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

 

Building an Inclusive Economy

We were pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations to host the first Inclusive Economic Prosperity Convening in the South May 23rd-24th.  Over 125 leaders from across the country gathered at Milliken and Company’s global headquarters to engage in dialogue and discussion around philanthropy’s role in creating a healthy, innovative, and equitable economy.  Learn more about the subject matter experts and review resources on the full line up of topics.  Click here to view photos from this significant convening.


Read more about why Spartanburg hosted this important regional/national convening in the article below written by Mary Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of The Spartanburg County Foundation.

By Mary Thomas
Chief Operating Officer
The Spartanburg County Foundation

Our economic landscape today looks very different than it did 25 years ago. This pattern of change will inevitably continue as technological advancements are rapidly introduced to the world.

To adapt to this new landscape, foundations must be willing to shift and evolve with the changing communities we serve. Seventy-five years ago, our founder— Walter Scott Montgomery—had a vision of introducing community philanthropy to Spartanburg County to meet the needs of the entire area. His vision began with a $10,000 investment that has evolved into a $213 million philanthropic organization that is continuously working to improve the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging local engagement, and responding to community needs.

A great thought leader in our community, Roger Milliken, lived by this motto, “Innovate or die.” Community institutions would do well to live by those words to ensure that our organizations continue to think ahead and maximize community impact by deploying innovative solutions to the issues facing our region. The success that the Spartanburg County Foundation has seen over the years is partly because of its ability to look ahead, remain flexible, and change when necessary to address local issues.

This is an exciting time for Spartanburg. Last year, our county was selected to participate in Manpower Development Corp.’s (MDC) Network for Southern Economic Mobility, which focuses on building pathways of prosperity for low-income young people between the ages of 14 and 24, by deepening, accelerating, and aligning strategic investments for systemic change. Because of our focus on this important topic, we are pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations in hosting the first Inclusive Economic Prosperity Convening in the South on May 23-24 in Spartanburg. We are happy to see the region setting the context for future national discussions that will take place over the next two years.

During the convening, funders of all types will gather together to explore how philanthropy can be a driving force that promotes broad prosperity. The robust program that will be presented will explore idea exchanges with both peers and subject matter experts on topics such as community leadership, impact investing, resource alignment, and competitive talent development.
Economic mobility is inextricably linked with economic prosperity and is the common thread that helps to propel communities forward. We believe that continued education around these issues is necessary at both the staff and board levels and this convening is designed for both audiences. Register your staff and board members today. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for innovative idea-sharing and peer-expert learning!

DETERMINED TO RISE

DETERMINED TO RISE 

Pictured from Left to Right: Katherine Goble Moore, Joylette Goble Hylick, and Mary Thomas speaking at Determined to Rise, May 30th at the Chapman Cultural Center

Determined to Rise, presented by Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, was a powerful evening of inspirational storytelling.

Over 200 guests heard stories from local women, like Susan Lea and Tammie Hoy Hawkins, who spoke about the importance of education for all ages and breaking stereotypes. Special guests Katherine Goble Moore and Joylette Goble Hylick, daughters of famed NASA scientist, Katherine Johnson, delivered inspiring dialogue about strength, perseverance, and science and math education.  Learn More

Additionally, the Goble sisters visited students in Districts Six and Seven to challenge them to develop a passion for math and science.  Click here to view photos from all three events!

Proceeds from the community event benefited the Spartanburg Breakfast Business and Professional Women Club Scholarship Fund held at The Spartanburg County Foundation.

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!

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.