Tom McGrath has been hired as the new Director of Development of the Upcountry
History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and will begin duties on October 12.
As director of development, McGrath will be responsible for designing, executing and overseeing a
comprehensive fundraising program to develop donors for the museum, as well as communicate the Museum’s
mission and success to established donors, all with a strong emphasis on supporting the Museum’s education,
exhibit and program initiatives and general operations.
“Tom’s combined non-profit and political fundraising experience, his Upstate and statewide contacts, as
well as his proven success in securing major contributions make him an ideal addition to the Museum’s team,”
said Executive Director Dana L. Thorpe. “His energy, expertise and impressive communication skills will
contribute to the Museum’s continued growth, development and to the preservation of our community’s history.”
A native of Upstate South Carolina, McGrath is a graduate of James F. Byrnes High School and
Newberry College where he received a degree in political science. He also has earned 30 hours in public
administration at the University of South Carolina’s Graduate School.
For the past three years, he was a campaign fundraiser and simultaneously managed fundraising for
multiple bond referendums, local, state and federal campaigns ranging from $50-$775,000. In addition, he was
responsible for organizing fundraising events, as well as identifying and recruiting new donors to ensure growth.
Prior to that, he served as a district and senior district director for the Boy Scouts of America Indian Waters
Council where he managed a service area of more than 4,000 youth members and 1,500 adult volunteers at 150
“”I am excited to be coming ‘home’ to Upstate South Carolina,” said McGrath. “I look forward to
working with everyone at Upcountry History Museum – Furman University in reaching new heights and
celebrating a part of South Carolina that is dear to my heart.”