GCCF Sponsors Jammin’ for Genes Barbecue & Music Lawn Festival

GCCF was a music sponsor at the Jammin’ for Genes Barbecue & Music Lawn Festival for 2016. Below is a flier that promoted the September 2016 event.

Healthy Learners recipient of grant

This originally appeared in the Index-Journal.

From left are Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Becky McIntosh, Healthy Learners fund development coordinator; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grands manager; and Elaine Copeland, Healthy Learners program manager.

The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) gave a $5,000 grant to Healthy Learners in support of its services to school-age children in Greenwood County who have medical needs and are without resources to address them. Healthy Learners will host its annual fundraiser, an Adult Spelling Bee, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Emerald High School.

GCCF Grant Cycle Press Release

The Greenwood County Community Foundation will be accepting grant applications October 1-31 for funds to be awarded in the annual Open Granting cycle. Granting guidelines and application information can be found at www.greenwoodcf.org/grants.

To date, 13 area nonprofits have received a combined $90,425 in grants from the Foundation’s Community Impact Grants in this year alone. Awards between $775 and $50,000 (Innovation Grant) were disbursed, for purposes as wide-ranging as: establishing a behavioral therapy center for children with autism; scholastic and life skills training for young women in crisis; art, science, water safety, and music enrichment programs for children and youth; outreach stage performances; medical resources for school-age children with limited means; and a high school student leadership conference.

In its five year granting history, GCCF has allocated more than $2 million in grants, primarily for projects and programs in Greenwood County.

In the most recent granting cycle, Community Enhancement, funding was approved for community enrichment, service, and outreach projects through the Arts Council of Greenwood County, Festiva, Greenwood Community Theatre, Greenwood Festival Chorale, Greenwood Performing Arts, and Healthy Learners.

GCIF receives grant

This originally appeared in the Index-Journal.

The Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to the Greenwood County Community Improvement Foundation to help establish a South Carolina Student Leadership Conference. This will be an approach to serving Greenwood County high school students, grades 10 through 12, interested in developing leadership skills to advance their future careers. The conference will be Sept. 28 at Lander University. Here, members of the Student Leadership Conference Planning Committee stand with an enlarged donation check.

A Place for Us check presentation

A Place for Us Check Presentation

Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) recently awarded a $3,300 grant to “A Place for Us” to support its learning center for APFU residents. The program ministers to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of young women facing crisis situations.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF President; Kathy Osborne, Learning Center Coordinator; Tammie Price, A Place for Us Founder and Executive Director; Nancy Manning, Administrative Assistant; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF Projects & Grants Manager.

Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

GCCF awards grand to purchase back packs

This originally appeared in the Index-Journal.

Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

From left are Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, and Rachel Blair, United Way director of finance and coordinator of Stuff the Bus.

Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

GCCF awards grant to YMCA

From left are: Sen. Floyd Nicholson, Gray Stallworth, YMCA executive director; GCCF projects and grants manager Mary Woodiwiss; Allison Mundy YMCA aquatics coordinator; Sondi Creglow YMCA senior program director, Jonathan Bass YMCA director of development and Jeff Smith GCCF president.

Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) awarded a $4,300 grant to the Greenwood Family YMCA to support its “Safety Around Water” program. The program targets kids, especially minority and underserved populations who are statistically at a higher risk of drowning.

Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.

GCCF donates to CREATEng

Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.

CREATEng serves 60 Greenwood students, and is operated by the Governor’s School at Lander University.

The public is invited to attend the closing showcase of CREATEng Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Room LC200 of the Carnell Learning Center on the Lander Campus. Presenting the check on behalf of GCCF are Jeff Smith, executive director, and Mary Woodiwiss, right, projects and grants manager.

GCCF awards grant to S.C. Festival of Flowers

This photo originally appeared in the Index-Journal.

The Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the S.C. Festival of Flowers in support of the Horticulture Education program offered to area schools.

From left are Renea Sprowl, horticulturist for the City of Greenwood; Jeff Smith, president and CEO of Greenwood County Community Foundation; Angelle LaBorde, president and CEO of Greenwood Chamber of Commerce; Corey Collington, principal of Brewer Middle School; and Mary Woodiwis, projects and grants manager for Greenwood County Community Foundation.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope Receives Grant

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope, a Greenville-based organization that offers a wide range of services to individuals who fall along the Autism spectrum, was awarded $50,000 through the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s Innovation granting cycle to be used for the start up of an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy program in Greenwood.

ABA therapy has proven to be transformative in the lives of those with Autism, as well as their families. GCCF’s Innovation Grant supports creative ideas that foster strategic change within the Greenwood County community, generate collective excitement because of their originality and courageous approach to addressing root causes of systemic problems or deficiencies, and contribute to a healthy, thriving community.

The foundation’s board of directors actively seek proposals that stretch the imagination and enrich lives, while fostering collaboration and partnerships among organizations when considering applications for the Innovation Grant.