Members of Leadership Greenville Class 50 raise more than $40,000 for Rebuild Upstate and YouthBASE

June 27, 2024

Leadership Greenville, the flagship leadership development program of the Greenville Chamber, is pleased to announce the completion of its Class 50 community service projects, which raised a total of $42,897 for Rebuild Upstate and YouthBASE. These projects are a part of nearly 80 individual community service projects completed over the past five decades of Leadership Greenville and continue the program’s longstanding commitment to addressing diverse and pressing needs within the community.

Recognizing the need to provide repairs that allow low-income individuals and families to stay in their homes amid the continued affordable housing crisis, Leadership Greenville Class 50 members raised $19,086 for Rebuild Upstate. Class members also volunteered to build a ramp to help increase mobility for a local homeowner, along with securing in-kind donations from local sponsors.

As part of a second project, Leadership Greenville Class 50 raised $23,811 for YouthBASE to help revitalize the facility’s playground and provide interior updates including new paint and flooring. YouthBASE equips children in kindergarten through second grade with the behavioral, academic, social, and emotional skills needed to success at school, at home, and within the community. In-kind donations from sponsors and volunteer hours were also a part of the project.

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication of Leadership Greenville Class 50 to bring these two impactful projects to completion,” said Dr. Cheryl Garrison, Executive Director of Greenville Chamber Foundation and Director of Talent, Education, and Leadership. “Our class members are humbled to complete community service projects each year as this work continues to be a central part of the Leadership Greenville experience and mission. The Greenville Chamber also looks forward to reviewing applications for our 2025 beneficiaries as we prepare to launch our 51st year of the program.”

Since its founding in 1974, Leadership Greenville has graduated more than 2,400 individuals who have led nearly 80 community service projects across Greenville County. Projects have ranged from working on a master plan for the revitalization of Paris Mountain State Park and helping draft initial concept ideas for the Reedy River Corridor, which later became Falls Park, to updating the Nicholtown Community Center, renovating Greenville’s Miracle Hill house, and developing the conceptual design for Greenville’s urban arts and cultural campus, Heritage Green. A full list of projects is available here.

Non-profit organizations in Greenville County are invited to submit a proposal for Leadership Greenville 2025 class projects through July 15. Once submitted, proposals are reviewed by the new class at its September retreat.


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The Greenville Chamber, now in its 136th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with more than 1400 Investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For information, visit

About Leadership Greenville
Leadership Greenville is the Greenville Chamber’s premier leadership development program designed to inform and prepare qualified leaders for Greenville County. New classes embark each year on a journey to understand the inner workings of our area, including Managed Growth and the Economy, Quality of Life, Human Services, Local Government, Justice, Education and State Government. Since the program began in 1974, there have been more than 2,400 participants.