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Explore weekly segments from the Greater Giving Moment on WKNO 91.1. FM, where Julia McDonald from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis shares how to give smarter and do more good for your causes and your community.

    #GivingTuesday: Much Required

    For the second year, Jackson is spearheading a Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign to support his passions for the arts, education, and helping kids. He’s rallying the community to support the Much Required effort.

    National Community Foundation Week

    Community Foundation Week runs November 12-18! We’re proud to be part of the local effort to drive change and solutions through charitable giving.

    National Philanthropy Day: Recognizing cityCURRENT

    National Philanthropy Day is November 15! Locally, the Memphis chapter of the Association...

    Year-End Giving Tips

    As we approach year-end, Daniel Allen, a Wealth Advisor and Member at Red Door Wealth Management, shares charitable giving and estate planning action steps that may maximize your charitable impact while minimizing your tax burden for 2022.

    National Immigrants Day

    October 28 is National Immigrants Day. We acknowledge the local nonprofits including Advocates for Immigrant Rights that help immigrants assimilate into the U.S. and into Greater Memphis.

    A Winning Strategy

    The Memphis Grizzlies season has kicked off, and the city is ready to cheer on our beloved basketball team. Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins and his wife, Chantall, also shine off the court with their history and heart for giving.

    National Estate Planning Week

    It’s National Estate Planning Week, and we asked Cathy Wilson, Director of Planned Giving at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, to share some tips on making charitable gifts through an estate plan.

    988: A Lifeline to Mental Health Help

    The 988 Suicide and Crisis lifeline connects callers to a national network of trained counselors including our own local Memphis Crisis Center All anyone must do is text or call those three digits: 988.

    Palliative Care at Regional One Health

    One of the last and most significant grants from the Community Foundation’s Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund was a million-dollar investment in creating a palliative care program at Regional One Health.

    Jewish Neighborhood House Fund

    A fund at the Community Foundation enables a piece of Memphis’s Jewish history to help sustain its community for the future.

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Sept. 15. With Greater Memphis's Latinx population growth, there’s been a growth in nonprofits uniquely positioned to promote wider representation and address the needs of the Latino/Hispanic community.

    The Power of Small Gifts

    The average donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is just $34 per month, showing the power of even small gifts to make an enormous impact for children and families.

    Creating a Trauma-Informed Community

    Expert panelists who spoke at our recent GiVE 365 panel conversation agreed that building a resilient and trauma-informed community is essential to improving public health and well-being—and to preventing violence in the future.

    Black Giving’s Impact

    Whether through supporting higher education and the arts, faith-based giving, or bolstering Black-serving organizations, Black Americans have made an enormous and generous impact.

    Black Giving’s Local Legacy

    Our city’s rich heritage of Black philanthropy spans centuries in faith-based tithing, giving as relief for individuals or educational improvement, or donating to uplift the Black community.

    National Nonprofit Day

    August 17 is National Nonprofit Day! Did you know that the Community Foundation offers a free database of Mid-South nonprofit organizations? includes profiles of 480 area nonprofits and counting.

    Amplifying Black Philanthropy Month

    Since 2011, Black Philanthropy Month has been observed annually in August to celebrate and amplify Black giving. It is a month-long social action campaign designed to inform, inspire, and invest in Black philanthropic and funding equity.

    Traditions of Philanthropy: Giving as Civic Engagement

    American philanthropy has continued to evolve since our nation’s founding, with Giving as Relief, Improvement, and Social Reform being the most prevalent and sustained traditions of donating. The 21st century has seen the rise of Giving as Civic Engagement, or to build community.

    Traditions of Philanthropy: Giving as Social Reform

    The U.S. has seen major trends in philanthropy since our founding, and a notable one is Giving as Social Reform, or to solve social problems. This kind of giving became more prevalent in the 20th century, and it continues in many powerful forms.

    Traditions of Philanthropy: Giving as Improvement

    When we look at our nation’s traditions of philanthropy, an important one is Giving as Improvement, or to maximize human potential. This kind of giving gained traction in the 19th century, and it continues today.

    Traditions of Philanthropy: Giving as Relief

    As we mark Independence Day this month, we’re taking a closer look at our nation’s traditions of philanthropy. Giving as Relief, or to alleviate suffering, is the longest-standing form of charity in the U.S., and it continues in many powerful forms to this day.

    The Evolution of American Giving

    The Fourth of July is all about traditions, like hot dogs and fireworks. But did you realize there are also traditions of American philanthropy?

    The Gift of Camp

    Through the power of endowed giving, thousands of children who may not have otherwise had access camp have had that special summer experience, thanks to the generosity of Theodora Trezevant Neely.

    Celebrating Juneteenth in Memphis

    The Memphis Juneteenth Festival and TONE's Juneteenth Family Reunion Festival offer two ways to celebrate Juneteenth that are free and will feature live performances, local vendors, food, games, and more.

    Reflecting on Inherited Values at Father’s Day

    Father’s Day is this month, and we recognize the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and all the men in our lives who have been our role models or mentors. Have you thought about what you’ve learned from the father figures in your life, or what you care about today because of them?

    Celebrate Pride at MoSH

    It’s June, and that means it’s Pride Month! On June 4, the Museum of Science and History—or what you may still know as the Pink Palace—will open two exhibitions on the LGBTQ+ community.

    Honoring Veterans at Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is this week, and we honor those who died in service to our country with reverence and profound gratitude. We're also reminded that we can support veterans who are still with us. Alpha Omega Veterans services offers ways to support the homeless and disabled veterans to whom it offers services including housing, counseling, and job training.

    GiVE 365 Supports Violence Prevention & Support

    This week, eight local nonprofits working in violence prevention and response got a boost. GiVE 365, the Community Foundation’s dollar-a-day giving group, awarded them $60,800 total to engage the community in violence reduction efforts and address the trauma resulting from violence.

    The Power of Planned Giving

    The Community Foundation recently co-hosted a seminar featuring national expert Eddie Thompson, who specializes in a values-based approach to estate planning. He shared some real advantages to making planned gifts.

    Celebrating Mother’s Day by Supporting Women

    Mother’s Day is this week! As you’re looking for the perfect gift for Mom, consider local social enterprises that produce high-quality goods while creating opportunities for women.

    Breaking Barriers to Graduation

    In addition to academic barriers, factors like homelessness, trauma, health or mental health issues, and a lack of caring adults can get in the way of students making it to graduation. But organizations like Communities in Schools of Memphis are helping.

    More For Memphis

    More than 300 local organizations have joined together as the More for Memphis initiative to address this inequity by strengthening community infrastructure and improving social and economic mobility throughout the Memphis area.

    National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week kicks off April 17. To apply a values-based approach to volunteering, take time to identify the causes you are passionate about, and then research available service opportunities.

    Appreciating park conservancies

    We’re used to thinking that parks are entirely paid for out of tax dollars—but sometimes, things that "feel" public are actually supported by philanthropy.

    National Fair Housing Month

    Fifty-four years after Dr. Martin Luther King’, Jr.'s death, access to quality, affordable housing remains inequitable. But several local nonprofits help fight housing discrimination.

    Hospitality Hub Studio Housing Project

    Whether because of mental illness, PTSD, or years of living alone, some people sleeping on the streets aren't comfortable in congregant house settings. The Hospitality Hub has devised an innovative solution—made more urgent during the COVID crisis.

    COVID-19: What We Learned

    As the pandemic’s threat was just reaching Greater Memphis, we received a call asking us to lead the local philanthropic response. The result was the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Over 20 months, the Fund raised and distributed $14.5+ million for relief, recovery, and resilience efforts.

    Charitable Tax Planning

    As you’re preparing your tax filing, it’s not too early to think about charitable tax planning for 2022. To help, Perry Green from Waddell & Associates shared what he wishes everyone knew about making charitable gifts.

    National Groundwater Awareness Week

    During National Groundwater Awareness week, we recognize the efforts of Protect our Aquifer and Memphis Community Against Pollution to ensure our water is pristine for generations to come. [Photo;]

    Read Across America Day

    On Read Across America Day, we recognize Literacy Mid-South and its efforts in our community to help kids become better readers.

    Dr. Mario Ray: Paying it Forward

    Dr. Mario Ray furthers his father-in-law's legacy through a scholarship to pursue vo-tech careers.

    Generosity Coaching

    Inspiring the children in your life to become passionate, engaged givers

    Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis

    The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis continually lift as they climb.

    Visit the Memphis Listening Lab

    The Memphis Listening Lab, located in the Crosstown Concourse, offers a free treasure trove of tunes.

    Philanthropic New Year's Resolutions

    How will you use your resources of Time, Talent, Treasure, and Ties in 2022?

    Honoring King's Legacy Through Service

    Each of us can work to build cooperation, empathy, and respect. And, we can ask: How can I connect my resources to Dr. King’s message?