GCCF Funds and Initiatives

Contributions to GCCF through our Community Impact Fund and GCCF Initiatives, as well as to Agency and Scholarship Funds held by GCCF,  are welcome at any time.

Community Impact Fund – This Fund is the source for grants awarded by GCCF in our established Community Impact granting cycles. Community Impact Grants are made to nonprofits offering direct benefit to Greenwood County residents. Community Impact Grants are disbursed to a wide range of organizations for a broad variety of programs and projects. To date, GCCF has granted more than $545,000 for community efforts throughout Greenwood County through this fund.

GCCF Initiatives

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Endowment – In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Mays, this Endowment honors the man who was born in Greenwood and went on to international acclaim as a civil rights pioneer, President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Greenwood is home to the Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site and this endowment ensures its preservation and also provides numerous scholarships to deserving students across the country.

Greenwood Women Care – Greenwood Women Care (GWC) engages community-minded Greenwood women in collective learning, giving, and growing together. GWC grows through membership of a broad range of women from many professional and personal sectors, and is perpetually open to new members. Each participant will contribute an equal amount annually and have an equal vote in granting determinations.

The overarching goal of GWC is to allow participants the opportunity for personal growth, to develop as engaged members of our community, and to improve the quality of life for everyone in Greenwood County. The tagline serves as an abbreviated reminder of Greenwood Women Care’s mission: learn • give • grow.

The Greenwood Women Care Endowment (Designated) was established with a portion of Greenwood Women Care membership fees and additional contributions to provide a permanent revenue source for GWC to address needs and opportunities impacting the Greenwood community. This fund continues to grow with each new GWC membership or renewal, and with gifts designated for the GWC endowment.

Agency Funds

The Arts Center Endowment (Designated) was begun utilizing the bequest gift of a long-time friend of the Arts Center.  Each year the distribution from this Fund will be used to support operations and fund special projects and events.

The Friends of Boys State Fund (Designated) was the first statewide agency endowment to be held by the Foundation. Knowing that for generations to come, contributors would be able to add to it, the leaders of this organization are carrying on the life-changing “laboratory of government”— American Legion’s Palmetto Boys State.

The Greenwood Community Theatre Endowment (Designated) was formed when their Board led a campaign among loyal donors who want to ensure that the Theatre continues to offer quality programming for many generations.

The Meg’s House Endowment (Designated) was created as a permanent repository for individuals who wish to ensure the work of this organization goes on continually, moving battered women to a place of shelter, security, strength and independence.

Scholarship Funds

The Major Walter Benson Scholarship (Field of Interest Scholarship) was created to honor the encouragement and compassion of the former Greenwood High School principal by a 1943 graduate, Saul Kurlat. Recipients are graduates of the high school.

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Community Scholarship (Field of Interest Scholarship) will assist at least one local student at each of our local institutions of higher education — Lander University and Piedmont Technical College.

The Greenwood Kiwanis Star Student Fund (Designated Scholarship) was formed so that this civic organization will receive an annual distribution to honor with scholarships some of the top performing students in Greenwood County.

The Chad Withered Scholarship (Field of Interest Scholarship) was created at Main Street United Methodist Church to honor the memory of a member who passed away at an early age. The assets will continue to grow at the Community Foundation and the church family will continue to select recipients from qualified applicants.

Endowed Donor Funds

The Chandler Family Trust (Donor Advised) was endowed when Joe Chandler of Chandler Construction Services, Inc. and his wife Vickie created this fund “for the benefit of the citizens of Greenwood County” forever.

The Jaycees Eternal Hope Endowment (Donor Advised) will be used to provide outdoor experiences for mentally handicapped individuals in South Carolina, primarily through campership assistance. The fund was created by the SC Jaycee Foundation, Inc. to ensure these individuals will have access to an outdoor camp environment in perpetuity.

The James Family Fund (Donor Advised) was created by Dru and Ennis James as a permanent symbol of their family’s deep caring for Greenwood and all members of this community. They and their children will recommend grants from this Fund well into the future.

The Kasper Fund for Community Enhancement (Donor Advised) began with Mark Kasper’s desire to strengthen local causes which improve the livability of communities with special emphasis on arts and culture, in this generation and for those to come.

The Latham-Dolny Family Endowment (Donor Advised) was created as a permanent source of support for causes important to both Stephen and Linda Dolny, as well as the families they came from, as well as the one they created together.

The Leary Family Fund (Donor Advised) was the second Fund (in addition to a non-endowed Fund) created by Cindy and Jukie Leary. This Fund will grant to causes they, and their descendants, care about for decades to come.

The Martha C. and J. Roland McKinney Fund (Designated) was formed to benefit The Shepherd Center (for spinal and brain injury, Atlanta) as an act of perpetual gratitude and love for the wonderful people who assisted a member of this family in a time of great crisis.

The Barbara Holbrook Parham Music Trust (Donor Advised) was formed because Jack and Barbara Parham have shared their love of music with Greenwood through generous gifts to a wide variety of performing and music arts. That spirit will continue into the future, and they will always be remembered.

The Parham Family Endowment (Donor Advised) will make grants to assist organizations and causes of importance to the Kenneth Parham family in Greenville, SC. It was created by Kenneth and Diane Parham and will be advised in the future by their two daughters.

The Parham Family Trust (Donor Advised) was created as a permanent source of support for causes important to Dr. Jack and Barbara Parham, as well as their two adult children and successive generations.

The Strawn Family Promise Endowment (Donor Advised) was established to support post-secondary educational opportunities for Greenwood County students as well as causes of importance to the Strawn family.

The Alice and Howard Tolbert Fund (Donor Advised) was started by Sam and Margo Tolbert in memory of Sam’s parents. Utilizing this Fund, the family will make grants to keep alive their strong values now and in future generations.

The Ann B. Urquhart Endowment (Designated) was created by a lifelong Greenwood resident, Don Urquhart, as a special occasion gift for his wife to honor her commitment to personally significant causes in Greenwood County.

The Wade C. and Kathryn D. Watson Fund (Donor Advised) was the first Fund started at the Community Foundation, in honor of Margo Tolbert’s parents. Margo and Sam Tolbert’s adult children will use the Fund to give to causes they care about as they remember their grandparents.

The Women’s Healthcare Classic Fund (Field of Interest) will make grants dedicated to helping meet the pervasive needs of local women. It was created by Jim and Denise Medford of The Links at Stoney Point, with proceeds from the first Symetra Tour Women’s Health Charity Classic.

Non-Endowed Donor Funds

“A Time to Give” Fund (Donor Advised) Oftentimes business persons have income which varies greatly month-to-month and year-to-year. This anonymous Fund was started (during a period of a much-needed tax deduction) so the donor always has access to an “account” from which to recommend grants, even in when their company is in lean business periods.

The Leary Family Fund (Donor Advised) Dr. Julius (Jukie) Leary, Jr. and his wife Cindy now have a special “account” from which they may recommend gifts.

The Manning Family Fund (Donor Advised) Attorney Peter Manning and his wife, Sharon, now can advise grants to organizations of all sizes, locally and internationally — and they can do so anonymously when they so choose.