Mary Black Foundation Awards over $2.6 Million to Spartanburg Nonprofits

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Mary Black Foundation announced that it has awarded $2,662,140 in grants to 28 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County. Molly Talbot-Metz, President & CEO for Mary Black Foundation said, “Spartanburg’s nonprofit sector is doing incredible work to ensure healthy and resilient individuals, strong families, and a vibrant community. We are proud to be able to provide financial resources that support their work.” The funded organizations include:

• Angels Charge Ministry received $30,000 in general operating support for their work in providing case management to women during and after incarceration, in an effort to deter recidivism and facilitate a successful reentry into our community.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate received $25,000 in general operating support to continue their work providing evidence-based mentorship to Spartanburg’s youth.
• BirthMatters received $212,526 over two years in general operating support to continue their work in providing community-based doula services to vulnerable, expectant mothers and their families.
• Bloom Upstate received $33,280 in general operating support to provide mentoring to girls in Spartanburg.
• Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg received $83,430 over two years in general operating support to provide services for children and families who have been affected by sexual or physical abuse.
• Children’s Museum of the Upstate received $38,645 to expand early childhood programming in Spartanburg.
• CommunityWorks received $40,000 to increase homeownership in Spartanburg through a homebuyer assistance program.
• Hope Center for Children received $213,000 over 18 months in general operating support to build stable, healthy families and to provide children with a safe place from abuse and neglect.
• Hub City Farmers Market received $285,000 over three years in general operating support to increase access to affordable, healthy foods through a local market, a mobile market, and SNAP outreach.
• Impact America received $18,725 to support the FocusFirst vision screening program for preschool-aged children in Spartanburg.
• International Association of Lions Club - Landrum received $5,000 to purchase a vision screening camera.
• Institute for Child Success received $80,000 in general operating support to lead systems-level change and advocacy efforts that result in policies to improve early childhood development.
• Girls on the Run Upstate SC received $27,000 over two years to support the participation of at least 90 girls in the evidence-based afterschool programming.
• Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands received $10,000 to establish five new troops in under-resourced areas in Spartanburg.
• Louvenia D. Barksdale Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation received $2,500 to support its general operating expenses.
• PAL - Play. Advocate. Live Well received $375,000 over three years in general operating support to decrease childhood obesity, increase access to trails and parks, and ensure safe access to walking and biking for everyone.
• ReGenesis Health Care received $85,000 to address the growing mental health needs among children and adolescents through hiring a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
• Servants for Sight received $26,000 to expand access to eye care for under-resourced Spartanburg residents.
• Spartanburg Community College Foundation received $15,898 to establish an early childhood simulation lab for the College’s Early Care and Education Associate Degree program.
• Spartanburg County First Steps received $245,000 over 18 months in general operating support to help all children in Spartanburg County arrive at school prepared to be successful learners.
• Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation received $39,000 to fund two Forensic Nurse Examiners that will assist sexual assault and domestic violence victims at any Spartanburg Regional hospital.
• St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic received $40,000 to provide healthcare services to underserved individuals.
• Uplift Outreach Center received $5,000 to hire a consultant to assist with board governance.
• Upstate- Carolina Adaptive Golf received $5,000 to offer adaptive golf opportunities for youth with disabilities.
• YMCA of Greater Spartanburg received $15,000 to further enhance positive youth development programming.

In addition to the grants above, Mary Black Foundation awarded the following grants to organizations partnering with the Foundation on Phase II of the Spartanburg Healthy Schools Initiative:
o Alliance for a Healthier Generation received $130,500 over three years to implement the Healthy Schools Program and Resilience in School Environments (RISE) Index at Spartanburg School District 6.
o PAL - Play. Advocate. Live Well received $223,300 over three years to lead the implementation of Phase II. Together with Healthier Generation, PAL will provide technical assistance to School District 6.
o United Way of the Piedmont and PASOs Spartanburg received $353,306 over three years to support two Community Health and Resource Coordinator positions for the Initiative.

The Mary Black Foundation is an independent, private foundation. Since 1996, it has paid over $61 million to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County. Additional information about the Foundation is available at

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