Deadline Approaching for Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute 2013 Session

November 6, 2012

SPARTANBURG, SC – November 7, 2012 – The deadline to apply or nominate someone for The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute 2013 session is Tuesday, November 20, 2012. 

Each year, 28 dedicated individuals are selected to participate in the seven month leadership training program, which is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skill-set, and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level.  Participants meet one Saturday a month, March – August with a graduation ceremony in September, to increase their ability to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods and in the greater Spartanburg community.  Topics such as developing leadership and organization skills, strengthening communication, leveraging community assets, and thinking strategically will be addressed. 

The Grassroots Leadership Development Institute is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who are already rooted in their communities to gain additional skills that will assist them in being more effective leaders, said John Dargan, president and CEO of the Foundation.  This learning experience empowers and encourages participants to seek out opportunities to make a positive difference throughout Spartanburg County.   Since its inception in 2004, over 200 individuals have graduated from the Institute and serve the community in various leadership roles.

For the past six years, the City of Spartanburg has joined the Foundation as a sponsor by sending several of the City’s local neighborhood leaders through the Institute, thereby increasing their ability to bring about significant change in their neighborhoods. 

For more information regarding the Institute or to obtain an application, please contact Tara Weese at The Spartanburg County Foundation at (864) 582.0138 or visit

The Spartanburg County Foundation
The Spartanburg County Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs.  Established in 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina.  Additional information about the Foundation is available at