Island School Council
PO BOX 23047
HILTON HEAD SC 29925-3047
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA)
Address PO BOX 23047
HILTON HEAD , SC 299253047
Telephone (843) 263-5346
Projected Annual Revenue $50,725.00 (2015)
Web and Social Media
ISCA Students
Mission Statement Recognizing that high quality arts education supports academic achievements, the mission of the Island School Council for the Arts is to promote and advance arts education, and to enrich and enhance the arts experience of the youth in the greater Hilton Head and Bluffton communities by presenting excellence in the visual, performing, and literary arts. 
CEO/Executive Director Patti Maurer
Board Chair Veronica Tigges
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Financial Summary
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Mission Recognizing that high quality arts education supports academic achievements, the mission of the Island School Council for the Arts is to promote and advance arts education, and to enrich and enhance the arts experience of the youth in the greater Hilton Head and Bluffton communities by presenting excellence in the visual, performing, and literary arts. 
Background Founded in 1971, the Island School Council for the Arts(ISCA) has funded over $2 million to support arts programs in our local schools and  community. ISCA has made a significant contribution to the growth and strength of the arts and arts education programming in the area.
ISCA began life as the “Island School Council” when a group of parents, administrators and teachers committed to raise monies to provide educational opportunities not otherwise provided for by county, state or federal educational dollars. In 1998, the mission of the organization was modified to focus primarily on arts education and was renamed, “Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA)”, to reflect this change. In 2006 ISCA began to serve not only the public school students but also the students who attend private, parochial or who are home schooled.
The first large fundraiser, An Evening of the Arts, was held in 1981. For over 34 years this gala and art auction has showcased the works from local and regional artists. In 1986, the ISCA received the prestigious Verner Award given by the Governor of South Carolina for outstanding achievement in promoting arts education. New initiatives like the ISCA School Grants Program, the ISCA Plumb Scholarship Program, and the ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions began in 1993. One of the most ambitious endeavors of ISCA is the Arts in Education  Residency Program which brings professional artists into the classroom to work hands-on with students and even earning funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
In 2013, ISCA formed several valuable arts partnerships with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina,  the Art League of Hilton Head, the Neighborhood Outreach Program, and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry; which created more extensive Artist-in-Education residencies, quarterly ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibits, the ISCA National Youth Art Month Celebration, and the first year-round ISCA Promising Picassos Pop-Up Gallery. In 2014, ISCA Rising Stars, youth performing arts showcase and talent show premiered at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and has awarded over $3800 in prizes and scholarships. ISCA continues to explore new ways to further its mission to bring excellent arts education programming to our local students to enhance their overall arts experience.
1. ISCA is very proud of the tremendous growth and success of the ISCA Rising Stars program: From the premiere in March 29, 2014 to March 14 2015, our event has gained international attention for our young aspiring performing artists. Patti Maurer coordinated with the Broadway Dreams Foundation to send a representative to serve as a judge for the 2015 showcase performance and then to present a scholarship to a BDF Summer Intensive. Two of our ISCA Rising Stars attended the BDF Summer Intensive in New York and one of them just booked the International tour of Beauty and the Beast. Patti Maurer contacted the SCAAE in charge of the Picolo Spoleto Rising Stars in Charleston , SC and two instrumental acts were selected to perform on June 5, 2015. ISCA Rising Stars event ticket sales increased 50% from 2014 to 2015. ISCA was able to double the prize money awarded to over $2000 due to increased sponsorships. ISCA provided the funds for 15 of the 2014 ISCA Rising Stars dance students to attend a Martha Graham Master class in January and also showcased 12 of the 2014 performing acts at the sold out An Evening of the Arts gala and auction.
2.  ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions: ISCA hosts an opening night reception for parents, teachers, administrators and the student artists. The reception attendance numbers and community views have increased 300%.
 3. ISCA Student Scholarship program applications quadrupled in 2015 and ISCA awarded $4500 in scholarship monies to 9 exceptional seniors.
4. ISCA voted to return to annual cycle with our An Evening of the Arts fundraiser after a sold-out gala and auction in 2014. This event is the primary source for ISCA to promote local professional artists and to fund our arts programs.
5. In 2015 ISCA received a Community Impact grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to fund a part-time Executive Director to to help sustain the organization and to maintain and expand the current arts programming.
 1. Funding: funding in order to fulfill our mission to our ever expanding student population. ISCA provides free of charge all arts programming to K-12th grade public, private, and home-schooled students. To date the enrollment in the southern Beaufort County public school system is 8,109  with a 75% projected increase over the next 10 years adding 4,423 more students not including the 1600 private or home-schooled students, who  all deserve the same access to high quality arts education and arts experiences. 
2. Better Branding/Community Awareness: ISCA tries to brand each of our events so that the community is aware that our small organization is funding and presenting them in the community. Because our Artist Residencies, Student Art Exhibitions, Teacher Grants, ISCA Scholarships  and participation in Rising Stars are all free of charge to students; most parents and even school administrators are still unaware that the Island School Council for the Arts exists and needs their support.
 3. Volunteers: ISCA is always in desperate need for extra manpower to help coordinate and facilitate our events and arts programs.
4. A volunteer to help digitally document events and arts experiences for the students
5. Volunteers help with marketing the organization and the events. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The focus of the Island School Council for the Arts is to support our young promising artists by providing arts experiences in the classroom, school, or within the community, by showcasing their talent, by promoting their artwork throughout the community, and by providing financial aid to students to be able to attend summer arts intensives, and to achieve their dreams in a four year college. With the support of donors, sponsors, arts partners, and volunteers,  ISCA is able to inspire students with once in a lifetime ISCA Artists-in-Education Residencies, thoroughly engaging students and working hands on with the top professional artists in their field. Through this support ISCA is also able to fund arts teachers and schools wishing to provide innovative arts projects to their students, that are outside of the everyday curriculum. Through business partnerships,  ISCA has been able to display our Promising Picassos student artwork throughout local prominent businesses and art galleries, providing accessible viewing opportunities to the public and creating valuable portfolio and resume builders for these young artists. This community initiative has also brought about several student art purchases creating a trickle-up effect of rewarding the student artist, validating the arts teacher and the visual arts program at the school, creating a sense of value to the administrators, and thus engaging the parents as supporters of the arts and arts education. With our unique ISCA Rising Stars, ISCA filled a void left by youth programs cut in all of our community arts organizations. This event brings aspiring young actors, dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists together to support and learn from each other. Showcasing their talents in the community also broadens the arts experience of the audience and raises the awareness of the parents to the value of high quality performing arts education through these talented students. By having the CEO of each major arts organization serve as judges has helped to revitalize support of several youth arts opportunities in the community.This year a national organization sent a representative and the opportunities have expanded internationally for our ISCA Rising Stars!
ISCA actively seeks out other arts organizations for collaborations and partnerships to pool resources, finances, facilities, and to better serve the students of southern Beaufort County.
Patti Maurer
Executive Director 
Board Chair Statement
As a small volunteer based non-profit organization, ISCA has succeeded in funding over $2 million dollars worth of arts programming for our schools and the community. These programs have made significant changes in the growth of the arts and arts education in our community as well as supporting a multitude of promising young artists. Through these efforts, ISCA has been recognized on the state and national levels for its contributions to the arts and arts education. 
Challenges faced by a long standing organization of our size and nature are obviously the turn over of a volunteer board and several new organizations have evolved that try to duplicate our primary fundraiser. ISCA has gone through great strides to help refine our mission ISCA and to sustain our organization. In 2013/2014 through a CFL organizational grant, ISCA rewrote by-laws, created procedures, policies, and refined our mission with the help of a consultant. The strong definition of ISCA and our purpose has helped to propel the board forward, to keep branding everything ISCA does, and do it better.
As a result of the consultant's report an Executive Director position was written in to the by-laws as a way to maintain the programs and to sustain the organization. ISCA then wrote a Community Impact grant and received in March 2015 the funding for a Part-Time Executive Director position. This will help greatly to provide continuity with volunteer board turn over and term limits. 
I am very proud to be a part of this organization and the invaluable experiences it provides these young artists. I will never forget my very first opening night reception of a Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibition. The pride on the face of this little hispanic girl as she received her certificate, left me with such joy. I approached her and asked her to show me her artwork and to tell me all about it. She told me this was what her father's farm in Mexico looked like from the stories that he told he at bedtime. I will never forget that moment and really the impact that the little girl had on me. I was so proud to be apart of an organization that provides opportunity in the arts for all of these children to express themselves and for their talents to be seen and valued. I continue to be in awe of the exceptionally talented and creative visual, performing and literary arts students that live right here in our community. ISCA provides them with opportunities that encourages and supports them along their path to achieve their artistic goals.
Veronica Tigges
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Many of our programs have been around for years and they have actually achieved more community name recognition than our organization. For example most arts teachers and administrators are aware of Promising Picassos but not exactly sure what ISCA does or our website so they search for Promising Artists. An Evening of the Arts is one of the communities oldest fundraiser galas and sometimes the organization's name gets fused to Island School Council of the Arts. Some people search ISCA not really sure if the organization is a school  or what it stands for. Most search criteria in the Hilton Head area for topics such as arts education, youth arts, promising artists will lead people to our website
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
All of Southern Beaufort County, which includes Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Daufuskie Island, and Okatie: 29928, 29926, 29910, and 29909
Board Chair
Board Chair Veronica Tigges
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2015 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Kerry Brink Community Volunteer
Sarah Calvert Community Volunteer
Tami Davis-Speer Community Volunteer
Mary Dunn-Wyatt Community Volunteer
Andrea Gannon Community Volunteer
Lara Garniewicz Community Volunteer
Gabriele Hoffman Community Volunteer
Lauren Rodgers-Hopkins Community Volunteer
Veronica Tigges Community Volunteer
Darla Uniejewski Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
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.
The turn over of volunteer board members and holding board members accountable for meeting attendance and not completing tasks. 
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Patti Maurer
Experience This will be my first time working in this capacity.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 9
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Art League of Hilton Head, Beaufort County School District, Children's Relief Fund, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Neighborhood Outreach Connection, SeaHawk theatre Guild, 
Elizabeth Verner AwardSouth Carolina Arts Commision1986
Description ISCA's bedrock program is its scholarship award to help support aspiring young artists achieve their drams and goals. Scholarship awards are given annually to outstanding high school seniors in the greater Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas for exceptional achievement in visual, performing and literary arts. Scholarships are intended for those students who plan to major in the arts in a four year college. 
Budget $6,500.00
Short Term Success Funding these students to realize their dreams. Scholarships help to make a college degree in the arts more accessible and achievable.
Long Term Success ISCA Scholarship monies help to support the students committed to the arts and the high cost of continuing arts education in college. These students have been high academic achievers in school and demonstrated excellence in the arts with in school and throughout the community. many of the ISCA Scholarship students are presenting displaying artwork in professional galleries, performing professionally or teaching in their related arts field within public and private schools. This program rewards the dedicated, passionate arts students and adds value to the arts education programs at their school. The parents, administrators, and school board personnel quantify the number of Financial aid awards to arts students as well as athletes.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The ISCA Scholarship Program has a list of criteria that the students have to meet as well as teacher recommendations and portfolio samples that are judged and juried by a panel. The process is quite extensive and assures that the most qualified receive the scholarship awards. The actual money is paid directly to the college or university and the program has been quite successful to date.
Description ISCA Artist-in-Education Residency Programs bring professional artists directly into local schools exposing students to professional-level art and careers in the arts. 
Budget $5,000.00
Short Term Success The ISCA Artist-in-Education residency programs provide  intimate interaction with artists, hands-on experience and specialized knowledge of the particular arts field. 
Long Term Success Long term goal is to inspire and compel students to learn new skills, be creative, and strive for excellence in the arts. Inspire and compel teachers to expand the curriculum outside of the confines of the classroom walls to innovate and raise the expectations of their students. To inspire parents and  administrators to advocate for the arts teachers and their programs in their schools. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The ISCA Artist-in-Education residency program is highly regulated with specified criteria for the artist to meet during the residency. ISCA works closely with the arts teachers to align the lesson, project, lecture, or activity with their particular curriculum needs.
Description ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions program frames and displays 3rd-12th grade exceptional visual artwork in a professional gallery setting o, open to the public.
Budget $3,500.00
Short Term Success The ISCA Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibitions  have become highly competitive raising the quality of the work submitted, and dramatically raising the attendance numbers. This success has expanded the program from one annual exhibit to quarterly exhibits and out into the local, prominent businesses and art galleries.
Long Term Success ISCA Promising Picassos Student Ar Exhibitions raises the community awareness to the talented students and high quality visual arts programs in our schools. This awareness garners the support of the public and that support is highly valued by the school administrators and school boards.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The success of this program is monitored by the increased numbers of participating schools, arts teachers, student artists, and attendance. The quality of the artwork  is self juried by the teachers to submit their best pieces based not the curriculum and then ISCA has a panel to select the pieces to display in which particular exhibit.
Description ISCA has a long history of supporting teachers and schools through the ISCA Teacher Grant Program. Open to all arts teachers in the southern Beaufort County area with innovative arts projects, equipment, or arts experiences that are not otherwise offered within their school's curriculum
Budget $5,000.00
Short Term Success The arts program at the school is validated with outside support and monetary funding of an innovative project.  The students have an enhanced arts experience through an innovative project not offered in the everyday curriculum.
Long Term Success These innovative arts projects promote and advance arts education offered in our schools. By supporting and funding the arts teachers "big" ideas, the arts experience for our youth is greatly enhanced. The teachers are encouraged to reach beyond the classroom walls with their students.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The arts teachers have to meet strict grant criteria within the application . A panel selects certain projects and the funding amounts. The arts teachers must provide receipts, documentation and a close-out report to ISCA.
Description The ISCA Rising Stars Program showcases the young performing artists in southern Beaufort County. All 3rd-12th grade aspiring actors, dancers, musicians, and singers are welcome to submit a video of their act with a specified time limit to the ISCA website. A panel of experts selects the top 25 acts to perform on the professional stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A panel of experts then select the winners of this talent show and they awarded over $2000 in prize money and scholarships to summer arts intensives.
Budget $6,500.00
Short Term Success By showcasing these talented youth right here in our community, several art organizations have revitalized youth programs that were discarded because of lack of funding and support. This will allow students who are forced to travel elsewhere for more intensive experiences to stay close to home and make specialized arts opportunities financial feasible for them.
Long Term Success The program is less than 18 months old but long term success is in supporting and promoting the young performing artists in our community. 
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Tracking the 50% increase in numbers of participants and patrons attending the live performance event during the second year. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $50,725.00
Projected Expenses $50,725.00
Endowment Value $4,950.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$12,926$10,343$8,375
Administration Expense$6,282$5,314$5,423
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.341.620.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%66%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$14,324$26,045$16,672
Current Assets$12,262$24,541$14,324
Long-Term Liabilities$0$2,500--
Current Liabilities$3,500$0$2,798
Total Net Assets$10,824$23,545$13,874
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.50--5.12
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%10%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2016
Nonprofit Island School Council
Address PO BOX 23047
HILTON HEAD , SC 299253047
Primary Phone (843) 263-5346
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Patti Maurer
Board Chair Veronica Tigges
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1982