Frances Ellison, Sue Priester, and Harriet Goldsmith, co-founders of Greenville Women Giving. Photographed by Paul Mehaffey

Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic organization, has awarded $613,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations.

The grants, which were presented during the organization’s annual meeting on Tuesday, are going to support nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture, education, health, human services, and environment.

Over the last decade, Greenville Women Giving has awarded more than 90 grants to Greenville County community organizations totaling $4.8 million and has brought more than 530 women into its philanthropic circle.

The following organizations are recipients of Greenville Women Giving 2017 grants:

  • Alston Wilkes Society received $45, 756 to help more former offenders transition back into the community through an employment readiness program;
  • Feed & Seed received $34,854 to hire a field coordinator who will add efficiency to the process of providing access to affordable local produce;
  • Fostering Great Ideas received $47,000 to develop a student and staff mentoring program for foster children to assist with college applications and ensure college success; 
  • Mental Health America received $49,875 to use AmeriCorps volunteers to create an online training and scheduling program for mental health volunteers;
  • Project Host received $100,000 to expand soup kitchen space and equipment for a specialized bakery to enhance job training and sustainability;
  • Rebuild Upstate received $52,000 to provide critical home repairs for 125 low-income residents and add staff to assist with homeowner education;
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre received $80,000, to purchase equipment for its Theatre Arts Center;
  • United Ministries received $54,000 to purchase a van to transport the homeless and underserved to community resources and programs;
  • Upstate Forever received $80,000 to establish conservation easements at Camperdown Way along the Reedy River in downtown and agricultural land throughout Greenville County;
  • Urban League of the Upstate received $70,000 to expand a program designed to keep at-risk youth from acquiring a criminal record due to minor offenses.


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