$613,485 Awarded by Greenville Women Giving at Annual Meeting

Total Grants Surpass $4.8 Million 

Greenville Women Giving, a 550-member local philanthropic organization, awarded a record-setting $613,485 in grants last evening during its annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency downtown, sponsored by GSP International Airport and Charles Schwab & Co. Since its founding in 2006, Greenville Women Giving has granted more than $4.8 million to 80+ Greenville County non-profits in five areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.

Greenville Women Giving’s 2017 Grant Awardees are as follows:

Alston Wilkes Society ($45,756), to provide additional staff and direct client assistance to help former offenders transition back into the community through an employment readiness program;

Feed & Seed ($34,854), to hire a field coordinator who will add efficiency to the process of providing access to affordable local produce;

Fostering Great Ideas ($47,000), to develop a Greenville Tech student/staff mentoring program for foster children to assist with college applications and ensure college success;

Mental Health America of Greenville ($49,875), to use AmeriCorps volunteers to create an online training and scheduling program for mental health volunteers;

Project Host ($100,000), to expand soup kitchen space and equipment for a specialized bakery to enhance job training and sustainability;

Rebuild Upstate ($52,000), to provide critical home repairs for 125 low income residents, and adding staff to assist with homeowner education;

South Carolina Children’s Theatre ($80,000), to purchase needed equipment for the new Theatre Arts Center to ensure state-of-the-art theatrical productions;

United Ministries ($54,000), to purchase a van to provide transportation for the homeless and underserved to essential community resources and programs;

Upstate Forever ($80,000), to establish conservation easements to protect signature property along the Reedy River downtown (Camperdown Way) and throughout Greenville County; and

Urban League of the Upstate ($70,000), to expand the capacity of a highly successful program designed to keep at-risk youth from acquiring a criminal record due to minor offenses.

About Greenville Women Giving

Founded in 2006 as a special initiative of the Community Foundation of Greenville, Greenville Women Giving is a non-profit organization made up of women whose purposes are both educational and philanthropic. Greenville Women Giving sponsors year-round educational opportunities for its members and guests, designed to inform about specific Greenville community needs.

Its members contribute annually to a collective pool that is distributed to local non-profits, following a membership-led grants review process and vote. Accomplishing together what most cannot do individually, the group focuses on funding high-impact ($40,000-$100,000) initiatives in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services within Greenville County.

Greenville Women Giving is also supported by its annual partners Flourish, Greenville Health System, and TOWN, and by annual sponsors Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and The Cliffs. Greenville Women Giving also receives generous gifts from individual donors.

Greenville Women Giving membership is open to all women who commit to the annual contribution. For information about membership, upcoming events, and grants please visit the organization’s website www.greenvillewomengiving.org and follow GWG on Facebook and Instagram.

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