PO BOX 844
ST HELENA IS SC 29920-0844
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO BOX 844
ST HELENA IS , SC 299200844
Telephone (843) 838-1149
Projected Annual Revenue $69,000.00 (2016)
Mission Statement FOHI is a non-profit all-volunteer organization dedicated to

supporting the work of Hunting Island State Park in its conservation, education and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of the island.

CEO/Executive Director Denise Parsick
Board Chair Denise Parsick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Financial Summary
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Revenue vs Expenses Area Graph - All Years

Comparing revenue to expenses shows how the organizations finances fluctuate over time.

Source: IRS Form 990

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Mission FOHI is a non-profit all-volunteer organization dedicated to

supporting the work of Hunting Island State Park in its conservation, education and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of the island.


FOHI was formed in 1993 by a handful of local concerned citizens who saw a need to help preserve this ocean-front park’s many resources. Because of this shared passion we have grown to over 900 members with many volunteering their time and energy to this purpose. We are always available to assist the park in needed funding and physical help.

FOHI is a financially stable organization.

Accomplishments last year include and are not limited to each of our programs (additional information is available on the Program tab:

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle Program
  •  Discover Carolina Program
  •  Docent Assisted Park Programs


In addition, FOHI maintains all of the park’s hiking trails including 2 ADA compliant trails and conducts 2 yearly beach sweeps.


FOHI purchased and placed in the park’s classroom, a microscope with a digital camera, a large-screen 60 inch TV and plankton kits for students to view live samples they collected from the ocean.


FOHI designed, purchased and placed a new HISP sign at the park entrance.


Needs 1. Funding for beach re-nourishment and dune restoration materials as needed.
2. Funding for transportation to the park of Beaufort and Jasper County’s 3rd, 5th and 7th grade classes’ participation in the Discover Carolina Program.
3. Maintaining a volunteer base to assist in both in-kind and volunteer assistance in park projects.
4. Purchasing and maintaining equipment and materials for the ever-growing Sea Turtle Conservation Project – the largest turtle program in South Carolina.
5. Replacing and repairing sections of the Nature Center’s 1120 foot long fishing pier for increased safety.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

We have a talented and diversified 15 member

volunteer board. We have an ever-increasing membership with 65% active participation. About 95% of our yearly membership dues goes directly to supporting the park’s projects and programs. We have the largest Sea Turtle Conservation Project in South Carolina. Challenges…..Fundraising at the park is limited to the generosity of visitors at our sponsored events, since this is a public facility. Competition for city, county, state and federal grants increases every year. We still continue to host the joint events and apply for available grants.  - Denise Parsick, President FOHI
Board Chair Statement

See statement from CEO/Executive Director

Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
We serve visitors from all over.
Board Chair
Board Chair Denise Parsick
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Anne Bongiovanni Community Volunteer
Carol Corbin Community Volunteer
Chris Crosley Community Volunteer
Jim Ekleberry Community Volunteer
Daniel Gambrell Park Manager
Richard Geier Community Volunteer
Jeff Hebert Community Volunteer
Madeline Howard Community Volunteer
Richard Knieriem Community Volunteer
Margie Macready Community Volunteer
Carol Madeja Community Volunteer
David Naus Community Volunteer
Mary Ann Radke Community Volunteer
Ted Temple Community Volunteer
Ketty Trice Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 85%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Denise Parsick
Experience We are an all volunteer organization.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 900
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

During nesting season on the beach, over 150 volunteers search for anywhere from 80 to 110 nests. We count eggs, move and replace nests when necessary, collect DNA samples and inventory each nest to help ensure the continuation of this world-wide endangered species. We have had this program since 1993, the beginning of our organization.

Budget $0.00
Short Term Success This program is 25 years old and has seen increasing nest numbers over the years due to vigilant volunteer efforts and educating the public. Our DNA sampling has assisted DNR identifying returning turtles and where they lay. Our purchased cages placed over the nests helps prevent raccoon predation.
Long Term Success

Every week our docents lead 3 park based programs for our citizens - the beach walk, marsh boardwalk and our Interpretive Nature Center trail.

Program Success Monitored BY Increased nest hatchling success is measured by counting remaining shells and, when possible emerging hatchlings. A fairly new DNR practice and requirement is taking a DNA sample from one egg per nest to provide information on the age and number of same turtle returns.

Although surrounded by water, about 50% of our area students have never experienced the beach and all the wonders it holds. FOHI in partnership with our schools implemented the Discover Carolina Program to bring our 3rd, 5th and 7th grade classes to Hunting for an experience-based special curriculum to teach our young students about the salt water marsh and ocean and the abundant life within. To date, over 5,000 students have participated.

A need in this area is FUNDING to pay for the school bus and its driver for the day. The cost for each bus is about $175.

Budget $0.00
Short Term Success

The participating teachers’ verbal pre and written post testing of our visiting students indicates increased appreciation and knowledge of the salt water marsh and ocean environment. Some students, especially the 7th graders look for additional learning material and ask about future careers in biology.

Long Term Success To instill knowledge and love of our environment and to create future generations of stewards of our cultural and natural resources.
Program Success Monitored BY

Pre and post testing is a reliable measurable tool used by the visiting teachers. Again, there is evidenced increased curiosity and knowledge after the visits and park classroom activities.


With almost 200 volunteers picking up trash on the beach and in the park, a cleaner and safer park is presented to the visitors.

Budget $0.00
Short Term Success See long-term Success
Long Term Success There is a very evident sense of pride in the volunteers who participate in the bi-annual sweeps. Parents also have the opportunity to teach their children environmental stewardship in the process. The Fall Beach Sweep records each item collected and reports to The International Beach and River Sweep.
Program Success Monitored BY

Success is measured by approximating the weight of the litter and debris collected, and by the amount of area being cleaned with the number of volunteers available.

Description The Pelican Plunge brings in many new and daring people each year.
Budget $1.00
Short Term Success

The satisfied looks on our returning plungers’ faces as they are greeted by family, friends and warm blankets is evident about the short-term success of this growing program.

Long Term Success

On January 1st we raised over $4,000..

Program Success Monitored BY

Success is measured by the increasing numbers of participants every year and the donations we receive, not to mention the happy faces. The amount donated this past January was a little over $4000. This was more than the last year.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $69,000.00
Projected Expenses $60,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$50,361----
Administration Expense$46,457----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.66----
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$25,822----
Current Assets$25,822----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$77----
Total Net Assets$25,745----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities335.35----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
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
Address PO BOX 844
ST HELENA IS , SC 299200844
Primary Phone (843) 838-1149
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Denise Parsick
Board Chair Denise Parsick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1998