The Community Foundation of Greenville‘s board of directors has approved grants totaling $100,000 for five minority-led nonprofit organizations in Greenville County, the organization announced on Friday, June 26.
“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation made significant financial contributions to provide food, emergency shelter and small-business capital directed to the most vulnerable people in Greenville County,” said Bob Morris, president of the Community Foundation, in a release. “We feel it is imperative to support minority-led nonprofits at the same level of funding that we have provided for COVID-19 relief thus far. We will continue to work collaboratively with our partners to create a place where all families thrive without fear.”
The foundation made the commitment in 2019 to prioritize its grant-making to consider diversity, equity and inclusion. “In our role bridging philanthropy and purpose, the board of directors embraces this priority and deeply appreciates the opportunity to meet community needs with these grants,” said board chair Lesa Kastler.
The five grant recipients are:
Urban League of the Upstate – $25,000
The mission of the Urban League of the Upstate is to advance equity by empowering black and other underserved communities through advocacy, education and economic stability. Since its founding in 1970, the community-based organization has been committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all citizens in housing, education, employment and economic development without regard to race or socioeconomic status.
Pleasant Valley Connection – $25,000
Pleasant Valley Connection (PVC) connects community residents, families, churches, businesses and other organizations in a coordinated effort to improve the education, health, well-being and community involvement of Greater Pleasant Valley residents and surrounding communities. The center provides programs and activity space for services, including after-school programs for children, senior programs, a neighborhood farmer’s market and neighborhood association meetings.
Phillis Wheatley Community Center – $25,000
The Phillis Wheatley Community Center empowers individuals and families to grow to their fullest potential by helping underserved and unserved children. A true community center for more than 90 years, the organization operates as a hub for minority nonprofits, providing year-round education experiences that expand horizons.
Creative Advancement Center – $12,500
Creative Advancement Center provides after-school scholastic and creative activities for students from Greenville County Schools from kindergarten through grade 12. By working together as a community with the public school system, the organization offers an array of structured programs to enhance student abilities academically, intellectually, creatively, socially and physically, improving grade point averages and retention rates.
New Jerusalem Baptist Church / Greer Community Outreach Center – $12,500
The Greer Community Outreach Center Inc. (GCOC) is dedicated to the mission of creating environments of support for parents, children and youth in the Greer community. Over the last 20 years, the organization has provided a lifeline of hope to its clients by creating homeless shelters, developing a community center to serve after-school children and families, opening a food bank and resource center, and working with public and private partners to develop housing solutions for families and individuals.