Bluffton Community Center Foundation Inc
PO BOX 142
BLUFFTON SC 29910-0142
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Bluffton Community Center Foundations, Inc.
Address PO BOX 142
BLUFFTON , SC 299100142
Telephone (843) 757-4905
Projected Annual Revenue $48,397.00 (2018)
Web and Social Media
Rotary Club of Bluffton - Service Above Self...30 years!
Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement: To build upon the existing Field of Dreams Park and create an award-winning, very desirable park with amenities for all members of the community of Bluffton and Greater Bluffton.

CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. John Kirkland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Palmetto State Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
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Our Mission Statement: To build upon the existing Field of Dreams Park and create an award-winning, very desirable park with amenities for all members of the community of Bluffton and Greater Bluffton.


The Bluffton Rotary Club's most visible project was completed 14 years ago, when Rotarians saw a need for a community center in our growing town. The project included a park area. The 5400 square foot Lowcountry style building, later named the Rotary Community Center, was completed through fundraising efforts, in-kind donations and even a good old-fashioned barn raising day. The community center has been a great facility for civic meetings, weddings, sport banquets and many private special occasions for our community. 

The Bluffton Community Center Foundation, Inc. was created by the Rotary Club of Bluffton for the capital campaign to build the community center. The Bluffton Rotary Club is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. 

And now the Bluffton Rotary Club is finishing what was started with the community center project. Called the Field of Dreams, the park area,  currently a sparse field and small playground, will be completely transformed into a visually appealing, viable new recreational resource for our community and surrounding neighborhoods. The Oscar Frazier Park, home of the Field of Dreams, is also home to several ball fields. The park will pull children and families from our "Old Town" community, the ball fields and the neighboring Bluffton Park development. The project is a partnership between the Town of Bluffton and The Rotary Club of Bluffton. When completed, the Field of Dreams will be a new “destination park” for the Bluffton community.

The first phase of the overall Field of Dreams Improvement Project is the existing playground. The rubber mulch ground cover was replaced with artificial turf and cooling sand, for more pleasing aesthetics and a safer fall zone for children. The 2018 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Leadership Class elected to make this  their project and introduced the "Imagination Train" including an engine, tank car, caboose, numerous slides and climbing areas for children. The playground boasts a new ADA designed 10-spin and new swings including an ADA approved inclusive chair swing. The Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting ceremony and Party in the Park celebration took place on Saturday, April 21. 

Phase 2 of the park project will add a Community Pavilion with picnic tables and restroom, to accommodate the increase of children using the playground. Future phases include an 8' wide, 1/4 mile connecting walk/run pathway, interactive "splash pad" fountain and a formal event/garden spot near the community center.

The Bluffton Community Foundation, Inc. was originally created when the Rotary Club of Bluffton conducted a capital campaign to build the Community Center and the adjacent Field of Dreams park in 2004. It is used as a fund-raising arm of the Bluffton Rotary Club for major, capital projects, such as the Park Improvement Project for the Field of Dreams. The Foundation’s major accomplishment this past year is the newly opened enhanced playground for the Field of Dreams that has already started attracting dozens of local children.

Major accomplishments for the Rotary Club of Bluffton this past year include the organization of the annual Mayfest every May, the continuation of the annual 8-day Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival in October and our annual Oyster Roast, held every January; these are the events that are most easily associated with the Rotary Club.

The Foundation’s most important goals for this next year surround the Field of Dreams park improvement project, as we start Phase Two, to build the Community Center with restrooms and an art wall feature.

Our top goals will be to: 1) 1. Design a covered pavilion with restrooms and an “art wall” for the park and obtain necessary approvals from the Town of Bluffton to build;  2) Conduct an awareness and capital campaign drive to raise cash, in-kind donations and/or grants to fund the Pavilion; 3) Construct the covered community pavilion and restrooms, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bluffton and the Town of Bluffton, including furnishings, landscape, sidewalks, etc. and open for public use in the spring of 2019. 

For the Field of Dreams Park, a covered pavilion with restrooms, with an overall budget of $167,000, is being added to adjoin the newly improved playground. Most pressing needs to complete this project:
1. In-kind donors for skilled technicians, such as electricians, plumbers, landscapers
2. Donations of building supplies such as Hardi siding ($5,000), doors ($3,000), structural wood frame ($70,000), roofing ($14,000), plumbing supplies ($1,000), ceiling fans ($3,000), tabby walkways ($7,000), water fountains
3. Donations to purchase park "accessories", such as picnic tables ($2500), benches ($2,000), trellis swings ($5000), bike racks ($1500), trash receptacles ($1,000), for special recognitions and/or in memorial 
4. In-kind - landscape materials & labor for new shrubs, trees, mulch, fill (budget $10K)
5. Donors and sponsors ($88,500)
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
The Rotary Club of Bluffton serves our local community of Bluffton and surrounding communities of Beaufort County through funding and service projects. We also serve internationally through projects such as Walk for Water where we put in a clean water system in Miramar, Peru in 2016, End Polio Now international polio eradication campaign and other projects through Rotary International contributions.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Kirkland
Company Affiliation Palmetto State Bank
Term May 2018 to July 2019
Board of Directors
Mr. John Anderson Bluffton Rotary Club
Ms. Danielle Kay Breidung Bluffton Rotary Club
Mr. John Kirkland Bluffton Rotary Club
Mr. Michael Putich Bluffton Rotary Club
Mr. Steve Tilton Bluffton Rotary Club
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
The Bluffton Community Center Foundation Inc. was formed in 2001 to raise funds to build the Rotary Community Center. The Foundation, after completion of the community center and Field of Dreams park in 2004, was used for one other project and has been dormant for the past several years. The Foundation has been "resurrected" for the Park Improvement Project; we are in good standing and Foundation Bylaws have recently (March 2018) been amended to reflect a new Board of Directors that also serve as the Board of Directors for the Bluffton Rotary Club, plus one member at large. This board of directors will change annually, in July, consistent with the Bluffton Rotary board changes. 
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Working with the Bluffton Rotary Club, The Town of Bluffton and the Park Improvement Committee, plans will be presented to 200 community leaders and businesses, plus Area 4 Rotary Clubs (5, with ~350 members) to raise awareness and funds to build a community covered pavilion with restrooms, picnic space for gatherings, parties and events, water fountains and restrooms. 

Budget $167,000.00
Short Term Success The Bluffton Community Center Foundation capital campaign will raise $167K to construct the pavilion, 40% from grants and 60% from in-kind (time and product) and monetary donations.

Long Term Success

The park improvements, including the community pavilion with restrooms, will improve quality of life in Bluffton. This is especially true for citizens that live outside a gated community and lack in amenities, such as playgrounds. A growing community needs a network of parks. This project will provide a very desirable park for the Bluffton community.

Program Success Monitored BY
We will monitor success of our capital fund-raising by our outreach efforts into the community and the sponsors that commit to the project, monetarily or through donating services and products. We will monitor success of the project by the direct impact of the community utilization of the park and its amenities as each phase is completed.  Overall, the park will improve quality of life in Bluffton, especially for those outside a gated community and lacking in amenities, such as playgrounds. 
e will also monitor success through attendance and parties slated for DuBois Park, in the downtown area, which frequently experiences multiple birthday party scheduled simultaneously and overcrowding on the playground and parking. We expect some children and parties to shift to the Filed of Dreams park, which is larger and has more parking, especially once the pavilion is complete and open to the public. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $48,397.00
Projected Expenses $47,500.00
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

We are raising funds to build a Community Pavilion with restrooms and art wall for the Field of Dreams park improvement project, projected to open Spring 2019, Phase 2 of our Park Improvement Project.

Goal $167,000
Dates May 2018 to Oct 2018
Amount Raised To Date 6000 as of May 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2019
Nonprofit Bluffton Community Center Foundation Inc
Address PO BOX 142
BLUFFTON , SC 299100142
Primary Phone (843) 757-4905
Contact Email
Board Chair Mr. John Kirkland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Palmetto State Bank
Year of Incorporation 2002