Community Foundation awards $224,000 to strengthen nonprofits

December 19th, 2016

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced grants totaling nearly $224,000 in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category. These grants are awarded to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations.

This year’s grant awards, to a total of 19 organizations, range from $2,500 to $21,762. Each grantee must raise a dollar-for-dollar match. Nonprofit Capacity Building grants, which are awarded from the Foundation’s Community Partnership Fund, are decided by a committee of community volunteers. 

Grantees are:

  • CHOICES (Memphis Center for Reproductive Health) - $10,000 for upgraded hardware

  • Community Legal Center - $5,750 to develop a new business plan

  • Girls Inc. of Memphis - $15,000 for a capital campaign feasibility study

  • Latino Memphis - $19,000 to develop a new website and mobile app

  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - $16,000 for a new audio guide system

  • Memphis College of Art - $5,000 to overhaul Wi-Fi capabilities

  • Memphis Library Foundation  - $15,000 for an awareness campaign with professional staff training

  • Meritan, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase and implement DonorPerfect software

  • Methodist Healthcare Foundation - $8,295 for mobile tablets and accessories for the Congregational Health Network

  • National Civil Rights Museum - $20,130 for a website re-design and migration

  • Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. - $15,000 for software and hardware upgrades

  • New Ballet Ensemble and School - $21,762 for a marketing plan and technology upgrades

  • OUTMemphis - $7,150 for technology upgrades

  • Playback Memphis - $7,500 for a feasibility study for expansion of core program

  • Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) - $8,160 for a new, mobile-friendly website

  • RISE Foundation, Inc. - $5,000 for website re-design

  • Teach For America – Memphis - $10,000 to implement a texting platform

  • UrbanArt Commission - $12,500 for a website re-design and associated re-branding

  • Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis - $20,000 for Raiser's Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT database software

“This grant will help us transform our website into one that is more dynamic and responsive, far surpassing the look and functionality of our current website,” said Beverly Sakauye, chief development officer at the National Civil Rights Museum. “The new website will include integration with social media, online ticketing and our mobile app. It will provide the tools needed to effectively communicate with our current audience, while building our capacity to reach new audiences.”

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