For less than a dollar a day, women in Hampton County are becoming involved in an exciting community endeavor. PEARLS stands for Philanthropic Empowerment Among Rural Lowcountry Sisters and has been established to fulfill the mission of connecting women who care with causes that matter.
The contributions gathered will be distributed to nonprofit organizations in Hampton County recommended by the members and used to build an endowment to insure grantmaking in perpetuity. In addition, members can be involved in a variety of activities ranging from event planning to membership building.
"Throughout our community, women have demonstrated their philanthropic spirit. This is evident everywhere you look....in education, the arts, health, human services, and even community development programs," said Peggy Parker, co-chair of the PEARLS of Hampton County and board member of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. "PEARLS brings these women together to join forces and create a lasting, meaningful impact for the residents of Hampton County.
"As we move forward, leading is more important than ever." said co-chair Gwen Bampfield. "The needs of our community are daunting and will require our inspiration, insight and innovation. Together, we will enhance our vibrant Hampton County and leave a legacy we can be proud of."
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, with a service area that includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, holds the fund for the PEARLS of Hampton County and provide administrative support. The community foundation established a similar giving circle in Beaufort County in 2003 named Women in Philanthropy.