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The Self Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-07

At A Glance

The Self Family Foundation

(formerly The Self Foundation)

120 Main St.

Greenwood, SC United States 29646-2763

Telephone: (864) 941-4011


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $32,778,890

Total giving: $1,094,554





Additional Contact Information

E-mail and tel. for Mamie W. Nicholson:; (864) 953-2441


Incorporated in 1942 in SC

Purpose and Activities

Primary interest is in health care, (K-12) education, and early childhood development. Support also for civic and community service, activities for youth and the elderly, and cultural and historical activities; grants mainly for programs or special purposes.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts, Culture & History

Increasing awareness of and access to activities that broaden the horizons and knowledge of all residents, within Greenwood, South Carolina.

Civic & Community

Improving neighborhood resources and community attitudes and services, emphasizing the utilization of existing facilities, skills and talents to create a stronger, more unified community through collaboration with organizations, businesses, public institutions and residents.


Enhancing children's school readiness and ability to achieve educational goals with success; working together with schools, families, youth-serving organizations and other community organizations to support the intellectual and social development of young people.

Health & Human Services

Promoting individual and community wellness, prevention and literacy.

Self Family Foundation Next Generation Fund

The foundation believes that a family foundation serves as a vehicle to strengthen family identity and cooperation, promote the importance of working together to continue the family heritage of service to the community, and provide an opportunity to practice democracy within the family that cuts across family branches. With this in mind, the trustees established an Adjunct Board composed of the members of the fourth generation of the Self family over eighteen years of age. The Adjunct Board will develop its own funding guidelines consistent with those of the foundation. It will consider proposals submitted to it via a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and may recommend funding to the foundation board of up to 5 percent of the annual payout requirement. Special areas of interest of the fourth generation include: early childhood development; adolescent pregnancy prevention; efforts to expand after-school programs that reach disadvantaged youth; environmental awareness to approaches around sustainable growth; and the promotion of performing and visual arts in youth development and community building.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Community improvement
  • Education
  • Health
  • Senior services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $32,778,890 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,733,279

Total giving: $1,094,554

Qualifying distributions: $1,538,182

Giving activities include:

$1,094,554 for 52 grants (high: $400,000; low: $1,000)