Incorporated in 1998 the East Cooper Outboard Beneficent Group (ECOBG) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the East Cooper Outboard Motor Club and is a 501-c(3) tax exempt organization. Upon incorporation, the title to Gold Bug Island and the various amenities were transferred to ECOBG and the property is held in trust for the benefit of the members and managed to create income through lease payments and donations to be used for upkeep of the property and contributions to charity.

The organization’s giving focus has been to charities in the Charleston area in general and the East Cooper area in particular. Since 1998, the ECOBG has donated nearly 99% of its annual income to various local charities totaling over $290,800. On an annual basis there have been numerous recipients but the College of Charleston, East Copper Meals on Wheels, East Copper Community Outreach and Windwood Farm for Children have been among the primary recipients each receiving over $33,000 during the Groups nineteen year existence.

In recent years, due to excellent property management by the ECOMC executive board funds available to ECOBG for donations have averaged $37,000 annually. Successful donation recipients must meet several criteria including: being registered as a IRS 501c(3) charity with the SC Secretary of State, utilizing at least 90% of donations for programmatic expenses and being compatible with the goals and objectives of the ECOBG.

BG Charities List 1998 thru 2017:


  1. ECMOW  (East Cooper Meals on Wheels)
  2. Windwood Farm For Children, Inc.
  3. ECCO  (East Cooper Community Outreach)
  4. College of Charleston
  5. My Sisters House
  6. Slocum Lunz Foundation
  7. Camp Good Times
  8. Fishing for Miracles
  9. CCA  (Coastal Conservation Association)
  10. Mt Pleasant Scholarship Fund
  11. Habitat for Humanity
  12. Charleston Southern University
  13. Juvenile Diabetes Association
  14. Carolina Children’s Charity
  15. Pattison’s Academy
  16. Jenkins Orphanage
  17. Camp Rise Above
  18. Project Healing Waters, Charleston
  19. Camp Happy Days
  20. Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  21. Crisis Ministries / One80 Place
  22. Christmas Commando’s
  23. Wreaths Across America