Our Impact Our Impact

A community foundation is a philanthropic organization that manages charitable funds with a broad base of donors to benefit a specific geographic area—in our case, West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi.

While most grants made through the Community Foundation are advised by the people and organizations who established private funds here, the Immediate Impact Fund and FOREVER Fund allow us—through the generosity of donors and the guidance of community volunteers—to support innovative nonprofit work and the most pressing needs in our community.


Through the Immediate Impact Fund, the Community Foundation supports local nonprofits through annual, competitive grantmaking processes and through special initiatives. Our volunteer committees research and assess the needs of our community in order to award grants that make the Mid-South more vibrant and our nonprofits stronger.

Strengthening Nonprofits

Financial support for initiatives that improve Mid-South communities and the agencies that serve them

MLK50: The Next Step Forward

2018 investment in nonprofits driving meaningful change through the social justice platform advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King

Beyond the Classroom

Innovative, multi-year initiative strengthening organizations serving K-12 students in Memphis during their out-of-school time

Invest in Memphis & The Mid-South Invest in Memphis & The Mid-South

Give to the Community Foundation and be part of transforming Memphis and the Mid-South, now and into the future. Choose one of two ways to support vital organizations and efforts to build and sustain our vibrant community. 

Immediate Impact Fund

The Immediate Impact Fund leverages the contribution of any individual to directly and responsively meet our region's greatest needs now, through grantmaking that is informed and vigilant.


The FOREVER Fund is a permanent endowment that leverages contributions to fuel the work of the Immediate Impact Fund in perpetuity and ensure strategic, responsive grantmaking now and for generations to come.

A Half-Century of Impact A Half-Century of Impact

Just last year:

Donors gave the foundation $161.1 Million in gifts

The Community Foundation & Donors awarded $147.6 Million to nonprofits in grants

6,733 grants awarded to 1,864 distinct nonprofits

In our 50-year history, we have granted $1.5 Billion

CFGM Managed 1,100 funds

CFGM Assets under management $480 Million