Author: Smith, Katy

December is a time of giving, not just to family and friends but to nonprofit organizations as donors look at their year-end tax obligations and decide to accelerate expenses by making donations to their favorite charities. This year has been a good one for many...

It used to be that life expectancy in the U.S. was well under 50. In just 100 years, we've moved from a life expectancy of 47 to a life expectancy of nearly 79. In fact, this year, for the first time in world history, there...

[caption id="attachment_574" align="alignright" width="464"] The majority of opioid users likely receive them from a friend or relative, and these friends and relatives receive their from their physicians.*[/caption] According to the CDC, more than 28,000 people died of opioid overdose in the United States in 2014. Many people...

  In 2014, the Social Innovation Fund agreed to invest $3 million in the United Way of Greenville County over three years to support OnTrack Greenville. The goal of OnTrack Greenville is to increase success in four high poverty middle schools where students have historically been...

“Capacity building” is a big topic in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, but there isn’t consensus on what is meant by the term and what to do to build capacity. Examples of initiatives intended to build capacity in nonprofits include: • Training to strengthen skills of...

Philanthropic funders in Greenville County traditionally have focused on grantmaking as their sole means of strengthening the community.  However – as it turns out, learning how to advocate effectively may be just as important as our dollars when it comes to strengthening our community. That’s...

Frustrated.  Confused.  Stressed.  Chaos. Demoralized. These were the words GPP members used to describe their brief and simulated experience of poverty. GPP hosted Beth Templeton on June 12, 2017 for an Our Eyes Were Opened poverty simulation at United Ministries.  The simulation places participants in fictional families and...

  [caption id="attachment_544" align="alignright" width="413"] OnTrack Greenville has connected students with field trips to preview life in college and career.[/caption] Brianna began the 2017-18 school year in sixth grade – for a second time. She was embarrassed and discouraged that her failing grades the year before meant...