PEARLS of Hampton County


PEARLS stands for Philanthropic Empowerment Among Rural Lowcountry Sisters and was established to fulfill the mission of connecting women who care with causes that matter.

Women from around the county are joining PEARLS with a charitable investment of $100 or more annually to grow the PEARLS of Hampton County Fund. 

Contributions are 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 are involved in a variety of activities ranging from event planning to membership building.
In 2019, PEARLS of Hampton County
awarded $9,250 to five organizations. Since 2006, PEARLS has awarded more than $63,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations.
Elements of PEARLS of Hampton County

As a member, you could choose to be involved in:

  • Coming together with other community-minded women to share ideas. 
  • Supporting and engaging in activities that strengthen our community.
  • Playing a leadership role in the initiative by serving on a committee.
  • Learning about the philanthropic potential of women.
  • Engaging in educational events that inform you about the needs of nonprofit organizations in the community.
  • Mentoring programs to encourage younger women and girls to be successful, community-minded individuals.


If you are interested in becoming a member of PEARLS of Hampton County, please download the membership brochure. For ease and convenience, you may make your annual dues payment online via credit card.


Individual grants typically range from $500 to $3,000, with approximately $9,000 total given annually

One grant per 12-month period

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be a nonprofit agency with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status or equivalent (church, school, government agency) under the Internal Revenue code.
  • Demonstrate measurable project outcomes for PEARLS selected area of focus.
  • Submit grant requests that help launch new programs or enhance existing programs and projects in Hampton County.

Generally request for the following will NOT be considered:

  • Building organizational capacity
  • Personnel and/or office expenses
  • Religious activities (Although faith-based groups are encouraged to apply, to be considered for funding the projects must reflect nondiscriminatory practices.)
  • Political activities or organizations
  • Grants directly to individuals
  • Endowments
  • Annual fundraising campaigns and special events or fundraisers

The application process is now closed.

Download the History of PEARLS grantmaking.

Upcoming Events






Advisory Board Members

Becky Young

Alice Behlin

Debbie Brown

Kari Foy

Jacqueline Hopkins

Jill Knight

Jenny Loadholt

Georgeanne Mintner

Marsha Robinson

Rhonda Willis

Competitive Grant Final Report Template

Click here to download the Competitive Grant Final Report Template [DOC] required by grantees.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23019
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

Office Location
4 Northridge Drive, Suite A
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29926

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