Government partnerships

The Community Foundation has a long history of working with local government to improve our area’s neighborhoods, schools, and infrastructure.

Community Foundation/ government partner history

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has served as:

  • Administrator of the Better Memphis Fund. which pays expungement costs for people convicted of certain nonviolent offenses who have fulfilled all requirements of their sentences. 

  • Administrator of the Sexual Assault Resource Fund, which enables citizens to help clear the Memphis Police Department's rape kit backlog
  • Administrator of the City’s Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, over $2.4 million since 2000
  • Partner with HCD, Assisi Foundation, and Community Development Council on Greater Memphis Neighborhoods plan, a comprehensive plan to revitalize our neighborhoods

  • Founding partner in Community LIFT and its affiliate, River City Capital

  • Fiscal agent for Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team

  • Fiscal agent for the Memphis Police Foundation

  • Fiscal agent for the County’s purchase of the Shelby Farms Greenline

  • Fiscal agent for Harahan Bridge Trail Project

  • $250,000 investor in MCS/SCS Teacher Effectiveness Initiative

  • Funder of MCS/SCS Demonstration Garden at Grahamwood School

  • Fiscal agent for the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security

Government groups that convene regularly at the Community Foundation

  • Shelby County Government, Office of Early Childhood & Youth

  • Shelby County Government, Ryan White Program

  • Shelby County Pension Task Force

  • City of Memphis, Division of Housing & Community Development

  • Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning & Development

  • Memphis and Shelby County Health Department

  • Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability