Annual Fund Giving Levels
1929 Club ($1929 and above)
In 1929 a group of women formed the Junior Charities of Greenville which later became the Junior League of Greenville. The 1929 Club honors these founding members. Dedicated to securing the future of the JLG, donors at this level give a one-time gift of $1929 or more. Gifts may be split over three years.
Opportunity ($1000 – $1928)
The Opportunity Shop opened its doors in 1948. Renamed the Nearly New Shop in 1976, it continues to be the chief fundrasier of the JLG.
Carolina Creatures ($500-$999)
In 1994 and 1997, the JLG brought 21 prehistoric, robotic creatures to Greenville. Each exhibit was open 2 days a week for 2 1/2 months. These successful fundraisers generated funding for JLG grants and established a strong on-going partnership with Greenville County Schools.
Clowning Around for Kids ($250-$499)
The JLG brough the “world’s largest circus under the big top” to Greenville Municipal Stadium in 1988 and 1991. These weeks of fanfare and educational circus-themed events yielded tremendous fundraising results.
Before the era of home renovation television, League members rolled up their sleeves and tackled two major renovations projects during Showhouse ’81 in the Hampton-Pinckney Neighborhood (17 Pinckney Street) and Showhouse ’84 in downtown’s Court Square (condos located close to the Westin). Members rebuilt and decorated these residences. Generating funds through ticket sales for tours and hosted events, the JLG members turned their neighborhood revitalization work into two productive community fundraisers.
Recipe for Success ($100-$149)
The JLG published multiple successful cookbooks to enhance our fundraising efforts. “Junior Charities Cookbook”, “Greenville Hosts and Hostesses”, “300 Years of Caroline Cooking” and “Uptown Down South” kept the JLG in the cookbook business for 65 years.
Oscar Night® America ($75-$99)
In 2002 the JLG was approved as an official host of the national Oscar Night® America fundraiser gala program, the first city in South Carolina and the first Junior League with this distinction.
Follies Cast ($25-$74)
This annunal musical revue served as one of the original fundraisers for the JLG and continued into the 1940s. The performances starring members and their spouses were scheduled over multiple nights and often were directed by professionals hired from New York. The promise of stunning costumes, riveting dance numbers, sparkling skits and local comedic talent caused tickets to sell out year after year.
The Christmas time JLG fundraiser selling and delivering poinsettias which raised funds to support expenses of our current JLG Headquarters.
Thanks to our fundraisers such as these and the support of our membership, the JLG became debt-free in 2010. Our past successes allow for our future fundraising efforts to focus on our Mission.