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Spartanburg wins support for early-childhood Pay for Success (PFS) effort

Wellville Five community Spartanburg, South Carolina was selected to receive support from the Institute for Child Success (ICS) to advance Pay for Success (PFS) strategies in early childhood education. Kindergarten readiness is one of Spartanburg’s five Way to Wellville focus areas. Read more in the ICS press release.

This PFS effort is part of a larger initative by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. A list of all SIF PFS grantees and subgrantees is here.

PFS is one of several sustainable financing strategies we are advancing in the Wellville communities to align capital with outcomes. is a good place to learn more.

We look forward to connecting investors, solution providers, and Wellville communities to create investable markets for health!

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Spartanburg City Council acknowledges, apologizes for systemic racism

Last Monday the Spartanburg City Council approved unanimously a “Healing, Reconciling and Unity” resolution, acknowledging “the historical antecedents of systemic racism” and apologizing to residents for “racial injustices and long-lasting inequities that have resulted from those policies.” The unprecedented resolution also enumerates specific actions Council members will take, including to “promote racial equity through all policies approved by City Council” and “support community efforts to amplify concerns about racist policies and practices.”

Close the gap: Racial equity is fundamental to our health

There is so much in our hearts and minds following these tumultuous past few months and intense past few days. This is a moment to consider the causes of the consequences that are now on full display. It’s time to call out what led to such health disparities and what will it take to improve outcomes for all.

All Hands on Deck

When Covid-19 hit the US, we asked ourselves: Now that everyone is just trying to stay alive and save jobs, is Wellville just a distraction? We can’t just preach about the long term and what people want to achieve by the end of the Wellville project while they are busy responding to the short term. Instead, we tried a different question: How can we build a better long-term future even as we address current needs?

Notes from the annual Wellville Gathering

A this year’s Wellville Gathering, teams from the Wellville 5 communities explored what it will take to shift long-term thinking and action among institutions, people and systems.

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Well.

Kathy Dunleavy reflects on Wellville and the future of philanthropy: “Our tagline is ‘Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Well.’ When I think about Wellville in the context of philanthropy, [Wellville founder] Esther [Dyson] was extremely bold and brave. I hope this is just the beginning of a new type of philanthropy.”

The 2018 Wellville Gathering

The theme of the 2018 Wellville Gathering was to ask a simple question: What story do we want to tell at the end of the 10-year Wellville project, on December 31, 2024? Each Wellville community answered this question.