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    Hallie Peyton and Russ Wigginton join Board of Governors

    (June 8, 2022) Hallie Peyton and Russ Wigginton are the two newest additions to the Community Foundation's Board of Governors.

    Memphis cements generous reputation during pandemic

    (May 12, 2022) Memphis already had a reputation for being one of the nation’s most generous cities. But during the pandemic, giving per capita soared, moving Memphis from No. 16 to No. 8 on the annual Columbus Survey of giving through local community foundations. The Daily Memphian reports.

    cityCURRENT hosts Community Foundation president Bob Fockler on The SPARK

    (May 24, 2022) The SPARK host Jeremy C. Park interviews Bob Fockler about the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis: an organization working with donors, professional advisors, and nonprofits to help strengthen our community through strategic philanthropy and community giving.

    Bluff City Life Hosts Community Foundation president Bob Fockler

    (Apr. 13, 2022) Action News 5 hosted our president, Bob Fockler, on its show Bluff City Life. He got to share about the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund—a community-centered, community-funded effort to help nonprofits and neighbors in need.

    Community Foundation gives $14.5 million in grant to organizations impacted by COVID-19

    (Mar. 24, 2022) The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, a philanthropic response to the pandemic created by the Community Foundation in 2020, donated more than $14.5 million to organizations serving those most impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commercial Appeal reports.

    2021 Professional Advisor Referrals

    (Feb. 16, 2022) Thank you to the professional advisors who directed their clients to the Community Foundation in 2021 and helped them discover a place where giving does more good.

    The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is a champ in funding racial equity

    (Oct. 18, 2021) Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee reports that the Philanthropy Initiative for Racial Equity recently named the Community Foundation as one of the nation’s top 20 charitable organizations funding work geared toward fixing inequality.

    Community Foundation Nationally Named as a Top 20 Funder Focused on Racial Equity

    (Oct. 14, 2021) The Philanthropy Initiative for Racial Equality’s (PRE’s) latest report on charitable giving was recently released, and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is listed among the Top 20 Funders of Racial Equality Work.

    Year-End Giving Information

    (Oct. 15, 2021) See dates and deadline for year-end giving and granting through your donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation. Please note that in order for nonprofit recipients to receive grant checks in 2021, your grant recommendations should be made by noon on Wednesday, December 29.

    “To change one person”: a conversation with donor Mario Ray

    (Aug. 25, 2021)  In 2019, Teresa and Mario Ray established the Charles E. Howard Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation to honor the memory of his beloved father-in-law. Read an interview with Dr. Ray covering his professional and philanthropic journey, the special legacy of Charles Howard, and Ray's plans to inspire and support BIPOC entrepreneurs.

    Preserving Memphis's Musical Heritage

    (June 9, 2021) While it waits for its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation, the Memphis Listening Lab, led by a group of local music professionals, is using a project fund at the Community Foundation to accept donations and create a listening facility, library, and offices at Crosstown Concourse that opened in June 2021.

    Connecting Purpose to Impact

    (June 9, 2021) There are about as many stories about how our donors came to the Community Foundation as there are donors. Pooja and Kush Shah—who, respectively, serve on our Board of Governors and Strengthening Nonprofits committee—got involved with the Community Foundation by joining GiVE 365 in 2011.

    Empowering Parents During Crisis

    (June 9, 2021) Gestalt Community Schools was awarded $50,000 in operating support from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund in fall 2020, a grant that helped the charter school operator build on momentum that the Community Foundation had already helped it create.

    A plan to ease inequities

    (Jun. 7, 2021) The Community Foundation is extremely proud to be part of the partnership, led by Seeding Success and with the support of Blue Meridian Partners, that has the audacious, transformational goal to improve economic and social mobility across our community. The Commercial Appeal reports.

    COVID-19 revealed Memphians' generosity. The Community Foundation will make it forever

    (May 13, 2021) The FOREVER Funds will generate income to not only deal with unprecedented crises such as COVID-19, but for other community needs that aren’t covered by some of the donor funds it manages. The Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee reports.

    Guest column: Memphians answer the philanthropic call

    (Apr. 26, 2021) While Memphians continue to demonstrate their characteristic extraordinary generosity, Memphis philanthropy tracks with national trends—with more unrestricted giving and increased support to agencies that are minority-led and serve their most disadvantaged neighbors. Read more from our president, Bob Fockler, in the Memphis Business Journal.

    Contributing to Dr. King's legacy

    (Jan. 18, 2021) As our nation, our Foundation, and the National Civil Rights Museum commemorate the birthday and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., outgoing Community Foundation Board chair Terri Lee Freeman, president of the Civil Rights Museum, shares her thoughts on the Community Foundation's recent progress and its role in continuing Dr. King's vision become reality in Memphis and the Mid-South.

    Lynching Sites Project Shines Light on History

    (Nov. 13, 2020) The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, whose fund is managed at the Community Foundation, focuses on meaningful conversation, research, and physical memorials of lynchings in Shelby County. Learn more about this vital work.

    LeMoyne-Owen College named beneficiary of $40 million endowment at the Community Foundation

    (July 2, 2020) LeMoyne-Owen College, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Memphis, Tennessee, has been named the beneficiary of an endowment of $40 million, one of the largest gifts to any HBCU and the largest for the school in its 158-year history. The endowment was created from assets from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

    Board Adopts New Community Investment Principles

    (Apr. 9, 2020) The Board of Governors approved a new Vision for the Mid-South and Values for Investing, a set of community investment principles—developed with the participation of dozens of diverse stakeholders— that will guide the Community Foundation's discretionary grantmaking.

    Elmwood Cemetery digitizes massive archives for public use

    (Feb. 18, 2020) The Memphis Business Journal reports that Elmwood Cemetery will integrate its 130,000+ file folders into an online database, which will then be made available to the public, free-of-charge. The work is made possible by a $21,000 nonprofit capacity building grant, given by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

    Community Foundation marks 50 years of serving the Mid-South

    (Sep. 8, 2019) While the Community Foundation has traditionally had funds that people donate to on an annual basis, its new FOREVER Fund is a permanent endowment that leverages more immediate donations to ensure foundation funding in perpetuity. The Daily Memphian reports.

    Protecting and Restoring Children

    (Jul. 1, 2019) Memphis Child Advocacy Center uses funds to strengthen its ability to serve children who are or may become victims of sexual and severe physical abuse through prevention, education, and intervention.

    Investing in a Neighborhood

    (Jul. 1, 2019) Donors Lori and Eric Robertson are among Soulsville, USA’s proudest and most vocal ambassadors. As inspiring as the neighborhood’s past is, the Robertsons are focused on its future, and how they can play a part.

    Setting the Stage for the Arts

    (Jun. 1, 2019) Gene Katz appreciates the high quality and relatively low costs of a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. It’s a tool he and his wife, Carol, have used for years to target and administer their charitable giving, primarily to support Memphis's arts and culture.

    Change in the Community Foundation’s Grant Due Diligence Policy

    (Mar. 28, 2019) In response to a small but growing national controversy around the funding of hate groups through donor-advised and similar funds, the Board of Governors has voted to amend the Foundation’s Grant Due Diligence Policy to prohibit grantmaking to recognized hate groups.

    Remembering George Riley at MLK50

    (May 1, 2018) Donors John and Maryellen Riley were determined to bring his brother George's vision of a multi-disciplinary cultural celebration to fruition in the wake of his 2016 death. A fund at the Community Foundation let them support arts- and justice-focused programming as part of the MLK50 commemoration.

    Encore

    (May 1, 2018) A Charitable Lead Annuity Trust established by his grandfather allows donors Jonathan and Mary Catherine Schallert to support the arts. It also creates a tradiiton of giving they instill in their own children.

    Giving Hope

    (May 1, 2018) LEO Events' Cindy and Kevin Brewer use funds at the Community Foundation to support not only their family's giving to organizations like Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, but also to further their company philanthropy.

    Lighting the Path Forward

    (May 1, 2018) The Power & Telephone Supply Company Charitable Fund matches each charitable contribution made by its employees. Funds allow the Pentecost family to encourage employee giving and make their own contributions to the community.

    Stepping Up

    (May 1, 2018) Donors Lois DeBerry and Charles Traughber established a scholarship fund in memory of their beloved goddaughter that annually supports the educational dreams of promising students.

    Strength in Flexibility

    (May 1, 2017) As they became more intentional about succession planning, a set of cousins recognized their most efficient option would be to dissolve their family foundation and create distinct funds at the Community Foundation. Learn how the Schadts simplify giving with a donor-advised fund.

    An Eye Toward the Next Act

    (May 1, 2017) After having an endowment fund at the Community Foundation for decades, Opera Memphis bolsters its future with a reserve fund - what CEO Ned Canty calls its "sunny day fund."

    Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence

    In recognition of late donor Dunbar Abston's love for education, his family established the Dunbar Abston Chair for Sustainable Excellence with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, an organization that reaches and educates many hundreds of children in the public schools each year.

    Supporting Jewish causes 100+ years later

    Over a century after its founding and 40 years after it ceased operations, the Jewish Neighborhood House is still supporting Jewish causes through an endowed fund at the Community Foundation.

    Strengthening our Community through Philanthropy

    A community foundation is a philanthropic organization that manages charitable funds with a broad base of donors to benefit a specific geographic area—in our case, West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. Founded in 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis brings a half-century of experience and expertise, working with donors, professional advisors, and nonprofits to help strengthen our community through philanthropy. Together, we have built a trusted resource that helps transform the way you give.

    Investing in Memphis and the Mid-South

    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 grantmaker—public or private—in the region. Together with these donors, we fulfill our mission of strengthening our community through philanthropy.