Through the FOREVER Funds, the Community Foundation supports local nonprofits through annual, competitive grantmaking processes and through special initiatives. Our volunteer committees, whose backgrounds and perspectives reflect the diversity of the Mid-South, research and assess the needs of our community, and the agencies that are making the greatest impact, to award grants that ensure this region thrives.
We invest in the capacity of organizations to equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs. We believe healthy and sustainable organizations exhibit strengths across these areas: a clear mission and purpose backed by a strategic vision; strong board governance and oversight; stable staff and volunteer leadership; efficient, effective management and program practices and policies; sound financial management and resources to carry out the organization’s mission; and a solid relationship and engagement with the communities it serves.
See recent grants below awarded through the FOREVER Funds in the Community Foundation's service area.
These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2023 grants totaled $315,000. Eighty-three percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.
BLDG Memphis ($65,000) provides capacity assessments, training programs, and technical assistance for its member organizations working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods.
Center for Transforming Communities ($50,000) works closely with residents and institutions to support equitable community change work, from efforts to minimize the adverse impact of community development to power and capacity building support for residents.
Community LIFT ($65,000) focuses on neighborhood development and planning, creating partnerships and securing funding from public and private sources to make sound investments in neighborhoods and community development organizations.
Literacy Mid-South ($35,000) facilitates a network of collaborative projects with local education and human service organizations and provides resources, training, other tools and supports to help improve program quality and increase literacy outcomes in the Mid-South.
Momentum Nonprofit Partners ($75,000) provides educational programs to staff and board leadership of nonprofits in order to drive equitable, measurable, and lasting change in the sector and in the community.
Whole Child Strategies ($25,000) partners with local resident-champions, neighborhood schools, and local organizations to build capacity and relationships, invest directly into the community, and address the root causes of issues where they arise.
These grants are awarded to established nonprofits that are working to become more effective organizations by increasing efficiencies in operations. Grants are to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the organization. The Community Foundation diverted its FY21 and FY22 Nonprofit Capacity Building grantmaking dollars into the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. The FY23 funding process will open in the fall of 2022.
FY 2020 grants totaled $210,041.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. ($5,700) for a new server and staff laptops
Arkwings Foundation ($9,900) for consulting to build out evaluation tools to assess programming and inform future growth
Ave Maria Home ($3,000) for fundraising software to target, retain, and engage donors and volunteers
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis ($5,950) to equip its Career Exploration Program staff with laptops. Watch the WMC-TV 5 report on the success of the national-model BGCM vocational program.
Church Health ($10,000) for its Quality Improvement initiative to train and empower staff to design, deploy, and assess processes and systems across operations
DeltaArts ($5,925) for development and fundraising training for board and staff
Elmwood Cemetery of Memphis Foundation, Inc. ($21,487) for a software upgrade to safeguard the cemetery's records and streamline services
Friends for Life Corporation ($15,000) for a feasibility study to determine future locations in Memphis for HIV prevention clinics
Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee ($7,500) for a science instruction pilot to improve science instruction quality and address changes to state science standards
Indie Memphis ($20,000) for fundraising and technology consulting services to create infrastructure for effective development processes
Knowledge Quest ($15,000) for consultancy to create a marketing, fundraising, and branding plan
Let's Innovate through Education (LITE) ($7,269) for technology upgrades to better track the organization's long-term efficacy, to improve community engagement, and to grow its local donor base
Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation ($17,500) to develop a visitor experience and wayfinding plan
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art ($4,500) to develop and implement data tracking and evaluation strategies
Memphis Library Foundation ($9,700) for fundraising software, training, coaching, and support
Midtown Development Corporation ($7,500) for a feasibility study for a community improvement district
Mustard Seed Inc. ($3,897) for upgraded computers and essential programs in its resource center
New Ballet Ensemble & School ($9,000) for the redesign and relaunch of its website
Room in the Inn - Memphis ($9,963) for office technology, hardware, and communications platforms to create a viable work hub
Tech901 ($15,000) for new virtualized computer infrastructure to allow more students to apply classroom learnings
Thistle and Bee Enterprises, Inc. ($6,250) for board development facilitation and leadership coaching
168-year old Elmwood Cemetery is in the process of integrating its more than 130,000 file folders into an online database, which will then be made available to the public, free-of-charge. The work is made possible by a $21,000 nonprofit capacity building grant, given by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Read more in the Memphis Business Journal.