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Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

DESCRIPTION: Each year, The Spartanburg County Foundation partners with area clergy to host the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service…

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Foundation Seeking Proposals for 2017 Thanksgiving Service Grant

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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2016 Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service Raises over $21,000 for Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN) Watch the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service, hosted at First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg, by clicking the video below.   SPIHN to receive $21,000 to help homeless families By Allison M. Roberts, Spartanburg Herald-Journal More than $20,000 was raised Tuesday night for a program that helps homeless families get back on their feet. This year’s Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, sponsored by The Spartanburg County Foundation and the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance, raised money for the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network, a local nonprofit that assists homeless children and their families. At the service, $13,555.01 was collected from those in attendance. The Spartanburg County Foundation gave $5,000, and an anonymous donor pledged to match $2,500 of it. All total, $21,055.01 will be donated to SPIHN. “The bar has been set very high this year, perhaps close to doubling the take from last year,” said the Rev. Sally Beth Shore of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Spartanburg, just before announcing the amount. Shore said it takes about $5,000 a year to support each family that goes through SPIHN. “I imagine they’d be deeply touched if they knew of the work of this community coming together just for one night to make this all happen in the coming year,” Shore said. The Rev. J. Edward Morris of the Episcopal Church of the Advent urged those who attended to give generously to help those families who have unexpectedly found themselves in transition. Morris recalled a list of people from the Bible who found themselves in some kind of transition at some point in their lives. He said he kept thinking of what it’s like to be without a home, and hoped those in attendance would help SPIHN serve those families. “SPIHN knows about transition. It knows about the difficulties and challenges that face family,” Morris said. “I’m pleased, proud and humbled as the Episcopal Church of the Advent to be one of the 16 churches in this community that hosts SPIHN families a week at a time. They move in and we host them, feeding and providing a warm, safe place to lay their head.” Beth Rutherford, executive director of Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network, said she was honored to be part of the service and talked about the organization’s work. SPIHN helps provide life skills to homeless families, and it works with 16 local churches that provide overnight shelters and food. Volunteers from the churches have converted classrooms into sleeping areas so families can stay together during that moment of crisis, Rutherford said. If the adults in the family aren’t working, they come to the day center, where a case manager works with them on life skills such as budgeting, financial responsibility and parenting, Rutherford said. The goal is to help them get back on their feet and teach them the necessary skills to be self-sufficient once they leave SPIHN, Rutherford said. “We do everything we can do to help our families become sustainable once they leave SPIHN,” Rutherford said.

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Fernwood Baptist Church Hosts 2013 Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service

Fernwood Baptist Church hosted the 2013 Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 26. Hundreds of community members gathered to worship together and collectively give thanks. Each year a committee of local clergy organizes the multidenominational service and selects a nonprofit organization to receive the offering.  As a sponsor of this event, The Spartanburg County Foundation matches the plated offering dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. The selected recipient of this year’s plated offering was Greater Spartanburg Ministries. The organization provides emergency assistance to the people of Spartanburg County who are experiencing times of crisis. Rev. Kevin Koger, CEO of Greater Spartanburg Ministries, thanked the community for its financial support of the organization, which distributes food to over 150 local families each week. “The Thanksgiving service at Fernwood Baptist Church was a true communal and missional expression of love for our neighbors in need,” stated Koger. Greater Spartanburg Ministries will use the nearly $11,000 received from the Thanksgiving service to purchase a commercial refrigerator, which will provide additional storage and preservation capacity for the perishable food items distributed through the food pantry. “It is a privilege to be a part of the annual Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service. This is a special community-wide event in which the Foundation is proud to be a partner and sponsor,” said John Dargan, president and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “Since 2000, the Foundation has matched the offering collection, and since that time over $140,000 has been given to Spartanburg County nonprofit organizations which provide services to our neighbors in need.”

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GLAA – An Evening of Thanks and Giving

Event: An Evening of Thanks and Giving Location: Monarch Café – The Butterfly Foundation (498 Howard Street, Spartanburg) Session Description: Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, take some time to connect with fellow Alumni for a time of Thanks and Giving. The Grassroots Leadership Alumni Association is partnering with the Marcus Lattimore Foundation, Northside Voyagers, and The Butterfly Foundation to provide meals to families living in the City of Spartanburg’s Northside Community who may not otherwise have a Thanksgiving dinner. Each family will receive a Thanksgiving box that includes a turkey, canned goods, and a homemade dessert! Contribute to the cause by bringing 2-3 canned goods with you. You won’t want to miss this evening of networking, food, cooking demos, giveaways, and more at Monarch Café! Additionally, there will be a sign up for those interested in helping to deliver the boxes the week of Thanksgiving!

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Join us as we Gather and Give Thanks

SWITCH NAMED BENEFICIARY OF SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE The Annual Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by The Spartanburg County Foundation in partnership with the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance, was held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (290 E. Main St.).  The annual event brought over 700 guests from diverse faith groups together to give thanks and give back to the community. “These are indeed troubled times in which violence and division have tried our souls,” says Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, co-chair of the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance.  “How blessed we are in Spartanburg to have men and women of different faiths and ethnicities join together in prayer and in an effort to support a badly needed charity which distributes justice and heals the pain of so many.  As a psalmist had declared; ‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters join together.’” Each year, a committee made up of local clergy and lay leaders identify a charity to receive the offering collected at the service, which is matched by The Spartanburg County Foundation up to $5,000.  This year, SWITCH, an organization that fights human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate, was named the grant recipient and received $17,923.77.  The funds will be used to support SWITCH’s intervention program in the Spartanburg County Detention Center, providing trauma-informed care to women who are incarcerated and have a history of sexual exploitation. “Human trafficking is a hidden problem with victims in plain sight, regularly turning up unable to ask for help because they are trapped in ‘the life,’” said Zaina Greene, Executive Director for SWITCH.   “Spartanburg is seeing an increase in human trafficking crimes, and it is an honor to partner with The Spartanburg County Foundation and the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance to help us in the fight against human trafficking.” To view photos from the event CLICK HERE. ### 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 www.spcf.org.

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Foundation Expresses Gratitude to Nonprofit Organizations

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Spartanburg County Foundation convened over 50 nonprofit leaders at the second annual Thankful for You Breakfast to show gratitude to those who work tirelessly each day to address community challenges. The Foundation also surprised attendees with a drawing to award nine Just Because grants in the amount of $1,000 each for a total of $9,000, across Indicator Areas as identified by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project.  The grant recipients are listed below in alphabetical order: Adult Learning Center Chapman Cultural Center Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas City of Spartanburg Girls for STEAM SWITCH The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg Urban League of the Upstate – Spartanburg USC Upstate ACHIEVE Program Nonprofit Connect is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to discuss local and national trends, share organization updates, and network to increase their knowledge and effectiveness to serve the communities of Spartanburg County and is free to all nonprofit and faith based organizations. This session is one in a series of knowledge sharing sessions that cover topics ranging from capacity building to programming and innovation. For more information on Nonprofit Connect, visit www.spcf.org.

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Apply for a Grant

RESPONSIVE GRANTMAKING CYCLES The 2019 grant cycles are now closed! Please check back for more information in regards to 2020 grantmaking opportunities. In 2019, The Spartanburg County Foundation offered two responsive grant cycles - a spring and a fall cycle. The Foundation recognizes its role as a grantmaker that responds to ongoing needs in the community and seeks applications that are focused on data-informed activities, meet the needs of Spartanburg County, and are integral in advancing an organization’s mission. Responsive grant sizes typically 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. STAY INFORMEDABOUT FUTURE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES In addition to providing financial resources, the Foundation also serves as a knowledge source by connecting individuals and organizations to other resources in the community. Periodically, the Foundation is made aware of funding opportunities and distributes this information to the nonprofit community. Sign up today so that you can stay informed about future funding opportunties and the work of the Foundation. Please contact Jasmine Guest, program officer, if you would like to be added to our nonprofit mailing list so that you are notified about future funding opportunities. Need Assistance? For grantmaking questions, contact Ashley Whitt.
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Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

For more than 15 years, the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service has provided an annual celebration for people of faith to gather together in gratitude and camaraderie. Following the 2013 service, a group of Foundation staff and clergy met to discuss how the faith community could come together more than just once a year. After researching various faith community networks, the group formed the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance in 2014. Our PURPOSE The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is a network of clergy, lay leaders, and faith communities that have joined together for the purpose of contributing to the common good. Formed as a partnership between area clergy and The Spartanburg County Foundation, the Alliance began hosting an annual program of events in 2016. These programs focus on different community issues and opportunities to connect and serve together. Our GOAL The central goal of the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is to serve as a resource hub for community engagement and to create a network to leverage the faith community and its many assets to meet the needs of the greater Spartanburg County community. Your MEMBERSHIP Membership is free and open to clergy and lay leaders representing diverse faith communities in Spartanburg County. We encourage those interested in becoming a member to attend an upcoming event. To join, complete the form below, or download the Membership Form and email to Ashley Whitt at awhitt@spcf.org. JOIN US PROGRAM OF EVENTS The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance hosts events throughout the year as an opportunity for clergy and lay leaders to stay informed about issues in the community, network with other faith leaders, and discuss opportunities to work together to improve Spartanburg County. You do not have to be a member of the Alliance to attend the events. UPCOMING EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS LEADERSHIP The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is led by three co-leaders, known as the Triumvirate. Reverend Christi Brown, First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg Reverend James Hailstock, New Day Baptist Church of Spartanburg Minister Scott Neely, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance By-Laws Additionally, the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance Steering Committee helps to guide the work of the Alliance, and includes: Rev. Christi Brown First Presbyterian Church Rev. Timothy Drum Spartanburg Methodist College Dr. Tom Evans First Presbyterian Church Rev. Jerry Louis Gadsden Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church Rev. James Hailstock New Day Baptist Church Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz Temple B’Nai Israel Rev. Jason Loscuito Converse College Deacon Bob Mahaffey St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Rev. Dr. Keith McDaniel Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Mia McDowell St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Rev. Demetrius Middleton Zion Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Rev. Ned Morris The Episcopal Church of the Advent Rev. Scott Neely Unitarian Universalist Church Rev. Tom Norrell Central United Methodist Church Jane Spann The Church of the Epiphany Dr. Jim Thomas Abner Baptist Church Pastor Lawyer Watson Life With Jesus Ministries Rev. Neal Woods Trinity United Methodist Church THE COMPASSION FUND In 2014, the Alliance established The Kirk H. Neely Spartanburg County Compassion Fund to honor the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely. His instrumental work in uniting the faith community to collectively meet the needs of worthy causes is [...]
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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!

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