Community Foundation awards $212,471 to strengthen nonprofits

December 22nd, 2014

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced grants in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category. The Nonprofit Capacity Building grants help established organizations improve operations and increase efficiency.

The Foundation’s Board of Governors approved grants totaling $212,471 to 15 nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18, 2014. This year’s grant awards range from $4,900 to $23,390; each must raise a dollar-for-dollar match.

Funded projects are: 

  • A Step Ahead Foundation - $10,000
    • Development of messaging materials to maximize outreach so more women in Shelby County have access to free long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

  • The Arc Mid-South - $12,000
    • Purchase of an electronic data system for more efficient and effective timekeeping for Family Support Services employees in the field.

  • BRIDGES USA - $5,375
    • Upgraded website to improve the student experience of program application, registration, and communication, as well as to increase visibility and participant recruitment.

  • Church Health Center - $20,223
    • Purchase of 42 laptops as the Center becomes increasingly mobile and more efficient.

  • Common Table Health Alliance - $15,000
    • Initial implementation of Salesforce, a constituent relationship management platform, to improve interactions with stakeholders, donors, community partners, and program participants, and to assist in executing the organization's strategic fund development.

  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens - $22,442
    • Collections management system that will better manage and account for all assets, produce higher quality exhibitions, and create a more visitor-oriented experience.

  • The Exchange Club Family Center - $9,600
    • Comprehensive evaluation of the center’s data collection throughout its various programs.

  • Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County - $22,574
    • Comprehensive evaluation project partnering with the University of Memphis to help track the impact of the center over time.

  • GrowMemphis - $17,231
    • Development planning to assess opportunities for revenue-generating initiatives.
  • Madonna Learning Center - $8,088   
    • Enhanced classroom technology to support educational interventions for the special needs population served.

  • Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center - $20,000
    • Development of a feasibility study for a capital campaign to assist in the center’s next phase of growth.

  • Mid-South Food Bank - $23,390
    • Upgraded warehouse management software for ordering and tracking inventory.

  • Outreach Housing & Community - $5,313    
    • Volunteer recruitment plan to assist in the organization’s mission to help mentally-ill homeless persons with housing and recovery.

  • Soulsville Foundation / Stax Museum of American Soul Music - $16,335
    • Technology needs assessment to upgrade the existing technological infrastructure of the museum.

  • Southern College of Optometry - $4,900
    • Purchase and implementation of Zavanta® Process & SOP Software to streamline and operationalize policies and procedures for increased efficiency.

“With this grant, staff members working from remote locations can collaborate and share information more effectively regarding needs, activities, and any concerns which may arise,” says Carlene Leaper, executive director of The Arc Mid-South, which provides family support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “These solutions increase consistency in our services, which, in turn, increase productivity and access to be able to serve more individuals in the community. Countless hours will no longer be wasted searching through spreadsheets for information stored in large data sets.”

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants, which are awarded from the Foundation’s Community Partnership Fund, are decided by a committee of community volunteers.  

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