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Through the charitable giving and philanthropic service of our Community Foundation 501(c)(4), our members are joining together to provide for those in need.


Enhancing the quality of life and sense of community of our members and the surrounding Upstate residents is the reason our Community Foundation was born.

The Foundation has four major functions serving both the property owners and surrounding communities:



To promote environmental stewardship and provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the area's natural resources.



To provide educational and enrichment programs for Reserve property owners and the surrounding community.



To promote cultural initiatives for property owners and the surrounding community, with both visual and performing arts.



To assist charitable organizations and facilitate property owner volunteerism in Pickens County and surrounding communities.

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Charitable Foundation

In 2009, the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees created The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, to further enhance the mission of the Community Foundation and to provide an additional source of funding.

EIN No. 26-4539213

The Charitable Foundation accepts tax deductible donations, and raised over $861,000 to-date to supplement the Outreach component of the Community Foundation’s mission. In 2017, $170,000 in net funds were distributed to local member-selected charities. This has been done primarily through the annual Charitable Foundation Golf Classic tournament and Swine & Dine auctions held in October of each year. The Charitable Foundation can also accept tax-deductible donations in support of the other three components of the Community Foundation’s mission: Arts, Education, and Environment. This can be done through the “Friends of the Foundation” program as a way for Reserve property owners and other Foundation supporters to donate funds to sustain a more robust programming schedule.

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The reserve charitable foundation golf classic

Through events like the annual Charitable Foundation Golf Classic, the Charitable Foundation 501 (c)(3) has raised over $860k since 2006. Registration begins in August 2019.

Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3

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Swine and Dine annual fundraiser

The Swine & Dine Annual Fundraiser features a BBQ dinner, music, and auctions—both live and silent. It’s a fun and memorable event, raising money for charities in the area.

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friends of the foundation

Friends of the Foundation is as a fund within the Charitable Foundation that will accept tax-deductible cash donations in support of the Education, Arts, and Environment components of the Community Foundation’s mission. Member surveys consistently rank these activities as important and valuable for our community. Friends of the Foundation is a mechanism to provide supplemental funding to maintain and expand these components of the overall mission of the Foundation.

general donors & friends of the foundation

special thanks

  • Michael & Laurie Arabe
  • Charlie & Anita Arms
  • Doug & Betsy Barker
  • Dave & Debbie Baughman
  • Dick & Chris Bishop
  • John & Carol Boes
  • Richard & Michelle Braunschweig
  • Erv & Cindy Burbach
  • Gary & Stephanie Burns
  • Michael & Deborah Cauley
  • Robert & Eydie Clement
  • James & Marion Currow
  • Ron & Linda Davis
  • Randy Dobbs
  • John & Patsy DuPre
  • David & Heidi Frost
  • Gary & Janice Haake
  • Jay & Susan Hall
  • Ken & Alice James
  • David & Donna Johnson
  • Tom & Karen Kelly
  • Mark & Barbara Klein
  • Dave & Janet Kowalski
  • Larry & Susie Larson
  • Ruben & Marilyn Lemos
  • Grady & Mary Jo McCarthy
  • Dan & Nancy McDade
  • Rocky & Lisa McDonough
  • Dan & Diana McGonigle
  • Dave & Elizabeth Miller
  • Gary & Diane Mohr
  • John & Robin Moulton
  • Mike & Stephanie Neely
  • Jack & Mary O’Connell
  • Lorin & Karen Olson
  • Mike & Kathy Panther
  • Rex & Karen Parkinson
  • Joe & Linda Pullekines
  • Elaine Roberts & Dale Wilde
  • Len & Marlene Rubin

  • Dann & Colette Schwartz
  • Alan & Ronda Smith
  • Larry DeFever & Caren Smith
  • Roy & Nancy Sutterfield
  • Robert & Angela Thompson
  • Steve & Tami Tritch
  • Patrick & Shirley Widmer
Community Foundation

Become More Involved

Artist in Residence Application
Charitable Outreach Application
Apply to Be an Artist or Lecturer

get involved

If you'd like more information or would like to donate or get involved with our Community Foundation, please reach out to us.

Executive Director

Becky Gilstrap

phone.(864) 869-2100 ext.212mobile.(864)

address.190 Village Green Loop Sunset, SC 29685