The Philanthropy Collaborative

Regional Case Studies

Cherokee County Community Indicators Project
Cherokee County, SC




When leaders, neighbors and friends come together for a single purpose, they can have huge impacts on entire communities. In Cherokee County, South Carolina, the United Way of the Piedmont, the Cherokee County Community Foundation and the Upstate Workforce Investment Board formed a partnership in 2009 to conduct a community indicators project that would eventually be called "Cherokee 2020". The project was seeded with the help of two generous seed grants totaling $15,000. Over the long-term, the total economic impacts of this relatively modest investment grows significantly to almost $900,000 in transactions and half a million dollars in additional GDP. Also of note, the indirect taxes of about $28,000 recouped from the efforts of Cherokee 2020 easily surpass the original $15,000 investment.

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