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!

 

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.

Foundation Seeking Proposals for 2017 Thanksgiving Service Grant

Thanksgiving Service

The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is a network of clergy, lay leaders, and faith communities joining together for the purpose of contributing to the common good. The Alliance was formed as a partnership between area clergy and The Spartanburg County Foundation in 2014. The 2017 Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance and The Spartanburg County Foundation, is an opportunity for people to gather together in celebration and gratitude. This annual event brings together clergy from numerous faith communities, and is open to everyone.
This year, the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (445 South Church Street, Spartanburg). The service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Compassion Grant Application The Spartanburg County Foundation matches the Community Thanksgiving Service offering plate up to $5,000, and all proceeds are donated to a named charitable organization identified each year by the clergy. To apply for funding from the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service, please complete the Compassion Grant Application through the Foundation’s online grant portal (www.spcf.org) following the guidelines stated below.

Eligibility
Organizations eligible to apply for the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service funding must have annual budgets not exceeding $500,000 and provide services in one of the following areas: 
– Family Services 
– Food, Hunger & Shelter 
– Health Services 
– At-risk Youth
Grant requests should support direct services (i.e. implementing programs and outreach efforts). Priority will be given to organizations that can clearly demonstrate how the project will benefit the residents of Spartanburg County.
Note: Organizations that have received the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service offering in the past five years are not eligible to apply.

Process
The funds donated at the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service and the matching funds from The Spartanburg County Foundation are given to a local nonprofit organization chosen by a special committee of Spartanburg County clergy.

Apply Online
Organizations interested in applying must complete the online Compassion Grant Application.  Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017.  Please click on the link below to apply now.

 APPLY NOW

Questions
For more information, please contact Ashley Whitt, grants manager, at (864) 582.0138 or awhitt@spcf.org.

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The Foundation is Now Accepting Applications for its Grassroots Leadership Development Institute!

Are you interested in building your resources and skills to be a more effective leader in your community?  The Spartanburg County Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute.

Each year, approximately 30 individuals are selected to participate in the seven-month leadership development program designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skill-set, and resources to be effective in leading change throughout the greater Spartanburg County community and beyond.  Participants meet one Saturday a month, March – August, to increase their ability to make a positive difference on the local, regional, and national levels.   Since its inception in 2004, over 300 individuals have graduated from the Institute and currently serve the community in various leadership roles.

Grassroots Leadership Development Institute participants are equipped with a solid skill-set that better enables them to:

  • Lead community improvement throughout the city, county, state, and nation
  • Increase levels of communication and understanding between grassroots individuals and mainstream leaders
  • Effectively organize people for positive outcomes
  • Think strategically to create innovative solutions to address community needs
  • Serve on non-profit and for-profit boards
  • Leverage community assets and resources
  • CLICK HEREto read why Zaina Greene applied to the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute and graduated in 2017.

    In order to be considered for the GLDI Class of 2018, applications must be submitted by Friday, October 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

    Apply NOW!

    Learn more about the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Tara Weese, director of grants and initiatives, at tweese@spcf.org.

    (GLDI Class of 2017)