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!


District Six at Cragmoor Farms Receives the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion Award

The Farm to School efforts continue to be recognized across the state. On February 27, 2018, Spartanburg School District Six at Cragmoor Farms received the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Award at the ForeverGreen Luncheon hosted by Upstate Forever.

District Six is grateful for the opportunity to provide their students with organically grown fruits and vegetables and for the partnerships that help make this project possible.  View the VIDEO for more information.

Foundation Engages Community Volunteers To Improve Lives In Spartanburg County

Standing Committee Members (L to R):  Ms. Dennis Chapman Hughes,  Mr. Horace Littlejohn, Mr. Todd Stephens, Judge Erika McJimpsey

The Spartanburg County Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of several community volunteers to both standing and advisory committees. The Foundation has benefited greatly from the assistance of volunteers throughout its 75 years, and for the first time in its history, has appointed four community volunteers to standing committees.

“Engaging community volunteers in our work is essential to fulfilling our mission of promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement, and responding to community needs. As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, The Spartanburg County Foundation continually seeks innovative ways to involve diverse members throughout the community,” said Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “Including professional community leaders in our work has proven to greatly enhance our processes, maximize resources, and offer a fresh perspective on how we can improve lives in Spartanburg County. We trust the addition of community leaders on two of our standing committees will also prove beneficial as we look toward the Foundation’s next 75 years.”

The Foundation welcomes Dennis Chapman Hughes and Horace Littlejohn as community volunteers serving on the Philanthropic Services Committee. This committee is a standing, Trustee-led group that provides strategic direction on the Foundation’s marketing and communications, community outreach, and asset development. The Foundation also welcomes Judge Erika McJimpsey and Todd Stephens as community volunteers serving on the Community Leadership Committee. Judge McJimpsey and Mr. Stephens will work with Trustees to provide strategic direction for the Foundation’s comprehensive grantmaking program and community leadership work.

For more than a decade, the Foundation has worked with local financial professionals through the Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) to oversee investment strategies, assess financial managers, and make policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Members of the IAC commit to a three year term of service. Members of the IAC include Jay Alexander (Class of 2020), Tom Arthur, Bert Barre (Chairman), Zim Cannon, Dr. Omar Daniels (Class of 2020), Jamie Fulmer, Julian Hankinson, Robin Leslie (Class of 2020), and Charles Shartle.

IAC (L to R): Mr. Jamie Fulmer, Mr. Zim Cannon, Mr. Jay Alexander, Mr. Tom Arthur, Mr. Bert Barre (Chairman), Mr. Charles Shartle, Mr. Julian Hankinson, Ms. Robin Leslie, Dr. Omar Daniels


The Spartanburg County Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs. Established in 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina. Additional information about the Foundation is available at

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance – A Pilgrimage of Peoples

A Pilgrimage of People is an interfaith pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to
visit the Holocaust Museum, the National Museum of African American
History and Culture, and the National Museum of the Native American.
This shared experience is designed to foster greater understanding between
faiths and create a greater sense of community.

Pilgrimage Cost – $600.00 (Limited scholarships available)
$100.00 Deposit Due with Application, Balance Due by March 15th.
Seating is limited!
Complete your Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance Pilgrimage Application and submit your deposit TODAY to reserve your spot!

Please return form along with $100 deposit to:
First Presbyterian Church
Attention: Shannon Stewart
393 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

For more information, call or e-mail:

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!


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

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

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

EXTENSION!!! 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 Midnight!

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