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.
Financial support for initiatives that improve Mid-South communities and the agencies that serve them
2018 investment in nonprofits driving meaningful change through the social justice platform advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King
Innovative, multi-year initiative strengthening organizations serving K-12 students in Memphis during their out-of-school time
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.
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.