Our Vision

To enhance the quality of life for all people in our community.


The Daniel-Mickel Foundation, located in Greenville, SC, evolved from the philanthropy of its founders, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Daniel. Established in 1948 by the Daniels as The Daniel Foundation, it allowed the Daniels to contribute to local hospitals, churches, and college students in need of financial aid. As profits from the Daniels’ construction business grew, so too did the foundation’s ability to make significant contributions to Greenville’s and the Upstate’s landscape.

In 1993, under the longtime leadership of the Daniels’ nephew, Mr. Buck Mickel, The Daniel Foundation was renamed The Daniel-Mickel Foundation. The foundation’s goal has always been to enhance the quality of life for all people in its community, and it focuses its funding on education, arts and culture, health and human services, and the environment. To date, The Daniel-Mickel Foundation has contributed more than $57 million to organizations in and around Greenville, SC. The Foundation’s Trustees are Minor Mickel Shaw, Charles C. Mickel, Katie Shaw Howell, Carter Shaw Lowrance, and Clark Mickel.

Our Mission

To provide support to effective nonprofit organizations which strengthen and impact our community, both economically and socially.

Grant Process

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN GRANT CYCLES: Applications for the next grant cycle are due June 30, 2024 and will be reviewed in late September 2024. Grant awards are suspended until that time.

We welcome applications from nonprofit organizations that meet our Grant Guidelines. The trustees review grant applications three times per year, on or near the 15th of February, August, and November. Future applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on the 30th of December, June, and September. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the following business day. Applicants are notified of our decision via letter approximately two weeks after our review dates. A brief final report is required at the end of the grant period for all grantees.

Previous Grant Recipients Include:

  • USC-Moore School of Business
  • Greenville Theatre
  • Furman University
  • The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
  • Roper Mountain Science Center
  • The Governor’s School for the Arts
  • The Governor’s School for Science and Math
  • Clemson University
  • Metropolitan Arts Council
  • YMCA-Cleveland St.
  • Christ Church Episcopal School
  • A Child’s Haven
  • Greenville County Museum of Art
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Palmetto Conservation Foundation
  • Greenville Tech Foundation
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Meyer Center
  • Artisphere
  • The Nature Conservancy

Our Priorities

Education, arts and culture, health and human services, and the environment.