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The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy is the first center for philanthropy in the state of South Carolina.  Opened in 2021, the Center allows 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 is a hub for individuals and organizations to gain knowledge and leadership tools to take action and verify transformative change.

This 15,000 square foot facility fulfills the Foundation’s growing space needs while also serving as a collaboration space for donors, nonprofits, and the community. Additionally, 2,500 square feet of meeting and office space is reserved for a Partner in Residence. Partners in Residence will be organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission and are focused on educational attainment, economic mobility and other quality of life issues.

The Center’s Incubator Suite features four office spaces available for lease for SCF mission-aligned organizations or community groups needing work space to advance their community impact work.

Meeting rooms, located throughout the Center are available for reservation by  Spartanburg County nonprofits.

The Center for Philanthropy property was generously donated to the Foundation in 2017 by Susu and George Dean Johnson. Numerous community members supported the Center’s construction and are recognized throughout the building which is located adjacent to the Foundation’s headquarters at 431 E. Kennedy Street.

For more information about the Center, reserving meeting space, or our incubator office spaces, contact Simone Laurent at 864-582-0138.

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Looking for a place to host your next board meeting? The Center for Philanthropy has a space for you. Learn more about our meeting policies and procedures. For additional information about meeting availability, please contact Simone Laurent.

The Center for Philanthropy is not accepting new reservation requests for evening or weekend meetings at this time.


The Timken Foundation Incubator Suite is located on the 2nd floor of the Center for Philanthropy. The Incubator Suite features four fully furnished offices that are available for Spartanburg county-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations or other charitable entities that further the work of the Spartanburg County Foundation. Incubator Suite resources include access to Wi-Fi, breakroom, workroom, a shared conference room based upon availability, and more. Three offices are still available, but won’t last long.

For additional information about office availability, please contact Simone Laurent.


Now is your time to invest in The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy. The Foundation is accepting gifts of any size, and it’s easy to give online! Join others as we work together to not only meet the $4 million matching challenge grant given by Jerry Richardson, but also to help sustain the benefits the Center for Philanthropy will bring to Spartanburg County for years to come.

For naming opportunities within the facility, please contact Troy Hanna via email or at (864) 582.0138.


The Spartanburg County Foundation is offering opportunities to purchase 4×8” customized, engraved brick pavers that will surround The Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy for $100 each.

Order your brick(s) by returning this form along with payment (checks payable to The Spartanburg County Foundation). For more information, email Karen Nichols or call 864.582.0138.

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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.