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Greenville, SC Spotlight: Community Collaboration

Upstate South Carolina is blessed to have a strong network of nonprofit organizations. From education to sustainability to social services, nearly every area of the Greenville community is covered by their services. Fortunately, many our region’s nonprofits understand that teamwork and partnerships are essential for truly effective impact. In this blog post we look at some of the organizations and opportunities that foster community collaboration across the Upstate.

Non-Profit Alliance

An initiative of Greenville Chamber, the Non-Profit Alliance (NPA) aims to raise awareness of the economic impact, needs and values of local non-profit organizations. It works to develop and strengthen partnerships among the non-profit, private and public sectors in order to help improve quality of life in the area.

Visit www.greenvillechamber.org/non-profit-alliance to learn more.

Hollingsworth FundsHollingsworth Funds

Hollingsworth Funds was established by John D. Hollingsworth, Jr. in 1976 as a way for him to provide anonymous support to the Greenville community. Upon his death in 2000, the bulk of his self-made textile and real estate fortune—valued at some $290 million—passed to Hollingsworth Funds. Now, 45% of the annual distributions are designated to 501(c)(3) public charities operating for the benefit of Greenville County. It supports ideas that have the potential to move our community forward in meaningful, powerful and comprehensive ways.

Visit www.hollingsworthfunds.com to learn more.

Ten at the TopTen at the Top

Ten at the Top is an initiative that fosters collaboration, coordination and cooperation across communities and businesses in Upstate South Carolina. It impacts our region’s economic vitality and quality of life through three primary objectives:

  1. Grow trust and partnerships among elected officials, business and community leaders and residents
  2. Identify and promote collaborative efforts that enhance the Upstate’s physical and social infrastructure
  3. Measure, analyze and report information on the needs and progress of the region on key cross-jurisdictional issues

Visit www.tenatthetop.org to learn more.


The South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, or “SCANPO,” is the only statewide membership organization and network that brings together nonprofit leaders to strengthen the state’s entire nonprofit sector. Its mission is to serve, support and strengthen nonprofits for a better South Carolina.

Visit www.scanpo.org to learn more.

Workshops and Conferences

The South Carolina 2016 Nonprofit Summit is scheduled for March 9-11 at the downtown Marriott hotel in Spartanburg. Hosted by SCANPO, the event will include tours with local nonprofit organizations, a reception at the Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center, and workshops with Leslie Crutchfield, senior advisor of FSG, a national consulting firm, and co-author of the book Forces for Good. For registration information, visit www.scanpo.org/nonprofit-summit-2016.

Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums is an annual series of educational seminars that are designed exclusively for nonprofit professionals, executive directors and board members. Each session provides insight and training on topics related to nonprofit management, include fundraising help, strategic planning, branding exercises and leadership development.

Visit nonprofitforums.org for details.

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