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The mission of the USC Upstate Foundation is to support the University of South Carolina Upstate in all of its educational, research, instructional, scientific, literary, service, charitable and outreach endeavors. 

Chartered in 1973 as the Carolina Piedmont Foundation, and renamed in 2009, the USC Upstate Foundation exists to seek and accept gifts of charitable, benevolent, cultural and educational purposes for the exclusive benefit of the University.

Accredited as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Foundation has raised or otherwise administered contributions, grants, bond funds and endowments totaling over $75 million, primarily for capital construction, laboratory, scholarship and endowment purposes.

University facilities made possible in whole or part by the Foundation include the Palmetto and Magnolia House Residence Halls, the G. B. Hodge Arena and other Spartan Athletics venues, the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, the Rotary International Peace Park, John M. Rampey Center, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business & Economics, and numerous campus land acquisitions.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors oversees Foundation fundraising efforts, makes grants to the University for strategic initiatives and manages endowment and current funds totaling over $10 million.

USC Upstate Foundation Annual Reports:

2015 - 2016 | 2014 - 20152013 - 20142012 - 20132011-2012 2010 - 2011 
2009 - 2010 | 2008 - 2009 | 2007 - 2008 | 2006 - 2007

Latest News

USC Upstate Dedicates Two New Gardens in Susan Jacobs Arboretum

Thanks to generous donors, the University of South Carolina Upstate is planting for the future.

“Putting things back in to the earth is an act of greater good and one that has great depth,” said David Culp, horticulturalist as he attended a tree-dedication service during USC Upstate’s 13th annual Arbor Day celebration. “A garden has the ability to take you away. This is what we give to the world. You are planting for the future.”

His words rang true for donors Andrea and Greg Shurburtt and P. Kathryn “Katie” Hicks and her husband Dr. Larry Roël who cut the ribbons during Arbor Day for two newly named gardens in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum at USC Upstate.

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Anne Porchér Z. Perrin Endowment Supports Students, University

Anne Porchér Z. Perrin didn’t attend the University of South Carolina Upstate, but she sees the University as vital to the Spartanburg community. Three years ago, Mrs. Perrin’s husband, Pat, established a scholarship to honor her for her unwavering support for him, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Two New Gardens Named at USC Upstate’s Arboretum

Donations by Andrea and Greg Shurburtt and P. Kathryn “Katie” Hicks and her husband Dr. Larry Roël to the Susan Jacobs Arboretum at the University of South Carolina Upstate have provided for two newly named gardens that will further enhance the beautiful landscape of this natural setting.

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Gramling Family Donates Final
Parcel of Family Land to USC Upstate

On Friday, December 18, John Gramling II signed papers donating the final parcel of land from his family to the University of South Carolina Upstate. This transfer of land, which comprises the University’s opening gateway and the International Rotary Peace Park along East Campus Boulevard, was committed by the Gramling family in 2000 in order to fulfill the University Campus Master Plan. The documents now signed complete that process.

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Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Director of the USC Upstate Foundation

Meredith N. Brunen, Ed.D

Director of Development and Foundation Scholarships

Director of Annual Giving
Stephen Frey

Director of Advancement Services
Yolanda Robinson

Director of Alumni Relations
Joshua Jones

Administrative Assistant
Samantha Bauer

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