Bluffton Self Help was founded in 1987 by a Bluffton neighbor, Ida Martin. Mrs. Martin recognized a great need that was not being met for working families and senior citizens in our community. Initially, working out of her garage, she obtained resources from family and friends and sometimes went door to door. Clothing was donated by neighbors and donated food was picked up from local grocery stores. More than 3o years later, we are still meeting this need in our community. It started with one neighbor helping one family and last year we touched the lives of over 5,000 neighbors.

Ida Martin Giving Society

Over the decades, Bluffton Self Help has created transformational successes in the lives of children and families through our programs. We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for decades to come. In, 2020 Bluffton Self Help launched the Ida Martin Giving Society to ensure that our programs and services will continue.

Support the lowcountry’s most vulnerable children and families with a planned gift. Provide a gift for future generations and inspire others to do the same. Maximize your philanthropic goals with tax ecient charitable strategies. Your philanthropy can transform the lives of children and families for generations to come.

By joining Bluton Self Help’s Legacy Society, you will…

  • Provide a gift for future generations and inspire others to do the same.
  • Ensure your intentions are known to your family, honored and fullled.
  • Receive agency updates, special invitations, and recognition (if desired).
  • Know you have chosen to give one of the most important and impactful donations of your life.

Here are some Additional Planned Giving Opportunities

What are the benefits of making a bequest?
  • You leave a lasting legacy to be remembered
  • You lessen the burden of taxes on your family
  • You may receive estate tax savings
How do I make a bequest? A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends or Bluffton Self Help as part of your estate plan.

What are my options? A bequest can be made in several ways:
  • You can gift a specific dollar amount or asset
  • You can gift a percentage of your estate
  • You can gift from the balance or residue of your estate
  • You can make a beneficiary designation of certain assets
How do I get started?
You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission to break the cycle of poverty in our community. If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.
Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover
  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to our organization
  • May satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of our organization
How an IRA charitable rollover gift works
  • Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to us.
  • Your IRA funds will be directly transferred to our organization to help continue our important work.
  • Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.
  • Please contact us if you wish for your gift to be used for a specific purpose.
How do I get started?

Donate by Credit Card or eCheck

  1. Make a donation using our secure site.
  2. If you would like to make your gift over the phone, please call Kimberly Hall, at (843) 757-8886. (Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST)

Donate by Check

  1. Please send check made out to Bluffton Self Help to address listed below.
  2. Please include Name, address, phone number and email address.
  3. Mail your check to:

Bluffton Self Help
Development Department
PO Box 2420
Bluffton, SC 29910

Donate Goods

  1. Gather non perishable food & gently used clothing
  2. Deliver anytime Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm at 39 Sheridan Park Circle
  3. Donations are received at the back of the building (ring bell if dock/bay door is closed)
  4. Thank you for contributing to our community

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