RBC Heritage organizers to explain charity programs again

November 20, 2013 

The Heritage Classic Foundation will provide a workshop for area nonprofits today to outline its 2014 charitable programs. One session will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and another from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Sea Pines Community Center at 71 Lighthouse Road on Hilton Head Island.

This past January, the foundation announced it would no longer award outright grants to its partner charities. Instead, the foundation pledged a 20 percent match on private donations in amounts between $1,000 and $5,000 made through a new "Champions Fore Charity" program. It also added a 20 percent match to the money it raises through the PGA Tour's long-running "Birdies for Charity" program. Recipients participating in Champions Fore Charity were instructed to ask their donors to send their contributions to the foundation instead; the foundation then passed along those contributions, plus 20 percent, to the intended charity. In the past, many of the nonprofit organizations that benefited from the foundation's contributions applied for grants.

Beaufort County nonprofit agencies reported mixed results from the first year of changes. Charities that quickly changed tactics in response to the new model seem to have benefited the most. Agencies that rely on smaller donations have, in some cases, received less money than they did under the previous system.

Reporter Tom Barton will be covering today's meetings. Click here to follow him on Twitter, and check back later at IslandPacket.com for more information.

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