In FY 2016, the Community Partnership Fund distributed $509,140 to area nonprofits through 27 grants in three categories.

The Community Partnership Fund is for donors who want to pool their dollars to make nonprofits stronger and our community more vibrant. Grants are decided by committees of community volunteers.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants

These grants are awarded to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations. Grants are to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the organization. FY 2016 grants totaled $233,918. Read the Daily News article about these grants.

Alzheimer's Day Services of Memphis, Inc. ($19,755) for technology upgrades that will equip all managers with updated software and provide computers for the team leaders. This update will enable ADS to communicate better with families, donors, and the community.

The Baddour Center ($4,624) to create a mobile-friendly website, creating a more user-friendly and engaging experience for web visitors. 

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee ($7,669) for a new website with increased functionality for volunteers, donors, and clients of multiple programs and its new social enterprise ventures.

Community Development Council ($7,500) to develop an organizational identity that will unify and communicate its diverse programs, including Livable Memphis.

Facing History and Ourselves, Inc. ($15,000) for an evaluation system, implemented by independent researchers,  for two mentor training programs conducted by Facing History in partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. The formative evaluation will identify how Facing History training and methods are effective, identify challenges, make recommendations for improvement, and develop tools for measuring program impact. 

Memphis Child Advocacy Center ($20,000) for a new website and cloud-based constituent management technology that allows for greatly enhanced outreach, communication, and relationship-building with donors and volunteers. 

National Ornamental Metal Museum ($22,000)
to fund a feasibility study for a new, state-of-the-art building that would include larger galleries, improved storage facilities, and a multi-purpose event space.

Pink Palace Museum ($20,000) to develop a mobile app for visitors - a "digital docent" - that will bring a new level of interactive technology that is adaptable for each individual visitor. This app will make available expanded information about artifacts in new exhibits, as well as related artifacts in the larger collection. 

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region ($22,958) for a multi-faceted volunteer capacity building project to better recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers to serve in high-quality volunteer assignments. 

Porter-Leath ($7,500) to implement the evidence-based Aggression Replacement Training (ART) model in its residential group home, Sarah's Place. Sarah's Place houses up to 24 teens in state custody who have behavioral issues and prepares them for transition to foster care.

Shelby County Books from Birth ($7,500) to partner with local pediatricians, who will use the resources of the Imagination Library to increase Shelby County Books from Birth's capacity to promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families via the Reach Out and Read program.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy ($10,000) for supplemental database software and tablets for rangers, connecting its various web functions and tracking software, and ensuring a smooth transition into the new operations at Shelby Farms Park.

SRVS ($25,000) to create a new business development plan. SRVS will work with a national health care consulting company to realign business processes to a managed care model, improve services, and measure outcomes so that it can compete and thrive in a new funding environment.

United Housing, Inc. ($9,945) for nonprofit-specific accounting program Abila, which is software to aid in collecting, storing, and accessing financial data. This software will help United Housing enhance the quality and effectiveness of its programs through data-driven decision-making.

William R. Moore College of Technology ($29,000) for hardware purchases for computer lab. Moore Tech has launched a program that co-enrolls Shelby County School high-school students and sets them on a pathway to high-tech skills, national certifications, and college degrees. The new computer laboratory allows students to finish their bachelor's degrees online with an affiliated four-year college.

Wolf River Conservancy ($3,750) for the Wolf River Greenway Ambassador and River Guide Training Program, which addresses the ongoing need for well-trained paddling instructors and river guides and trains volunteer "Greenway Ambassadors." These well-trained volunteers will help the Wolf River Conservancy accommodate the steadily increasing demand for river trips and enhance the experience for the the growing number of users of the Wolf River Greenway.

Workers Interfaith Network ($1,716) for computer upgrades to better connect with supporters and communicate the story of the organization. Its technology plan includes purchasing two new laptop computers and switching to NationBuilder, a fully integrated marketing tool that will allow WIN to manage its website, donor and member records, and electronic communications from a single operating system.

Community-wide grants

These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. FY 2016 grants totaled $110,222. 

Clayborn Temple Restoration Fund ($10,000) to fund redevelopment planning of Clayborn Temple, an architecturally significant church building that was a centerpiece of the civil rights movement in Memphis.

Community LIFT ($10,000)
to fund a documentary project by filmmaker Emily Yellin called Striking Voices about the men of the 1968 sanitation strike and their families.

Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being ($25,000) for Mid-South AIDS Fund prevention grants.

Le Bonheur Community Health & Well-Being ($222) for bus transportation for elementary students to the EPA health fair to learn about the hazards and safe remediation of lead paint in homes.

Memphis College of Art ($25,000) for new lighting outside the Overton Park building.

Strengthening Communities ($40,000) a collaborative funding effort of the Community Foundation, the University of Memphis, and United Way of the Mid-South to support neighborhood-based projects and capacity building efforts that bring University of Memphis faculty and students together with nonprofit organizations. Learn more.

Intermediary grants

These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2016 grants totaled $165,000.

Community Alliance for the Homeless ($30,000)
 works to develop a comprehensive system to help end homelessness and coordinates local agencies that serve homeless individuals.


Community Development Council ($60,000) provides capacity assessments, training programs, and technical assistance for its member organizations working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods.

Community LIFT ($50,000) focuses on neighborhood development and planning, creating partnerships and securing funding from public and private sources to make sound investments in neighborhoods and community development organizations, primarily in Binghampton, Frayser, and South Memphis.

Memphis Leadership Foundation ($25,000) supports the growth and capacity of faith-based organizations through training and technical assistance in governance, outcome measurement, resource development, and internal operations.