Boys and Girls Club -Bluffton Club
100 H.E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton SC 29910
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry
Address 100 H.E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
Telephone (843) 757-2845
Fax (843) 757-2846
Projected Annual Revenue $2,862,901.00 (2016)
Mission Statement To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Molly Smith
Board Chair Mrs. Connie Bird
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
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Mission To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, 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 Club of Bluffton provides a world-class Club experience for our members, ages 6-18. 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 impact 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.
Explorer, Learning for Life: A mentorship program for our teens led by the Bluffton Police Department.
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 600 young people ages 6-18 every year.
Our goals for 2016 are to place a greater emphasis on education by expanding our STEM and Literacy offerings so we can impact more of our members. 

The Boys & Girls of Bluffton's most pressing needs are:

Direct operating support in order to maintain and enhance our services to over 600 members, with as many as 300 attending our Club daily.
Dollars to enhance our staffing base so we can deliver direct program services to more youth who need us the most.
Capital Dollars: We need to expand our facility to double the size of our reading program while returning space back to our STEM program. We also need to expand our parking for improved capacity and safety.
Support for our Early Literacy initiatives that include staff, 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

"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
Board Chair Statement

The Bluffton Club, with more than 680 members (annual average) and an average daily attendance of 264 for its after school program, is located in a diverse community that is about 86% above the poverty level and roughly equal in that respect to the national average. The median income is actually higher than the national average. Those and other indicators suggest that Bluffton is in pretty good economic shape overall – although that clearly does not include all residents. One such indicator is that the Bluffton Club is able to charge significant monthly program fees to its 6 – 12 year old members, and semi-annual fees to its teens. Clearly, the Bluffton Club is going to be growing as the school population grows given the 10% correlation between school population and Club membership/ADA. Academically though, the data regarding poor reading performance and poor graduation rates suggest that the Club’s renewed focus on Academic Success is the right focus. The Club launched a reading program (traditional, Lexia Core 5 and Paws for Reading) in January, 2014. The Club introduced a STEM program in August, 2014 which includes everything from robotics to coding to the Kahn Academy (for math). It should be noted that the Club has state of the art IT infrastructure, hardware and software to support digital literacy and its reading and STEM programs.

While the data does not provide any direct links to needs regarding character and leadership, it is an established and expected (expected by parents and the community at large) part of what we do. National programs including Torch Club, Keystone Club, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood and Youth of the Year are all in place. We established an Explorer program with the local police almost three years ago, and it is going strong.

Importantly, in addition to the community service offered by the Torch and Keystone programs, the Club as a whole has worked in soup kitchens, collected shoes for the needy, created care packages for seniors and volunteers at the Bluffton Self Help organization on a regular basis.

National data says that nearly one-third of all young people in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. Other data points out that only about one-quarter of youth ages 12 to 15 are getting at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. Bluffton, like most Boys & Girls Clubs, can provide a safe space to exercise, compete in team sports and play with friends. Bluffton can also impact healthier lifestyles with nutritional information and better eating habits. It offers travel team and intramural basketball. It has a Triple Play program mandatory for all members. It has an elite dance group and a work out area called Club Fit. The younger age groups have a playground. During the summer program, individual schedule fitness programs are put in place for those members who want to walk, run or bike.
- Michael Garcia, Board Chair /President (FY2015)
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
Beaufort County

Geographic areas served in the Lowcountry include:

Bluffton - 29910, 29909
While the membership of our club is comprised entirely of students located within the Town of Bluffton and Greater Bluffton, our impact extends beyond students in Bluffton. Benefits are not limited solely to club members located within the limits of Bluffton, but extend throughout Beaufort county to employers, educators, and county-wide organizations. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Connie Bird
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2017
Board of Directors
Mrs. Connie Bird Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Todd Blackwell Commuity Volunteer
Ms. Elaine Brown Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Jason Carnes Commuity Volunteer
Mr. John Charland Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Kirk Clanton Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Chris Corkern Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Robert Flick Commuity Volunteer
Ms. Lauren Gellar Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Cedric Gray Commuity Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Hooker Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Rob Kerdasha Premier Coastal Insurance Group
Mr. Matt Kovalcik Commuity Volunteer
Mrs. Virginia Martin Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Frank Mausolf Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Terry McLoud Commuity Volunteer
Dr. Tom Noble Commuity Volunteer
Dr. Dereck Rhoads Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Kevin Sevier Commuity Volunteer
Mrs. JoAnn Slezak Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Mark Slocum Commuity Volunteer
Mr. C.J. Steedley Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Bernie Traywick Commuity Volunteer
Mr. John Vinton Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Tom Weisenbach Commuity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
Other Boards
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· Take our fundraising to the next level.

· Explore other financial options that would help insure the long-term stability of the club.

· Serve more six to 10 year old kids while reducing overcrowding in the Bluffton clubhouse.

· Continue to build a bigger and more diverse Board of Directors.

· Continue to expand academic programs.

· Increase teen participation from 25 members to 100 members with support from the BGCA’s “Teen Initiative.”

Michael Garcia, Board Chair / President (2015)

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Ms. Molly Smith
Experience Molly Smith has been the Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton for the entire existence of the Club, dating back to its inception in 1998. She is an extraordinarily caring manager who treats every member as "one of her children". Her warm and caring style is accompanied by an equally strong respect for discipline. As a result, her Club's activities are structured and all of her members learn early to be respectful of others and to obey the well established rules and practices. Her staff is highly professional and totally dedicated; a hallmark of her leadership skills.
Senior Staff
Mrs. Jaala Smith Director, Programs
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
We collaborate with all components of our community, especially: Schools, Mayor's Office and Police Department.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America1986
Description Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton serves school-age youth through a variety of programs including homework assistance, technology centers, teen centers, career exploration, job assistance, sports and recreation, art classes and leadership development. In addition to program development, Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton provides programmatic and executive training for Club professionals nationwide.
Short Term Success 80% of our members will graduate grade to grade on time and 65% of identified members will improve a grade letter in identified academic area.
Long Term Success Boys & Girls Clubs of America and JCPenney launched a newsletter for parents.
Strategy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $2,862,901.00
Projected Expenses $2,926,826.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$100,908$107,434$156,696
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$55,400$61,686$102,128
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$2,553,489$2,272,681$2,380,466
Administration Expense$432,012$524,471$446,284
Fundraising Expense$809$33,489$330,029
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.800.960.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%80%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$8,034,090$8,422,767$8,486,189
Current Assets$771,824$1,021,369$957,348
Long-Term Liabilities$266,279$265,327$334,060
Current Liabilities$111,897$35,198$87,003
Total Net Assets$7,655,914$8,122,242$8,065,126
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.9029.0211.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%4%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
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 Feb 2017
Organization Comments Financial Management is centralized at our Corporate level, under the auspices of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry while Operational Management is decentralized at the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton level.
Nonprofit Boys and Girls Club -Bluffton Club
Address 100 H.E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910
Primary Phone (843) 757-2845
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Molly Smith
Board Chair Mrs. Connie Bird
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1986