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Recent Grants

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 2019 grants totaled $200,437. 

Advance Memphis ($20,000) for consultation and build out of tools in its Salesforce platform to support community engagement, communications, warehouse management, and human resources

Binghampton Development Corporation ($12,500) for systems and technology upgrades

BRIDGES USA ($17,000)
 for communications equipment, software, and consultancy to reach national audiences and promote local awareness

Calvary Rescue Mission ($7,500) for the development of a leadership succession plan

Girls Incorporated of Memphis ($5,000) for a technology platform that streamlines communication of key program and event information between staff, parents, and girls

Kindred Place ($17,000) for a new telephone system

Memphis Child Advocacy Center ($10,000) for marketing consultant services to execute a brand update

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee ($6,978) for consultation to identify gaps in mental health services and opportunities for network collaboration in anticipation of deepening services in West Tennessee

Mid-South Food Bank ($4,182) for donor management software upgrades

Mid-South Immigration Advocates ($14,500) for consultation and design services to create and implement a resource development plan

New Memphis Institute ($11,580) for implementation and integration of a network engagement communications application

One Step Initiative ($7,277) for the creation of a new website that will streamline the student application process, integrate with its CRM platform, and support e-commerce opportunities, in addition to general brand awareness and marketing

Playback Memphis ($7,393) for technology hardware, software, and IT support for staff

Regional Inter-Faith Association ($2,262) for a new donor and volunteer management system

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee ($10,000) for the production of volunteer program training videos for its new West Tennessee facility

Soulsville Foundation ($15,000) for the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan

Tennessee Shakespeare Company ($7,265) for server, technology, and telecommunications upgrades

Wolf River Conservancy ($20,000) for donor management software and technology upgrades

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis ($5,000) for the redesign and relaunch of its website

Intermediary grants

These grants provide unrestricted operating support to agencies whose work directly supports other nonprofits. FY 2019 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.

Community-wide grants

These grants support projects of broad significance and long-term benefit. FY 2019 grants totaled $51,000.

Overton Park Conservancy ($50,000) to develop a comprehensive Overton Park Master Plan and a companion business plan, the first large-scale planning effort in three decades 

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, Inc. ($1,000) to support Memphis Cares2 of Voices for Justice in the Mid-South, the second iteration of a citywide prayer service held at Crump Stadium, featuring Rev. James Lawson. The first iteration of this service was held immediately following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis in 1968, organized by religious and community leaders and led by the Rev. James Lawson and John T. Fisher, a local businessman. Read The Daily Memphian article about the event.