Greenville Women Giving announced the 2019 grant winners on May 14 at its annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza. Seven local organizations received grants totaling $580,870.
“With these grants, GWG has surpassed the $6 million mark in grants awarded in Greenville County since 2007,” co-chair Emelia Stephenson says. “We have awarded 116 grants to 79 organizations.”
The 2019 grant winners
Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas ($60,000 over two years): “Our grant from GWG will enable us to create a Special Needs Fund to help Greenville County families facing the extraordinary costs of specialized care in distant cities, stay with our children until they’re 21 to assist with after-effects of cancer treatment, and help avert family crises that arise with the crushing costs of cancer,” executive director Laura Allen says.
City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department ($100,000 over two years): “I’m incredibly thankful to GWG for sharing our vision of protecting and restoring the Reedy River. Our city is enjoying enormous success, but the increase in the number of people who want to live and visit here makes it even more critical that we manage that growth by preserving green space while we can. It’s also vital that we ensure that people can afford to live in our community. Unity Park presents an extraordinary opportunity to build affordable homes for hundreds of families on land near the park owned by the city that we are donating to the Greenville Housing Fund,” Mayor Knox White says.
Habitat for Humanity ($88,506): “All of us at Habitat for Humanity are extremely grateful to GWG for their generosity and vision in funding the building of a construction warehouse, which we believe will deliver long-term benefits not only to our organization and homeowner families but to all of us who call Greenville home. We believe the positive changes our work drives throughout our community are both transformative and permanent, but we could not do this important work without key partner organizations like GWG,” president and CEO Monroe Free says.
Pendleton Place ($83,048): “For the 10 teenage girls who find a home in the Smith House residential program at Pendleton Place, this GWG grant makes each day a little easier by giving them completely updated and remodeled bathrooms as well as an additional shower. This means shorter wait times and less stress when getting ready in the morning. These young adults, who find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own, deserve the best possible home environment, and GWG’s support goes a long way in making that a reality,” executive director Jed Dews says.
Senior Action ($100,000): “This funding will create a Fine Arts Center within Senior Action, specifically for seniors, that will encourage creative expression in a multitude of outlets. As we age, the need to have creative outlets only grows greater along with our life experience. Because of GWG, seniors in our community will have an incredible and unique opportunity to create beautiful works of art,” executive director and CEO Andrea G. Smith says.
SWITCH ($69,316 over two years): “It is unfortunate that we have seen such a rise in human trafficking cases, that we often have to turn people away from services due to having a full case load. With this partnership with GWG we are now able to say YES to many more victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Greenville county,” executive director Zaina Greene says.
YouthBASE ($80,000): “Support from GWG will double our organization’s capacity and enable us to serve the children and families in the Judson and Welcome communities. GWG is a catalyst for positive change and momentum, and we are thankful for a partner that shares our goal of building a foundation for success for every child,” executive director Linda Tassie says.
As a women’s collective philanthropic organization, GWG invests in programs and services in a variety of areas that will strengthen our community. The annual grants are awarded to worthy projects with big impact that will facilitate positive change.
The five key areas GWG seeks to positively impact are arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services.
Grant requests are submitted from non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt agencies which are located in Greenville County or offer services to Greenville residents.
Funding for GWG grants are made possible through membership donations and other donor-directed contributions through the Community Foundation of Greenville.
Update: This story was updated on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. to include comments from grant recipients.