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Announced in November 2018, the Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy will be the first center for philanthropy in the state of South Carolina.  The Center will allow The Spartanburg County Foundation to scale proven initiatives in an innovative and collaborative space designed for the county’s philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

By combining flexible convening facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and data-driven decision making, the Center will be a hub for individuals and organizations to gain knowledge and leadership tools to take action and verify transformative change.

The Center will be a 15,000 square foot facility to fulfill the Foundation’s immediate space needs.  It will also be a collaboration space for donors, nonprofits, and the community and will house a Partner in Residence. Donated to the Foundation in 2017 by Susu and George Dean Johnson, the property is located adjacent to the Foundation’s headquarters at 431 E. Kennedy Street.

Quick Facts

First
center for philanthropy
in the state of South Carolina

15,000
total square feet located at 431 E. Kennedy Street

State-of-the-art
data-driven hub for all people in Spartanburg County

A Center for Philanthropy

Engages multiple generations of donors to learn about community needs, and participate in innovative solutions so their philanthropy will have greater impact.

Empowers the nonprofit community by providing a home for resources dedicated to leadership development and capacity-building, while creating space to come together and build networks for change.

Elevates sponsoring institutions by improving effectiveness, deepening and broadening impact, and introducing new sources of revenue.

– Janine Lee
President & CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundation

Benefits of a Center for Philanthropy

Flexible, technology-enabled spaces for convenings, meetings, and learning tools will catalyze county-wide collaboration and help leaders move ideas forward.

Data-focused research, technical assistance resources, and access to national change networks and experts will build the capacity of nonprofit organizations of all sizes working in all critical indicator areas.

New assets like Philanthropist Scholars will work with the Foundation staff to better understand and target Spartanburg County’s most critical indicators through the use of data.

Additional opportunities for convening philanthropists and non-profit leaders to build awareness in understanding of critical issues through data will build on the Foundation’s record of impact, and allow all voices to be heard and valued in a collective process to create innovative solutions.

The Spartanburg County Foundation’s initiatives and its Nonprofit Partner in Residence will have room to grow, replicating best practice models to achieve greater impact.

More opportunities for nationally-known thought leaders to share knowledge and learn about the groundbreaking work underway in the county will amplify Spartanburg’s reputation for leadership in innovation.

By leveraging what is working well, the Center will generate additional recognition for an investment in both Spartanburg County and the Foundation and will increase earned revenue opportunities.