The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry was founded in 1994 with the proceeds of the sale of the nonprofit Hilton Head Hospital.
Since that time, we have expanded to cover a four-county area of the Lowcountry – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.
We have grown to more than 200 funds and have given more than $30 million back into our communities and beyond.
1995 – Our first scholarship fund, the Joan and Wade Webster Scholarship Fund, was established
1999 – Launched Endowment Challenge 2000 to help build area nonprofits' endowments
2002 – Surpasses the $10 million mark in grantmaking
2002 – Named the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Organization of the Year
2003 – Women in Philanthropy founded
2004 – Our 10th anniversary celebration
2006 – First million-dollar gift to establish a donor-advised fund received
2007 – PEARLS of Hampton County founded
2008 – Greater Bluffton Community Endowment Fund established
2008 – Beaufort Fourth Century Endowment Fund established
2009 – Jasper Community Fund established
2009 – Celebrating our 15th year!
2010 - Worked collaboratively to release the interim Together for Beaufort report, highlighting the progress made on the goals established by the community.
2011 - The first scholarship supporting organization, the Jim and Marge Krum Foundation, established with an $8 million gift.