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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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