Our Places Endowment Campaign

Our Places Endowment Campaign Goal is to raise $1,000,000 by the end of March 2018 to help ensure PDLT will be able to meet our mission in perpetuity.  

PDLT is making great progress with “Our Places”, the second phase of our Operating Endowment campaign to support our mission and uphold our conservation agreements in perpetuity. The PDLT Endowment now stands at more than 92% of our goal to reach $1 million prior to the end of March 2018. More than $400,000 was contributed by 31 “Stewards of the Pee Dee” who each donated $10,000 or more during the first phase (2008 - 2014) of the endowment campaign. The staff and board of Pee Dee Land Trust wish to express our sincere gratitude for those who have given so generously as Guardian ($50,000), Sustaining Stewards (multiple gifts of $10,000), Stewards ($10,000), and at every level.

Contributions can be made in gifts of cash, appreciated stock, and even real estate. For more information, contact Lyles Cooper Lyles, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 843-667-3229. Please consider your role in this important campaign for the future of Pee Dee Land Trust as a voice for the land -- Long Live the Pee Dee!


The following donors have committed to the Guardian level with a gift of $50,000    
In Memory of William H. Chandler,
by The Darla Moore Foundation
Margaret Eugenia

The following donors have committed to the Sustaining Steward level with a gift of $20,000+
                       Diddy and Jim Anderson                         
Daphne and Dave Aycock  
                      Janet and Buddy Brand *                      
                                     Mary Alice Ingram Busch                                            
                     Deborah and Ruell Hicks                     
Catherine Rogers *
                                  Linda Russell                                           
                                       Pati Martin and Brad Turley *                                     
          Mary Caroline and Wallace Vaught         
Ida and Alva Whitehead 
Family Legacy Gift In Memory of Jolly and Bill Howard,
by Snoots and Richard G. Howard
Family Legacy Gift In Honor of the Dargan Family,
by Caroline, Tim, Timothy & Ellerbe Dargan

The following have committed to the Steward level with a gift of $10,000+ 

BC Moore Foundation
Frances and Charlie Bethea
Blackwater LLC
Rhetta and Buddy Calhoun
Marianne and Jim Crawford
James C. Crawford III Charitable Fund
Charles W. and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation
Caroline and Tim Dargan
Linda and Eddie Drayton
Kirk Dunlap
Anne and Dan Ervin
First Bank
Edwin Haenni
Ella Reese and Billy Hinson
Billie and Alan Houghton
Jay James
Bee and Steve Jones
Erin and James Johnson  
Mary Coker Joslin 
Diane and Sumter Langston 
Flo, Don and Carol Mabe 
McCall Farms 
Rosalie Steele and Robert McKenna
McTeer Real Estate 
Rita and Harry Moran
Charles and Tommy O’Neal 
Pearce Land Company 
Jennie Williamson Pezé 
Karen and Avie Rainwater 
Marie and Tony Shank 
Janet and Dickie Sherman  
Gwen George Strickland & George Strickland
Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA      
Charlotte and David Van Hoose
Al Wallace 
WebsterRogers, LLP 
Caroline and Keith Williamson
Kathe and Edwin Williamson
Sara Williamson



Howard Family Legacy Gift to Our Places Endowment Campaign

In 2016 Snoots and Richard G. Howard made an extremely generous Family Legacy gift to the PDLT Our Places endowment campaign, to honor the memory of Richard’s uncle, Jolly, and father, Bill.  This gift was in addition to their 2008 Steward of the Pee Dee gift and PDLT is now honored to have the Howards as Sustaining Stewards of PDLT.  As Richard put it, “I want to inspire others to honor those who are gone, and recognize how they acquired their land.” 

The story behind these words is a remarkable one.  Armstrong and May Ervin Howard acquired Witherspoon Island in Darlington County in the early 1900’s.  They passed it down to Jolly and Bill, Richard’s uncle and father, who established Howard Brothers as a business, farming “out on the hill” and managing the timber.  Jolly and Bill were founding members of the Black Creek Protective Association, one of the first organizations in South Carolina focused on watershed protection. When Richard and his cousins Armstrong and Charles inherited Witherspoon they worked on an agreement with Sonoco resulting in 1,200 acres remaining in the family.  The land will be passed on to the next generation of Howards with an eye toward conservation.  This Family Legacy gift truly fulfills the PDLT’s vision of “Protecting the Past, Ensuring the Future.”



Thanks to the initial operations donation to PDLT by Bruce Richbourg in 2005, we were able to hire Jennie Williamson Pezé as our first Executive Director.  In 2011 Mr. Richbourg donated the conservation easement on his 817 acre property along the Pee Dee River in Marion County, Bottle Point Plantation.  In an effort to guarantee PDLT as an organization would be in operation for the long haul, he has donated additional operations funding to total $1 million and challenged the PDLT Board of Directors to raise an additional $1 million for an operations endowment by the end of first quarter 2018. 

The Our Places endowment campaign deadline is now less than four months from now and we are more than 92% of the way toward our goal of a $1 million endowment to support our core operations indefinitely!  We encourage you to contact PDLT Executive Director, Lyles Cooper Lyles by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 843.667.3229 to learn more about how a Family Legacy gift can allow you to honor your ancestors and their love of the land.      

Will you become our next Steward, Sustaining Steward or Guardian supporter?