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Spartanburg County Foundation

424 East Kennedy Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302
United States

Mission

Committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs.

Most Meaningful Change

As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, we are looked upon as a leader in the Spartanburg community, the region and throughout the United States. Over the past decade, we have made strategic efforts to inform the community that the foundation is much more than a grantmaker; it is a knowledge source, a convener and a leader when it comes to identifying solutions to the community’s most pressing needs. For the past 27 years, the foundation has led what is known today as the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, a nationally recognized best practice initiative that reports on the progress of key issues that are the clearest indicators of quality of life in Spartanburg County. In 2004, we launched the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, 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. To date, we have graduated more than 225 individuals from this program who are currently serving the community in various capacities. In 2011, we launched Nonprofit Connect, a series of monthly lunch and learn sessions aimed at building the capacity of area nonprofits. We have a voice at the table when it comes to identifying solutions for our communities’ most pressing needs and have proactively sought out opportunities to lead these discussions. Examples of this can be found in the Senior Wellness Initiative, which is focused on keeping seniors independent, healthy, active, learning and engaged in the community; and through the Healthy Organization Institute, a comprehensive, capacity-building training program to help organizations increase their health and effectiveness. The foundation has also ramped up its donor work through Donor Connect, which provides donors with the resources needed to meet philanthropic goals and maximize their impact. This is accomplished through one-on-one communication, education and networking events, and 24/7 access to their fund information through our website.

1943 Year Founded
$9,539,346 Endowment Value
$301,887 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 11.26.14

Population Area Served

288,745

Identifying Information
OrganizationSpartanburg County Foundation
Address 1424 East Kennedy Street
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownSpartanburg
State / RegionSouth Carolina
ZIP / Postal Code29302
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone864-582-0138
Emailinfo@spcf.org
Websitewww.spcf.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Troy M. Hanna, President and CEO
Primary Contact’s NameDid not answer
Primary Contact’s PositionDid not answer
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1943
Mission StatementCommitted to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced288,745
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)9
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members7
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$28,161,131
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$20,973,574
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$11,762,722
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$301,887
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$9,539,346
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationNot important
Board reflective of community diversityNot important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communitySlightly important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLot
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchOften
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOften
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting much better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLot
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery helpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsAs the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, we are looked upon as a leader in the Spartanburg community, the region and throughout the United States. Over the past decade, we have made strategic efforts to inform the community that the foundation is much more than a grantmaker; it is a knowledge source, a convener and a leader when it comes to identifying solutions to the community’s most pressing needs. For the past 27 years, the foundation has led what is known today as the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, a nationally recognized best practice initiative that reports on the progress of key issues that are the clearest indicators of quality of life in Spartanburg County. In 2004, we launched the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, 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. To date, we have graduated more than 225 individuals from this program who are currently serving the community in various capacities. In 2011, we launched Nonprofit Connect, a series of monthly lunch and learn sessions aimed at building the capacity of area nonprofits. We have a voice at the table when it comes to identifying solutions for our communities’ most pressing needs and have proactively sought out opportunities to lead these discussions. Examples of this can be found in the Senior Wellness Initiative, which is focused on keeping seniors independent, healthy, active, learning and engaged in the community; and through the Healthy Organization Institute, a comprehensive, capacity-building training program to help organizations increase their health and effectiveness. The foundation has also ramped up its donor work through Donor Connect, which provides donors with the resources needed to meet philanthropic goals and maximize their impact. This is accomplished through one-on-one communication, education and networking events, and 24/7 access to their fund information through our website.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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