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!
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THE SPARTANBURG COUNTY FOUNDATION
HOLIDAY HOURS:

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!

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END-OF-YEAR REMINDER

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:

Innovation
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.

VIEW THE MLT BROCHURE

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.

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!

USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program receives $8,859.30 from the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program received $8,859.30 during the Annual Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church. The annual Thanksgiving Service is sponsored by the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation.

Each year, members from the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance identify a charity to receive the offering collected at the service, which is matched by The Spartanburg County Foundation up to $5,000. This year, the Foundation made an outright gift of $5,000. Because of this and the collective gifts of service attendees, a total of $8,859.30 was granted to USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program.

The ACHIEVE (Academic Challenges Helping Individuals Expand Values and Education) Program provides employment and educational training for at-risk, out-of-school, low-income youth, ages 16-24.

“The monies awarded through the Thanksgiving offering will give these youth readily available behavioral and mental health counseling and activities to promote positive outcome in education, career, future choices and standard of living,” said Helen Merriweather, ACHIEVE Program Director.

For 38 years, thousands of youth have received intensive educational, employability and leadership training/guidance. The offering collected during the Service will provide licensed, on-site counselors to at-risk youth in need of mental/behavioral health counseling. This evidence-based group and one-on-one counseling practice has proved to be vital to prevent adult mental health issues.

Thank you to everyone that attended the service and contributed to such a worthy cause.

 

The Spartanburg County Foundation Office Will Be CLOSED November 23rd and November 24th, 2017

The Spartanburg County Foundation Office will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2017, and Friday, November 24, 2017, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The office will reopen Monday, November 27, 2017, for regular business hours.

The Board of Trustees and staff  wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Spartanburg County Foundation Awards $109,837 to 14 Nonprofit Organizations

The Spartanburg County Foundation awarded $109,837 in capacity-building grants to 14 nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Spartanburg County residents across all seven Spartanburg Community Indicator Areas: Civic Health, Cultural Vitality, Economy, Education, Natural Environment, Public Health, and Social Environment.

Each year, The Spartanburg County Foundation trustees set an unrestricted budget from The Community Fund and a partnership of other funds to award grants to nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County.

“We are very excited to be investing into these nonprofits by providing capacity-building grants,” said Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “While the purpose of each grant varies in scope, all of the grants will be used to help further the missions of these organizations and increase their charitable impact throughout the greater Spartanburg County community.”

The following organizations received funding as part of the Foundation’s Fall Responsive Grantmaking Program:

1. Angels Charge Ministry
Angels Charge Ministry is the recipient of a $4,250 grant to incorporate national best practices into its programming model. This includes an intensive workshop with Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN, a best practice in transitional programs for women, and a board retreat to create a programmatic logic model for change. Angels Charge Ministry offers a transitional housing program, case management, and advocacy to deter recidivism to facilitate a successful reentry into our community for women during and after incarceration.

2. Ballet Spartanburg, Inc.
Ballet Spartanburg, Inc., is the recipient of an $8,540 grant to redesign its website, which will contain a donation page and allow students to register for classes online. Ballet Spartanburg promotes dance and dance appreciation in Spartanburg County and surrounding areas by providing the highest quality of dance training, education, performance and outreach.

3. Carolina Miracle League, Inc.
Carolina Miracle League, Inc. is the recipient of a $ 2,047 grant to furnish a new public office space. The office will provide a venue to teach special needs parents about Carolina Miracle League programs and allow staff to connect with volunteers and the community. Carolina Miracle League provides individuals with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball on an organized team. Games are hosted at Miracle Park in Boiling Springs, SC.

4. FAVOR
FAVOR (Face and Voices of Recovery) is the recipient of a $4,000 grant to develop marketing materials for the FAVOR Family Support Group in Spartanburg County. FAVOR provides non-clinical recovery support services for individuals and families in the Upstate affected by substance abuse disorders. Its work is part of a national recovery advocacy movement to provide people affected by substance use disorders with access to the support they need to achieve and maintain long-term recovery.

5. HALTER
HALTER is the recipient of a $12,000 grant to create a five-year strategic plan, update policies and procedures, provide board and volunteer training, and research fund development opportunities. Celebrating 30 years, HALTER provides equine-assisted activities and therapy for individuals with special needs and at-risk youth by helping them achieve their maximum potential.

6. Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc.
Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc., is the recipient of a $15,000 grant to purchase and implement a donor software program, and to complete and implement a fundraising and marketing plan. Healthy Smiles advocates and promotes the health of Spartanburg County children through free community dental health screenings and education, and free oral health services for qualified children.

7. New Day, Inc., of Spartanburg
New Day, Inc., of Spartanburg is the recipient of a $7,500 grant to purchase plastic/vinyl chairs for the facility and reupholster lobby area seating. New Day assists adults with varying levels of mental illness so that they may live as independently as possible within the community. Earlier this year, New Day opened its new facility on Church Street after the facility on Asheville Highway was destroyed by a fire in 2015.

8. Partners for Active Living
Partners for Active Living is the recipient of a $6,000 grant to implement a brand awareness marketing campaign. Celebrating 15 years of service, Partners for Active Living works to transform Spartanburg County into a vibrant, healthy, connected community.

9. South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry
South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry is the recipient of a $3,500 grant to redesign its website. South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry coordinate the distribution of venison and wild hog meat from hunters to individuals in need via an integrated network of meat processors and food banks. The organization also provides nonperishable items to families in need twice per month at its distribution center in Pacolet, SC.

10. Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of a $10,000 challenge grant for programming and marketing OneSpartanburg’s Talent and Economic Inclusion Initiative. The Initiative will address a range of factors that influence a community’s economic competitiveness including: talent, education and training systems, business climate, infrastructure, quality of life, and quality of place.

11. Spartanburg Science Center
Spartanburg Science Center is the recipient of a $4,500 grant for marketing and signage. In 2018, the Spartanburg Science Center will celebrate 40 years of providing science education and enrichment for the students and adults of Spartanburg County.

12. TOTAL Ministries
TOTAL Ministries is the recipient of a $10,000 challenge grant to purchase a walk-in freezer. TOTAL Ministries provides assistance to Spartanburg County residents facing financial hardships through programs that: prevent loss of utility services, provide heating assistance during the winter, provide food, cover the cost of life-sustaining medication, assist with obtaining identification papers, and assist with traveler’s aid. The freezer will allow TOTAL Ministries to double the amount of food the organization is able to store so that it may provide more food to individuals and families in need.

13. Upstate Affiliate Organization
Upstate Affiliate Organization is the recipient of a $15,000 grant to establish clinical exam rooms at Hope Center for Children and Project Hope Foundation. The exam rooms will allow on-site medical care to be provided to foster children and autistic pediatric patients in Spartanburg County.

14. Upstate Warrior Solution
Upstate Warrior Solution is the recipient of a $7,500 challenge grant to research, produce, and market educational mental-health video modules for Spartanburg County veterans. The video modules are a component of a mobile app called Sharpen Warrior, which is aimed to address the immediate mental health needs of veterans as well as provide them with additional resources for continuing care. Upstate Warrior Solution connects warriors and their families to resources and opportunities, leads them through the process of self-empowerment, and inspires the community to embrace warriors and their families as valued neighbors and friends.

These grants are made possible in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation Community Fund; Jim D. and Johnnie G. Adams Trustee Initiated Fund; Arkwright Foundation, Inc. Trustee Initiated Fund; Rose and Vic Bailey, Jr. Trustee Initiated Fund; Bain Foundation Trustee Initiated Fund; The Barnet Foundation Trust, Inc. Trustee Initiated Fund; A.K. and Lois H. Caughman Fund; The Martha C. Chapman Trustee Initiated Fund; Stanley W. Converse Fund; Erwin N. Darrin Fund; Miller Foster Family Trustee Initiated Fund ; Robert E. Gregory, Jr. and Marie H. Gregory Trustee Initiated Fund; Tracy and Thomas E. Hannah Trustee Initiated Fund; Harriet Smith Harris, Philip Guy Harris, and Philip Guy Harris, Jr. Memorial Fund; Inman-Riverdale Foundation Trustee Initiated Fund; Betty and George Dean Johnson Trustee Initiated Fund; The Donald C. Johnston, Jr. and Ann M. Johnston Trustee Initiated Fund; The R.E. and Marion Littlejohn P Trustee Initiated Fund; Betty James and Walter S. Montgomery, Jr. Trustee Initiated Fund; John and Lynne Poole Trustee Initiated Fund; The Powell Family Fund; Virginia U. Russell Fund; Harry W. Sanders Fund; Shepherd Johnston Memorial Fund; The Reverend Clay and Jane Turner Trustee Initiated Fund; The Emery L. Williams Memorial Fund; Arthur Frederick Willis Children’s Fund; and Zimmerli Foundation, Inc. Trustee Initiated Fund.

Celebrating Our Trustees Emeriti and Their 74 Years of Impact

The Spartanburg County Foundation celebrated our Trustees Emeriti and their 74 years of impact in Spartanburg County.

The Annual Trustees Emeriti Dinner was held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at The Piedmont Club.  The highlight of the evening was a Trustee Emeriti video illustrating the impact of philanthropy over the years for residents of Spartanburg County.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute is NOW Accepting Applications!

The deadline to apply to The Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m.  The institute is open to 11th-12th grade students in Spartanburg County.

The Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute is accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Institute. Through a dynamic collaboration, The Spartanburg County Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation are able to present a second year of educating and mentoring youth through the Criminal Justice system. The inaugural year was a great success and we look forward to continuing the work from the previous class.

This four-month leadership training program is designed to introduce Spartanburg County 11th-12th graders to the criminal justice system to help them gain a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the system, eliminate misconceptions, build long-lasting partnerships between youth and criminal justice officials, and empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in our community.

Participation is open to any 11th-12th grader that attends a Spartanburg County public, private, or home school. Forty-five students, including representatives from each of the seven Spartanburg County School Districts will be selected to participate. Participants come from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a desire to learn more about the Criminal Justice System and be a leader in his/her community.

Students will be selected to participate based on the following criteria:
• Must be a high school junior or senior attending a Spartanburg County public, private, or home school
• Have an interest in learning more about the Criminal Justice System
• Be willing to commit to help build long-lasting partnerships with criminal justice officials and be an advocate for making positive choices
• Have a desire to positively change their communities
• Academic merits and school involvement should not be a determining factor; rather, the Institute hopes to engage students of varying involvements, backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, and academic achievements
• Would benefit from learning more about the criminal justice system as well as the consequences of poor choices
• Must be committed to attending the opening retreat, all sessions, and the graduation ceremony

The Institute begins in January with an opening retreat that provides an opportunity for participants to connect with one another in an informal setting and hear from an inspirational leader. Sessions are held January – April, one week day per month, from 8:30am – 12:30pm. A graduation ceremony is held in May.

Individuals interested in applying for the Institute can go to 2018 Criminal Justice Youth Institute Application final 110316 and complete the form. For all other questions, please contact Valerie Sullivan, Program Manager, 864.680.5630 or vbsullivan12@gmail.com.

Modeled after The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, participants of the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute are equipped with resources and a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System, enabling them to:

• Understand their rights as individuals as well as the consequences of poor decision-making
• Be a resource for other youth who have questions about the inner-workings of the Criminal Justice System
• Share their knowledge with others about the importance of making positive choices
• Help dispel any misconceptions
• Form long-lasting relationships and partnerships with criminal justice officials
• Further explore a career within the Criminal Justice System
• Assume individual and collective responsibility for positive change in their communities

Women Giving for Spartanburg 2018 Grant Cycle NOW OPEN

Women Giving for Spartanburg Now Accepting 2018 Grant Requests

Founded in 2007 as a special project of The Spartanburg County Foundation, Women Giving for Spartanburg is a group of passionate women who have joined together to enhance the quality of life in Spartanburg County.

Women Giving for Spartanburg provides high impact grants of $25,000 and up to Spartanburg County nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of Spartanburg County residents in the areas of Civic Health, Cultural Vitality, Economy, Education, Natural Environment, Public Health, and Social Environment.

The 2018 Grant Cycle is now open.  Click here to complete an online grant application now through Friday, January 5, 2018, at 9 a.m.

For more information and detailed guidelines on the WGFS Grant Cycle, please visit www.womengivingforspartanburg.org.

Dr. John Stockwell Recipient of the 2017 Cradle to Career Champion Award by StriveTogether

The Spartanburg County Foundation congratulates Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. John Stockwell on winning the 2017 Cradle to Career Champion Award!

CINCINNATI, OHIO — After 17 years as chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, John Stockwell joined an effort to pursue high levels of academic achievement for children in Spartanburg County. His long focus on helping kids succeed is why he has been selected for the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award by StriveTogether, a national nonprofit organization working to improve education for every child.

At its eighth annual Cradle to Career Network Convening, StriveTogether today announced Stockwell as the 2017 award recipient. Stockwell is executive director of Spartanburg Academic Movement, a partnership of schools and colleges, businesses, governments, foundations, faith communities and individuals across the county.

“I feel deeply honored to receive this award,” Stockwell said. “Spartanburg Academic Movement, like many communities across the nation, owes a big thanks to StriveTogether for its approach and guidance on getting better results for every child. But I’m even more thankful for our teachers and school leaders with their unwavering dedication to our kids. Uniting the community alongside these gifted people is the honor of a lifetime.”

Stockwell has built strong cross-sector partnerships and secured a countywide commitment to data-driven action. Under his leadership, Spartanburg Academic Movement facilitated better data use by piloting the Early Development Instrument to measure kindergarten readiness in one school district. Through an unprecedented data-sharing agreement among the county’s seven school districts, the EDI now will be used countywide.

“Throughout his career, John has embodied the dedicated spirit and commitment to excellence that truly enables this work to improve outcomes for kids,” StriveTogether Interim CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “As a testament to how he truly mobilizes a community, all seven school superintendents in the county nominated him together for our award. John’s tireless advocacy and support, coupled with exceptional and energetic leadership, has enabled a vision of a few to become the shared vision of many.”

Prior to the University of South Carolina Upstate, Stockwell held other higher education positions in California, Indiana, New York and Wisconsin. He has served in numerous volunteer civic capacities in the county, including the founding board chair of the Spartanburg Chapter of the Urban League of the Upstate; the board member and chair of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Services Alliances and the College Hub; and a current trustee of the Spartanburg County Foundation.

Named after one of the earliest and staunchest champions of our work, the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion Award annually recognizes a local advocate from the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. Bill Henningsgaard united partners around a common vision for helping every child succeed through Eastside Pathways, a cradle-to-career partnership in Bellevue, Wash.

The award is given annually to an individual who embodies the passion and persistence modeled by Bill every day in his local work and in the broader collective impact field. Past winners include Mary Jean Ryan (the Road Map Project); Dan Ryan (All Hands Raised); Greg Landsman (StrivePartnership); and Scott and Anne Jones (Every Hand Joined).

About StriveTogether

StriveTogether is a national nonprofit working to improve education for every child. We coach and connect partners in more than 70 communities and work together to get better results. Communities using our approach have seen measurable gains in kindergarten readiness, academic achievement and postsecondary success. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 8.2 million students, involves 10,800 organizations and has partners in 32 states and Washington, D.C.

Spartanburg County Selected to Participate in MDC’s Network for Southern Economic Mobility

October 6, 2017

Spartanburg County is one of four Southern communities that are taking on the challenge of improving economic mobility for youth and young adults.  The Spartanburg County Foundation has been selected to participate in the second cohort of MDC’s Network for Southern Economic Mobility that is focused on creating opportunities for youth and young adults in the lowest income bracket.  MDC, an organization that has worked for more than 50 years to help communities across the south close the gaps that separate people from opportunity, is facilitating this network for four communities in the region.

In addition to Spartanburg County, Fayetteville, N.C.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Savannah, Ga., will receive customized coaching and technical assistance, and hear from experts in institutional and governmental systems change. They will have the opportunity to work together and share their insights into what works—and what doesn’t—as they strive to eliminate the barriers that keep a high percentage of low-income young people from rising into the middle class. The new communities join Athens, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Greenville, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla., which are entering their second year in the network.

“The first cohort of cities has made great strides in lifting up the economic mobility imperative, grappling with difficult data, and identifying key intervention points in their local talent development systems,” said David Dodson, president of MDC. “Like their predecessors, this new cohort has shown the desire and capacity to do the work and address the challenge.”

“The Spartanburg County Foundation is excited to serve as the lead convener and facilitator for Spartanburg County,” states Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  “There are many strong collaborative initiatives in our community, and it will be imperative to partner with those initiatives and to serve as the common thread that ties each one back to this issue of economic mobility.”

The Spartanburg County Foundation has established a leadership team to participate in the cohort and will be forming a larger team of diverse community leaders to assist with the overall project.

The problem, as spelled out in MDC’s State of the South Report “Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity for the next generation,” is that it is harder in the South than anywhere in the U.S. for young people in the poorest households to move up the economic ladder as adults. Southern communities that are top-rated as places to do business also are among the places with the highest ratings of inequality and lowest rankings for economic mobility, the report found. While education beyond high school is the best indicator for getting a job that pays family-sustaining wages, fewer


unities in the Network for Southern Economic Mobility have shown a commitment to helping marginalized young people, a foundation of promising programs on which to build, the presence of industries with career potential for young people, and top leaders who see the connection between economic mobility and the long-term health of their economy.

Core support for the Network is provided by the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and other philanthropic investors. Communities are contributing a participation fee to support a portion of on-site technical assistance, coaching visits, and annual conferences.
“Across the South, our experiences have shown us people and organizations who align their efforts make greater and more enduring progress toward shared goals like creating opportunity and fostering economic mobility,” said Gladys Washington, deputy director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

Network communities bring together leaders from each community in business, government, education, nonprofits, and philanthropy to examine how well their existing systems are reaching those young people facing the most difficult barriers to advancement; analyze the policies, systems, and culture that impede their progression; and adapt or build the pathways that connect institutions and social supports, from school to rewarding employment. At the end of their initial two-year commitment, network communities will be expected to have:
• detailed systems and data analyses of those youth in the lowest income brackets and a clear understanding of the principal barriers to their economic mobility
• a diverse leadership group equipped to challenge institutional inequities and implement an action plan that leverages changes in the local talent development system so that it better serves the needs of both young people and employers, and so that it accelerates youth mobility efforts
• a set of priorities to build stronger organizations with the capacity to refine existing programs, aggregate and realign resources, and spur innovation
• a cross-region peer group of leaders working together on a cutting edge issue of national significance
“We can’t have a society where only exceptions succeed or where so much is left to the luck of the draw—especially when the deck is so often stacked against those who need the uplift of mobility the most,” Dodson said. “We must be about changing the odds, not expecting people to beat the odds.”


About The Spartanburg County Foundation
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 www.spcf.org.

About MDC
MDC brings together foundations, nonprofits, and leaders from government, business, and the grassroots to illuminate data that highlight deeply rooted Southern challenges and help them find systemic, community solutions. Our approach, developed over 50 years, uses research, consensus-building, and programs that connect education, employment, and economic security to help communities foster prosperity by creating an “Infrastructure of Opportunity”—the aligned systems and supports that can boost everyone, particularly those who’ve been left behind, to higher rungs on the economic ladder.