PO Box 2420
Bluffton SC 29910
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Bluffton Self Help
Address PO Box 2420
Bluffton, SC 29910
Telephone (843) 757-8000
Fax (843) 757-6600
Projected Annual Revenue $680,000.00 (2018)
Mission Statement Founded in 1987, Bluffton Self Help exists in order to help our neighbors in need of food, clothing and educational and financial assistance and to provide programs that promote self-worth and dignity and that create a pathway to personal success.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kimberly Hall
Board Chair Mr. Doug Adamson
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
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Additional Documents
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Gift Acknowledgement Policy2015View
Mission Founded in 1987, Bluffton Self Help exists in order to help our neighbors in need of food, clothing and educational and financial assistance and to provide programs that promote self-worth and dignity and that create a pathway to personal success.
Background Bluffton Self Help was founded in 1987 by Mrs. Ida Martin when she witnessed her neighbors suffering from food insecurity. 30 years later and Bluffton Self Help contintues to grow to meet the needs of the Bluffton community. Free food and clothing is available as well as critical emergency financial and education assistance. The agency has four and a half full-time staff persons and touches more than 5,000 residents annually. In addition to our core programs, workshops are offered to identify resources and skills to move those dependent on our services toward self-reliance. We also offer 8 other programs throughout the year such as our holiday toy shop, thanksgiving meals, back to school shoes and haircuts. 

Accomplishments from 2016:

1) Enhanced Food Pantry to become a Wellness Pantry with Healthy Food Initiative to prevent and decrease weight-related illnesses in our Bluffton neighbors.

2) Provided food, clothing, financial assistance and additional programs to more than 1,200 Bluffton families serving more than 5,000 residents.

3) Distributed more than 380,000 pounds of food and more than 84,000 clothing items.

4) Collected and distributed more than $10,000 worth of school supplies for Bluffton schools to distribute to families in need.

5) Became the "go to" area resource for disaster relief in Beaufort Country distributing more than $51,000 in funds to affected neighbors.

Goals for the upcoming year (2018): 

1) Establish Bluffton's first ever Education and Resource Center to provide coordinated resources for our area neighbors.

2) To increase food distribution to area neighbors that are food insecure.

3) To increase community awareness of our programs through marketing and outreach increasing volunteer engagement, food drive and annual contributions.

 4) To increase area collaboration with agencies partnering with 5 - 10 area nonprofits to provide a comprehensive network of service. 
5)Identify and expand current programming to meet the growing needs of our Bluffton community. 

1) Funding to support staffing and set up for a Resource and Education Center, estimated at an annual cost of $95,000.

2) Increased funding for financial assistance. Currently funding 320 families at an average of $450, this could increase with additional funding and for support of Jasper Counties.

3) Increase marketing to support food drives and volunteer recruitment.

4) Establish annual event to support sustainable revenue from individuals and corporate donations.

 5) To create more safe food storage space by installing insulation and air conditioning to the back warehouse space estimated at $20,000.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Statement from CEO/Executive Director: Bluffton Self Help’s mission is to help all who are in need. This includes children their families, seniors and disabled individuals. The self help part of our name was purposely included to move people from dependence and entitlement to self-reliance. The vision is to provide the resources to help people help themselves and their families. Bluffton Self Help is committed to providing the best service to our community while helping our families navigate available resources so they may become self reliant. We work to uncover family instabilty and work training issues help neighbors with unemployment and underemployement. We help a new mom barely making ends meet with gently used clothes and new diapers for her growing baby. We help an elderly disabled man on a fixed income come in and get groceries twice a week so he can live with less stress of food insecurity. Bluffton Self Help IS the community resource and we want to continue to grow and provide with the ever-changing community. As one of the fastest growing communities in the state, Bluffton will continue to expand with its population and employment needs. We are committed to having the workforce ready with strong services that make an area desirable to live and work. 
I am new to Bluffton and new to Bluffton Self Help. After working in nonprofit for more than 10 years I am so humbled by the generosity of this community. People truly care about their neighbors, a core value my family and I live by. I see it every day. After Hurricane Irma a watched car after car come by and drop off food and supplies for those who needed them more. I watched a man drive up with a truckload of groceries and realize we were out of milk, a staple for families with children and he came back with 10 gallons for his neighbors. These are just a few examples of a community organization supported and here by the community. Bluffton Self Help is the nucleous of Bluffton, with access to clients, donors and volunteers who want to make a difference. We want to expand with the needs of the community and need help with making this vision a reality. We are so grateful for those who supported us over the past 30 years and those who will continue to support us for the next 100.  
Board Chair Statement

I was first introduced to Bluffton Self Help (BSH) in 2006, soon after my husband and I had moved to the Lowcountry.  In my position with the Home Builders Association, I was responsible for identifying a number of local charities for our organization to partner with and help throughout the year. In meeting with different charitable organizations, Bluffton Self Help stuck out and touched me in a way I will never forget. When I first arrived at BSH’s then location -- a tiny building off of May River Road -- a line of at least 50 people were patiently awaiting their turn to go inside and pick up food. As I met with the executive director, I watched in the background, person after person being greeted by volunteers with kindness, dignity and respect. Most remarkable to me was that in spite of the stresses that must come with difficult times, a smile was brought to the face of every single client before leaving. It was an awesome moment, which left me with the desire to learn more about the organization.  

Fast forward nine years, I’ve now found myself chairing the organization’s board. Bluffton Self Help which first operated out of a garage belonging to founder Ida Martin, still continues its undertaking of providing food and smiles to those in need. However, today it is doing so on a much larger scale. During one of the nation’s largest economic recessions -- a time when most charitable organizations struggled to even keep their doors open, thanks to the heart and passion of its volunteers and leadership, BSH figured out a way to rally the support necessary to fund a larger and more conducive headquarters and expand its services and client base.

Of course, with growth comes new challenges. A larger building and an increase in services and clients, meant many operational changes for BSH. The ‘this is the way we’ve always done it’ attitude had to be abandoned by all involved for a ‘this is the way we can do it and make it even better’ attitude. Changes in policies, procedures and even ways the organization decides to raise awareness and funds have all been items the board and staff frequently address and adjust in order to keep BSH successful in its core mission. Another challenge the organization has encountered, which is a tribute to its success within the greater Bluffton area, is how to handle requests for assistance in areas that are outside BSH’s geographical area. It has been a struggle to balance the desire of leadership to help as many as possible, with the mission that guides BSH’s success. Creative ideas for helping other neighboring areas in our region establish an organization using the trials, tribulations and successes of Bluffton Self Help will be one of many goals in the coming years. One that I know will make a difference for our entire region and beyond.

I’m excited to tell people each day about the efforts being made by Bluffton Self Help. There are many great and notable charitable organizations, but it’s not often when you can walk into an organization and physically see the discouragement and stress created by hard times change to smiles and confidence. It starts with dignity and helping thy neighbor know they can overcome their immediate struggles. Bluffton Self Help embodies all this and more. - Ashley Feaster, Board Chair

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Bluffton Self Help works to elevate hunger, poverty and food insecurity. Programs also offer funding for education assistance, emergency financial assistance assisting children, their families, seniors, elderly and disabled. Also Bluffton Self Help provides workshops to move people toward self-reliance and annual programs to support those in need. We are so grateful for the communities support but have more we need to accomplish. Thank you for allowing BSH to be there for our neighbors. 
Areas of Service
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Beaufort County
Bluffton, SC 29910 and 29909, off island 29926 and those who work in these zip codes but live in Hardeeville (Jasper Country). The holiday program held in conjunction with WSAV-TV reaches families in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Doug Adamson
Company Affiliation n/a
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
Mr Doug Adamson Retired
Mr. James Cuff Retired
Mrs. Ashley Feaster Palmetto Electric
Mr. Marc Feinberg Retired
Ms. Katie Goodman Bluffton Today Newspaper
Mr. Fred Hamilton Town of Bluffton
Mrs. Constance Martin-Witter Retired
Mrs. Elaine Morris Decorator
Mr. Jack Robinson Retired
Mr. Charles Russ Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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 6
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Bluffton Self Help board and staff realize that a more aggressive and planned fund development plan must be put into place to protect the mission and legacy of the agency.  As a result, in 2015, the first direct mail campaign will be launched and a new annual signature event will be established.  In addition, there is a grant submitted to support adding a development marketing professional to the staff.  Bluffton Self Help also must recruit board members who have the talents and passion required to grow the agency and serve the clients who face hunger and poverty.  Bluffton Self Help is working hard to document short-term outcomes for the clients to move them toward self-reliance.  Workshops and educational opportunities are marketed to the clients and other partner social agencies to move clients toward self reliance.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mrs. Kimberly Hall
Experience Kimberly comes to the Lowcountry with a broad knowledge of nonprofits, marketing and fund development. She spent the past 2 years as Chief Development Office with Easterseals Florida overseeing Development, Marketing and Volunteer efforts. Prior to that Kimberly oversaw a $20 million workplace campaign at the United Way Suncoast where her fundraising team and her coordinated more than 900 annual workplace campaigns. Kimberly's strengths are in staff development, board engagement, strategic planning and resource stability. 
Co-CEO Ms Julie Jones
Term Start Apr 2010
Experience Julie has been heading the financial assistance program since she joined the agency and served as interim director during the search for a new executive director.  She holds a fine arts degree and has worked in non profit for most of her career.  
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Ms. Alyson Barber Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Mrs. Lili Marlene Coleman May 2011 -
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 209
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2013
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Bluffton Self Help works closely with the service agencies in the Bluffton market to assist clients with their needs.  Also, these agencies work with Bluffton Self Help to head workshops that will benefit our Bluffton neighbors.
Presidential Citizen's MedalPresident of the United States2012
Angel AwardState of South Carolina2007
2018 Nonprofit of the YearBluffton Chamber of Commerce2018
Best NonprofitBluffton Today2017
Description Clients are offered two opportunities per week to come to one of our five food distributions and received fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, meats, dairy and non-perishables. Clients and also come in twice a week for clothing and receive up to 20 items. 
Budget $75,000.00
Short Term Success Provide food for those facing food insecurity and to be a resource to those facing crisis. 
Long Term Success Move people out of poverty and to provide access to those neighbors that are food insecure. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
We consistently monitor our client intake and frequency. Our goal is to eliminate food distribution for our clients on their path to self-reliance. 
Description Clients unable to pay for basic needs such as housing, utilities, medical care and other basic needs can request financial assistance once every 12 months. If they qualify for the assistance the funds are paid to the bill collector and not the client. Each client must select an outcome if and when they return for assistance to move themselves out of dependence and entitlement and toward self-reliance.
Budget $205,000.00
Short Term Success To provide a safety net of financial care while a family or individual finds their path to financial stability. To prevent homelessness. 
Long Term Success To help people find their path out of poverty. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We monitor this program in conjunction with other agencies. We hope to provide additional services to those seeking support so they are self-reliant. 
Description Provide education assistance for tuition and books/lab to first-generation college or technical school students.
Budget $22,000.00
Short Term Success Ensure tuition, books and other college expenses are covered to eliminate the debt opportunity for underserved college students. 
Long Term Success To ensure underserved children have an opportunity to attend post-secondary education. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We track the students and their success through frequent phone calls and contact with themselves and guardians. 
Description Workshops are held partnering with other service agencies on budget, parenting, trauma, nutrition, education assistance, financial assistance, credit etc.  These workshops are held at least once a week.  Twice a year DRESS TO IMPRESS workshops are held offering free business attire, job interviews on-site, and workshops toward job seeking and career opportunities.
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Description The goal of the Education and Resource Center is to provide access to support and case management to those seeking help in Beaufort County. Ranging from access to technology to job training and hiring fairs, the Education and Resource Center strives to meet the emerging needs of Beaufort County. We partner with more than 10 area agencies to provide support to our neighbors in need or seeking to improve their quality of life. 
Budget $120,000.00
Short Term Success We hope to market the program to area agencies and increase access to area services. 
Long Term Success We hope to decrease access to our food and clothing pantries and increase employment rates in Beaufort County. We want to increase the average wage and decrease those living in poverty in our area. We would like an increase in access to support services and referral to other agencies. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $680,000.00
Projected Expenses $680,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13,211$874$1,191
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$721,011$744,238$766,144
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,170,882$1,096,574$1,081,996
Administration Expense$40,427$195,681$142,182
Fundraising Expense$116,790$0$53,266
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.001.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,455,789$1,441,959$1,419,580
Current Assets$379,891$684,205$635,475
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,286$30,507$5,704
Total Net Assets$1,444,503$1,411,452$1,413,876
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities33.6622.43111.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Permit? Yes May 0
Registration Yes May 2018
Organization Comments Bluffton Self Help has been fortunate to receive strong community support.  One donor, at the end of the year, for the past three years has donated a sizable amount that has permitted BSH to build a reserve.  Depending on this donation is a mistake.  We are becoming more development minded and seeking out ways to depend less on this end-of-the year donation.  It is the only responsible way to operate.
Address PO Box 2420
Bluffton, SC 29910
Primary Phone (843) 757-8000
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kimberly Hall
Board Chair Mr. Doug Adamson
Board Chair Company Affiliation n/a
Year of Incorporation 1987