Mission The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for all Georgetown County residents by focusing in five areas:

Five Focus Areas
  1. Addressing the root causes of poverty
  2. Meeting basic human needs
  3. Promoting economic vitality
  1. Preserving the environment
  2. Encouraging positive youth development


The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation's vision is of a community with abundant opportunity for healthy, safe and sustainable living.


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.

Guiding Principles

  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 grantmaking responds to community needs and opportunities.

  1. 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.

  2. Collaborating with other philanthropic resources

    Collaborating with other philanthropic partners allows the Foundation to leverage resources committed to Georgetown County.