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The Spartanburg County Foundation today announced that former Carolina Panthers owner and long-time Spartanburg resident and businessman Jerry Richardson has committed a $4 million matching gift to the recently-announced Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy, South Carolina’s first center for philanthropy.

The Foundation launched an $8 million capital campaign at its 75th Anniversary celebration, $5 million of which has already been identified.  Among the generous donors, Jerry Richardson has committed a dollar-for-dollar matching gift to establish the Jerry Richardson Permanent Endowment Fund for the Center for Philanthropy.  Mr. Richardson has given the Foundation until May 31, 2019, to match his gift, which will fund the operations and maintenance of the center.

“Jerry Richardson’s support for The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy is a testament to his dedication to Spartanburg County.  We are honored to receive important resources from outside our community as an investment in the lives of Spartanburg residents,” says Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation.

“Through teamwork the Spartanburg community has achieved many great things over the years,” says Jerry Richardson. “This beautiful new facility will help keep that spirit alive for future generations. It is an honor for me to support this effort in memory of Rob Chapman.”

Hanna continues, “We have six months to complete Mr. Richardson’s challenge and to match his $4 million commitment.  We certainly don’t want to lose this opportunity to help shape and advance the future of philanthropy in Spartanburg County.”

The Foundation welcomes any amount given to the Center for Philanthropy, and key naming opportunities remain.  Commitments to the Center for Philanthropy may be paid over five years.  Interested individuals need to contact The Spartanburg County Foundation for more information regarding a gift to The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy.