Entries by Mary Black Foundation

Adopting a Health Equity Lens

Adopting a Health Equity Lens During a recent meeting of the Mary Black Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the following statement regarding health equity was approved: The Mary Black Foundation believes that health and wellness are basic human rights. A health equity framework guides us in achieving our mission to invest in people and communities for […]

Mary Black Foundation Announces Staff Promotions

This week, the Mary Black Foundation announced several internal staff promotions.  “We have a very knowledgeable and talented team of nine people who make the Mary Black Foundation a successful funder, convener, and partner in Spartanburg County,” said Molly Talbot-Metz, President & CEO.  “I’m thrilled to be able to make these changes within our team […]

Spartanburg Families Welcome the Children’s Museum of The Upstate in Spartanburg

Today’s blog is written by Nancy Halverson, President & CEO, The Children’s Museum of The Upstate The Children’s Museum of The Upstate (TCMU) is the nation’s 7th largest children’s museum and 10th largest in the world, with the mission to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play for all children. With funding […]

Healthy Families Initiative Six-Month Update

Dec. 31, 2017 marked the end of the first six-months of Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) broad expansion across Spartanburg County through the Healthy Families Initiative (HFI). HFI is a multi-level, multi-stakeholder, multiple-year focused effort, aimed at normalizing parenting support across the County. The expansion of Triple P through this work is the first step […]

Elected Officials and Local Law Enforcement Co-Host the First Walk of 2018

Today’s blog is written by Louise Fagan, member of the HC50 Steering Group. For the second year, Spartanburg County challenges residents to become more physically active. The HealthyCommunity50 (HC50) steering group is organizing four Walk with Your Elected Official events. In 2018 we will encourage more participation by partnering with different sectors in the community. […]

Erin’s Law

Today’s blog is co-authored by Emily Miller, LMSW – Victim and Family Advocate for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, & Union and Polly Edwards-Padgett, Project Director for Connect Spartanburg. In 2014, Erin’s Law was passed in South Carolina, requiring school districts to provide age-appropriate education regarding sexual abuse in grades PreK-12th.  Representatives from the […]

Contec, Inc. Earns Working Well Recognition

Today, we highlight the recent recognition of Contec, Inc. by Working Well, an evidence-based wellness strategy for employers in SC.  Contec, Inc. achieved Platinum status in the following five categories by meeting best practice standards in promoting well-being in the workplace: Financial Wellbeing Incentives & Communication Nutrition & Food Environment Risk Assessment & Outreach Tobacco […]

A Day with Allison Black Cornelius

On October 24th, Spartanburg’s Joint Funders welcomed Allison Black Cornelius for a one-day workshop, “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” Kathy Dunleavy, President and CEO of the Mary Black Foundation, shared, “On behalf of the Joint Funders, we were delighted to provide this training for our community. Whether you […]

Making Literacy a Top Priority in South Carolina

Literacy 2030 is an initiative promoted through the SC State Library. Literacy 2030 unites stakeholders from across the state from a variety of sectors, toward the common goal of breaking the inter-generational cycle of low literacy in South Carolina. Designed by a group of library and literacy service providers, Literacy 2030 seeks to address SC’s […]