The Legacy of Giving Back
Welcome to The Springs Close Foundation. Built from the prosperity of the Springs Textile Mills and driven by Colonel Elliott White Springs’ legacy of giving back to those who helped his family prosper, our roots run deep in the communities we serve.
Times have changed a lot since Col. Springs started his Foundation in 1942. The places where the Springs Close Foundation makes grants — in Chester, Lancaster and York Counties — are different places in many ways. The current economic recession is a big challenge but our commitment is unwavering.
In response to the high unemployment and economic distress in our communities, The Springs Close Foundation currently is focusing its efforts and resources to provide critical basic support — food, shelter and medical assistance — to those in need. We will only consider grant applications from qualified nonprofit organizations that can effectively deliver these services. The Foundation also will continue its no-interest student loan program.
Fabric of the Community Awards
At its November 21, 2012 meeting, The Springs Close Foundation’s Board of Directors celebrated 70 years of grantmaking and 20 years of service from its Community Advisory Committee, a group of non-family community members who help inform the Foundations’ grantmaking.
Those anniversaries coincide with another milestone, as the Foundation also passed the $100 million mark in grantmaking in its service areas of Chester, Lancaster and eastern York Counties this year.
To mark these milestones, the Foundation will launch the “Fabric of Community” awards next year, honouring individuals and organizations that uphold Colonel Springs’ legacy of service to others. Details about the awards program will be available in early 2013.
“Giving back to these communities is a value that we hold dear,” said Board Chair Anne Springs Close, whose father, Colonel Elliott White Springs, created the Foundation in May 1942. “He felt very strongly that the money made came from the efforts of the people who worked in the mills and that it should go back to them.”
The Fabric of the Community awards will be bestowed on one individual, nonprofit organization or business from Lancaster, Chester and Fort Mill each year. Each winner receives $10,000 to direct to a nonprofit organization in the communities served by The Springs Close Foundation. Nominations come from former members of the Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee. Current Community Advisory Committee members select finalists and choose the award winners. The Foundation will give these awards for the next five years, culminating on its 75th anniversary, for a total of $150,000 by 2017.
Foundation Helps Feed Hungry Families
The Springs Close Foundation is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the Fort Mill School District to send food home every Friday during the school year in the backpacks of children at risk of hunger on the weekends when school meals are not available. A $10,000 grant from the Foundation will start the program for 100 students attending the district's seven elementary schools.
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