South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) has selected Sewanee native Janet Cooper as its new director. Cooper will manage the Fund’s daily operations with special emphasis on communications and fund development.
“I am excited to return to the Plateau where I spent my youth and attended college. The region holds a special place in my heart,” said Cooper. Over the years she has returned frequently to the mountain with her husband and four daughters.
“During our first five years this organization has made a real and lasting impact in our community,” said Marshall Graves, SCCF board chair. “Janet brings experience and enthusiasm for our work that will enable South Cumberland Community Fund to realize the vision of hope and prosperity for the Plateau.”
Cooper has 37 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including working for Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn Foundation and, most recently, as Executive Director for the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. “I have moved from the concert hall, to the dugout, and now to the mountain top in my career trajectory,” Cooper said. “I look forward to working with the SCCF board to strengthen the opportunities and lives of the citizens of this beautiful plateau.”
This year, SCCF is celebrating five years of providing support to the Plateau’s nonprofit sector. During that time, the Fund has invested more than $1.1 million in the area through grants, capacity building, and an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) partnership.
On July 1, SCCF awarded grants totaling just over $99,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations from across the region at the Picnic for the Plateau held at Dubose Conference Center. In addition, the fund will award a second round of grants this fall in collaboration with the University of the South’s newly established Internship Philanthropy Program. The recipients of these grants will be announced at the Know Your Worth Conference on October 11.