Springs Close Foundation milestone: $100 million in grants

news@fortmilltimes.comDecember 15, 2012 

— The Springs Close Foundation’s Board of Directors recently celebrated 70 years of grant-making and 20 years of service from its Community Advisory Committee that includes awarding $100 million in grants to local organizations and causes.

The Community Advisory Committee is a group of non-family community members who help inform the Foundations’ grantmaking.

To mark these milestones, the Foundation will launch the “Fabric of Community” awards next year, honoring individuals and organizations that uphold Col. Elliott White Springs’ legacy of service to others.

“Giving back to these communities is a value that we hold dear,” said Board Chair Anne Springs Close, whose father, Col. 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.”

Traditionally, the Foundation focused its grantmaking on three primary areas: recreation and environment; public education and early childhood; and community service and health. In 2009, it temporarily changed its focus to helping communities provide support services for food, shelter and medical assistance to those in need.

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