Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

In 2015, the Community Foundation’s grant committee underwent a comprehensive evaluation of its grantmaking to determine where its Community Partnership Fund dollars could have the most meaningful impact. After a year of evaluation, the committee decided to spend $300,000 annually, for at least the next three years, on strengthening organizations serving K-12 students in Memphis during their out-of-school time.

The Community Foundation’s grant committee spent nearly a year researching and developing the Beyond the Classroom pilot program. The Foundation is partnering with Seeding Success, which provides backbone support to enhance the alignment and effectiveness of youth-serving organizations, helping build organizational capacity and measurably improve student outcomes.

In this 2016-17 pilot year, Seeding Success is developing curricula and training that will strengthen five local nonprofits: Latino Memphis, Porter-Leath, Literacy Mid-South, Communities in Schools, and Knowledge Quest.

We look forward to reporting to the community the results of this investment. If you would like to know more about supporting this initiative, contact Executive Vice President & COO Sutton Mora Hayes at (901) 722-0054 or smorahayes [at] cfgm [dot] org.