Vision, Mission & Values
Who We Are
The Mary Black Foundation was established as an independent grantmaking organization focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the people and communities of Spartanburg County, SC. Our vision is a welcoming and connected community where all residents can achieve health and wellbeing, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, income, or zip code. A health equity framework guides our work towards this vision.
Spartanburg County is a welcoming and connected community where all residents can achieve health and wellbeing.
To increase opportunities for health and wellbeing through strategic investments in the people and communities of Spartanburg County.
- Impact: Our results improve and transform people’s lives.
- Collaboration: We connect with others to make our community stronger.
- Accountability: We are responsible stewards of the Foundation’s assets.
- Respect: We are open, inclusive, and caring.
- Equity: We believe all people should have the opportunity to succeed.
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The Mary Black Foundation is not only a funder; we are often a partner, convener, facilitator, and leader. As a place-based foundation, we are actively engaged in a wide variety of community initiatives outside of our traditional grantmaking, and we partner with many organizations, including other funders.
Chapman Cultural Center, Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg County Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and United Way of the Piedmont, often referred to as the Spartanburg Joint Funders, are committed to intentional collaboration and coordination. As significant funders in Spartanburg County it is important that we work together and, when appropriate, partner on common community efforts. Each funder has its own funding guidelines and application process, so organizations are encouraged to contact each funder directly.