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SPOTLIGHT: Bishop Gadsden

Staff Report //March 16, 2020//

SPOTLIGHT: Bishop Gadsden

Staff Report //March 16, 2020//

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Mission Statement:

Bishop Gadsden, a Life Care Retirement Community, embraces God’s call to ministry. We affirm positive living for all who live and work here. We serve with integrity. We exercise wise stewardship. We reach out with a generous spirit.

2019 Top achievements:

Philanthropic Organization of the Year form the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Lowcountry Chapter

Anita Zucker, Chair and CEO of the InterTech Group, a past individual award winner, stated, “Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community has been a Charleston institution since its founding in 1850. With a sincere focus on supporting residents who face financial difficulties to ensure they continue to live within Bishop Gadsden, as well as their desire to support the greater Charleston community, Bishop Gadsden is our 2018 Organization Philanthropist of the Year.

Dedicated to nurturing their culture of giving, Bishop Gadsden residents, future residents, board members, friends and family, and even staff members, contribute to their efforts of reaching out with a generous spirit. Since 1995, the Bishop Gadsden Community has distributed more than $6.1 million to charitable causes — touching organizations close to their James Island home, as well as those farther away. The list of organizations they have supported over the years numbers in the hundreds, and it keeps growing, while always assuring residents of the BG Community who face financial difficulties during the most vulnerable times of their lives that they will continue to call Bishop Gadsden home and receive the care they need.”

The Charitable Giving and Communications Office, along with the resident Charitable Mission Committee and the Bishop Gadsden Board of Trustees, work to share and raise awareness of Bishop Gadsden’s Charitable Mission — ensuring support of our internal and external charitable needs.

  • The Office of Charitable Giving and Communications processed $1,905,118 in total donations in 2018 and DISTRIBUTED $1,528,729 in Cash and In-Kind Gifts.
  • Distributed $544,888 to residents requiring financial assistance.
  • Awarded $92,987 in Strongheart Employee Education Scholarship Funds.
  • Received a RECORD $330,483 for the Annual Employee Appreciation Appeal.
  • 133 Employees contributed to the Charitable, Employee Assistance, and Strongheart Scholarship Funds, through our Shining Star Program.
  • An estimated 11,103 volunteer hours from staff and residents was contributed in 2018, equating to a $245,709 investment in our Community.
  • Donated 27,971 lbs. of food to One80 Place, equaling a gift of $190,203 and 41,956 meals.
  • $298,512 in In-Kind Items to Tri-County Ministries, Goodwill, Pet Helpers, the Kidney Foundation, The Charleston County Public Library, Children’s Cancer Society.

2020 Goals:

  • Distribute $600,000 to residents requiring financial assistance.
  • Award $100,000 in Strongheart Employee Education Scholarships.
  • Distribute more $200,000 to Charleston Charitable Organizations.
  • Support the building of Bishop Gadsden’s new Health and Rehab Center through a $5,000,000 Campaign.

Corporate giving opportunities:

Please contact Kimberly M. Borts for information on how Bishop Gadsden can work with corporations in supporting the Bishop Gadsden Community, as well as the greater Charleston Community.


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