Furthering Philanthropy

Stay in tune with the pulse of philanthropy in Greenville by reading our latest blog updates.
  • Since 2014, the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy has convened local funders at least every other month to learn more about best practices in the field of grantmaking and social impact as well as local nonprofits and initiatives, to collaborate on significant activities, and to get......

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  • Nonprofit organizations employ 10% of the US workforce and contribute 6% of the GDP, not to mention the good work that they do changing lives and impacting society.  But according to Vu Le, nonprofit executive director and beloved blogger, so many in the public and private sector don’t give nonprofits the credit they deserve....

  • More than one in four households in Greenville County have zero or negative net worth.  Almost 20% of households are underbanked (using pawn shops, payday loans, or non-bank money orders to get by).  It would take 228 years for black families to accumulate the same amount of wealth as whites.  If our community is serious about promoting economic mobility, addressing this wealth disparity is fundamental....

  • All nonprofits are interested in boosting their success in fundraising to bring more revenues in for the work that they do.  But not enough nonprofits strategize around truly transformational gifts – the type and size of gifts that would enable them to ramp up the......

  • Many local nonprofits indicate that they do not conduct an annual giving campaign or a concerted major gifts effort.  If they do work on annual giving, it usually takes the form of a direct mail or email campaign.  Although a drive such as that might......

  • Private foundations are required to spend at least 5% of the average market value of their net investment assets on charitable purposes.  Foundations then invest the remaining 95% in ways that will maximize returns to enable them to award more grants in the years to come....

  • August 2018 began the fourth academic year of OnTrack Greenville (OTG), the broad collaborative to boost middle grade success at Berea, Lakeview, and Tanglewood Middle Schools and Greenville Early College.  It also began the freshman year of high school for the first group of students......

  • Members of the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Alliance gathered on December 11th at the Warehouse Theatre to toast the holidays and each other. Dawn Dowden (Homes of Hope), Meghan Barp (United Way of Greenville County), Madeleine McGee (Together SC), Jennifer Harrill (United......

  • 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......

  • 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......