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Community Foundation awards $200,000+ to strengthen nonprofits

(Dec. 20, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced grants totaling $200,437 in its Nonprofit Capacity Building funding category. These grants are awarded annually to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations.

These grants often support projects like technology improvements, evaluation of core programs, and staff or board training.

“Through these grants, we address how vital but often overlooked it is for a nonprofit to have access to funds specifically to boost its infrastructure so that its programs and services can be sustained into the future,” said Elizabeth Warren, the foundation’s director of grants & initiatives.

This year’s grant awards, to a total of 19 organizations, range from $2,262 to $20,000. One grantee is One Step Initiative, a nonprofit founded in 2014 that provides study-abroad opportunities to underserved high school students who otherwise would not be able to afford global education. 

The $7,277 grant will enable One Step Initiative to develop a new website that will streamline the student application process, integrate with its database, and support e-commerce opportunities.

“With this grant, One Step Initiative can complete the funding gap for a newly integrated website that will have a direct impact on organization operations, development, program administration, and revenue-generating opportunities,” remarked Nykesha Cole, the nonprofit’s director of operations. “Moreover, more underrepresented youth will be exposed to our mission of providing ‘education beyond borders’ and the tremendous expanded worldview that international education immersion brings.”

A complete list of grantees is:

  • Advance Memphis ($20,000) for consultation and buildout of tools in its Salesforce database platform
  • Binghampton Development Corporation ($12,500) for systems and technology upgrades
  • BRIDGES USA ($17,000) for communications equipment, software, and consultancy to reach national audiences and promote local awareness
  • Calvary Rescue Mission ($7,500) for the development of a leadership succession plan
  • Girls Incorporated of Memphis ($5,000) for a technology platform that streamlines communication of key program and event information between staff, parents, and girls
  • Kindred Place ($17,000) for a new telephone system
  • Memphis Child Advocacy Center ($10,000) for marketing consultant services to execute a brand update
  • Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee ($6,978) for consultation to identify gaps in mental health services and opportunities for network collaboration in anticipation of deepening services in West Tennessee
  • Mid-South Food Bank ($4,182) for donor management software upgrades
  • Mid-South Immigration Advocates ($14,500) for consultation and design services to create and implement a resource development plan
  • New Memphis Institute ($11,580) for implementation and integration of a network engagement communications application
  • One Step Initiative ($7,277) for the creation of a new website 
  • Playback Memphis ($7,393) for technology hardware, software, and IT support for staff
  • Regional Inter-Faith Association ($2,262) for a new donor and volunteer management system
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee ($10,000) for the production of volunteer program training videos for its new West Tennessee facility
  • Soulsville Foundation ($15,000) for the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan
  • Tennessee Shakespeare Company ($7,265) for server, technology, and telecommunications upgrades
  • Wolf River Conservancy ($20,000) for donor management software and technology upgrades
  • Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis ($5,000) for the redesign and relaunch of its website

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.  

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