In Memory of Don Bain

We, at The Spartanburg County Foundation, were saddened to learn of the death of William Donald “Don” Bain, Trustee Emeritus of The Spartanburg County Foundation. Don was committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents and made a significant impact throughout the community.

A celebration of Mr. Bain’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg Monday, March 19, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

The Spartanburg County Foundation Commits $75,000 to The Franklin School

In recognition of 75 years of impact, The Spartanburg County Foundation presented a $75,000 grant to the Northside Development Group Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at The Franklin School, 100 Franklin Street, Spartanburg.  The Franklin School is being built as part of the Northside Initiative and will serve approximately 200 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  The grant from The Spartanburg County Foundation is being presented to fund the school garden and outdoor classroom.

“The 75 years currently being celebrated by the Foundation is full of exceptional commitments to the education of our citizens,” said Bill Barnet, CEO and Board Chair of Northside Development Group. “This visionary gift is yet another example of such focused support.  The Northside welcomes this investment in our cornerstone project, The Franklin School, and the important people it supports— our youngest learners.”

The Northside Initiative has been described as the most ambitious redevelopment in Spartanburg’s history.  The Franklin School, a unique community partnership, will provide the opportunity to demonstrate how high quality early learning experiences can strengthen brain development and provide children with a solid foundation for future success.  The school, set to open at the end of 2018, will be a full-day, full-year learning facility with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning environments.

“We are pleased to present a grant of $75,000 to promote the wellbeing of children who will attend The Franklin School and the greater Northside community,” states Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  “As we reflect on the past 75 years, we see the tremendous progress that has been made throughout Spartanburg County.  This grant is an investment in our future that will benefit the next generation of Spartanburg residents.”

The Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas Delivers Check to The Spartanburg County Foundation

March 2, 2018

The Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (CCP), formerly Children’s Security Blanket, gifted $150,000 to its Agency Endowment Fund held at The Spartanburg County Foundation.  These funds will be safeguarded and invested by the Foundation as a “Ready Reserve Fund” that the Spartanburg-based cancer organization can draw from as needed to ensure access to treatment for Carolina children.

“We make promises to brave children every day, and we are building our reserves so we can be certain of honoring those promises,” said CCP Executive Director Laura Allen.  “The organization’s growth in these past two years from a single county, Spartanburg, to the whole of South and North Carolina has required extraordinary changes and demanded the growth of endowed and reserve funds to ensure sustainability.  This is an important step in that direction.”

Children’s Cancer Partners has entrusted The Spartanburg County Foundation with its resources for nearly 15 years.  By establishing an Agency Endowment Fund, CCP has been able to meet current and future needs.  The Foundation handles all investment and administrative responsibilities in order for the organization to continue serving children and families affected by cancer.

“The Spartanburg County Foundation has done a fine job of stewarding other funds we have entrusted to it,” Allen said,” and this after all is where our organization began.”

“We are pleased The Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas has entrusted the Foundation with these funds,” states Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  “We value our meaningful partnerships with nonprofit agencies such as CCP and are honored to assist in their growth and meeting important needs in Spartanburg County.”

The Spartanburg County Foundation Recognizes 75 Years of Impact in Spartanburg County

For 75 years, The Spartanburg County Foundation has been committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement, and responding to community needs.

We invite you to join us throughout the year as we share impact stories, present new and unique grantmaking opportunities, and offer exciting outreach programs in recognition of this milestone.

Visit our special 75th Anniversary website for more details on the total impact of the Foundation and its donors.

Thank you for your generosity, support, and partnership!


District Six at Cragmoor Farms Receives the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion Award

The Farm to School efforts continue to be recognized across the state. On February 27, 2018, Spartanburg School District Six at Cragmoor Farms received the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Award at the ForeverGreen Luncheon hosted by Upstate Forever.

District Six is grateful for the opportunity to provide their students with organically grown fruits and vegetables and for the partnerships that help make this project possible.  View the VIDEO for more information.

Foundation Engages Community Volunteers To Improve Lives In Spartanburg County

Standing Committee Members (L to R):  Ms. Dennis Chapman Hughes,  Mr. Horace Littlejohn, Mr. Todd Stephens, Judge Erika McJimpsey

The Spartanburg County Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of several community volunteers to both standing and advisory committees. The Foundation has benefited greatly from the assistance of volunteers throughout its 75 years, and for the first time in its history, has appointed four community volunteers to standing committees.

“Engaging community volunteers in our work is essential to fulfilling our mission of promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement, and responding to community needs. As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, The Spartanburg County Foundation continually seeks innovative ways to involve diverse members throughout the community,” said Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “Including professional community leaders in our work has proven to greatly enhance our processes, maximize resources, and offer a fresh perspective on how we can improve lives in Spartanburg County. We trust the addition of community leaders on two of our standing committees will also prove beneficial as we look toward the Foundation’s next 75 years.”

The Foundation welcomes Dennis Chapman Hughes and Horace Littlejohn as community volunteers serving on the Philanthropic Services Committee. This committee is a standing, Trustee-led group that provides strategic direction on the Foundation’s marketing and communications, community outreach, and asset development. The Foundation also welcomes Judge Erika McJimpsey and Todd Stephens as community volunteers serving on the Community Leadership Committee. Judge McJimpsey and Mr. Stephens will work with Trustees to provide strategic direction for the Foundation’s comprehensive grantmaking program and community leadership work.

For more than a decade, the Foundation has worked with local financial professionals through the Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) to oversee investment strategies, assess financial managers, and make policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Members of the IAC commit to a three year term of service. Members of the IAC include Jay Alexander (Class of 2020), Tom Arthur, Bert Barre (Chairman), Zim Cannon, Dr. Omar Daniels (Class of 2020), Jamie Fulmer, Julian Hankinson, Robin Leslie (Class of 2020), and Charles Shartle.

IAC (L to R): Mr. Jamie Fulmer, Mr. Zim Cannon, Mr. Jay Alexander, Mr. Tom Arthur, Mr. Bert Barre (Chairman), Mr. Charles Shartle, Mr. Julian Hankinson, Ms. Robin Leslie, Dr. Omar Daniels


The Spartanburg County Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs. Established in 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina. Additional information about the Foundation is available at

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance – A Pilgrimage of Peoples

A Pilgrimage of People is an interfaith pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to
visit the Holocaust Museum, the National Museum of African American
History and Culture, and the National Museum of the Native American.
This shared experience is designed to foster greater understanding between
faiths and create a greater sense of community.

Pilgrimage Cost – $600.00 (Limited scholarships available)
$100.00 Deposit Due with Application, Balance Due by March 15th.
Seating is limited!
Complete your Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance Pilgrimage Application and submit your deposit TODAY to reserve your spot!

Please return form along with $100 deposit to:
First Presbyterian Church
Attention: Shannon Stewart
393 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

For more information, call or e-mail:

Welcome Cathy McCabe as New Trustee

The Spartanburg County Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Cathy Hoefer McCabe to the Board of Trustees for a term of seven years.

Mrs. McCabe received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Spanish from Columbia College and Doctor of Law Degree from USC School of Law. She recently retired as Spartanburg City Attorney where she worked since 2007, after serving nearly two years as Deputy City Attorney. Prior to joining the City, Mrs. McCabe was partner at The Ward Law Firm and Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann, PC.

Mrs. McCabe brings extensive knowledge, leadership experience, and legal expertise to The Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to her legal experience, Mrs. McCabe was an educator for 12 years, teaching at Whitlock Junior High School and St. Paul the Apostle School. She is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Spartanburg County Bar Association, Supreme Court Lawyers Disciplinary Council, and is a founding member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.

Mrs. McCabe formerly held leadership positions on the board of directors for Women Giving for Spartanburg, Breakfast Business & Professional Women (BBPW), League of Women Voters, and Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands. She currently serves as chair of University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation and is a Sustainer of the Spartanburg Junior League.

Cathy and her husband, Jim, reside in Spartanburg where they enjoy quality time with their family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Spartanburg County Foundation

As we approach the holiday season, The Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees and Staff would like to express our sincere appreciation for you and your partnership with the Foundation. It is only because of your generosity that the Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement, and responding to community needs.
Thank you for generously giving of your time, talent, and resources to better
Spartanburg County.
We wish you and your family a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Our office will be closed Friday, December 22nd, and Monday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas; and, Monday, January 1st, in observance of the New Year Holiday.

Thank you for the positive impact you have made in Spartanburg County over the past year. As we approach the last few weeks of 2017, The Spartanburg County Foundation reminds you there is still time to give!



In order for you to receive a charitable deduction in 2017, Internal Revenue Guidelines require that contributions be dropped off at the Foundation by Friday, December 29th, 5:00 p.m. Or, if you wish to mail your contribution to the Foundation, it must be postmarked by Saturday, December 30th.

For Foundation fundholders who wish to make grant distributions prior to year-end, requests will be accepted through Friday, December 29th, 5:00 p.m.; however, for distributions to be processed by year-end, the request must be received at the Foundation office by Wednesday, December 27th, 5:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, contact the Foundation at (864) 582.0138

2018 Mary L. Thomas Award Seeks Next Generation Philanthropists

The Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change recognizes the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in the community. The Spartanburg County Foundation seeks nominees who develop innovative solutions to tackle critical community issues. The recipients seize opportunities to make a difference by offering compassionate leadership, commitment, and personal skills, with the ultimate goal of creating a better and brighter tomorrow.

In 2018, The Spartanburg County Foundation celebrates 75 years of impacting lives. Such a milestone offers an opportunity to reflect on decades of successful community partnerships, a rich tradition of innovation, and ongoing philanthropic efforts that impact lives. In keeping with this spirit, the 2018 Mary L. Thomas Award will focus on celebrating the next generation of philanthropists, young people who are committed to improving the community around them. These individuals, ages 12-30 years old, give their time and resources to nonprofit organizations, develop charitable programs, and lead efforts to positively change the lives of others.

Criteria for Selection:

Identifying innovative solutions and implementing new ideas that successfully address critical issues facing the Spartanburg community

Community Leadership and Impact
Adding value, providing leadership, and contributing to positive change in the Spartanburg community

Civic Participation and Community Engagement
Investing time and engaging others to contribute to positive community growth and transformation

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees must be residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
  • Nominees must be ages 12-30 years old. NOTE: Nominees should fall within this range on the date nominations are due (January 19, 2018).
  • Nominees must be in good standing ethically, possess a strong sense of integrity and good character.
  • The efforts of nominees must be documented during the past 12 months, illustrating the impact made on the Spartanburg community – whether through direct service, philanthropy or drawing attention to a community need.
  • The nominee’s project may have been developed in one or more of the following three areas: 1) Inside or outside of the classroom; 2) In partnership with a nonprofit organization or religious institution; 3) Through an initiative or organization started on his/her own or with friends. If the nominee’s project does not align with at least one of the three areas, please explain why the nominee should be considered for the award.
  • If the nominee is connected to a Spartanburg County nonprofit organization through paid employment, the individual must demonstrate community impact beyond the scope of his or her job.

The recipient will receive an award at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in March 2018, and will be honored with a $5,000 grant to be given to a charity selected by the recipient and the Foundation.


The deadline for nominations is January 19, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.
To nominate an individual for the 2018 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change, click on the link below.