The Spartanburg County Foundation Tara Jane Weese

TARA J. WEESE

Director of Grants and Initiatives

Tara Jane Weese is the director of grants and initiatives at The Spartanburg County Foundation. Mrs. Weese is responsible for overseeing and implementing the Foundation’s grantmaking program and community leadership activities. She develops strategies for the Foundation’s community leadership activities and establishes and maintains relationships with area not-for-profit organizations and donors. Mrs. Weese also leads the Foundation’s special initiatives and participates in collaborative projects and works to ensure that the Foundation’s annual program of work is effectively carried out while working closely with the executive management team, staff, the Board of Trustees, and volunteers.

Mrs. Weese joined The Spartanburg County Foundation in 2011 as the communications and donor engagement officer and transitioned into her current role as the director of grants and initiatives in 2013. Prior to her service with The Spartanburg County Foundation, Mrs. Weese and her husband lived in Chicago where she provided development and donor services expertise to The Anti-Cruelty Society, a comprehensive humane society.

Prior to relocating to Chicago, Mrs. Weese spent several years in the community foundation sector, where she served as the director of communications and development for the Midland Area Community Foundation in Midland, MI.

Mrs. Weese attended Evangel University where she received a Bachelor of Science in journalism, a double minor in advertising/public relations and biblical studies and a concentration in social sciences. During her senior year, Mrs. Weese spent a semester at the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, CO.

Mrs. Weese is very passionate about being involved in the community and has served in a number of leadership and volunteer roles. While in Chicago, Mrs. Weese volunteered for Gilda’s Club Chicago, as well as coached fifth grade volleyball for Sacred Heart Schools. Mrs. Weese has also coached volleyball for high school girls, coordinated young women’s retreats, and served in various leadership roles within her church. Mrs. Weese currently volunteers at Free Chapel and HALTER.

Mrs. Weese is currently participating in the HULL Fellows Program through the Southeastern Council of Foundations. This leadership program is open to foundation leaders throughout the southeast.

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