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

May 9, 2017

Total Grants Surpass $4.8 Million

GREENVILLE, S.C. — 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 over 2 years), 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 over 2 years), 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 over two years), 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 over two years), 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 over two years), to expand the capacity of a highly successful program designed to keep at-risk youth from acquiring a criminal record due to minor offenses.

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