Upstate International launches the “25 for 25” fundraising campaign in celebration of its 25th anniversary

March 22, 2023

Upstate International* announced the launch of its “25 for 25” fundraising campaign in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The campaign aims to establish a Founder’s Fund with a goal of raising $25,000 to support the organization’s Language School and language services.

Like many other organizations, Upstate International has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 45+ percent reduction in students and teachers, as well as a loss of in-person event income for almost two years. However, requests for services and classes are now on the rise, and scholarship-based English classes and low-cost international language classes are more needed than ever.

To support the organization in continuing to provide much-needed language services and classes to the community, Upstate International is establishing a Founder’s Fund. The fund will cover material costs, teacher pay, scholarships, and staffing for UI’s Language School and language services.

“We have given Greenville a wonderful international organization full of talent and opportunities,” said the founders of Upstate International, Monique Glass and G. Donald Gibbins. “We believe this 25th Anniversary is the perfect opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and to support the UI Team! We hope you will join us in funding this important and impactful initiative for a Thriving Global Upstate. Contributions can be made in cash, by credit card, PayPal, and by check. We are most grateful for any contribution.”

Check contributions can be made out to Upstate International and mailed to UI at 9 South Memminger St., Greenville, SC 29601.

Donations via credit card can be made at the following link:

Upstate International is a 501 (C) 3 and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


*About Upstate International

Founded in 1998, Upstate International is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. World Affairs Council Upstate, a program of Upstate International, is dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures. As an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America, Upstate International is part of the largest grassroots organization in the United States that inspires, educates, and engages Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.