South Carolina Environmental Law Project

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Palmetto Giving Day raises more than $1M for local nonprofits
May 4th, 2018

By Clayton Stairs

More than $1 million was raised for about 50 local nonprofit groups that serve Georgetown County and beyond during Palmetto Giving Day on May 1.

A grassroots effort led by the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, Palmetto Giving Day is an online donation day designed to give a boost to nonprofits. The exact amount raised was $1,106,726.

Ashley Nelson, communications and events manager for the Bunnelle Foundation, said she is excited that donations exceeded the organization's goal for this year.

"After last year's event, we set a goal of raising $1 million this year, not knowing who would participate or how it would get done," she said. "We knew the community would wrap their arms around our nonprofits and help us reach our goal. The results showed they did."

She said an event at the Hammock Shops Village during Palmetto Giving Day, which allowed people to visit with representatives of the organizations, helped with donations.

"Coming together at the Hammock Shops was an opportunity for the community to give a face to the giving day experience," Nelson said. "It allowed the groups to celebrate their success and continue to collect funds to reach the overall giving day goal."

People with groups that participated in the Hammock Shops event said they enjoyed being part of the mass fundraising effort.

"This is a tremendous event for nonprofits across our community to work together toward an amazing community goal," said John Bush, executive director of Helping Hands of Georgetown Inc.

Amy Armstrong, head of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project said, "I think it's an amazing community event. We are thrilled to be a part of it."

The Bunnelle Foundation was one of the sponsors for the event that offered matching funds. It provided 33 organizations with a match of $5,000 if they raised at least $5,000 online, Nelson said.

"We are excited about the possibilities for what Palmetto Giving Day will acheive next year," she said. "In the mean time we will bask in the success of what all of our nonprofits achieved this year."

According to information from, the following is a list of money raised by each organization:

South Carolina Environmental Law Project - $31,381; S.O.S. Health Care Inc. - $34,595; Teach My People - $49,876; Friendship Place Inc. - $29,101; Saint Frances Animal Center - $19,705; Freedom Readers - $14,712; Smith Medical Clinic, Inc - $30,007; Murrells Inlet 2020 - $11,224; Miss Ruby's Kids - $29,851; Helping Hands of Georgetown Inc. - $55,190; Avian Conservation Center - $16,740; Hugs for Horses Therapeutic Riding Program - $7,304; All4Paws - $12,580; Martha's House Inc. - $43,623; Birthright of Georgetown - $18,252; Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County - $30,025; The Village Group - $24,010; Children's Recovery Center - $13,160; Center for Heirs' Property Preservation - $7,375; Optimism Preventive Services Inc. - $4,511; Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry counties - $23,035; Winyah Rivers Foundation - $12,360; St. Christopher's Children - $10,248; A Father's Place - $6,318; Tara Hall Home for Boys - $13,600; Friends of Coastal South Carolina - $12,305; Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group - $2,880; Pawleys Island Child Development Center - $16,280; The Mitney Project - $12,700; The Salvation Army - $10,120; SC Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary - $3,460; Tidelands Community Hospice Foundation - $3,125; Georgetown Family YMCA - $6,090; Students in the Word - $13,550; Amazing Journey Inc - $4,735; Brookgreen Gardens - $1,550; Carolina Human Reinvestment - $9,158; Empower Angels - $3,345; Georgetown County Museum - $1,560; Low Country Veterans Group - $1,503; Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art - $5,675; Catholic Charities of South Carolina - $3,295; Healthy Learners - $850; American Rivers - $720; AMIkids Georgetown - $1,125; Barnabas Horse Foundation - $480; Dragon Boat at the Beach - $785; Girls on the Run Grand Strand - $1,125; Chamber Foundation for a Sustainable Georgetown County - $435; Bible Way Community Learning Center - $8,879; Pee Dee Land Trust - $400; Long Bay Symphony - $50.

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