Author: Smith, Katy

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a provision for Opportunity Zones, which are a new community development program to encourage long-term private investments in select low income census tracts. Taxpayers who invest capital gains into "Opportunity Funds" can receive a federal tax...

Neuroscientist Dr. Steve L. Robbins believes that our responses to encounters with difference can best be explained by the way our brains are wired. Our ancient ancestors survived by quickly recognizing patterns (such as “this fruit is tasty” or “that animal can kill me”), both preserving...

Jerry Blassingame’s story is now familiar to many people working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector in Greenville County. He was studying to get his architecture degree from Greenville Tech and was working when he began selling drugs to make ends meet.  He soon found...

There’s no doubt that Greenville County, South Carolina is growing rapidly. Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the city of Greenville is the fourth fastest growing city in the nation. The ten-county Upstate area has grown 64% since 1990 and is predicted to...

Background In the spring of 2013, several dozen community leaders from business, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, government, education, and philanthropy gathered to consider the successes of Greenville county’s past and discuss what was needed to continue and expand that success for all residents.  It was clear that...

Funders often ask for data from grantees – data to document the need for their program or organization and data to demonstrate the impact of their work. Funders also base their own decisions on strategy or allocation of resources on community level data, such as rates of...

When funder members of the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy began joining the OnTrack Greenville partnership in 2015, they had high expectations. This vast new collaboration to boost middle grade success – catalyzed by a multimillion dollar grant from the Social Innovation Fund – was the first time that...

Some of the issues that are of interest to the philanthropic and nonprofit sector in Greenville County – workforce development, affordable housing, transportation, and growth – are ones best addressed in partnership with our local policy makers. Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy joined with the Nonprofit Alliance...

In the early days of Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy, we learned about how service providers to the homeless in Greenville County were collaborating in new ways and how they felt a homeless coordinator would help them maximize their partnerships.  We also learned how our community...

How many capital campaigns are underway in Greenville County and for how much? What is the purpose and size of campaigns?  To answer these questions for both funders and nonprofits, GPP is developing a Capital Campaign Report. This report will be housed on the GPP...