Charlotte Berry | America’s Volunteer

Tracy Ebarb


For Charlotte Berry, a lifetime of philanthropy has proven time and again that involvement is a rewarding process. As Charlotte says, “It’s not just giving—you get.” Through her work in the community, she has seen the wide range of philanthropic needs and opportunities. For many projects, the dedication of volunteers has been the most crucial aspect in ensuring success.

Charlotte is a passionate volunteer and one of her most rewarding experiences has been getting people involved in philanthropy for the first time. She finds joy in helping others find the right fit for what they have to offer, from volunteer work to a new job with a nonprofit organization or a board position they hadn’t previously considered. Charlotte strongly believes that everyone should experience what it feels like to give back.

What are her words to live by? “Do something every day to feel good.”

Charlotte Lunsford Berry has spent a lifetime championing the displaced, disenfranchised and disaffected. She’s has traveled the world as the National Chairwoman of Volunteers of the American Red Cross, supervising and planning activities for 1.8 million volunteers. She is the founding chairwoman of the National Museum Committee (History and Education Center) of the American Red Cross and a founding member of Women In Philanthropy, and serves on the boards of dozens of community organizations including the Palmetto Health Foundation, Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, SC Independent Colleges and Universities, the College of Charleston, Volunteers of America and the United Way of America, for which she is past-chair of Planned Giving. She received the prestigious Order of the Palmetto from the State of South Carolina and is the most recent recipient of National Development Institute’s Life-Time Achievement Award.

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