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Advocacy

  • 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......

  • Meals served to hungry people of all ages. Job training for those aiming to earn a better wage. Therapies and education for children with disabilities provided by skilled and caring professionals. Inspiring theatrical performances and works of art. Peaceful parks, enjoyed by thousands of residents......

  • 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......

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Community Issues

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  • 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....

  • 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......

Events

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy stepped in to develop a collaborative approach to funding to allow both the United Way and its subgrantees to focus on program outcomes rather than fundraising. High school graduation has long been a priority for many organizations in Greenville County. Students......

  • I am a philanthropoid. The word is a jocular combination of “philanthropist” and “anthropoid” and describes someone who gives away other people’s money. When I first heard the word, I chuckled. Yes, I thought, I’ve needed a word for someone like me, a foundation staff......

News

  • 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......

  • 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......

Non-profits

  • 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....

  • 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......

OnTrack Greenville

  • 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......

  • 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......