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.

Click Here to open WebEx

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 jmoore@spcf.org.

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 StrategicSpartanburg.org. 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

www.spcf.org/75

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 www.ball4good.org.

 

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

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!

www.spcf.org/75

 

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!
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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

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!

 

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