Our board and staff are committed to building and sustaining a culture of learning. Below are just some of the resources that influence our strategic approach. Please share your ideas and insights by dropping us a note.

Opportunity Insights


A national study from Opportunity Insights, formerly the Equality of Opportunity Project, found that a child born in Greenville County to the bottom quintile of family income has only a 4.7% chance of reaching the top quintile. That puts Greenville County 24th worst out of 2478 counties in the United States.

Leadership On The Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading


In this book, renowned leadership experts Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky describe the effectiveness of adaptive leadership and why we often make the mistake of applying technical solutions to adaptive challenges.

The Dawn of System Leadership


In order to build a shared understanding of complex problems, we must be able to see the larger system in which we operate. Hollingsworth strives to become a system leader that works together for the health of the whole system rather than just pursue symptomatic fixes to individual pieces. This article by Peter Senge, Hal Hamilton and John Kania has influenced our path toward system leadership.

Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations


When it comes to our financial capital, we know that grantmaking alone is not enough. With $350 million in liquid and real estate assets, Hollingsworth is seeking ways to put more of its capital to work. Impact investing provides opportunities to make a financial difference beyond our grantmaking and this guide from Mission Investors Exchange is a helpful tool in our exploration.

Is America Dreaming: Understanding Social Mobility


In this video, Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institute illustrates how inequality affects the American Dream, revealing dismal prospects for underprivileged Americans to move up the socioeconomic ladder.

Reconstructing Philanthropy from the Outside In: A Funder-to-Funder Point of View


Providing unrestricted grants over the long-term, peer learning, listening to beneficiaries and building great boards may seem like obvious strategies to successful investments, yet these are not widely practiced in the field of philanthropy. We like Paul Shoemaker’s simple approach outlined in this whitepaper, and we will continue to refine our practices to meet and exceed the field in which we work.

Collective Impact


This seminal article by John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG speaks to our belief that no single organization can solve complex social challenges. There are many frameworks for collective action and this is just one example that influences our focus on collective versus isolated impact. Check out the Collective Impact Forum to learn more.

Working Well with Grantees: A Guide for Foundation Program Officers


The power dynamic between funders and grantees often poses a challenge by erecting unnecessary barriers to working more closely together. We want to be better partners with our grantees and aim to adhere to the practices outlined in this report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Why It’s So Hard To Get Ahead in The South


An article in the Atlantic speaks to the economic mobility challenges in the South and Charlotte’s response to its last place ranking in economic mobility among the nation’s 50 largest cities.

The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: A CEO Perspective


We are always curious about the challenges and concerns that our peers identify but also their ideas about promising practices and the potential for a bright future ahead. In this report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, over 160 foundation CEOs from around the country provide their views on the future of philanthropy and the unique role of foundations.

The Power of Habit


Individual and institutional habits influence the leadership, systems and culture of our community. In order to create lasting change we need to alter the habits that serve as barriers to progress and nurture those habits that create opportunity. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg helps us understand the scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. He gives us a window into understanding human nature and its potential for transformation.

Capacity Building 3.0: How to Strengthen the Social Ecosystem


Building capacity at the individual, organizational and ecosystem level is critical to creating impact on the complex social challenges facing our community. This briefing paper from the TCC Group helps define the different elements of capacity building in the social sector.