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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 has raised over $1,056,000 to-date to supplement the Outreach component of the Community Foundation’s mission. In 2019, $160,000 in net funds were distributed to local member-selected charities and since 2018, $33,000 has been distributed as education scholarship grants. The fundraising is done primarily through the annual Charitable Foundation Golf Classic tournament and other Auction events and individual contributions. 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 $1 million since 2006. Registration begins in July 2020.

Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3

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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 - 2020

special thanks

  • Charlie & Anita Arms
  • Doug & Betsy Barker
  • Dave & Debbie Baughman
  • Dick & Chris Bishop
  • John & Carol Boes
  • Garry & Melissa Brown
  • Richard & Michelle Braunschweig
  • Erv & Cindy Burbach
  • Gary & Stephanie Burns
  • Jon & Pam Cabot
  • Dave & Mary Beth Caruso
  • Michael & Deborah Cauley
  • Robert & Eydie Clement
  • James & Marion Currow
  • Ron & Linda Davis
  • Randy Dobbs
  • John & Patsy DuPre
  • Kevin & Holly Greenawalt
  • James & Lee Heery
  • Ken & Alice James
  • David & Donna Johnson
  • Tom & Karen Kelly
  • Mark & Barbara Klein
  • Larry & Susie Larson
  • Bryan & Lou Ann Lewis
  • Grady & Mary Jo McCarthy
  • Dan & Diana McGonigle
  • Gary & Diane Mohr
  • John & Robin Moulton
  • Mike & Stephanie Neely
  • Jack & Mary O’Connell
  • Lorin & Karen Olson
  • Mike & Kathy Panther
  • Elaine Roberts & Dale Wilde
  • Len & Marlene Rubin

  • Larry DeFever & Caren Smith
  • Jerry Stephens & Sydney Galley
  • Robert & Angela Thompson
  • Steve & Tami Tritch
  • Joe & Linda Pullekines
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) Village Green Loop Sunset, SC 29685