PALMETTO TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Daufuskie Endangered Places Program Fund in care of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
PO Box 23019
Hilton Head SC 29925
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Daufuskie Endangered Places Program
Address Daufuskie Endangered Places Program Fund in care of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
PO Box 23019
Hilton Head, SC 29925
Telephone (803) 924 9979
E-mail info@daufuskieendangeredplaces.org
Projected Annual Revenue $350,000.00 (2016)
Mission Statement Daufuskie Endangered Places Program (DEPP) is an initiative of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve the original Gullah built dwellings on Daufuskie Island, S.C. while ensuring Gullah ownership by the heirs of the original builders. .

Through this fundraising campaign, DEPP has a fundraising goal of $200,000, which will allow the organization to save and refurbish more of the nearly one dozen endangered Gullah dwellings remaining on Daufuskie Island without the necessity of the heirs to have to sell their family property. To date, DEPP has restored two Gulla built homes, the Frances Jones House and the Hinson-White/Lesesne House. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Bedenbaugh
Board Chair Mr. Steve McCrae
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner at K&L Gates law Firm
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Daufuskie Endangered Places Program (DEPP) is an initiative of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve the original Gullah built dwellings on Daufuskie Island, S.C. while ensuring Gullah ownership by the heirs of the original builders. .

Through this fundraising campaign, DEPP has a fundraising goal of $200,000, which will allow the organization to save and refurbish more of the nearly one dozen endangered Gullah dwellings remaining on Daufuskie Island without the necessity of the heirs to have to sell their family property. To date, DEPP has restored two Gulla built homes, the Frances Jones House and the Hinson-White/Lesesne House. 
Background

The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit organization operating in South Carolina since 1991, dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic structures of South Carolina. 

As South Carolina's only statewide preservation organization, The Palmetto Trust works hard for:

the advocacy of historic preservation, with an active voice raised to community efforts to save historic properties
  • the education about our state's history and culture.
  • the funding of historic preservation efforts.
  • the preservation of properties, stabilizing and reselling historic buildings for proper rehabilitation and reuse 
  • the networking of passionate and talented preservationists in the Palmetto State, who can work together to professionally preserve our state one property, one district, one town at a time

The Palmetto Trust, a non-profit organization operating under 501 (c) 3 status since 1991, is based in Prosperity, just up the road from Columbia, and its dedicated staff and Board of Trustees represent communities from all over South Carolina. 

The Palmetto Trust has had tremendous success all over the state stepping in to save historic structures that otherwise would be lost. Our advocacy and Endangered Places fund has been responsible for the salvation of dozens of historic homes and commercial structures. In the past year alone we were able to move an 800 ton Italianate Mansion in Greenville out of harms way, protect one of the last Airport Hangers built in 1930 by the Curtiss-Wright Company in Columbia to completion of the rehabilitation of the 800 square foot Gullah home of Ms Frances Jones on Daufuskie.

The Palmetto Trust first came to Daufuskie in the winter of 2009. Our leadership was amazed at the number of historic Gullah owned homes were still standing. At the same time, we were highly concerned at their vulnerability to destruction by the weather, vandalism and termites. We went to work advocating these structures as highly valuable assets that could enrich not only the visitors experience when visiting Daufuskie, but also the owners ability to leverage their family home for potential income or as a permanent residence. We created the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program in-order to accomadate the need to protect Gullah heir ownership while also attracting funds to the island. 
Our organization receives no operational funding from state or federal governments. Your support is necessary for the PTHP to do the job you need us to do. 
Impact

Our leading accomplishments thus far.

 1: Developed relationships of trust with numerous families and leaders on Daufuskie inside the Gullah Community as well as those “cumyas” who have arrived in the past 30 years and have made a difference in these communities.

 

2: Developed the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program that would ensure Gullah heirs’ ownership will not be compromised while attracting and investing in the rehabilitation their historic home.

 

4: Utilized $225,000 grant from the Connecticut based 1772 Foundation to rehabilitate two historic Gullah built homes on Daufuskie so the owners can benefit from our investment. This includes the signing of a mutually beneficial agreement that allowed the Palmetto Trust to lease the Frances Jones’ house from the Gullah owners so we could invest the $147,000 necessary to rehabilitate it without endangering their ownership.

 

Goals for the coming year

 1. To raise $250,000 in order to accomplish the following:

             

                A) “Revolve” the original $147,000 investment in the Frances Jones House back into the Endangered Places Fund so we can end the long term lease with the Gullah owners. This will allow them to fully utilize the Frances jones house any way they please: as a home or for income as a rental for tourist who come to Daufuskie to visit. All this money will also be available to rehabilitate other at risk properties.

 

                B) Up to $225,000 (including the aforementioned $147,000) will be used to rehabilitate other Gullah owned at risk properties.

 

                C) Any funds we receive above $225,000 will be utilized as matching grants for owners of Historic properties in exchange for an agreement never to demolish the historic structure.  The grants can be up to $5000 and must be matched 50/50 with either cash/goods or in-kind labor performed by the owners.   

 
 
Needs


1. To raise $250,000 in order to accomplish the following:

                  A) “Revolve” the original $147,000 investment in the Frances Jones House back into the  Endangered Places Fund so we can end the long term lease with the Gullah owners. This will  allow them to fully utilize the Frances jones house any way they please: as a home or for income as a rental for tourist who come to Daufuskie to visit. All this money will also be available to rehabilitate other at risk properties.

 

                 B) Up to $225,000 (including the aforementioned $147,000) will be used to rehabilitate other Gullah owned at risk properties.

 

                 C) Any funds we receive above $225,000 will be utilized as matching grants for owners of Historic properties in exchange for an agreement never to demolish the historic structure.  The grants can be up to $5000 and must be matched 50/50 with either cash/goods or in-kind labor performed by the owners.   

 2. To build a bridge of trust to those Gullah owners who are in need to have their family home repaired.

 3. To rehabilitate two additional at-risk Gullah owned historic homes.
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
As Executive Director of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, I take tremendous pride in the fact that we, as the only statewide preservation organization in South Carolina, has accomplished things that would never have happened if it were not for our involvement. I come to the organization with the unique perspective of the many hats I have worn throughout my life. Growing up on our 5th generation family farm in Prosperity SC enriched my respect for place. 5 years in the Navy did not dampen my patriotic feelings for my home state as I volunteered to serve on the USS South Carolina. After attending Columbia University with a degree in International Studies and History, I became CEO of a national marketing company and happily made its headquarters in Prosperity with "branch" offices in NY and LA. It was during this time that I was on the city council when I discovered the Palmetto Trust shortly after it was formed in 1991. I joined the board for 3 years in 1996, and returned to be its full time Executive Director in 2007. I have always had a special connection with "place" all my life and it appalls me personally that so much of the special and unique character that makes South Carolina a distinctive place is being lost more rapidly than anyone could have imagined years ago. Irreplaceable structures are being cast aside and thrown in the landfills. However, its more than monumental architecture that must be saved, its the monumental stories that reside in our structures that we are saving. These buildings are the repository of our past history. That is why we saw the salvation of the 6,000 square foot italianate mansion built by the Wilkins family in Greenville as an endeavor no better than the rehabilitation of the 800 sq foot Gullah dwelling that Ms Frances Jones of Daufuskie lived in.  These were both leaders with a tremendous impact on the communities they resided in. As with all the dozens of historic places we have had a hand in saving over the years, its all about the stories they can share.
We developed the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program specifically because of the special vulnerability these places and their occupants face in light of modern development pressures. We see these places as an opportunity for Daufuskie to attract investment not so as to look like every other barrier island on the SC Coast, but one that holds onto its special uniqueness and rich history. These places communicate that, and your participation in helping this unique program will ensure it will survive for our children and grandchildren can learn from.
 
Board Chair Statement Steve McCrae, our Board Chair for two years, first came onto the board of the Palmetto Trust in 1998 and took the leadership position in 2001. His guidance and commitment to preservation issues in SC is  inspiring!
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Beaufort County
Beaufort County
Daufuskie Island's historic district that lies outside the planned developments. The Gullah owned homes that are in the Historic District only cover 1/3 of the island. This area is terribly vulnerable to development and must be protected if we are to protect that which makes Daufuskie so uniquely special.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve McCrae
Company Affiliation Partner at K&L Gates law Firm
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email steve.mccrae@klgates.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Sherwood Cleveland Attorney
Mrs. Sarah Davis Community Volunteer
Mr. JR Fennell SC Confederation of Local Historic Societies
Mr. John Hildreth National Trust for Historic Preservation
Ms. Elizabeth Johnson State Historic Preservation Officer
Mr. Leon Love SC African American Heritage Commission
Mr Julian Nexsen JrDeveloper
Mr. Kelly Odom Pharmicist business owner
Mr. Gary Pope Retired
Ms. Margaret Pope Attorney
Mr. Daniel Ray Sigmon Retired
Ms Sarah Spruill Community Volunteer
Dr. Leo Twiggs Proffesor, artist
Ms. Jane Vaughters Medical Office Manager
Ms. Agnes Willcox Realtor
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Jannie Harriot SC African American
Ms Melissa Jest National Trust for Historic Preservation
Mr. Joseph McGill Slave Dwelling Project
Queen Quet Gullah Geechee Nation
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mr. Michael Bedenbaugh
Experience
Michael Bedenbaugh came on as Executive Director of the Palmetto Trust in June of 2007 bringing a very diverse personal and professional background in business management, marketing and political leadership.
Mike was born on his family's farm in Prosperity, SC in 1961 and grew up respecting the importance of "place". Mike left home in 1981 for a 5 year stint in the Navy serving onboard the USS South Carolina. Following that he returned to School at University of SC and Columbia College in NYC majoring in International/Soviet studies with a minor in History.Following graduation Mike became partner and CEO in a start up merchandising and marketing company called Post No Bills, Inc. Mike helped grow that business from one operating out of his living room to a 4 million dollar company with offices in both LA and NYC. In addition to his duties at Post No Bills, Mike formed an import / export business called FOB Earth shipping goods out of the US to Yugoslavia as well as managing a Celtic Rock Band Seven Nations and producing a PBS Special titled "An Evening with Seven Nations" that aired nationally in 1998. In the public sphere, he was appointed to serve on Newberry County's first planning Commission as well as moving up to be Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals and ultimately being elected as a city councilman of Prosperity. It was in 1993 that Mike became aware of the newly formed Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and joined the organization as a board member in 1996 serving for two years. Due to divorce, Mike left Post No Bills in 2002 and taught high school social studies for three years while also starting a historic house consulting company. In 2007, Mike was asked by the Board of Directors to take the organizations helm as Executive Director. Since 2007, Mike has attracted over $500,000 in grants, raised the profile through media appearances, and most importantly, has helped to save dozens of historic properties that otherwise would have been lost.
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 4
Contractors 2
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Diversity Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
SC African American Heritage Commission
Gullah Geechee Nation
Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation
Confederation of Local Historic Societies 
Daufuskie Island Conservancy
Beaufort Historic Foundation
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner2007
Programs
Description The Daufuskie Endangered Places Program was developed in-order to ensure the historic but dilapidated and empty Gullah dwellings that remain on Daufuskie can be rehabilitated while still remaining in the hands of the Gullah heirs who own them. The money invested in them for rehabilitation will be revolved out of the property through income of tourist rentals and used to restore other at risk dwellings. 
Budget 15000
Short Term Success We have already restored two dwellings. We have two targeted to restore and need additional funding to accomplish the task of renovation.
Long Term Success The long term success of the Daufuskie Endangered Places Program will be measured by the number of abandoned and dilapidated Gullah Homes have been stabilized and rehabilitated. We have completed two and intend to target the dozen or so remaining homes that contribute to the historic district. To enrich that success would be to have these homes occupied by their Gullah owners and utilized for their economic benefit. Many of these folks have taken up businesses in Savannah and elsewhere in the lowcountry that involves Gullah storytelling, hosting of tours and Gullah cooking. Because of the remoteness of Daufuskie it is difficult to sustain a business there without the means to rehab their homes. To allow them the opportunity to return to their family's rehabilitated homes and succeed in their business on the exact spot where their newly freed ancestors won their freedom four generations ago would be true success.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The program is monitored by skilled contractors and builders during the rehabilitation of the properties in accordance to the agreement with the owners and fulfillment of their expectations.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$148,535$146,506--
Administration Expense$25,587$12,063--
Fundraising Expense$364$568--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.561.41--
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%92%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$575,040$457,882--
Current Assets$223,936$251,475--
Long-Term Liabilities$22,500$0--
Current Liabilities$0$2,347--
Total Net Assets$552,540$455,535--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--107.15--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%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? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise funds for our regional Endangered Places Programs around the state. Colleton County Endangered Properties Fund, The Bill and Woo Thomason Endangered Places Fund of Greenville County, Spartanburg Endangered Properties Fund, Edgefield County Endangered Properties Fund, PeeDee Endangered Places Fund and the Daufuskie Endangered Places Fund. All these will have a localized focus.
Goal $250,000
Dates Dec 2015 to Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Nov 2016
Nonprofit PALMETTO TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Address Daufuskie Endangered Places Program Fund in care of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
PO Box 23019
Hilton Head, SC 29925
Primary Phone (803) 924 9979
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Bedenbaugh
Board Chair Mr. Steve McCrae
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner at K&L Gates law Firm
Year of Incorporation 1991