With more than 25 years of fundraising and public relations experience, Kimberly Farfone Borts is currently the Director of Charitable Giving and Communications at Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community; one of the country’s premier Life Plan Communities.
Since joining Bishop Gadsden in 2007, Kimberly has increased overall support of Bishop Gadsden’s Charitable Mission, including growing their planned giving support by more than 30%. As a member of the Bishop Gadsden leadership team, Kimberly works on strategic and development projects impacting the entire community. A creative professional at heart, Kimberly enjoys overseeing the branding, social media, PR, and communications of Bishop Gadsden and utilizing her interior design talents when needed in the Bishop Gadsden Community.
Before Bishop Gadsden, Kimberly had a six-year tenure as Development Director for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, where she contributed to the success of being named the Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year two times. Before moving to Charleston in 2001, Kimberly was in Washington, DC, where she was the Foundation Manager for the National Business Travel Association and began her career as a Junior Lobbyist for Jefferson Government Relations.
A graduate and former Student Body President of George Mason University, Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics, received her Certificate in Business Management from The Wharton School of Business, a certificate in Events Management from George Washington University, and her Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy.
Kimberly has also served in various board and leadership roles for community non-profit organizations. Kimberly was a Roper Fellow and was selected as The Roper Fellow Chair for the Roper St. Francis Healthcare System. She served four terms on the board of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, being elected as Chair of the Board for two terms, and now rejoining the board in 2021. Kimberly has been a two-time Past President of the Charleston Chi Omega Alumnae Fraternity, and past Board Member for the South Carolina Planned Giving Council. Currently, Kimberly is a Board Member for the Lowcountry Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as Vantage Point Foundation, and LeadingAge South Carolina.
Kimberly is married to Gregory Borts, a law enforcement officer, and they currently live on Johns Island, South Carolina.
Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017 following then – Governor Nikki Haley’s appointment as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and was elected to a full term as governor in November 2018. Governor McMaster has led a strong and vibrant South Carolina economy, announcing more than 54,300 new jobs and over $15.5 billion in new capital investment in the state.
Under his leadership, the state has made transformative investments in the classroom by expanding full day four-year-old kindergarten, raising K-12 teacher pay, and placing a school resource officer in every school. Colleges and universities are becoming more accessible and affordable due to the governor’s tuition freeze and by his doubling of funding for needs-based financial aid for in-state students.
Prior to becoming governor, McMaster served two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general and four years as United States attorney, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Governor McMaster is married to Peggy McMaster, with whom he has two children. Governor and Mrs. McMaster are members of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.