Tom and Jean Yawkey had an enduring appreciation for nature and a desire to protect our natural resources. The Yawkeys' gift of more than 20,000 acres of shorefront land to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is their most enduring legacy in conservation. The Yawkey Foundations concentrate the majority of their work in conservation to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. The foundations also support a limited number of conservation organizations that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children to experience nature and develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world around them.