GiVE 365 awards $62,600 in grant funding

September 12th, 2014

GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program, announced grants totaling $62,600 to nine nonprofit organizations on Thurs., Sept. 11. This year’s grant cycle is themed “Collaboration for Change: partnerships that support innovative problem-solving in the community.”

Funded projects include the collaborative participation of 29 different organizations. The lead grantees are:

  • Center for Transforming Communities / South Memphis Neighborhood History Project
    • $7,500 for South Memphis youth to record and preserve the oral histories of elder residents in their neighborhood
  • Door of Hope, Inc. / Sowing Seeds for Success
    • $10,000 to add gardening, nutrition, and health and fitness programs to its services for those transitioning out of homelessness

  • Hattiloo Theatre / Hattiloo at the Library
    • $6,500 to stage interactive plays for children at six Memphis Public Library branches

  • HopeWorks / High School Equivalency Partnership
    • $9,800 to offer GED preparation classes in the 38126 ZIP code

  • Junior League of Memphis / G.R.O.W. (Giving, Readiness, Opportunity and Wellness)
    • $5,000 to support its literacy, health, and community programming in Binghampton

  • Literacy Mid-South / Read Memphis Project
    • $7,500 to create and strengthen community-based literacy and adult basic education centers

  • Mid-South Peace and Justice Center / Immigrant Rights Project
    • $8,830 to education Memphis’ immigrant population on its legal rights and responsibilities, while combating civil rights abuse and fraud

  • Shelby County Books from Birth / Porter-Leath’s Parents as Teachers Project
    • $4,940 to distribute age-appropriate books to families through home visitation
  • Southern College of Optometry / Reciprocal Service Learning Experience project.    
    • $2,530 to provide free eye and vision care to uninsured clients

“We consider the members of GiVE 365 to be especially savvy with regards to funding priorities and we are honored to receive the group’s endorsement,” says Peter Abell, executive director of Shelby County Books from Birth. “Not only will the money provide a service we have never tried before, delivering books through our partner Porter-Leath, but the groundswell of positive feedback reinforces that our board and outreach committees are making the right decisions about how to serve inner city families in Memphis.” 

GiVE 365 members contribute at least $365 a year – a dollar a day. Their contributions are pooled, and they annually decide collectively how to distribute money to nonprofit organizations. GiVE 365 has 350+ members and has awarded $285,865 over the past five years to Memphis and Shelby County nonprofits.

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