UNWAYCAC is supported in by part by the United Way of the Piedmont, a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a local board of volunteers. Their services cover the same three counties the CAC serves: Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union.

The United Way’s mission is to connect, engage and inspire people to transform our community. Their vision is to live united as an educated, financially stable, and healthy community.

The United Way values are:

Excellence: Leverage resources to efficiently and effectively to serve our community. Motivate and enable partners to maximize measurable impact on our community.

Inclusion: Connect, convene, and collaborate within our community.

Innovation: Proactive, bold, and responsive to issues and challenges in our community.

Integrity: Maintain trust and respect through transparency and accountability to stakeholders.

Leadership: Inspire and empower transformative change in our community.

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Mary Black Foundation has been a steadfast supporter. CAC received a $75,000 grant from Mary Black Foundation to help fund its Forensic Assessment and Therapy Programs from 2010 to 2013. The grant allowed CAC to provide 228 forensic services for 60 abused children and to provide much-needed healing therapy to 54 children! Mary Black Foundation also honored our very own Dr. Nancy Henderson with the 2006 Community Champion Award in Early Childhood Development in recognition of her efforts to create a healthy community.


Spartanburg Regional Foundation has provided consistent support. Most recently, CAC received a $10,000 grant from Spartanburg Regional Foundation in 2012. The grant went toward CAC’s Forensic Assessment Program. Thanks to Spartanburg Regional Foundation, CAC provided 248 forensic services for 73 abused children in this community! CAC has been fortunate to receive grants from Spartanburg Regional Foundation in previous years to support its Therapy Program for Abused Children and purchase high-tech equipment for CAC’s medical examination room. Here is the plaque dedicating our medical exam room to Spartanburg Regional Foundation for its generosity:

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Women Giving for Spartanburg awarded a fantastic grant of $38,752.00 for 2013-2014 to fund 14 therapy scholarships for children in foster care. When a child’s parent or caregiver is involved in the abuse or failed to protect the child, the child is removed from the home and placed in DSS custody. Physical or sexual abuse is traumatic enough on its own. Then, the child is removed from the only home he or she knows. These foster children desperately need the life-changing therapy CAC provides, and Women Giving is making sure this happens. Thank you to these local women who are making a huge difference in the Spartanburg community!


CAC is a member of the National Children’s Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that equips communities to provide a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to child victims of abuse. National Children’s Alliance provides training, technical assistance, research, support and education to children’s advocacy centers, communities and child abuse professionals throughout the United States in support of child abuse advocacy and prevention.

National Children’s Alliance provides child advocacy services and a national accreditation system to children’s advocacy centers based on standards and rated criteria, subject to review every five years. NCA provides tools and best-practice solutions to investigation, intervention and case management in situations involving severe child abuse. By supporting the multidisciplinary team approach and the child advocacy center model, NCA helps communities offer necessary medical, emotional, legal, investigative and victim advocacy services in one child friendly location – ensuring that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them.

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Thank you to SmileMakers, who donates a steady stream of “therapy prizes” for our kids. From stuffed animals to bracelets and stickers, SmileMakers is certainly making lots of smiles around CAC.