Fast facts

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is a place where generous people from diverse backgrounds come together to make our community a better place.

Collectively, they have created the largest grant maker - public or private - in the Memphis area. Together, we fulfill our mission of strengthening our community through philanthropy.

  • Founded 1969
  • Total historical gifts received from our donors: $1.2 billion
  • Total historical grants made to nonprofit organizations: $968 million
  • As of FY 2014, 46th largest community foundation in the nation by asset size

  • Value of endowment: $9.4 million
  • Assets under management: $451.2 million

Grant map

Over the past five years, the Community Foundation - together with our donors - made more than 30,000 grants totaling $446.7 million to 3,386 distinct organizations. Click here for an interactive map showing the location and recipient of our grants.

FY 2016

FY 2016 was quite a year, with new records for both gifts to the Foundation and grants to the community.

  • Gifts received from our donors: $195.2 million
  • Grants made to nonprofit organizations: $143.4 million. The vast majority of grants are advised - or directed - by the individuals, families, and organizations who established funds with us.

FY 2016 grant allocations included:

  • 6,433 grants to 1,848 distinct nonprofit organizations.

    Click on the table at right for the breakdown of giving areas in FY 2016.

  • Of those, Community Partnership Fund grants totaled $509,141 to 27 nonprofits. See grants.
  • GiVE 365 grants totaling $40,000 to seven nonprofits. See grants.

  • 84 percent of grants went to local organizations.

By the numbers:

  • 46 new funds opened in 2016 totaling $6,9 million. This represents:
    31 donor-advised funds
    1 field of interest fund
    8 nonprofit funds
    1 scholarship fund
    5 special project funds

  • 25.6 percent increase in grants over FY 2015 (to $143.4 million)