnelle believed that people should care for one another according to their means. She quietly gave assistance to the disenfranchised and the disadvantaged. She believed in the importance of community.
Mrs. Bunnelle created the Foundation in 2000 in order to support charitable causes serving Georgetown County, South Carolina. After her passing that same year, her trustees adopted the mission to improve the quality of life for County residents by concentrating on areas consistent with Mrs. Bunnelle’s values.
The focus areas are addressing the root causes of poverty, meeting basic human needs, promoting economic vitality, preserving the environment, and encouraging positive youth development.
The first grants were made in 2003. Since then, more than $20 million has been distributed to worthy causes serving Georgetown County.
This comprehensive approach to funding includes technical assistance, collaboration incentives, and leadership development for grantees.
Strengthening nonprofit organizations and engaging with community leaders in all sectors ensures that grantmaking responds to community needs and opportunities.
The Foundation offers "best practices" learning opportunities to grantees and encourages their replication. It evaluates the work of grantees and shares their success stories.
Collaborating with other philanthropic partners allows the Foundation to leverage resources committed to Georgetown County.