Bunnelle Foundation Announces $405,000 In Grants Awarded



The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation recently awarded $405,000 in its “Grants for the Common Good” program to twenty-six organizations working in Georgetown County. This competitive grant cycle was completed in late October.

Three areas of the Bunnelle Foundation mission were addressed in this cycle. Awards made in the area of “Meeting Basic Human Needs” were to American Red Cross, Birthright of Georgetown, Caring and Sharing, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston, Children’s Recovery Center, Family Justice Center of Georgetown County, Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group, Georgetown County Water & Sewer District, Impact America – South Carolina, Low Country Veterans Group, Lowcountry Food Bank, Martha’s House, St. Cyprian Church Outreach Center, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Backpack Buddies Program.

Awards made in the area of “Promoting Economic Vitality” were to A Father’s Place, Alliance for Economic Development for Georgetown County, Amazing Journey, Friendship Place, Georgetown County Library, Helping Hands of Georgetown, and The Mitney Project.

Awards made in the area of “Preserving the Environment” were to American Rivers, Murrells Inlet 2020, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, The Nature Conservancy, and Winyah Rivers Foundation.

The next available competitive cycle begins on November 28, 2016 and will address the Bunnelle Foundation mission areas of “Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty” and “Encouraging Positive Youth Development.” Please visit the Grants for the Common Good page for more information.

Nonprofit Workers and the Vow of Poverty


Leadership. Leadership is the watchword of all conversations concerning business, government, politics and anything else that matters. Just as strong leadership makes for successful businesses, strong leadership is essential to the success of a nonprofit organization.

Make no mistake, a nonprofit is a business and needs to be conducted as such.  It is governed by a Board of Directors who help guide the mission of the organization and is ultimately accountable for its actions in much the same way that large corporations have Boards accountable for their actions. The profit margin of a nonprofit is not the money being made, but a better community. Nonprofit workers deserve to make a living wage just as people in business do.  (To find what the living wage is in Georgetown, click here.) Nonprofit employees do not take a vow of poverty to work in their organization, nor should they be expected to do so. Because they are passionate about a cause and willing to work for it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be paid a reasonable wage to do that work.  We certainly wouldn’t want to see nonprofit workers become clients of other nonprofits because they cannot afford health insurance, food, shelter or other basic human needs.

“Nonprofit” status is a tax code designation granted by the Internal Revenue Service to those groups who are not in the business of making money, but are in the business of improving the community or the world in some way.  Although some groups can and do make money (think of a Salvation Army Thrift Store), it is understood that the profits they make are reinvested in the mission of that organization.  Being a nonprofit does NOT mean that the organization’s staff members do not deserve to be paid a living wage for their important work.

It is time to bring the nonprofit world and the people who support it into the 21st century by insisting that nonprofit employees be paid a living wage that includes benefits such as health insurance and paid time off.  We can assure this change by financially supporting the nonprofits doing work that inspires us. It is time for us to turn the leadership of the nonprofits over to the younger generation, and they cannot afford to do this work if it means they must work three jobs to sustain their families. How can we lure the brightest and best young people into the nonprofit world? Paying a life sustaining wage would be a positive first step. We need the fresh perspective, new ideas, energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the younger generation to make our nonprofits the best they can be.

How can we afford to pay living wages?  We can’t afford not to.

By Geales Sands

The 2016 Fall Cycle of Grants for the Common Good

The Fall cycle of Grants for the Common Good is here!

This cycle will address three focus areas: meeting basic human needs, promoting economic vitality and preserving the environment. The first step in the process, the online Letter of Intent, will be accepted from June 6 – July 7. Please see the Grants for the Common Good page for more information.

Should you feel you could use some help with the online process, please call the Bunnelle Foundation at 843-237-1222.

Bunnelle Foundation Announces $345,000 in Grants Awarded

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The Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation recently awarded $345,000 in its “Grants for the Common Good” program to twenty-two organizations working in Georgetown County. This competitive grant cycle was completed in April.

Geales Sands, Executive Director, said, “We are pleased and proud to support these nonprofits. They all share our goal of improving the quality of life for our County’s residents.”
Two areas of the Bunnelle Foundation mission were addressed in this cycle. Awards made in the area of “Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty” were to Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Miss Ruby’s Kids, Nurse-Family Partnership, and The Salvation Army.

Awards made in the area of “Encouraging Positive Youth Development” were to Bible Way Community Learning Center, Black River United Way, Cultural Council of Georgetown County, Friends of Coastal South Carolina, Georgetown County Boys Mentor Group, Georgetown County Family YMCA, Georgetown Presbyterian Church/Hispanic Outreach, Grand Strand Miracle League, Grand Strand Tech Council, Institute for Child Success, Pawleys Island Child Development Center, S.O.S. Health Care, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, St. Christopher’s Children, Teach My People, The J.O.Y. School, The Village Group, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.

The next available competitive cycle begins in June and will address the Bunnelle Foundation mission areas of “Promoting Economic Vitality,” “Preserving the Environment” and “Meeting Basic Human Needs.” Please visit the Grants for the Common Good page for more information.


(Pictured Above:

Front Row
Lillian Reid (Pawleys Island Child Development Center), Brittney Grayson (Bible Way Community Learning Center), Helen Rudolph (Georgetown County Boys Mentors), Martha Insignares (The J.O.Y. School), Eric Spatz (Teach My People), Meagan Nowacoski (Grand Strand Tech Council)

Second Row
Jennifer Averette (Grand Strand Miracle League), Jackie Harris (Salvation Army Afterschool Program), Coretha Grate (The Village Group), Yolanda McCray (Black River United Way), Yorky Burnas (Georgetown Presbyterian Church Hispanic Outreach), Grace Gasper (Friends of Coastal SC), Maria Yeremin (Grand Strand Tech Council)

Third Row
Kristen Laga (Miss Ruby’s Kids), Stan Rocke (Georgetown County Boys Mentors), Beth McMillian (Nurse-Family Partnership), Jamie Sullivan (S.O.S. Health Care), Jason Greene (Grand Strand Tech Council)

Back Row
Richard Preedom, (The Village Group), Wanasha Brabham (Nurse-Family Partnership), Shane Riffle (Georgetown County Family YMCA)

Lowcountry Giving Day 2016 Results

On May 3 and May 4, many Georgetown County nonprofits participated in Lowcountry Giving Day 2016.  The event was a 24-hour crowdfunding event designed to encourage the use of online technology for nonprofits to stimulate donor engagement and increase donor reach. This year, nearly 20,000 individual donations were made in the Lowcountry, totaling almost $4.2 million!

This year marked the third annual Lowcountry Giving Day event (and the second year that the Bunnelle Foundation was involved). The Bunnelle Foundation acted as a catalyst for 22 local nonprofits, matching up to $7,500 for each of those organizations.

There were more ways than ever before for donors to participate this year. Those wanting to give were encouraged to visit www.lowcountrygivingday.org in advance of the event to schedule their donation. Alternatively, donors could use the text.gives platform to either give online or via the “text-to-donate” feature. The text.gives platform is still available for use by participating nonprofits and will remain accessible for the foreseeable future.

The Lowcountry has shown time and time again that its people are generous and compassionate when called to act. We at the Bunnelle Foundation, alongside our nonprofit partners, wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for your assistance in lifting the Lowcountry!