What We Fund
Hollingsworth Funds primarily seeks to ensure that low-wealth people in Greenville County have the opportunity and pathways to participate in a prosperous society. Upward mobility in our community is exceedingly difficult to attain. The variables that impact it are numerous and interrelated, including, but not limited to, education, employment, housing, violence and abuse, and health. Indeed, a child raised in Greenville County has less than a 5% chance of moving from the bottom fifth in family income to the top fifth during their lifetime.
With this in mind, we give priority to investing our philanthropic capital in organizations that:
- Share our vision, mission, values and guiding principles.
- Impact one or more of the community outcomes related to improving upward mobility.
|Education||– Children enter school ready to succeed.
– Students successfully graduate high school.
– High school graduates complete a post-secondary degree.
|Employment||– People have the ability to earn a livable wage|
|Housing||– People have access to affordable housing.|
|Violence, Abuse & Neglect||– People live in safe environments free of violence, abuse and neglect.|
|Health||– People have access to healthy foods and active living.
– People have access to quality healthcare.
- Participate in a multi-stakeholder initiative or have the potential to participate in a future multi-stakeholder initiative.
- Recruit and retain strong leadership at the board and senior management levels who are not only keenly focused on internal organizational effectiveness, but also actively aligning their work externally with other stakeholders.
- Operate at a scale that impacts people County-wide or has the potential to do so in the future.
Arts & Culture
While our primary focus is on upward mobility, we also believe that a vibrant and successful community must include access to robust arts and cultural institutions that have a significant creative, social and economic impact on our community. Hollingsworth Funds invests approximately 10% of our community grantmaking budget each year to support capital campaigns, deferred maintenance requests and other capacity building needs of selected arts and cultural organizations.
The Board of Directors appreciates that there will be important short-term opportunities that do not always “fit” with our long-term, systemic interests. As one of the largest funders in Greenville County, Hollingsworth Funds believes it has a responsibility to always maintain its flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the community. Therefore, we will consider requests as needs arise.
What We Do NOT Fund
- Grants to organizations not aligned with our guidelines
- Grants or scholarship awards made directly to individuals
- Grants that exclusively serve religious purposes
- Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
- Sponsorship of special events, celebration functions or annual meetings