Boys & Girls Clubs of Lowcountry, Inc.
10 Pinckney Colony Road, Suite 103
Bluffton SC 29909
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Suite 103
Bluffton, SC 29909
Telephone (843) 379-5430
Fax (843) 379-5431
Projected Annual Revenue $3,450,743.00 (2018)
Mission Statement The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry is "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."
CEO/Executive Director Mr Chris Protz
Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey Grime
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
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Mission The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry is "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."
Background The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry (BGCLC) began in the mid-1980's when a group of Beaufort County residents came together to find a solution for the lack of structured, positive activities for the communities youth. In 1986 Boys Clubs of America (now Boys & Girls Clubs of America) granted an operating charter and the committee leased a city-owned facility in Beaufort and began offering programs. In the first few days of its opening more than twice the number of kids appeared at the Club than expected and the committee immediately leased another site within Beaufort Elementary School. In 1992, BGCLC opened a Club on Hilton Head Island in an apartment and in 1993 ground was broken to build the first Club in Beaufort. In 1998 BGCLC established the Bluffton Club in trailers next to MC Riley School. In 1999 the current Batten Family Club was built and opened its doors and in 2001 a Club was established in Ridgeland (Jasper County) in an elementary school. In 2003 the current Bluffton Club was completed and opened its doors to youth. In 2004 a small Club was opened in Sheldon using space in a county facility and in the summer of 2014 a Club was established in Shanklin Elementary School. Also in 2014 the Beaufort Club facility was sold to Bridges Preparatory Charter School with the Club offering after school programs within the school. In August 2016 the Club opened an afterschool program at Broad River Elementary School. Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry consists of Clubs in Bridges Charter School, Broad River Elementary School, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland (Jasper County), Sheldon and Shanklin Elementary School. In 2017 these Clubs served 2747 registered members and had an average daily attendance of over 750 youth.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry seeks to provide a world-class Club experience for youth in each of our seven Boys & Girls Clubs. We strive to ensure that success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. Among our many programs and activities are:

Project Learn/Power Hour: an educational enhancement program.
SMART Moves: a program that helps young people learn to resist the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and postpone sexual activity.
Passport to Manhood: a program design to teach and promote responsible behaviors through teaching and role modeling in adolescent males.
SMART Girls: a program intended to help girls develop a healthy attitude and lifestyle and to help them acquire and maintain a positive self-image. 
Torch Clubs: a service club for young teens. 
Keystone Clubs: A service club for senior teens.
Reading Initiative: A early literacy program that targets first to third graders and uses tools such as the Lexia program, and literacy teachers to build their reading and comprehension skills. 
We will touch the lives of more than 2800 young people ages 6-18 this year. Our goal is to be able to reach 4000 youth in the Lowcountry. 

The Boys & Girls of the Lowcountry most pressing needs are:

Direct operating support in order to maintain and enhance our services to over 750 who attend our seven Club locations each day.
Dollars to enhance our staffing base so we can deliver direct program services to more youth who need us the most.
Capital Dollars: We own two facilities that are in need of continual maintenance. capital dollars will allow us to and properly plan to replace aging HVAC and other major building equipment items.
Support for our Early Literacy initiatives that include educational supplies, technology equipment and software licenses.
Scholarships to help reduce the program activity fees so we can offer more youth the wonderful opportunities the Club offers. 
There are many ways to support our organization and donations can be unrestricted so we can use where we need them or restricted to a specific program that a donor has an interest in.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

As a 43 year Boys & Girls Club professional I am committed to ensure that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry continues to enhance and expand opportunities for the youth in the Lowcounty and that our Clubs have quality, trained, caring staff that offer a variety of targeted programs that have a positive impact on the lives of the youth we serve. I know that our Clubs provide experiences and opportunities to young people that will help them achieve success in three outcome areas:

Academic Success: that our members graduate from high school with a plan for college, military, trade school or a career.
Character & Citizenship:   members treat others with dignity and respect, and they become engaged citizens who register to vote and give back to their community.
Healthy Lifestyles: members are committed to fitness and nutritious diets and avoid risky behaviors in favor of healthy lifestyle choices.
I am committed to improve the lives of the youth on our community and will work to hard develop partnerships to enhance our programs and services to these youth.
                                           - Chris Protz, Chief Professional Officer 
Board Chair Statement

"The need for the Boys & Girls Club in our community has never been more urgent. We face the challenge of reaching even more young people, and continue to deepen the impact we have on their lives. In order to meet this challenge we must consistently work to expand and improve the resources we provide to support the life-changing work performed by our staff. Continued support from our friends and partners is vital to our success.

Without the Clubs, many of our community's children would be unsupervised after school and in the summer. Some would go to bed hungry. Others would lack the academic support and role models they need to realize their potential. We know we are changing lives every day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.

                                    - Jeff Grime, Chief Volunteer Officer 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 "Our vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. We believe that every child deserves a great future and that America's long-term success depends upon our kids succeeding."

Chris Protz - Chief Professional Officer

Jeff Grime- Chief Volunteer Officer
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Jasper County

 Geographic areas served in the Lowcontry include:

Northern Beaufort County - 29902, 29906, 29941
Bluffton - 29910
Hilton Head Island - 29926
Ridgeland (Jasper County) - 29936 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey Grime
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Sept 2018
Board of Directors
Ms Diane Bartlett Community Volunteer
Ms. Jacquelyn Bowler Bluffton Law Firm
Mrs. Ramona Childers Turkey Hill Plantaton
Mr. Michael Garcia Community Volunteer
Ms. Karen Golden Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Gonzalez Community Volunteer
Mr Jeff Grime Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Henderson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Hooker Community Volunteer
Ms. C. J. Humphrey Carson Reality
Dr. Thomas Noble Doctor
Mr Robert Shields Community Volunteer
Mr Hall Sumner Investment manager
Mr. Hal Sutton Community Volunteer
Ms. Sandy West Lighthouse Consulting
Mr. Russell Whiteford Community Volunteer
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 8
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Employee Dishonesty
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry has a corporate board that oversees the overall governance, manages the business and affairs of the organization. This board is made up of members of the four Area boards and members at large.

In addition to corporate board there is an Area Board at our Hilton Head Club that has 35 board members, an Area Board for our Bluffton Club that has 25 board members, an Area Board for Northern Beaufort County that has 12 board members and an Area Board for Jasper County that has 16 board members.  These groups are responsible for attaining and managing the resources to operate these Clubs on an annual basis.

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mr Chris Protz
Experience Chris Protz has devoted forty three (43) years to the Boys & Girls Club profession and offers a diverse and extensive leadership background in the Boys & Girls Club movement. He offers expertise in organizational management, administration and operations, resource and fiscal management, board development, strategic planning, resource development, program and policy development and implementation, personal management, community relations and building and facilities management. Chris has had a variety of leadership positions throughout his career including Program Director, Unit Director, VP of Operations, Executive Director of a Camp and as Executive Director. He worked in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rockford, IL and with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee before coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.
Chris has dedicated his entire professional career to Boys & Girls Clubs and has impacted the lives of thousands of youth and hundreds of Club staff he has worked with.
Full Time Staff 18
Part Time Staff 70
Volunteers 180
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 35%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2017
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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 Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry collaborates with numerous entities in Beaufort Counties. Examples include: Beaufort County School District, Jasper County School District, Beaufort County, Jasper County, Island Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, First Tee of the Lowcountry, Bluffton Police Department, Bridges Charter School, NOC, Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America1986
Chamber of Commerce2014
United Way Member Agency1986

The Project Learn/Power Hour program reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. Staff provide opportunities for all youth space and support to complete their homework and use Club areas and programs to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities.

Budget $123,750.00
Short Term Success  80% of our members will graduate grade to grade on time and 65% of identified members will improve a grade letter in identified academic area.
Long Term Success

Youth will graduate from high school on time and be prepared for college, trade school, the military or employment.

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We ask our members to show report cards and we have access to school district  MAP test scores, and other tools for testing and evaluating academic success.

SMART Girls is intended to help girls develop a healthy attitude and lifestyle and help them acquire and maintain a positive self-image.

Passport To Manhood is designed to teach and promote responsible behaviors through teaching and role modeling in adolescent males.

Both programs teach sound decision making skills and provides mentoring relationships. We expect to see an improvement in behavior and an increase in self-esteem based on the teachings of the programs.
Budget $49,500.00
Short Term Success Observations on improved behaviors, better decision making skills, less negative individual members reports, minimum score of 85% on post tests. Overall goal is to have our members adopt and practice healthy lifestyle choices.
Long Term Success Through these programs we provide life skills needed to achieve a productive adulthood. Teen pregnancy, basic norms, proper diet and relationships are all addressed and our members will show higher levels of community service, increased levels of integrity (knowing right from wrong), decreased levels of shyness and decreased levels of aggression.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Program outcomes are measured by administering pre- and post-tests for which a participants must show a minimum score of 85% on the post test.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $3,450,743.00
Projected Expenses $3,431,119.00
Endowment Value $2,698,106.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$30,375$41,406$100,908
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$183,644$97,692$55,400
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,318,095$2,697,107$2,553,489
Administration Expense$278,196$481,500$432,012
Fundraising Expense$319,636$0$809
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.740.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue24%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,988,887$7,479,567$8,034,090
Current Assets$1,790,373$1,976,201$771,824
Long-Term Liabilities$199,745$203,962$266,279
Current Liabilities$104,569$379,355$111,897
Total Net Assets$6,684,573$6,896,250$7,655,914
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.125.216.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head has started a campaign to increase endowment, raise dollars for capital projects and raise dollars for program enhancements
Goal $5,000,000
Dates July 2016 to July 2020
Amount Raised To Date 1550000 as of Aug 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Feb 2018
Organization Comments


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry has training programs for staff utilizing Boys & Girls Clubs of America tools and resources. The CPO key leadership team members attend regional leadership conferences and the CPO attends national conferences annually. Key staff members are members of external professional organizations.


Foundation Comments

IRS determination letter is not attached. Included is SC exemption certificate.

Nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of Lowcountry, Inc.
Address 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Suite 103
Bluffton, SC 29909
Primary Phone (843) 379-5430
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr Chris Protz
Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey Grime
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1986