More Than a Grantmaker
More Than a Grantmaker


At The Spartanburg County Foundation, we are a knowledge source for nonprofits and donors alike. From training sessions to information on best practices, the Foundation strives to provide our partners with the appropriate tools and resources to make more informed decisions about growing their organizations, developing connections, and impacting change.

The Nonprofit Resource Library is a central location for nonprofits to access organizational resources and learn more about the educational opportunities available through the Foundation.


For 75 years, the Foundation has worked with individuals, families, corporations, attorneys, and estate and financial planners to design philanthropic plans tailored to fit every situation. Our team provides expertise on the needs of the community and helps donors maximize charitable giving.

Donor Services
Donor Services


The purpose of The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Donor Connect program is to ensure that donors are equipped with resources to meet their philanthropic goals, to engage donors in expanding those goals and maximizing impact, and to meet the ever-changing needs of Spartanburg County.

The Foundation offers a variety of services through Donor Connect, which include:

  • Education and networking events aimed to increase donors’ knowledge of community needs and offer opportunities to take action;
  • Grantmaking opportunities, identified by the Foundation that will assist donors in expanding their philanthropic goals and maximizing impact;
  • Newsletters, sent out twice per year that include impact updates, six to eight current needs, and an opportunity to respond;
  • A section of the website dedicated to Donor Connect that highlights needs and provides additional resources to donors, quarterly statements, and 24-hour access to fund information through FundWeb; and
  • Direct communication to specific donors as requested or as needs are identified.


Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

Donor-advised fund holders and founders of supporting organizations are made aware of current local needs, as identified by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, through the Donor Connect program. Visit to learn more.

Grantmaking Opportunities

The Foundation assists you by identifying needs in the community and boosting your ability to maximize your charitable impact. The Foundation reaches out to nonprofit organizations in Spartanburg County with a request for proposal and selects organizations to be highlighted through Donor Connect.


Periodically, the Foundation will distribute newsletters that provide updates regarding Foundation happenings. We share news about how donors have met needs in the community, as well as highlight current pressing needs. Newsletters also offer you an opportunity to respond by making a grant recommendation from your fund.

Quarterly Statements

In addition to offering online access to your fund information, the Foundation’s professional staff sends out a quarterly statement to keep you up-to-date on the details of your fund.

Direct Communication

There are times when the Foundation learns of a pressing need in the community and will contact you directly if they see a potential fit. Or, if you would like advice from our professional staff regarding a charitable idea of your own, you may contact the Foundation at any time.


Nonprofit Connect
Nonprofit Connect


The Foundation offers knowledge sharing sessions to all nonprofit organizations that serve Spartanburg County. All sessions are held from noon to 1 p.m. at The Spartanburg County Foundation, unless otherwise noted. The sessions are free to all nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County, and lunch is provided.


Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

Donor-advised fund holders and founders of supporting organizations are made aware of current local needs, as identified by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, through the Donor Connect program. Visit to learn more.

Foundation Center at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

As a member of the Foundation Center, Spartanburg County Public Libraries provides visitors with free public access to a core collection of grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and more, which can help you gain access to thousands of grant opportunities. In order to access this resource, you must visit the Spartanburg County Public Libraries Headquarters Library (151 S. Church Street, Spartanburg). For questions, please visit

Grassroots Leadership Development Institute

The Grassroots Leadership Development Institute is an intense seven-month leadership training program designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skill-set, and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level. Participants include emerging nonprofit and mainstream leaders actively working to strengthen their individual and organizational effectiveness, and who seek to become more effective leaders.

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Endowment Opportunities

The Spartanburg County Foundation has provided leadership you can trust for more than 75 years. As a convener, grantmaker, and knowledge source, the Foundation offers nonprofit organizations the opportunity to establish agency endowment funds to grow their organization for the future. An agency endowment fund provides resources year after year to assist your organization in meeting the many needs of our community. In addition, donors may contribute a variety of assets, including bequests by will. The Foundation can assist you and your donors with planned giving opportunities to sustain the mission of your nonprofit, as well as through specially crafted brochures to help advertise your fund and speaking engagements.

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