Peer Event

Inclusive Economic Prosperity in the South

The Council, The Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations spent a day and a half convening in the South to focus on community philanthropy''s potential as an engine for inclusive community and economic development.

Date & Time


Milliken & Company, Innovation Center
920 Milliken Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Hotel & Travel Information


$119 for Members | $159 for Non-Members

The registration deadline for this event is May 15, 2018. 


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
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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Connect with Council Staff

Stephanie Powers

Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Partnerships

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