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 ( following the guidelines stated below.

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.

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.


For more information, please contact Ashley Whitt, grants manager, at (864) 582.0138 or

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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

    (GLDI Class of 2017)












Join Us This Friday…

Kids Can Change the World Back-To-School Pep Rally

Youth Ages 13-17
Friday, August 11, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CC Woodson Community Center
210 Bomar Avenue, Spartanburg


2016 Annual Reports are Available!

The Spartanburg County Foundation recently released its 2016 Annual Report entitled Promoting. Encouraging. Responding.  Click below to view an online version or request one by mail.  Contact Caroline Goodman, Communications Officer, at (864) 582.0138 or to receive your copy of the 2016 Annual Report today!


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Financial Investment Performance Webinar Recording

The Spartanburg County Foundation was pleased to present its mid-year financial performance update June 29, 2017 in partnership with its investment manager, Prime Buchholz.

Thank you to all who were able to join the live Financial Investment Performance Webinar! For those who were unable to join the webinar, we invite you to view a recording of the presentation. Please click the link below and enter the password provided.

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To learn more about the Foundation’s fiscal performance, visit our Fiscal Performance page!

Women Giving for Spartanburg 2017 Grant Cycle Now Open

Women Giving for Spartanburg Now Accepting 2017 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 2017 Grant Cycle is now open.  Click here to complete an online grant application now through January 6, 2017, at 5pm.

For more information and detailed guidelines on the WGFS Grant Cycle, please visit

Dr. Betty Bramlett Art Sale

H+K Gallery in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation presented approximately 100 remaining works of art from Dr. Betty Bramlett’s estate Thursday, June 16, 2016.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Foundation to honor Dr. Bramlett for her contribution not only to the local art community, but statewide.  It is our pleasure to be the shell to such a wonderful remembrance of her works and her life,” said Susan Henderson Kunkler, owner of H+K Gallery.

Dr. Bramlett was the Fine Arts Coordinator for Spartanburg County School District Seven and a recipient of The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for teaching.  She showcased several works of art in galleries, juried exhibitions, and private collections.

Dr. Bramlett left her legacy by investing her assets with The Spartanburg County Foundation, establishing a planned gift that would continue to benefit her philanthropic interests.  Per Dr. Bramlett’s wishes, all proceeds from this event will go to the Bramlett Family Fund held at the Foundation.

“The Spartanburg County Foundation is honored to partner with H+K Gallery to fulfill the planned giving wishes of Dr. Betty Bramlett,” said Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.  “Dr. Bramlett loved art and her community.  The presentation and sale of her remaining works epitomizes her dedication to the betterment of Spartanburg County by combining art and philanthropy.  We are grateful for the generous partnership of H+K Gallery for facilitating this sale commission-free.”

The Spartanburg County Foundation Awards More Than $87,000 to Eight Nonprofit Organizations

The Spartanburg County Foundation awarded $87,931 in grants to 8 nonprofit organizations working to improve the overall well-being of Spartanburg County residents – Adult Learning Center, Inc.; City of Spartanburg; Hope Remains Youth Ranch; Mental Health America of Spartanburg County; Mobile Meal Service of Spartanburg County, Inc.; Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Spartanburg Foundation, Inc.; New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg; and South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry.  Recipients were recognized at an awards ceremony Thursday, May 12, 2016, at The Spartanburg County Foundation.

Each year, The Spartanburg County Foundation trustees set an unrestricted budget from the Community Fund and a partnership of other funds to award responsive grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions providing services to the residents of Spartanburg County.

Having awarded nearly $140 million in grants since its inception, the Foundation’s President and CEO Troy Hanna, shared, “The funds granted today will benefit the essential work of these eight nonprofits, will further programs, and help fulfill their missions. We are proud to partner with these organizations that will make a lasting impact on the residents of Spartanburg County and that serve six of the Community Indicators: Education, Economy, Social Environment, Public Health, Civic Health, and Cultural Vitality. ”

1. Adult Learning Center, Inc.
Adult Learning Center, Inc., is the recipient of a $14,196 grant to establish a digital marketing campaign to reach students, volunteers, donors, and the community as a whole. This project has two main components, which involve search engine and social media optimization.

2. City of Spartanburg
The City of Spartanburg is the recipient of a $15,000 grant to implement Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, a collaborative, neighborhood-based art-making process that will enhance community policing and public safety efforts aligned with the annual National Night Out program. The grant will specifically be used for the educational, training, and community engagement components of the project.

3. Hope Remains Youth Ranch
Hope Remains Youth Ranch is the recipient of a $4,000 challenge grant to implement Project Hope, an after-school program that focuses on at-risk, behavioral, and trauma based youth in Spartanburg County. This program contains character education, life skills, mentoring, and equine therapy components. The grant will specifically be used for volunteer/mentor training, equine therapy, and educational supplies.

4. Mental Health America of Spartanburg County
Mental Health America of Spartanburg County is the recipient of a $7,000 grant to implement Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour certification course that educates participants on mental illness, reduces stigma, and provides suicide prevention training.

5. Mobile Meal Service of Spartanburg County, Inc.
Mobile Meal Service of Spartanburg County, Inc., is the recipient of a $9,135 grant that will be used to purchase a new server, four volunteer computers, a computer for the Director of Production, and the wiring necessary to connect all areas to the network server.

6. Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Spartanburg Foundation, Inc.
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Spartanburg Foundation, Inc. is the recipient of a $6,600 grant to hold its Community Health Awareness Day in June 2016. This one-day educational event and health walk is designed to remove barriers to health care, such as access and money. It offers a variety of free health screenings, health resources, and health education classes at one easily accessible location within the community.

7. New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg
New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg is the recipient of a $17,000 grant to secure an Adult Educator for its Ed-YOU-cation Initiative. This initiative helps New Day Clubhouse members achieve meaningful academic success and gain skills vital to achieving employment.

8. South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry
South Carolina Hunters and Land Owners for the Hungry is the recipient of a $15,000 challenge grant to purchase and install a 10 foot by 20 foot freezer and refrigeration unit at their new location in the former Pacolet Armory. The unit will be used to store frozen venison and wild boar meat, as well as perishable food items.

These grants are made possible in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation Community Fund; Jim D. and Johnnie G. Adams Trustee Initiated Fund; William Stuart Allen Memorial Fund; The Balmer Foundation, Inc. Trustee Initiated Fund; Morris B. and Harriet S. Chesney Trustee Initiated Fund; Frank H. and Rosie C. Cunningham Fund; John and Kate Dargan Trustee Initiated Fund; Founder’s Fund; Tracy and Thomas E. Hannah Trustee Initiated Fund; Harriet Smith Harris, Philip Guy Harris, and Philip Guy Harris, Jr. Memorial Fund; The J M Smith Foundation, Inc. Trustee Initiated Fund; The R. E. and Marion Littlejohn P Trustee Initiated Fund; The Powell Family Fund; Harry W. Sanders Fund; and The John and Jean Williams Trustee Initiated Fund.

Support Spartanburg County Raises $365,700 for 78 Area Nonprofits

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, The Spartanburg County Foundation hosted and facilitated the second annual Support Spartanburg County – an online giving day event from midnight to 11:59 p.m. EST. Support Spartanburg County raised $365,700 in unrestricted funds, increasing the 2015 giving day total by nearly $40,000. The funds raised through this online crowdfunding event will benefit the 78 participating organizations by furthering their missions and addressing Spartanburg County’s most pressing needs.

Support Spartanburg County was held in conjunction with a national giving day hosted by Give Local America. Giving days across the country experienced technical difficulties throughout the 24-hour online event. The Spartanburg County Foundation responded to the technical glitches and provided alternative giving methods to donors in support of the 78 participating nonprofit organizations, such as taking credit card donations through its website, accepting checks, and extending the giving period to May 4th at noon.

While technical glitches were unplanned on the national level, donors continued to support the participating organizations, raising unrestricted funds to help further the impact of these nonprofits in Spartanburg County.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the 2016 Support Spartanburg County giving day. Not only did the community rally around nonprofits, the day brought both awareness and an innovative philanthropic opportunity that increased fundraising networks and helped build capacity and sustainability for participating organizations,” said Troy Hanna, President & CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.




Congratulations Marlanda Dekine and Scott Neely, Co-recipients of the 2016 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change!

Speaking Down Barriers co-founders recognized for leadership in Spartanburg

Recipients to use award funds to expand services

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:17 p.m.

Marlanda Dekine and Scott Neely, co-founders of Speaking Down Barriers, were recognized by the Spartanburg County Foundation as co-recipients of the 2016 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change at the foundation’s annual meeting Tuesday evening.

Two community leaders were recognized Tuesday evening for their work to create a dialogue on race and social issues.

Marlanda Dekine and Scott Neely were co-recipients of the 2016 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change at the Spartanburg County Foundation’s annual meeting.

The award honors individuals who are not typically in the limelight but who perform valuable public service at the community level.

Dekine and Neely are the co-founders of Speaking Down Barriers, an organization that works to combat social and racial divisions and unify the community. The pair hosts programs that bring people of diverse backgrounds together to talk about discrimination and provide healing.

“I was excited and shocked at the same time,” said Dekine when she was first told about the award. “(The foundation) told us to come to their office and that they wanted to hear more about our work. We came prepared with this presentation but they stopped us and told us about getting the award.”

Neely also said he was stunned, but was glad to be hearing the news of the award with Dekine.

“The award itself is a wonderful honor, but I felt very grateful that the committee had seen the way that we work together and wanted to publicly recognize that,” Neely said. “In the gatherings that we facilitate and the trainings that we host and the presentations and speaking that we offer, we challenge participants to not only face the past, but also to choose the future.”

In the past, the foundation has selected one recipient each year. This year the foundation’s award selection committee wanted to recognize both Dekine and Neely for their vision, courage and leadership in the community.

“Since the inception of the award, eight recipients have been recognized for their great passion and pioneering efforts in serving others in our community,” said John E. Bauknight IV, secretary of the foundation, who presented the award. “Tonight’s winner is no different and joins the ranks of those community leaders who work tirelessly to make life better for everyone.”

The award included a $5,000 grant, which will be used to further the work of Speaking Down Barriers. Dekine said the funds will help launch a new program that will include healing retreats for social workers, counselors, journalists, poets, teachers, volunteers and activists who work hard to fight racism.

“These people endure risk, criticism and strain, often with very little support. They are physically threatened and emotionally battered for the work they do,” Dekine said. “We will offer them a time set apart, to step away from their challenges and heal so that they can do their work with even greater power.”

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