What We Do
Advancing Efforts to Eliminate the Root Causes and Effects of Poverty and Discrimination
We believe that while our community has achieved great economic success and many have benefited greatly from that success — including our family — there are many others who have been left out or left behind. The inequities in our economic structures and fraying holes in our social fabric are real, and we choose not to ignore them.
We are a hopeful family. Our vision is a Greenville that is just, compassionate, and vibrant. Our mission, then, is to advance efforts to eliminate the root causes and effects of poverty and discrimination.
How We Do It
These Longstanding and Systemic Societal Problems Can’t Be Tackled Alone
We are committed to using all our forms of capital — social, moral, intellectual, reputational, and financial — to partner with organizations and people who share our vision of a just, compassionate, and vibrant community.
Together we work to achieve that vision. Sometimes this means helping to start a specific project or initiative; often it means supporting the work of a broad coalition of diverse people and organizations. Always it means listening and learning and being open to the ideas of others, especially those who are closest to the problems our community is trying to solve.
For a child to thrive, for a family to succeed, the environment in which they live every day must be healthy and supportive. To make that happen, the social and governmental systems which create that environment must function effectively, efficiently, and justly.
Increasingly we support work that recognizes the interdependence of issues such as education, health, and financial stability, develops strategies to tackle them holistically, and includes advocacy for policy change as a key component.
The work of social change requires highly effective organizations made up of highly skilled and effective leaders, both staff and board, with a commitment to continuous learning. Those are the organizations and leaders with whom we want to work, and whose continuous learning we want to encourage.
Today’s challenges require ever-increasing skills and knowledge, and we support nonprofit professionals and board leaders in their learning journeys.
When possible and advantageous, we partner with other foundations and philanthropic entities, pooling resources and other forms of capital to support ambitious efforts targeting poverty and discrimination.
We leverage the power of collective philanthropy to encourage others to help find solutions.
We want to amplify the voices of our community, so that lifted together they can gain the attention of policy makers and raise awareness, inform, educate, persuade, and convince them to address the inequities that have been allowed to exist for too long.
What We Fund
1. General Operating
We know the value of unrestricted dollars to every nonprofit. We are willing to provide general operating funds to organizations with which we have a strong relationship.