Hollingsworth Funds Exceeds Record for Giving

Presenting the Largest Annual Gift in Organization’s History

Greenville, SC – Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. (Hollingsworth Funds), a charitable support organization for Greenville County, today announced a total of $4,710,480 in 2012 grants to be distributed to Furman University, the Greenville YMCA and 62 other local benevolent agencies. This total represents the largest annual gift in the charitable organization’s history, exceeding last year’s record by more than 8%. Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. embraced the season of giving by presenting more than $2 million in grants to local organizations at a breakfast held at Embassy Suites Verdae. Sixty-two (62) non-profit organizations
received checks totaling $2,072,203 during the ceremony.

“Greenville County’s nonprofit organizations represent what is best in our community – a commitment to servant leadership that brightens all our futures,” said Ed Good, chairman of the Hollingsworth Funds Board. “It is a great pleasure to support these organizations and programs as they make a critical difference helping so many people.”

Textile industrialist John D. Hollingsworth established Hollingsworth Funds in 1976 and, upon his death in 2000, bequeathed almost all of his $290 million estate to the Foundation. Under provisions of Mr. Hollingsworth’s wishes, Hollingsworth Funds distributes 45 percent of its annual income to Furman University, 10 percent to Greenville YMCA and an additional 45 percent to Greenville County 501(c)(3) charities selected each year through a competitive grants application program administered via the Community Foundation of Greenville.

Minor Shaw, vice chairman of the Hollingsworth Funds Board, said there were 143 applications this year requesting more than $6.2 million in funding.

“It is a privilege to be able to serve so many wonderful programs in our community and I am confident that we, too, are making a difference in the future of Greenville County,” she said.

Over the past 36 years, Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. has presented more than $30 million in financial support. 2

List of 2012 Competitive Grant Recipients

  • Allen Temple Community Economic Development Corporation
  • Artisphere
  • Beautiful Places Alliance
  • Cancer Society of Greenville County
  • Center for Developmental Services
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Coaches 4 Character
  • Community Foundation of Greenville
  • CommunityWorks Carolina
  • Compass of Carolina, Inc.
  • Faces and Voices of Recovery
  • Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.
  • Foothills Family Resources
  • Friends of the Greenville Zoo, Inc.
  • Genesis Homes
  • Goodwill Industries of Upstate Midlands South Carolina, Inc.The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, Inc.
  • Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Greenville County Human Relations Commission
  • Greenville Early College
  • Greenville First Steps
  • Greenville Forward
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Inc.
  • Greenville Humane Society
  • Greenville Literacy Association, Inc.
  • Greenville Regional Workforce Development
  • Greenville Symphony Association
  • Greer Community Ministries, Inc.
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Homes of Hope, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of Greenville, Inc.
  • Liberty Fellowship
  • Meals On Wheels of Greenville, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Meyer Center for Special Children
  • The Museum Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greenville
  • Naturaland Trust
  • North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry
  • Our Upstate-SC
  • Peace Center Foundation
  • Pendleton Place, Inc.
  • Pleasant Valley Connection, Inc.
  • Project Host, Inc.
  • Public Education Partners
  • Reach Out And Read
  • Safe Harbor, Inc.
  • Salvation Army of Greenville County
  • Senior Action, Inc.
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre
  • South Carolina Legal Services
  • Sterling Land Trust
  • Taylors Free Medical Clinic, Inc.
  • Tourism Leadership Council
  • Triune Mercy Center
  • United Ministries
  • Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
  • Upstate Homeless Coalition of South Carolina
  • Urban League of the Upstate
  • Wonder of Learning
  • YWCA
  • United Way