In late 2017, the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis set out to update its strategic plan. Looking ahead to the Community Foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2019, and looking back on the accomplishments of our donors during that first 50 years, the Board sought to answer one primary question: What does the Mid-South need for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis to be now?
During this process, our consultants, Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates, interviewed over 70 community members and surveyed our board and donors with this question in mind. What we heard is that our community would like us to remain a trusted transactional partner, but also expand our role as an accessible, knowledgeable resource to help people transform the way they give. We should be a centralized hub that connects community-minded people and families to the organizations and causes that are working to make our region better.
This document outlines the strategic direction for the Community Foundation for the next three years. It reflects the themes of past strategic documents, while setting a course for the next iteration of what the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will become. We will solidify our place as a partner for our current donors, and work to become a philanthropic hub connecting our existing and future donors to organizations and projects that they care the most about.