Boys and Girls Club - Northern Beaufort County Club
PO Box 21909
Hilton Head Island SC 29925
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO Box 21909
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
Telephone (843) 379-5430
Fax (843) 379-5431
Projected Annual Revenue $2,862,901.00 (2015)
Mission Statement The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry is: "To enable all young people, especially those who need most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Protz
Board Chair Mr. Russell Whiteford
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 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. Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry consists of Clubs in Bridges Charter School, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland (Jasper County), Sheldon and Shanklin Elementary School. In 2014 these Clubs served 2284 registered members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry seeks to provide a world-class Club experience for youth in each of our six 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 2300 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 700 who attend our six 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 40 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.

- Russell Whiteford, 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

Russ Whiteford - Chief Volunteer Officer
Areas of Service
Beaufort County

Geographic areas served by Boys & Girls Club of Northern Beaufort County include:

Northern Beaufort County - 29902, 29906, 29941
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Russell Whiteford
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2013 to Sept 2015
Board of Directors
Mr Russ Whiteford Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 7
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
Additional Board Members
Mr Casey Bennett Community Volunteer
Mr Caleb Brown Community Volunteer
Mr Herman Gaither Retired
Mr D.C. Gilley Lawyer
Mr. Michael Gonzalez Retired
Mrs Janet Gonzalez Retired
Mr Malcolm Goodridge Community Volunteer
Ms Nikki Hardison The Island News
Ms Connie Hipp Community Volunteer
Mr Gary Horn Community Volunteer
Mr Van Irwin Retired
Mr Ken Jordan BJWSA
Ms Everette Kuhn CBC National Bank
Mr Rob Lowery South State Bank
Mr Joe Mix Community Volunteer
Mr Bob Shields Community Volunteer
Ms Kimberly Sims Ameris Bank
Ms Carizma Thomas Beaufort County Schools
Mr Fred Washington Retired
Mr Peter Wyman Woodforest Bank
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 of the organization. This board is made up of members of three Unit boards and members at large.

In addition there is a Unit board at our Hilton Head Club that has 40 board members, a Unit Board for our Bluffton/Jasper County Clubs that has 35 members and Strategic Planning group for our Northern Beaufort County Clubs that has 22 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 (40) 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 45
Volunteers 200
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 35%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Beaufort County collaborates with numerous entities in Beaufort County. Examples include: Beaufort County School District, Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services,
 Bridges Prep Charter School, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
Boys and Girls Clubs of America1986
United Way Member Agency1986
Description The core programs offered at our Club locations engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to reach their full potential. Based on interests and needs of the boys and girls they serve, our Clubs offer diverse program activities in five areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Budget $341,000.00
Short Term Success Our members will be in a safe, positive environment, that is fun, be engaged with caring adults, be given opportunities and expectations and receive recognition.
Long Term Success
Our members will graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment; they will be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character; they will adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Our program measurements include pre and post-testing, report card tracking, demonstration of learned skills, and observed improved behavior changes.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $2,862,901.00
Projected Expenses $2,926,826.00
Endowment Value $371,527.00
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$41,406$41,406$100,908
Individual Contributions$1,008,630----
Investment Income, Net of Losses$165,076$97,692$55,400
Membership Dues$423,153----
Special Events$764,447----
Revenue In-Kind$48,100----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,745,207$2,697,107$2,553,489
Administration Expense$481,501$481,500$432,012
Fundraising Expense$199,067--$809
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.870.740.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,537,567$7,479,567$8,034,090
Current Assets$7,537,567$1,976,201$771,824
Long-Term Liabilities$0$203,962$266,279
Current Liabilities$641,317$379,355$111,897
Total Net Assets$7,537,567$6,896,250$7,655,914
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.755.216.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%3%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $1,008,630 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $764,447 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership and program fess $423,153 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Exempt Feb 2016
Organization Comments The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry has an audit completed annually. The financials and accounting is outsourced to Wade & Associates a local accounting firm. Regular reviews of the monthly financials are done by the Executive Director, the Board of Directors of the Lowcountry and the Area Boards. There is solid oversight on the financials of the organization.
Nonprofit Boys and Girls Club - Northern Beaufort County Club
Address PO Box 21909
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
Primary Phone (843) 379-5430
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Protz
Board Chair Mr. Russell Whiteford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1986