Women Giving of Spartanburg include Project HOPE among Grant Recipients

Women Giving for Spartanburg announced its 2018 grant awards at its annual meeting this week. This year, the organization gave a total of $196,642 in financial assistance to seven local nonprofits.

Angels Charge Ministry will receive $25,200 to open a third Home of Hope; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate will receive $22,192 to fund Bigs in Blue & First Responder Mentoring; Mental Fitness will receive $31,450 to build depression prevention modules for the SHARPEN app with mental health and suicide prevention experts and other local professionals; Northside Development Group will receive $25,000 to fund a Reading Nook at the Franklin School; Project HOPE Foundation will receive $37,000 to construct a playground designed to improve life for children with autism; Spartanburg Art Musuem will receive $20,000 to develop technology that will enhance teaching; and TOTAL Ministries will receive $35,800 to purchase and install an outdoor freezer that will be accessible from inside the food pantry.

“Announcing our grant awards is always the highlight of our year with Women Giving for Spartanburg,” Chairwoman Susan Jeffords said in a statement. “This is what we are about. There are so many nonprofits doing wonderful work in our community, and through our collective giving framework, we are able to support their efforts.”

The group’s grants committee requests grant proposals from local nonprofit organizations each year for innovative projects focusing on areas highlighted by the seven Spartanburg Community Indicators Project areas. After review, site visits and a grants showcase, members vote on the organizations to receive money.

Membership is open to any woman in the Spartanburg community. Annual dues are $550 for junior members (ages 35 and under) and $1,100 for regular members.

2017 Hope Gala

Autism can sometimes be devastatingly dark ... but we are determined to bring light through our range of services. To fund these services, we rely on generous people like the 530 who attended our Evening of Hope gala on Saturday. Want to see what these dollars are important?  Take a look:

Empty Ink and Toner Cartridges = Funding for services

We are excited to be working with US Recycling to benefit the environment and support our programs.   We are seeking corporate sponsors to donate and recycle empty ink and toner cartridges on our behalf. We will earn cash for qualifying ink and toner cartridges that are returned to US Recycling. If you are interested in supporting this project, click here to register online and get started.  Thank you!

Benton Blount's Got Talent

Our friend, Benton Blount, has made it to the semi-final rounds of America’s Got Talent! He will compete again on Tuesday, September 1, 8:00-10:00pm. Benton has been a long-time supporter of Project HOPE Foundation, performing at our Evening of Hope Galas, our HOPE Relay, and in our classrooms! We are excited to see that he has been sporting a Project HOPE Foundation wristband as he performs on AGT.

Corky’s Wine & Spirits is hosting a viewing party on Tuesday, with proceeds going to support the programs of Project HOPE Foundation. This family-friendly event will be held at 1350D Crestview Rd., Easley, SC.

Help Hope and Brighten your smile

Dr. Koutsioukis is using his dental practice to bring bright smiles while supporting services for the autism community.  During April, he is offering a free take-home professional tooth whitening kits for every donation of at least $50 to Project HOPE Foundation.  You do not need to be a patient; simply show the receipt for your donation.

Bruce Clayman, from the Project HOPE Foundation Board of Directors, won an iPad mini from a referral contest held by Dr. Koutsioukis.  Bruce donated the iPad mini to be used by the Hope Reach therapy program and hosted Dr. Koutsioukis and his team on a tour of our clinic.  Thank you for visiting and for finding creative ways to bring HOPE to the autism community!

Palmetto Kids FIRST awards Scholarships

Palmetto Kids FIRST Scholarship Program provides scholarship grants to K-12 “exceptional needs” students through the implementation of the 2013 South Carolina Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs. A donation through this program provide a 100% dollar-for-dollar tax credit for South Carolina income tax, a federal charitable deduction, and significant savings for AMT taxpayers.

As a participating program, we have been able to secure scholarships nearly 50 students in our inclusion-based classes, our Bridging the Gap Elementary classes and our Hope Alive Junior class.

These scholarships provide immense financial relief to families who have been covering out-of-pocket therapy costs.