At their May 9, 2017 Annual Meeting, Greenville Women Giving (GWG) awarded Upstate Forever a grant for $80,000 in the Environmental category. Upstate Forever will use the grant funds to preserve Greenville’s unique character through land conservation efforts.
“With this grant, we’re specifically focused on two outcomes,” said Scott Park, Land Conservation Director at Upstate Forever. “First, we want to preserve the character of Falls Park, which is an irreplaceable asset to our downtown, by permanently protecting 55 Camperdown from the recently proposed development. Secondly, we will work to protect Greenville’s rapidly vanishing farmlands to help retain our rural heritage and create a strong foundation for local food. As with all of our land conservation efforts, participation is 100% voluntary, and we work closely with landowners to honor their conservation visions for their property.”
“We deeply appreciate GWG’s generosity and are so thankful to their members for believing in our mission to balance growth with the protection of our natural resources,” said Upstate Forever’s Executive Director Andrea Cooper.
GWG is a philanthropic organization serving Greenville County, SC, and was founded on the idea that women, when informed about philanthropy and the needs in their community, can collectively make a real difference. Founded in 2006, GWG has donated $4.8 million in total grant funding over the past 11 years. For more information, visit www.greenvillewomengiving.org
Upstate Forever is a nonprofit, membership-based organization promoting sensible growth and the protection of special places in the Upstate of South Carolina. Founded in 1998, Upstate Forever now has nearly 2,000 members, two offices, and a staff of 16. For more information, visit www.upstateforever.org