Bum Phillips Charities was created by Bum and Debbie Phillips in 2010 as the base for a retreat center and as a fundraising organization for the charities that have touched their hearts over their many years of charitable work. The Phillips’ have donated considerable acreage of their Goliad, Texas ranch to create the Bum Phillips Retreat.
The retreat, owned and operated by Bum Phillips Charities, hosts many activities and events year-round. The most significant is a summer camp for deaf children called Camp Heart Sign. In addition, frequent deaf church services and retreats for deaf adults are conducted. Other events include conferences to teach American Sign Language (ASL) and provide ASL interpreter training. Bum Phillips Charities also encourages the active use of their retreat for Christian ministries and actively supports the prison ministry of Mike Barber Ministries and Tommy Maxwell’s Dallas-based Coaches Outreach. Every effort is made to obtain sufficient contributions to provide the services, events, and activities for free or significantly reduced rates.