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

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 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.

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

Pep Rally Encourages Spartanburg Teens to Pursue Goals

by Chris Lavender, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Former professional athletes shared their life stories with Spartanburg teens Friday and offered them advice as they get ready to head back to school next week.

Former NBA player George Singleton of Kershaw and former Union High School two-sport standout Roscoe Crosby were among the invited guests at a pep rally at C.C. Woodson Community Center sponsored by the Spartanburg County Foundation and Spartanburg Parks and Recreation.

After a successful collegiate sports career at Furman University, Singleton was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third round of the 1984 draft. He played with a number of NBA stars throughout his career.

“I grew up in a very small town and very early in life I realized there were things that were vital and important to be successful, and one is your attitude,” Singleton said. “Your attitude will determine a lot.”

Singleton encouraged the teens to find careers that they are passionate about and to follow the advice of their parents and teachers.

Crosby starred in football and baseball at Union High School. In 2001, he signed to play football at Clemson University and was a second-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, signing a $1.7 million contract.

He spent the 2005 season on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and tried out with the Texas Rangers in 2007.

But Crosby never played a professional game. He struggled after the death of his younger brother, and was sidelined for a season of college football by elbow surgery.

Still, Crosby said he remained determined to realize his dreams. He encouraged the teenagers to remain persistent in pursuing their goals.

“Never give up,” Crosby said. “No matter what, no matter what you are facing in life. Never give up and keep pushing. You can do whatever you set your mind to.”

Spartanburg Day School student Adom Appiah shared how he turned his passion for both sports and philanthropy into helping nonprofit organizations in Spartanburg County. He founded the charity Ball4Good, and recently wrote a book, “Kids Can Change the World.”

“Find a way to make a difference in the community using your talents,” he said. “You will be the leaders of tomorrow and don’t be scared to mess up.”

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 cgoodman@spcf.org 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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Recording password: 6aSt5yxv

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

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.”