2017 Community Impact Report

The Upstate Mediation Center proudly reports its 18th year of continued growth and success in the Upstate!  In 2017, the UMC conducted a record 681 mediations across all of its programs, and served 1,423 clients and impacted over 850 children.  This is nearly a 10% increase in mediations in one year.

UMC Program Numbers:

  • Family Court Mediations – 508
  • Magistrate Court Mediations – 154
  • Civil Court Mediations – 12
  • Community Mediations – 4
  • Community – Police Mediations – 4

UMC Clients:

  • Greenville County – 54%
  • Spartanburg County – 16%
  • Anderson – 8%
  • Pickens – 9%
  • Other Surrounding Counties – 13%

Notable Successes:

  • The Magistrate Mediation Program has maintained an 80% settlement rate throughout its history and these settlements serve to reduce the caseload in the Greenville County Magistrate Court system.
  • The UMC Magistrate Mediation Program, Community Mediation Program, and Community – Police Mediation Program all operate at no cost to the litigants and interested parties.
  • The UMC is able to offer affordable and free mediation services because of the support of its volunteer mediators, a dedicated group of specially trained individuals who have a passion for helping the community to resolve conflict peacefully. In 2017, UMC mediators volunteered 1342 in-kind hours—a contribution value of $201,300
  • In 2017, the UMC welcomed 16 new trained volunteer mediators.
  • UMC has instituted off-site mediations in the surrounding counties of Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry making our services more accessible to our clients.
  • 33% of UMC’s Family and Civil Mediation participants paid a nominal fee or no fee at all due to their income bracket.
  • 397 litigants that could not afford legal counsel were able to seek resolution through mediation.

2017 Generous Grantors that enabled us to fulfill our mission:

  • SC Bar Foundation – $30,000
  • Greenville County – $20,000
  • John I. Smith Charities – $20,000