Investment Performance Webinar

The Spartanburg County Foundation continues to remain transparent in our investment strategy and asks you to join us for the

Investment Performance Webinar
Monday, May 21, 2018
beginning at 2:30 p.m.

As the Foundation celebrates its 75th Anniversary, we will reflect on the past, present and future of The Spartanburg County Foundation while sharing an investment update. The webinar will be in conjunction with Prime Buchholz, the investment management firm engaged by the Foundation.

The Financial Investment Performance webinar will allow you to view the information directly from your computer screen through WebEx. The webinar link and registration information can be found on the following link.

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If you have never accessed WebEx, please do so prior to the start of the webinar session. If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact the Foundation office at (864) 582.0138 or email Joan Moore at

We look forward to sharing our investment update with you, and thank you for giving the Foundation the opportunity to assist you in your philanthropic goals.

Foundation Announces 2018 Responsive Grantmaking Program PLUS 75th Anniversary Endowment Challenge

The Spartanburg County Foundation is excited to announce that in 2018 it will accept proposals for responsive grants throughout the year on a rolling deadline. The Foundation recognizes its role as a grantmaker that responds to ongoing needs in the community and seeks applications that are innovative, meet the needs of Spartanburg County, and are integral in advancing an organization’s mission. Responsive grant sizes will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Proposals must clearly provide innovative responses to address the goals and/or priorities set forth by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project. For more information about the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project or to download the reports, please visit Projects/programs may benefit a single organization, a collaborative initiative, and/or a system of services that address community issues.

Download the RFP and Apply NOW!

The Spartanburg County Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2018 Responsive Grantmaking Program on a rolling deadline. Please note that proposals received by:

Friday, May 4, 2018, will be considered at the Foundation’s June Board Meeting
Friday, July 20, 2018, will be considered at the Foundation’s September Board Meeting
Friday, October 12, 2018, will be considered at the Foundation’s December Board Meeting

75th Anniversary Endowment Challenge

In honor of its 75th anniversary, The Spartanburg County Foundation is excited to announce that it will offer an Endowment Challenge as one of its 2018 grant opportunities. The Foundation views endowments as a critical building block in developing the capacity and future sustainability of nonprofit organizations. Drawing from a history of facilitating long-term philanthropy and building nonprofit organizational effectiveness, the Foundation is pleased to invest into Spartanburg County nonprofits through this Endowment Challenge.

During the Endowment Challenge, the Foundation will offer 1:1 matching grants of either $25,000; $50,000; or $75,000 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to establish or to build an existing agency endowment fund at The Spartanburg County Foundation. Each matching dollar raised will leverage one grant dollar from the Foundation. Grant recipients will have 18 months from the date of the award to raise the full match. Grant dollars will be transferred into the endowment fund once the match has been met.

The agency endowment fund will be a permanent fund at The Spartanburg County Foundation and follow the Foundation’s Investment and Spending Policies. Each year, the Foundation’s Investment Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees review the Spending Policy.

Click Here to View the Full Request for Proposals

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, through the Foundation’s online portal.

Click Here to Apply for the Endowment Challenge


Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg,
in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, presents

Join us for an evening of inspiring storytelling featuring local women and special guests
Katherine Goble Moore and Joylette Goble Hylick
daughters of famed NASA scientist, Katherine Goble Johnson, whose personal story was featured in the 2017 blockbuster Hidden Figures.

Following this special performance, guests are invited to stay for a reception and the opportunity to meet the performers and special guests.

Wednesday, May 30
7:30 p.m.
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East Saint John Street – Spartanburg, SC 29306

Tickets: $35
Visit to purchase tickets

All proceeds will go to the Spartanburg Breakfast Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund, a component fund of
The Spartanburg County Foundation.



Building an Inclusive Economy

We are pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations to host the first Inclusive Economic Prosperity Convening in the South May 23rd-24th.  Read more about why Spartanburg is hosting this important regional/national convening for foundation staff and trustees in the article below written by Mary Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  Register today and join us to learn how philanthropy can be a driving force that promotes broad prosperity!


By Mary Thomas
Chief Operating Officer
The Spartanburg County Foundation

Our economic landscape today looks very different than it did 25 years ago. This pattern of change will inevitably continue as technological advancements are rapidly introduced to the world.

To adapt to this new landscape, foundations must be willing to shift and evolve with the changing communities we serve. Seventy-five years ago, our founder— Walter Scott Montgomery—had a vision of introducing community philanthropy to Spartanburg County to meet the needs of the entire area. His vision began with a $10,000 investment that has evolved into a $213 million philanthropic organization that is continuously working to improve the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging local engagement, and responding to community needs.

A great thought leader in our community, Roger Milliken, lived by this motto, “Innovate or die.” Community institutions would do well to live by those words to ensure that our organizations continue to think ahead and maximize community impact by deploying innovative solutions to the issues facing our region. The success that the Spartanburg County Foundation has seen over the years is partly because of its ability to look ahead, remain flexible, and change when necessary to address local issues.

This is an exciting time for Spartanburg. Last year, our county was selected to participate in Manpower Development Corp.’s (MDC) Network for Southern Economic Mobility, which focuses on building pathways of prosperity for low-income young people between the ages of 14 and 24, by deepening, accelerating, and aligning strategic investments for systemic change. Because of our focus on this important topic, we are pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations in hosting the first Inclusive Economic Prosperity Convening in the South on May 23-24 in Spartanburg. We are happy to see the region setting the context for future national discussions that will take place over the next two years.

During the convening, funders of all types will gather together to explore how philanthropy can be a driving force that promotes broad prosperity. The robust program that will be presented will explore idea exchanges with both peers and subject matter experts on topics such as community leadership, impact investing, resource alignment, and competitive talent development.
Economic mobility is inextricably linked with economic prosperity and is the common thread that helps to propel communities forward. We believe that continued education around these issues is necessary at both the staff and board levels and this convening is designed for both audiences. Register your staff and board members today. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for innovative idea-sharing and peer-expert learning!

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance – A Pilgrimage of Peoples

Forty Spartanburg residents from various faith groups embarked on a Pilgrimage of Peoples to Washington, D.C., on April 15th.  This four-day interfaith trip,  hosted by the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, was designed to foster greater understanding between faiths and create a greater sense of community.  Participants visited the Holocaust Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of the Native American.  Read the first-hand experience of Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz of Temple B’nai Israel below.


A Pilgrim of Peoples Reflection by Rabbi Yossi J. Liebowitz D.D.

In these divisive times, it is more than noteworthy when a contingent of the faithful join in an effort to promote understanding and unity. Over two millennia ago, the Psalmist wrote: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133) Such was the intent and successful pilgrimage of forty members of the religious community in mid-April 2018. A gathering of ministers of different faiths, lay leaders and youth left Spartanburg one Sunday rainy afternoon and headed to the nation’s capital. More than an adventure, this pilgrimage to three special museums facilitated a common effort to further understanding of one another’s pains and joys. The pilgrimage made possible visits to the United States Holocaust Museum, the Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian. Additionally, their tour included some short visits to national sites like the Capitol Dome and most importantly to the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Each day ended with personal reflections and exchanges during a dinner at two Presbyterian churches. The honest and informative conversations provided new insights and appreciation of the common struggles of different faiths and peoples, their wants, hurts and joys. They learned that they have more in common and less than what separates them.

The three day pilgrimage culminated in a visit to Senator Graham’s office in which a conversation took place with the Senator and his Colleagues Senator Tim Scott and Representative Trey

Gowdy. Well suited to the conversation was the Congressman’s discussion of his new book Unity co-written by Senator Scott. For the young people especially, this positive encounter with their government’s representatives formed what was surely a lasting impression. While the trip began by contending with rainy weather it concluded with one and all bringing back light, knowledge, and a renewed sense of optimism in humanity or in short much needed sunshine of the heart.

Read more from the participants!  Want more information?  Click here to read the news article from the group’s departure from Spartanburg.  Click here to view the complete Pilgrimage of Peoples photo gallery.

2nd Annual Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game

Ball4Good, in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, hosted the second  Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game April 22, 2018.

Due to the generosity of the community and all in attendance, we exceeded the fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties!

Adom Appiah, an 8th grader at Spartanburg Day School, started Ball4Good as part of a class project only last year. He has grown this idea into a successful 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports the community through sports.

The Celebrity Basketball Game is one of Ball4Good’s main fundraisers. In 2017, over 800 individuals attended the event, which raised $7,500 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate.  For more information on Ball4Good, visit


Click here to view all of the photos from the event!

John T. Wardlaw, Trustee Emeritus

We, at The Spartanburg County Foundation, were saddened to learn of the death of Trustee Emeritus John T. Wardlaw.

Mr. Wardlaw demonstrated his unparalleled dedication to Spartanburg County by serving as a visionary leader to the Foundation and to many other organizations.

While Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Wardlaw established Critical Indicators, known today as the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, a collaborative effort that reports data and encourages community dialogue on the critical needs of Spartanburg County.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent on Wednesday, April 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Congratulations Adom Appiah, the 2018 Recipient of the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change!

Foundation Honors 14-Year Old Philanthropist While Celebrating 75 Years

By Samantha Swann for the Herald-Journal

Members of the Spartanburg County Foundation celebrated the organization’s milestones and goals and honored a young Spartanburg philanthropist Tuesday evening during their 75th annual meeting.

Chairman John Stockwell expressed his gratitude for the foundation’s many partners and laid out plans for the future.

The Foundation also presented the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change, which recognizes individuals who display an outstanding commitment to community improvement. In the spirit of looking toward the future, this year’s candidates were young philanthropists between the ages of 12-30.

Candidates were nominated based on their participation in community projects, either of their own design or in coordination with a charitable or philanthropic group. They were judged based on their character and community impact and engagement.

The 2018 award went to Adom Appiah, a 14-year-old Spartanburg Day School student.

Appiah established Ball4Good, a nonprofit that gives back to the Spartanburg community through sports. Ball4Good began as a celebrity benefit game that raised $7,500 for the Boys and Girls Clubs.

The award won $5,000 for the Ball4Good fund.

“As I think about the future, by the time I finish high school, my goal is to raise $200,000 so that Ball4Good can step up and provide additional opportunities for our community,” Appiah said. “I want to be able to support Spartanburg, even when I go off to college.”

The foundation also recognized Mary L. Thomas for her 20 years of service.

Founded in 1943, the Spartanburg County Foundation has helped establish and support many Spartanburg institutions and programs including the Hope Center for Children, the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project and the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute.

The foundation has given more than $148 million in grants to Spartanburg County organizations and projects.

In honor of its 75th anniversary, the foundation recently presented a $75,000 grant to the Northside Development Group to fund the creation of a garden and outdoor classroom for The Franklin School, an early childhood learning center that is currently under development.

When looking toward the next 75 years, President and CEO Troy Hanna was confident in the foundation’s place in the future.

“We would suggest that philanthropy in Spartanburg County stands ready to embrace future challenges,” Hanna said. “The Spartanburg County Foundation has a proven track record of adapting to change in order to serve the residents of Spartanburg County. Together we will continue to improve the lives of all Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement, and responding to community needs.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story identified Appiah as 13 years old.


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.”