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Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations – November 12-18, 2013

Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations

The Spartanburg County Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

During the week of November 12-18, 2013, The Spartanburg County Foundation will join more than 750 community foundations across America for the 24th Annual Community Foundation Week celebration, recognizing the impact of community foundations on their communities.

For the past 24 years, this effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.   Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities.

Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, The Spartanburg County Foundation has invested in the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting community improvement, providing assistance to students through scholarship support, and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations through responsive grantmaking.  Now in its 70th year, the Foundation has awarded over $113 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations, and has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to Spartanburg County students seeking to further their education. As a donor-focused philanthropic organization committed to community leadership, has supported many of the signature projects and initiatives associated with improved quality of life in Spartanburg County.