The Community Foundation’s core focus on strengthening nonprofits in the Mid-South includes investing 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 programs that support strengthening nonprofits in the Community Foundation's service area.
Nonprofit Capacity Building grants
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. 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
These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2020 grants totaled $215,000.
BLDG Memphis ($60,000)provides capacity assessments, training programs, and technical assistance for its member organizations working to revitalize Memphis neighborhoods.
Community Alliance for the Homeless ($35,000) works to develop a comprehensive system to help end homelessness and coordinates local agencies that serve homeless individuals.
Community LIFT ($25,000) 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. Read The Daily News article about the organization.
Memphis Leadership Foundation ($25,000) supports the growth and capacity of faith-based organizations through training and technical assistance in governance, outcome measurement, resource development, and internal operations. Read The Daily News article about the organization.
Momentum Nonprofit Partners ($70,000) 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. Read The Commercial Appeal article about the organization.
These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit.
Community LIFT ($5,000) to support MLK50: Justice Through Journalism's social justice-focused reporting. This grant coincided with NewsMatch, a national matching gift campaign for newsrooms.
Momentum Nonprofit Partners ($10,000) to develop a three-year business plan
Seeding Success ($300,000) to implement Phase III of Beyond the Classroom
Elmwood Cemetery digitizes massive archives for public use
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.