Furthering Philanthropy

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  • 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......

  • 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......

  • On June 21 (summer solstice), GPP members and nonprofit staff got together with no agenda other than having a beer and building relationships. Following the guidance of Vu Lee, author of the popular blog NonprofitAF, GPP and the Nonprofit Alliance hosted several dozen folks at the Greenville......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......