Smart Giving | The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

What We Offer What We Offer

Partnering with the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis allows you to be more strategic and intentional in your community giving, and to do more for the organizations and causes you care about most.

Email Managing Director of Philanthropic Services Caroline Kuebler or call her at (901) 722-0036 to learn more about opening a fund at the Community Foundation.

A Smarter Way to Give

Opening and maintaining a charitable fund is simple. Start with a gift of $10,000 or more in cash, stock, or even complex assets, and experience the community impact, ease, and tax advantage that a fund provides. Donors often increase their charitable giving because the fund grows, tax-free, through sound investment.



GIFTS of stocks, cash, or other assets are given by donors who receive an immediate tax deduction.



They see those dollars GROW by investing in one of our investment pools.



They advise GRANTS to their favorite causes at their convenience.

Service Sets Us Apart Service Sets Us Apart

We are local. Our staff lives and works here, and we believe in this community. Donors to the Community Foundation may make grants to any qualified nonprofit across the U.S., but we are proud that last year 86 percent of our grants went to local organizations.

We offer reliable, efficient donor service and subject matter expertise. Email Director of Development Caroline Kuebler or call her at (901) 722-0036 to learn more about opening a fund at the Community Foundation.


Custom Strategy

You can rely on us to help you design a smart, strategic approach tailored to your goals, now or as part of your legacy.


Permanence & Stability

Many donors want to know that what they care about - a place, an organization, a cause - is supported long after they are gone. The Community Foundation exists as a permanent community institution, ensuring your gift will do good work, now and in the future.


Tax Advantage

Contributions to the Community Foundation, a public charity, qualify for maximum deductibility for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. We also have fewer Internal Revenue Service restrictions for gifts and grants than a private or family foundation.


Investment Growth

We are determined to protect and enhance your assets over the long term. Through smart investment, your fund often grows, tax-free, allowing you to do more for the cause you value.


Community Information

We provide the information you need for the impact you want. Take advantage of timely events on issues in our community, customized site visits and research, and the community information system.


Flexible Timing

You receive a tax deduction when you make a gift to the Community Foundation and then make grants at your convenience, the next day or even years in the future.


Streamlined Service

We handle all paperwork and administrative details associated with managing charitable assets and making grants.


Recognition or Anonymity

Your fund named represent your charitable viewpoint. Most donors use their family name, but some choose a fund name to protects their anonymity. We also offer you the ability to make an anonymous grant whenever you choose.


24/7 Access

You can quickly review and track fund performance and activity and even recommend a grant in our online donor portal.

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

Just last year:

Donors gave the foundation $101.4 Million in gifts

The Community Foundation & Donors awarded  $115.0 Million to nonprofits in grants

6,622 grants  awarded to 1,921 distinct nonprofits

In our 54-year history, we have granted  $2.2 Billion

Managed 1,200 funds

Assets under management $990 Million