About The Bunnelle Foundation
Frances Bunnelle was a firm believer that people should care for one another according to their means. She quietly gave assistance to the disenfranchised and disadvantaged because she believed in the importance of community.
Mrs. Bunnelle created the Foundation in 2000 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 first grants were made in 2003. Since then, more than $26 million has been distributed to worthy causes serving Georgetown County and the Foundation has served as a convener and thought leader in the community.
The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all Georgetown County residents by focusing in five areas:
- ADDRESSING THE ROOT CAUSES OF POVERTY
- MEETING BASIC HUMAN NEEDS
- PROMOTING ECONOMIC VITALITY
- PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT
- ENCOURAGING POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation’s vision is of a diverse community with abundant opportunity for work, recreation and sustainable living.
1. Using an Engaged, Long-Term Approach in Community Investments
This comprehensive approach to funding includes technical assistance, collaboration incentives and leadership development for grantees.
2. Developing Local Involvement and Leadership
Strengthening nonprofit organizations and engaging with community leaders in all sectors ensures that grant-making responds to community needs and opportunities.
3. Investing in Learning Processes to Improve Effectiveness
The Foundation offers “best practices” learning opportunities to grantees and encourages their replication. It evaluates the work of grantees and shares their success stories.
4. Collaborating with Other Philanthropic Resources
Collaborating with other philanthropic partners allows the Foundation to leverage resources committed to Georgetown County.