Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

November 12-18, The Spartanburg County Foundation joined more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. “We always…

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Leaving a Footprint of Continued Giving

When Tom and Ceci Arthur first established the Thomas and Cecilia Arthur Family Fund in 1995, they knew that they wanted to give back but had no idea that giving would be so easy. “We first leaned about the Foundation in 1994,” recalls Ceci.  “Ironically, someone we knew had passed…

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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…

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Wanda Cheeks

Wanda Cheeks Receives the 2012 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change Wanda Cheeks is known throughout Spartanburg for her ability to rally the community together, restore parks and playgrounds, and reach out to at-risk youth. On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Cheeks received The Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic…

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Jim Rutledge

Jim Rutledge Receives the 2011 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change Jim Rutledge, president and co-founder of Church Builders, Inc., received the2011 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Annual Meeting at the Spartanburg Marriott.…

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Kelley Ezell

Foundation Honors Kelley Ezell with the 2010 Mary L. Thomas Award Kelley Ezell received the 2010 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Annual Meeting. Kelley Ezell has served as the Executive Director of the Upstate Family Resource Center…

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Benjamin Wright

Foundation Honors Benjamin Wright with the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change Benjamin Wright received the 2009 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Annual Meeting. Benjamin Wright, is a beloved mentor and friend to many…

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Teresa Loving

Teresa Loving, founder of SOAR Academy, is the 2008 recipient of theMary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. Teresa was recognized for her efforts in establishing SOAR Academy, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs in the greater Spartanburg area.  Teresa founded SOAR in response to a…

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Mary Ann Deku

2007 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership & Community Change Mary Ann Deku, veteran teacher and dedicated community leader is the first recipient of the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. Mary Ann Deku has worked for the past 30 years adding value through community volunteerism, while…

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