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J. Marion Sims Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2017-01-12

At A Glance

J. Marion Sims Foundation, Inc.

800 N. White St.

Lancaster, SC United States 29720-2177

Telephone: (803) 286-8772


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $65,577,545

Total giving: $1,826,447





Additional Contact Information

Mailing address: P.O. Box 818, Lancaster SC 29721


Established in 1995 in SC; converted from sale of Elliott White Springs Memorial Hospital, Inc. - The J. Marion Sims Foundation takes its name from one of Lancaster County's most distinguished historical figures. Dr. James Marion Sims was one of the most famous physicians of the time, renowned as a surgical genius and as one of the founders of operative gynecology. He practiced briefly in Lancaster before moving his practice to Alabama, and later to New York City

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports programs and projects of prevention and education that enhance health and wellness in Lancaster County, SC, and the communities of Great Falls and Fort Lawn.

Program Area(s)

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

Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Initiative

The goal of the initiative is to provide opportunities in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls, South Carolina for adults ages 17 and older to improve basic skills and literacy levels in the areas of health, workplace, citizenship and family literacy. The foundation has sought to accomplish this goal through a long-term commitment to strategic grantmaking. It also has sought to promote community collaboration for the development of effective adult literacy programs and services that will make a positive impact on the basic skills and literacy levels of adult residents. For further information, please contact Dr. Mary Henderson, Prog. Off. for Special Initiatives, at E-mail:

Responsive Grants Program

The program encourages applicants to submit innovative ideas in the areas of prevention and education to enhance health and wellness in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn, South Carolina. Proposals should emphasize preventive health care and creative ways of solving long-standing health and wellness concerns. The foundation will favor proposals for specific projects rather than for general operations. Applicants are required to contact Holly C. Furr, Prog. Off. for Responsive Grants, to discuss proposals prior to submission. Interested candidates may download an application from the foundation's Web site or call the foundation office to request an application packet. Application deadlines are Apr. 15 and Oct. 15.

Teachers' Pet Grants Program

The program was designed to assist educators in meeting the evolving needs of students. The program was initiated in 2000-2001 with the aim of inspiring and encouraging creative concepts that have the potential for enhancing community life through the education of local youth. Classroom teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors and other certified support staff (exclusive of after-school programs) serving K -12 students in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls, South Carolina, are invited to apply. Awarding of grants will be based on merit, innovation, completeness, the enhancement of existing instruction, and the availability of funding. Applicants may request up to $500 per project. Recipients are limited to one grant per school year. Deadline is the last business day of each month during the academic calendar year (Aug.-Mar.). For inquiries about the Teachers' Pet Grants Program, please contact Holly Furr, Prog. Off. for Responsive Grants, at E-mail:

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Health
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $65,577,545 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,490,895

Total giving: $1,826,447

Qualifying distributions: $2,636,864