Community Issues

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...

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...

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...

At the March 2018 GPP, guest speaker Jennifer Parker, PhD, LPC, Director Child Advocacy Studies, Professor Psychology at University of South Carolina Upstate asked attendees to think of their earliest memories. Most reported memories from when they were three years old, which included a first...

It is hard to believe that OnTrack Greenville is in the third year as it feels like yesterday that we met together to envision an innovative way to impact middle grade success.  Partners agree that they are now “cooking with oil,” as they have learned...

On May 4, 2015, many of us in Greenville County, SC were confronted by an interactive feature in the New York Times online. The Atlas of Economic Mobility, developed through research by Raj Chetty and Nathanial Hendren, revealed that we live in one of the worst...

Since the Economy Inn was abruptly closed on Thursday, January 25th, many former residents of the Inn have been residing at Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to Pastor Darian Blue and his members for sharing hospitality with these individuals...

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...