Sandbox A Hilton Head Area Children Museum Inc
HILTON HEAD SC 29928-4791
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 18 POPE AVE STE A
HILTON HEAD , SC 299284791
Telephone (843) 842-7645
Projected Annual Revenue $238,000.00 (2017)
Mission Statement The Sandbox:  An Interactive Children's Museum is a non-profit children's museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through play.
CEO/Executive Director Caroline Rinehart
Board Chair Keri Olivetti
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of South Carolina Beaufort
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
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Mission The Sandbox:  An Interactive Children's Museum is a non-profit children's museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through play.

The Sandbox Children's Museum is the brainchild of a group of Lowcountry moms who saw a great need for a community educational play space for preschool and early elementary children. After conducting focus groups in early 2003, their information feasibility study confirmed the need for such a place and concluded that it would be well supported by the community. They researched other similar demographic areas and discovered that opening a nonprofit interactive children's museum was the perfect way to meet this need. After gathering support from community and business leaders, as well as educators, they formed a Board of Directors and received their nonprofit status in December of 2003. The Board of Directors spent most of 2004 building a development plan, business plan and strategic plan and in the fall embarked on a capital campaign to raise $255,000 to open their doors. After securing their initial funds and a desirable location, they began a building renovation project in the spring of 2005. By the fall of 2005, they reached their capital campaign goal and began their play center design and development. The Sandbox formally opened its doors on December 6, 2005 and eager to serve the families of our community.

The Sandbox has continued to grow and expand since its opening. The Museum offers educational programming such as Imagination Hour where children hear a fascinating story followed by a corresponding craft sparking their imagination. The Sandbox works towards kindergarten readiness through its Countdown to Kindergarten as well as its DIG – Discovery Imagine Grow program. DIG is an outreach program targeting at risk children who may need additional support in preparing for the school experience. Countdown to Kindergarten provides students and parents an opportunity to prepare for that first day of class – including practicing the bus ride. Our exhibits continue to challenge the young minds through new technology. The airplane currently flies to the moon and the Sandbox recently added a Race Track where visitors can build their own race car and speed down the track in record time. The Sandbox continues to challenge the imaginations of both children and adults through play.


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Expanded Discover Imagine and Grow - DIG -  we provided the necessary outreach to prepare the children for kindergarten.  The program is offered at the Hilton Head Library and the Bluffton Library and the classes are full each week. 
  Endowment Fund -  we  have started our endowment fund.  The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is helping us with the fund and our investment strategy.  Our fund will ensure that children learn through play for years to come.
MOU with the Town of Hilton Head -  we signed a formal MOU with the Town of Hilton Head for our new facility at Coligny Beach Park.  Our new museum with have 4000 square feet of indoor play space and 1500 outdoor play space and a new feature exhibit.  
The Sandbox goals for this upcoming year are quite challenging - 
Executive Director - our growth has led us to a place where we are in need of an additional full time staff person to take on the role of Executive Director. 
Securing  an exhibit sponsor for our new race track exhibit. 
 Planning for our new facility.  Currently we are working with the Town of Hilton Head Island on the Coligny Redevelopment  Project and the building of a new museum.   The Sandbox will need to secure the new layout for our exhibits as well as determine the appropriate new exhibits as we expand our education outreach to age 12. 
Exhibit Sponsors - the Sandbox would like to secure a Title Sponsor for the new exhibits in the amount of $10,000 each. The Race Track
 Funding for the New Museum -  per our MOU, the Sandbox needs to raise a minimum of $150,000 to up fit the new facility in Coligny.  Our goal is to raise $250,000. 
Board Members -  we currently have spaces available on our Board of Directors and need individuals who support our mission and are willing serve on a working Board of Directors.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement

I have been working at The Sandbox Children’s Museum for a little over 6 years now. Little did I know then what an impact taking this job would have on my life both personally and professionally. I oversee the day to day operation of the museum and also plan and execute all the fun events we host for the community. Since the beginning (2005), the mission has always been to provide a fun, caring and educational playplace for all the children and families that visit. Over the summer months, we see lots of visitors but also see a lot of locals and members. A few years ago, we wanted to focus some more on our local community and offer programs that would benefit our local children. We conducted a community assessment with local, youth oriented organizations and found that over 50% of our local children were not ready for kindergarten. About the same time, we joined a statewide collaborative with Edventure Children’s in Columbia. Through that initial partnership we developed a school readiness program, Discover.Imagine. Grow. (D.I.G.) that we started in the museum on Tuesdays for an hour during the school year. Shortly after that we were awarded a grant through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to partner with Neighborhood Outreach Connection and bring our program into the community, specifically, The Oaks Apartments. Our curriculum, designed by our Education Program Coordinator, is intended to parallel the South Carolina Early Learning Standards set forth for the Department of Education. We also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head as well as the Island Recreation Center with the same program to broaden our reach.

I have personally seen the positive effect our program has had on the children we have reached. Excitement, enthusiasm, curiosity are just a few of the words that come to mind when I try to explain the impact The Sandbox and our programs have had on the children that have opportunity to play and learn


Board Chair Statement

I love to play! Therefore it is an absolute joy to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sandbox. The Board of Directors is comprised of a talented group of individuals committed to the mission of the Sandbox. Each Board Member brings a special skill set needed to benefit the organization and cheerfully contributes.

Our challenges are many as our organization continues to grow and expand. One of our biggest challenges is to keep our museum new and exciting for our repeat visitors. We continue to add new features and were granted funding this year for two new exhibits. We recently added our new Race Track in our Transportation Zone. Our visitors can use mix and match car pieces to build his/her unique race car and then race it down the track in record time. The next exhibit to be added will be a Grocery Store complete with check out scanner and health information kiosk. Play is such an important part of the educational process and the Sandbox has amazing resources to offer to promote such process. We continue to work on our outreach in the community sharing our resources and expanding our recipients. We also continue work on our community support efforts promoting our benefits to the local Hilton Head Island community.

It is truly a joy to hear the laughter of children and parents together as they learn side by side in our museum. I love to hear the shouts of ARRRGGG coming from the pirate ship – I can hear the echo of William Hilton himself. I am always fascinated by what the dry erase board says at the end of the day – who was there, who loves who and what family loves Hilton Head. I would like to say I never tire of the sounds of the train on the tracks – but oh that does ring in the ears! I am amazed by what little minds can create with a few bright sticks of color in our over sized light bright and my imagination is always peaked by the creations in our art room. I do believe that the learning taking place in our museum is always joyous! Smiles abound as little minds work. Come play with us!

Areas of Service
Beaufort County
The Sandbox is located on Hilton Head Island but has international impact.  Visitors from around the world visit our beautiful island and enjoy learning through play at the Sandbox.  We continue our outreach to the Bluffton, Beaufort and Savannah communities locally. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Keri Olivetti
Company Affiliation University of South Carolina Beaufort
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Dru Brown The Vacation Company
Erin Carmines Hudson's Seafood on the Docks
Jennie Cerrati McNair Law Firm
Susie Dolan Esposito Construction
Jim Gant Community Volunteer
Lenore Gleason Community Volunteer
Brian Kinard Schembra Real Estate Group, Inc.
Lynn King Tide Point, A Vi Community
Keri Olivetti University of South Carolina Beaufort
Jason Stevens TD Bank
Mandy Walters All Saints Preschool
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Caroline Rinehart

Ms. Rinehart’s energy level matches those of children who visit our museum! She has amazing organizational skills- keeping several projects on task at one time. Her communication and human relations skills create a family like environment for the Sandbox’s employees and volunteers. Ms. Rinehart worked in the hospitality industry for ten years prior to coming to the Sandbox- bringing with her the attributes one would need to manage the needs of the children’s museum. She manages not only the day to day activities at the museum – she also maintains the business side as well. She thrives on taking on new challenges including grant writing. After attending grant writing workshops, Ms. Rinehart has perfected her grant writing skills adding new financial resources for the museum. The Sandbox is a better museum due to the leadership of Ms. Rinehart.

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 5
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Diversity Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description   The Discover. Imagine. Grow. (D.I.G) Outreach Program is a weekly early learning series aimed at children aged 3-5 years old, that promotes the development of language and literacy, reading and writing, math and science, and social, emotional,and physical well-being through engaged learning. As part of the The Sandbox’s Community Early Learning Initiative (SCELI),the Discover. Imagine. Grow. (D.I.G) Outreach Program will encourage and guide young children to develop the foundation skills needed for their success in learning and in life through the guise of play and hands-on exploration.
Budget $40,000.00
Short Term Success : Reaching children via community outreach at Neighborhood Outreach Connection/Boys and Girls Club that would not otherwise have the opportunity to have some preschool structure in preparing to enter kindergarten (or 1st grade at Boys/Girls Club)
Long Term Success Reaching/impacting these children at the age of 3-5 years to be on or above grade level by 4th grade
Description The Sandbox selects a unique book to share with the participants followed by a craft that relates to the book - encouraging hands learning of the books lesson. 
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success Continuance of reading and using the imagination in an “educational play” environment and using motor and sensory skills to complete a craft related to the story
Long Term Success Validating the importance of everyday reading to help our children achieve grade level reading at the appropriate age
Description Check out the Investigation Station in our Learner’s Loft, where you and your child can explore self-guided activities that are educationally rich and fun-filled! Each weekly activity has been chosen to highlight key skills and concepts blended with play. They are planned to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities and can easily be adapted or extended. Be it for 5 minutes or 15, the most important thing is for you and your child to leap into learning together!
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success Utilizing everyday “play” items already in the museum and relating its intended purpose to everyday learning
Long Term Success   Instill a sense of lifelong learning while playing by presenting situational opportunities to play AND learn
Description Family Fun Night is held the first Friday of the month- September through May.  The museum celebrates the weekend by providing free admission for educational learning, a fun bounce house for some movement and a picnic dinner to enjoy. 
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success Opportunity for working parents and parents that might not otherwise be able to afford a visit to the museum to engage with their children/grandchildren free of charge
Long Term Success Keeping interactivity and togetherness in the forefront of our community parents and fill the role of a needed resource to encourage parent involvement and engagement during the formidable and impressionable years of a young child’s life
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $238,000.00
Projected Expenses $238,000.00
Endowment Value $50,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense----$258,241
Administration Expense----$20,779
Fundraising Expense----$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.140.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets----$75,437
Current Assets----$40,414
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$3,651
Total Net Assets----$71,786
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----11.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose New Museum Facility at Coligny Beach Park
Goal $250,000
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2017
Nonprofit Sandbox A Hilton Head Area Children Museum Inc
Address 18 POPE AVE STE A
HILTON HEAD , SC 299284791
Primary Phone (843) 842-7645
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Caroline Rinehart
Board Chair Keri Olivetti
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of South Carolina Beaufort
Year of Incorporation 2003