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The Phifer-Johnson Foundation


The PhifPhiferJohnson_Logo.jpger-Johnson Foundation is a family foundation which funds initiatives in Spartanburg County, South Carolina and Burke County, North Carolina. The foundation’s primary focus is education—from early childhood to higher learning. Our interests also extend to the arts environment and civic engagement in these two communities. Recently funded projects include the establishment of Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg, an innovative school that aims to empower “young people from under-resourced neighborhoods to become confident, productive, and principled members of society through excellence in academics” and support for a study to advance heightened collaboration and cooperation between Wofford College and Converse College. In North Carolina, the History Museum of Burke County seeks to promote the collection, preservation, educational interpretation, and display of those artifacts, documents, and events most representative of the area. 

In May 2016, the Phifer-Johnson Foundation and Johnson Collection received the Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s highest arts distinction. In its commendation, the state's Arts Commission paid tribute to the Johnson family's record of philanthropy: "Equally dedicated to arts advancement and arts accessibility, the Johnsons generously share their vision, energy, passion and resources to benefit the arts in South Carolina."

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