OKATIE SC 29909-3915
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 310 OKATIE HWY
OKATIE , SC 299093915
Telephone (843) 6457774 201
E-mail ataylor@portroyalsoundfoundation.org
Projected Annual Revenue $835,000.00 (2017)
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Port Royal Sound
Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area, the region, and the Atlantic Ocean.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jody Hayward
Board Chair Mr. Dean Moss
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Our mission is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area, the region, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Background The Port Royal Sound Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the betterment and conversation of the waters and lands of Port Royal Sound. Our unique salt marsh ecosystem touches every community in Beaufort County and parts of Jasper County, and thus impacts water quality as well as overall quality of life for all of its citizens. The Foundation was formed to be a leader in educating about the Sound and the need to preserve, protect, and conserve this very special salt marsh estuary.

Opened the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center November 1, 2014

40,000+ visitors have toured Maritime Center since opening. The Center has multiple exhibit rooms, including a 3,000 gallon acquarium, several live aquatic and terrapin displays and a history wall timeline showing how the Port Royal Sound has influenced the surrounding region.
2000 school children visitors
1000 Eco-Expedition boat tours 
20 educational programs
250 youth received boat licensees from boating class
100 artists showcased
100 active volunteers
Summer camp established
Partnered with SC Dept. of Natural Resources to build artificial oyster reef in the Port Royal Sound waters.
Tuesday Talk lecture series covering topics such as sharks of the Sound, Lowcountry Plants, wading birds, turtles, cobia crisis and many others which educate the community about the pristine and beautiful land and waters.
Have increased giving and grown database to over 1,000 donors. 
With a grant from Lockheed Martin, we held our first annual STEAM Festival in August 2017. Over 1000 children and adults attended.
Converted one dock into an outdoor learning center, installed an iconic 38-ft tower to turn our Maritime Center into a landmark
Held first Art of the Sound which will be held quarterly in 2017
Started monthly Saturday on the Sound events 
Hosted Hilton Head Boat Show in March-April
Successful Night on the Sound fundraiser with Phillipe Cousteau
(2015) and Robert Ballard (2016). Oct 21, 2017 is date for this year with Jack Hanna. 
Enhanced programs and exhibits planned; new greenhouse, through grant from Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been erected. This Fall, Spartina alternaflora seeds will be collected and planted in the greenhouse. It will allow growth of Spartina plants for field trip students to plant in the marsh
Funding for educational programs on campus and in classrooms; honorariums, art shows, Saturday on the Sound, lectures, STEAM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), etc.
Volunteers - we are very dependent on volunteers to host, serve as docents, assist with field trips and special events, lead classes, maintain quality of our aquatic exhibits/tanks; and help with booths at local events
CEO/Executive Director Statement

The Port Royal Sound covers 50% of Beaufort County and is the flagship of our local environment. Residents include an impressive variety of shark species, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, and several species of rays - even the enormous manta ray. Port Royal Sound is the ideal location to explore, research, and learn more about these amazing marine organisms.

An important goal of the Port Royal Sound Foundation is to provide opportunities that encourage youth and their families to develop a feeling of pride and ownership for the Port Royal Sound and the salt marshes and tidal creeks that surround it. These programs teach youth about why their salt marshes and tidal creeks are so unique and worth protecting and what people can do to protect them.
Visitors also tour the Maritime Center which includes multiple exhibit rooms, including a 3,000 gallon aquarium, two hands-on display tanks, terrapin exhibit and a "history wall" timeline showinghow the Port Royal Sound has influenced the surrounding region. There is no charge to visit the Maritime Center, which is staffed by volunteers as well as paid Master Naturalists. A rich mix of free and paid programming is offered, including rotating art and culture exhibits, films, presentations, workshops, eco-boat tours and school field trips.
Board Chair Statement

I have lived in Beaufort County for nearly 33 years and during that entire time, I have been fascinated and enthralled by Port Royal Sound and all its connecting rivers, creeks and marshes. I was asked to serve on the founding Board of Trustees of the Port Royal Sound Foundation and was elected chairman in 2015. - The PRSF has a fantastic staff, a hardworking and generous board and a team of wonderful volunteers, and as we begin to mature as an organization, the possibilities seem to keep unrolling in front of us.

We are however a “startup” organization and we face the challenges common to startups everywhere. We are fortunate to have had the support of the community in the development of a truly unique and wonderful “maritime center”, but this outstanding museum/aquarium/educational; facility requires a steady influx of funds to operate and maintain and since we are determined to keep this free and open to the public, a lot of our time is spent raising funds. I set myself a goal as chairman to, within three years, put the organization on a predictable financial footing, and while we are making progress, this is a continuing challenge. Our staff is talented and energetic, but small and the opportunities that seem to appear daily all compete for their time and our scarce resources.

We are embarked on a major strategic planning update for the next two years designed to sharpen our focus and put all the ideas and initiatives into the context of some clearly defined objectives. If we are able to concentrate our considerable skills on our three major goals, understand Port Royal Sound, protect Port Royal Sound, and educate the community about Port Royal Sound, I believe that the Foundation will become an important resource for Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Dean Moss, Chairman

Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Beaufort and parts of Jasper Counties. The following zip codes 29909, 29901, 29902, 29903, 29904, 29905, 29906, 29907, 29909, 29910, 29912, 29914, 29915, 29920, 29925, 29926, 29927, 29928, 29931, 29935, 29936, 29938, 29940, 29941, 29943; 
We continue to expand into neighboring counties and over 30% of our visitors come from over 50 mi away 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dean Moss
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email wdmossjr@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Mr. Andrew Carmines Hudson's Seafood
Mr. John Cheshire Trustee
Mrs. Joan Crawford Trustee
Ms Elvah Donald Community Volunteer
Mr. William Evans Trustee
Mr. David Harter Trustee
Mr. Donald Hartrick Trustee
Mr. Paul Jones Retired
Mr. Patrick Kelley Secretary, Board of Trustees
Dr. Christopher Marsh Trustee
Mr. Dean Moss Vice-Chairman of Board
Mr. Michael Overton Outside Hilton Head
Mr. Edward Pappas Trustees
Ms Pamela Porter Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Stewart Treasurer of Board of Trustees
Mr Jack Worrell Self-employed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
under development
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mrs. Jody Hayward
Experience  Jody became director of the Port Royal Sound Foundation in July 2014 following several years as a volunteer and lead fundraiser for the PRSF Maritime Center which opened last November. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, she has a strong background in business, non-profits, management, marketing, design and printing. Jody worked as general manager of a large printing company in Atlanta prior to moving to the Lowcountry with her family in 2004. While experiencing the water as much as possible since relocating to Beaufort, Jody has also enjoyed learning about the unique history and people of Beaufort County and is excited to have it showcased through history and art exhibits at the Maritime Center for others to explore.
Senior Staff
Ms. Alicia Denise Powell Director of Development
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 90%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

The education staff at the Maritime Center provide age-specific programs for visiting school groups. The topics include an overview of the ecology of Port Royal Sound, the life cysles and adaptations of important groups of marine organisms (e.g. crustaceans, salt marsh invertebrates, sharks, sports fish, birds, marine mammals), the Sound's role in the region's history, and best practices that protect the Sound's water quality.

In addition to having programs at the Maritime Center facilities classes also have the opportunity to take an educational boat cruise with Captain Amber Kuehn, a marine biologist who received her Master's degree from the College of Charleston.

Budget $125,000.00
Short Term Success

Numbers will be tracked through visitation logs at the Maritime Center, field trip and programming rosters and through the expansion and demand of all programs. Surveys will be conducted.

Long Term Success

Long-term success will be measured through participation numbers for all opportunities being offered; the overall demand for the programs, the request from teachers and parents to offer new programs. Surveys will be conducted before and after field trips with teachers to help ensure quality programming with effective messages for the students.

Program Success Monitored BY  

Numbers will be tracked through visitation logs at the Maritime Center, field trip and programming rosters and through the expansion and demand of all programs. Surveys will be conducted.

Description Sparking the interest of children in a subject is an effective way to educate the parents. Programs for the entire family enable the children and parents to learn together how they can help become stewards of the waters and marine life of Port Royal Sound. These programs include hands-on experiences with animals in the touch tank, lessons about local seafood species and how they are harvested, charismatic marine life such as sharks, dolphins, and large fish, and boat trips out into Port Royal Sound with marine biologist Amber Keuhn.
Budget $35,000.00
Short Term Success Through the educational classes provided by the staff of the Port Royal Sound, families leave the Maritime Center knowing what they can do to preserve the waters and land of the Port Royal Sound.
Long Term Success Families will have a better understanding of how they impact the Port Royal Sound and how they can help sustain the pristine conditions for many years to come.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Number of families attending classes and touring the Maritime Center.
Description The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) is an important partner of the Port Royal Sound Foundation. Each fall SC DNR brings its 45 foot long catamaran, the E/V Discovery, to the Maritime Center, where it hosts approximately 150 middle school students during its week stay. During their two-hour trip on the Discovery students observe SC DNR towing a net to catch fish, shrimp and crabs and then get to handle captured specimens. Through this experience they learn about the biology of common marine invertebrates and vertebrates, and how important the Port Royal Sound is as a nursery and feeding are for South Carolina's coastal marine life.
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success  One week of Discovery Vessel classes will allow for 300 students to attend the class.
Long Term Success Students learn through this experience about the biology of common marine life and how important the Port Royal Sound is as a nursery and feeding area for South Carolina's coastal marine life.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY  Students take the information learned back to the formal classroom for review and discussion.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $835,000.00
Projected Expenses $741,200.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$390,051$314,778$126,152
Administration Expense$65,149$74,949$46,803
Fundraising Expense$80,619$67,063$38,467
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.441.117.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%69%60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%16%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,713,279$2,940,230$2,872,896
Current Assets$158,069$176,092$186,145
Long-Term Liabilities$54,125$54,785$38,390
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,659,154$2,885,445$2,834,506
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%1%
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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Jan 2016
Organization Comments under development
Address 310 OKATIE HWY
OKATIE , SC 299093915
Primary Phone (843) 6457774 201
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jody Hayward
Board Chair Mr. Dean Moss
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2011