Greenwood Women Care Awards Grants

Greenwood Women Care (GWC) recently awarded grants totaling $47,625 in their first annual granting cycle. Eight local nonprofits serving residents of Greenwood County received awards ranging from $2500 to $10,000.

Greenwood Women Care, an initiative of the Greenwood County Community Foundation, is a membership organization of community-minded women who pool their annual contributions for collective grant making and local impact. GWC membership is currently 120 women and is open at all times. For more information, see: contact:

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.

Self Regional Supports Project HOPE Foundation

Self Regional Healthcare donated $100,000 to Project HOPE Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The funds will go towards opening an innovative center of services for children with autism in Greenwood fall of 2016.

In this center, Project HOPE Foundation will provide the best evidence-based treatment for autism, run behaviorally-based group sessions, and hold training workshops for families and professionals. While this program will be new to Greenwood, it is based on Project HOPE Foundation's 20-year history of services in the Upstate.

Project HOPE founders Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs say that one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism will start in Greenwood this fall. “We have been wanting to bring our services to Greenwood for some time,” said Susan Sachs. “There is a need for programs in Greenwood for children with autism and it just all seemed to fall in place at the perfect time. We now have a building, we have a plan and we are very ready to move forward with the next steps.”

“Through our therapy program, we restore lost dreams,” said Lisa Lane. “ABA therapy is incredibly effective. If started before age three, 86% of the children we serve are able to mainstream into regular classrooms.”

Jim Pfeiffer, President and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare, said, “The exciting news is made even more so with the Genetic Center in close proximity working on a test to achieve early diagnosis of autism, a service that often results in regulated behaviors for children with the disorder. Self Regional is proud to be a part of the wonderful new addition that will help so many children and families.” 

Thank you, Spartanburg County Foundation!

The Spartanburg County Foundation awarded $101,500 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations working to improve the overall social well-being of Spartanburg County residents.  Project HOPE Foundation was one for the recipients recognized at an awards ceremony Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at The Spartanburg County Foundation. Project HOPE Foundation's $10,000 grant  will be used to help install a camera/security system at a recently renovated home where life skills are taught to clients with autism.

Each year, The Spartanburg County Foundation trustees set an unrestricted budget from The Community Fund and a partnership of other funds to award grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions providing services to the residents of Spartanburg County. For the past two years, the Foundation has focused its grantmaking efforts on the areas of Education and Social Environment, two of the Indicator Areas identified through the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project.

Having awarded more than $129 million in grants since its inception, the Foundation’s president and CEO, Troy Hanna, shared, “The funds from this responsive grant cycle will equip these nonprofit organizations with the capacity building tools needed to further their mission and make an impact on our community.”