COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Discover the Lowcountry up close!

Hilton Head Island, SC   |  www.coastaldiscovery.org

Mission

The Coastal Discovery Museum inspires people to care for the Lowcountry.
Together, CDM and its visitors:
   • Discover connections between air, land, water, and living things for greater environmental awareness
   • Explore history, culture, and art to understand ourselves and increase empathy toward others
   • Take action to create a more sustainable and inclusive future

Ruling year info

1986

Principal Officer

Rex Garniewicz

Main address

70 Honey Horn Drive

Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 USA

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EIN

57-0801415

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sea Turtle Protection Project

The Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project began in 1985 and continues to help protect turtles by better educating the general public about these endangered species that nest on Hilton Head's beaches. The Coastal Discovery Museum operates an Adopt-A-Nest program which helps fund a variety of educational projects including school programs, hands-on educational materials at our museum, and a multi-organization long-term collaborative project to address the impact of climate change on local sea turtle nesting locations. Beach monitoring efforts are conducted by a separate all volunteer organization called Sea Turtle Patrol HHI.

Population(s) Served
Families
Students

We deliver over 10,000 hands-on educational programs to students each year.  Some programs focus on the environment, others on history, and a few on art.  Some of our most popular ones cross all of these disciplines. Ultimately our goal is to encourage all students to be curious about the world around them and to become lifelong learners, regardless of their current economic situation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We have created a dedicated building for teaching all about Hilton Head Island's history, science, and culture.  Complete with exhibits, live animals, artifacts, and tools like microscopes, students can discover the Lowcountry up close!  This building will be staffed to be open 5-days per week for school groups and family programming year-round.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Smithsonian Institution 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

From its inception, the Museum has remained committed to its roots of preserving the local environment and interpreting history, culture and the arts. These areas will continue to be our primary focus, but will have greater impact as stories about our local environment also inspire our visitors to take positive action in their own communities.

Together, CDM and its visitors discover connections between air, land, water, and living things, for greater environmental awareness; explore history, culture, and art to better understand ourselves and increase empathy toward others; and take action to create a more sustainable and inclusive future. The Coastal Discovery Museum strives to be a national model for demonstrating how local stories inspire action for better stewardship.

Financials

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Operations

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COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 5/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Porter Morgan

Retired

Term: 2021 - 2021


Board co-chair

Fred Manske

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2019

Mark Baker

Wood + Partners

Elizabeth Birdwell

Coastal States Bank

Herbert Ford

Retired

Jane Inglis

Hilton Head Prep.

Lynn King

Tide Pointe

Fred Manske

Retired

Tom Peeples

Tom Peeples Builder

Shirley Peterson

Hollis Enterprises

Paul Stevens

Retired

Diane Bartlett

Retired

John Batson

Lowcountry Spine and Sport

Alex Brown

Camp Hilton Head

Rex Garniewicz

Coastal Discovery Museum

Lenore Gleason

Retired

Frederick Hack

Retired

David Howitt

Retired

Porter Morgan

Retired

Mike Schlotman

Kroger

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.