Inclusive Economic Prosperity in the South

Inclusive Economic Prosperity IconWhat is Philanthropy's Role in Economic Development?

To understand the role that philanthropy can play in inclusive economic prosperity, it helps to examine the landscape that contributes to a healthy economic ecosystem that is both equitable and innovative.

The Council on Foundations and our partners, The Spartanburg County Foundation and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, hosted a dynamic two-day convening at the innovation centers of two prominent Southern corporations — Milliken and BMW Manufacturing — where our attendeesl considered the factors that make up a healthy local and regional economy that strives to be inclusive and promotes innovation. Our task was to delve into the role foundations can play in this unique approach to creating a regional economic innovation ecosystem. We immersed attendees in the economic drivers of the South and what constitutes an innovation ecosystem. We exchanged ideas with subject matter experts and peers on topics such as community leadership, capitalization and impact investing, resource alignment, and competitive talent development.


Keynote Speaker

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer
Co-Founder, Ballmer Group
Chairman, Los Angeles Clippers

Convening Facilitators

Mike Green

Mike Green
Co-Founder
ScaleUp Partners

Chris Gergen

Chris Gergen
CEO, Forward Impact and Founder
Forward Cities


We would like to recognize Council member The Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations for their collaboration and partnership in helping us to host this learning event in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support. Their commitment to this event has and continues to help the Council on Foundations advance the field of philanthropy.


Lead Sponsors


The duke Endowment LogoThe Spartanburg County FoundationWells Fargo Logo


Contributing Partners


BMW LogoMary Reynolds Babcock Foundation LogoMilliken & Co. Logo


Resource Partners


Coastal Community Foundation LogoCommunity Foundation of Greenville LogoThe Graham Foundation LogoUnited Way of Greenville CountyJolley Foundatin LogoUnited Way of the Piedmont LogoMary Black Foundation LogoSpartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce LogoLOCUS LogoHollingsworth Funds LogoSpartanburg Regional Foundation


Regional Partner


Southeastern Council of Foundations


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