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Year-End Giving Information

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is happy to assist you with your year-end giving. Below, please find important dates and deadlines, holiday office hours, and some tax planning tips you and your professional advisors may want to explore in this unusual year.

Please note: Your Community Foundation account must be established and open prior to submitting your contributions. Allow time to open the account prior to making your grants.


So that we can provide the best possible service and ensure your charitable gifts qualify for a charitable income tax deduction in the 2021 tax year, please keep these important dates in mind:

  • Gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, bonds, etc.) must be received by end of day on December 31, 2021. Please be aware that depending on the brokerage, there may be a delay between initiating the transfer and the stock being received in our account and plan accordingly.

If you make a gift of appreciated securities (stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, bonds), ask your broker to be sure to include your name along with the transaction. If you have made a securities gift, please check your gift history in the DonorView portal to confirm it has been noted in your account. When incoming gifts are not marked with the donor's name, we cannot properly credit your fund.

Additionally, for these types of gifts, please always notify us by emailing any details to as soon as possible. Failure to notify us of incoming gifts will delay processing.

  • Checks sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2021. Make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Please note the fund name in the memo line. Sending checks directly to our office may delay their processing. Instead, mail checks to our secure lockbox at:

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Dept. 78
P.O. Box 1000
Memphis, TN 38148-0078

  • Checks sent via carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL must be physically received at 1900 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, on or before 3:00 p.m. on December 31, 2021.

  • Wire transfers of cash must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on December 31, 2021.

  • Credit card gifts made by phone or online may be made until December 31, 2021.

Email Director of Donor Services Amy Beth Dudley or call her at (901) 722-0038 for assistance.


Donor-advised fund holders may wish to recommend grants as part of year-end campaigns or holiday contributions. For nonprofit recipients to receive grant checks in 2021*, recommendations should be made by noon on Wednesday, December 29. Donor-advised grant recommendations should be made online through our secure donor portal.

*The timing of donor-advised grants has no effect on your 2021 charitable income tax donations since your charitable contribution was made when you contributed it to your donor advised fund.


The Community Foundation is ready to help you complete your year-end charitable giving, with our staff available to provide answers and process transactions until the last day of the year. Access to our offices is restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, staff remain available by email and phone during normal business hours to assist you.

We will be closed to observe the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 24, and Monday, December 27, but will be available via phone and email business weekdays, Tuesday, December 28, through Friday, December 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.