Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
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Established by Frances P. Bunnelle in the year 2000, the Bunnelle Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Georgetown County, SC residents. Efforts are focused on Mrs. Bunnelle’s primary concerns: meeting basic human needs, addressing the root causes of poverty, preserving the environment, promoting economic vitality, and encouraging positive youth development.
In 2016, the Foundation committed to narrowing its focus in a strategy we call Education to Career or E2C. We target efforts at the intersection of youth development and economic vitality. Our grantmaking still includes all five focus areas, but special consideration is given to entities working in those two areas.
Several initiatives have been developed to follow the E2C strategy. In 2018 we established a college internship program in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University and the United Nations Georgetown RISE program. It matches college students with local businesses. In February 2019, we hosted the first Pathways to Possibilities Career Expo at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This event paired over 5,500 eighth-graders from 7 counties with 150 regional employers in an interactive workforce development experience. The Bunnelle Youth Board held its inaugural meeting in 2018. Its goal is to engage area high school juniors and seniors in philanthropy and community leadership.
The Foundation also builds community by offering high-quality training to area nonprofits, and we have state-of-the-art meeting space available free of charge. We help our nonprofit partners broaden their fundraising reach through Palmetto Giving Day, and we supply expert facilitators to several collaborative efforts across the county.
Ultimately, all the Foundation’s work is aimed at realizing our vision of a diverse community with abundant opportunity for work, recreation, and sustainable living.