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 FOREVER Fund allows 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 FOREVER 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 PreK-12 students in Memphis during their out-of-school time

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

Giving to the FOREVER Fund means you are investing in real, creative solutions to this region’s challenges. The fund allows us—through the generosity of people like you and the guidance of community volunteers—to support innovative nonprofit work that addresses the most pressing needs in our community. 

Our vision is broad, our focus longterm. This community’s future is only as strong as the commitment of those who invest in it today. Be part of transforming Memphis and the Mid-South, now and forever.


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


Support a permanent endowment that leverages contributions to fuel the work of the FOREVER 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 $524 Million in gifts

The Community Foundation & Donors awarded $163 Million to nonprofits in grants

6,972 grants awarded to 1,898 distinct nonprofits

In our 51-year history, we have granted $1.7 Billion

CFGM Managed 1,200 funds

CFGM Assets under management $739.4 Million