GiVE 365 chooses an annual theme to guide its grant making for that year. Members select the grantees after researching the applicant organizations and hearing three-minute presentations at a finalist event. Annual themes have been:
- 2017: "Foundations for the Future: programs that will help youth meet their potential."
- 2016: "Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years."
- 2015: "And now for something completely different" - small grants to support new projects or programs that add value to the community and have a likelihood of success.
- 2014: "Collaboration for Change" - partnerships that support creative problem-solving in the community.
- 2013: "Home is Where the Heart Is" - projects to make Memphis neighborhoods more vibrant, livable, and secure.
- 2012: "Eyes on the Prize" - organizations helping students graduate from high school or college
- 2011: "Fishing Lessons" - based on the adage: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
- 2010: "Fostering Community in Memphis"
2017: $4,800 to increase awareness about how to avoid high-risk behavior which can lead to teen pregnancy
2015: $5,907 to give women information about how to reach their potential by learning how to plan their babies and how to plan their finances.
2016: $8,640 to hold healthy cooking and shopping classes at three Club locations to encourage nutritional awareness, healthy cooking, responsible budgeting, and positive eating habits.
2017: $5,000 for Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change, which gives youth in the juvenile justice system an opportunity to develop solutions to deter juvenile crime and violence by asking them what would have made a difference in their lives.
Carpenter Art Garden
2017: $10,000 to work with the children of Binghampton to promote each one’s creative potential and self-worth through exposure to artistic, educational, and vocational programs.
2013: $9,657 for operating expenses for the Carpenter Art Garden, where children meet weekly to make art, learn about horticulture, and build relationships.
2014: $7,500 for South Memphis Neighborhood History Project, enabling and encouraging South Memphis youth to record and preserve the oral histories of elder residents in their neighborhood
2012: $3,200 to employ CBU undergraduates as tutors in math, English, science and engineering for students who are attending nearby Middle College High School and are enrolled in college-level coursework.
2017: $10,000 for Camp H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Participants Excel), whose purpose is to educate and empower youth so that they may be equipped with the skills to help elevate themselves out of poverty.
2016: $5,000 for First STEPS, a targeted parenting program to teen parents with high-risk of child abuse that combines structured parenting /infant care training with life skills instruction and one-on-one mentoring.
2017: $6,000 for the TechiLoo program, which will engage underserved youth from the Hollywood community in free, neighborhood-based workshops in the technical theatre arts, including sewing costumes, prop making, and scenic painting.
2014: $6,500 for Hattiloo at the Library, which includes staging interactive plays for children at six Memphis Public Library branches
2012: $5,000 for Technical Theatre Program for students age 14-17, providing foundation training in the technical aspects of theater, positioning them for enrollment in college-level technical theater programs, and providing motivation to acquire new skills.
2010: $2,500 for Hattiloo in the Park, a series of performances that takes professional black theatre beyond its traditional four walls.
2015: $3,640 to provide formerly homeless clients who were frequent users of emergency room and other services with social and personal enrichment activities during the week. Clients learn socialization and community integration skills – a critical service gap needed to remain in and maintain their homes.
2016: $10,000 to pilot the job skills training program inside the Shelby County Jail. Inmates receive a holistic curriculum that will help them when they are released to find jobs and become stable citizens.
2014: $9,800 for High School Equivalency Partnership to offer GED preparation classes in the 38126 ZIP code
2011: $6,253 for three chronically unemployed adults to participate in HopeWorks’ 13-week personal and career development program modeled after a successful national program.
2016: $10,000 for a half-day event spotlighting our future filmmakers throughout the Greater Memphis area with a diverse exhibition of video submissions and featured speakers.
2010: $7,500 to support community screenings of the independent film Freedom Series.
JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow Up)
2011: $6,000 for a culinary training program for youth referred by juvenile court and other organizations to provide career training.
2014: $5,000 for the G.R.O.W. (Giving, Readiness, Opportunity and Wellness) program in the Binghampton community, supporting literacy, health, and community programming
2013: $5,331 for the G.R.O.W. program, providing Saturday special events for family members who cannot participate in G.R.O.W. weeknight activities.
2012: $7,000 for KIPP through College's second annual Rising Senior and College Transitions seminars, which are five-day camps designed for KIPP students at risk of not completing high school and college.
2015: $10,000 to repurpose a vacant home and transform it into a multi-use farm and community asset. It will provide produce-storage space and an open classroom for community gatherings, and will also serve as a demonstration area for preparing healthy food using fresh produce grown at Green Leaf Learning Farm.
2016: $10,000 for a program to find low-income students merit scholarships tailored to their entrepreneurial experiences in the LITE program and a matching internship program with preferred employment partners in the city during the summers in between college.
2013: $10,000 for the amphitheater’s 50 Free Concerts Series featuring multi-cultural programs carefully chosen to reflect the diverse population of Memphis.
2010: $5,000 for the support of the annual free outdoor professional performance series in historic Overton Park.
2014: $7,500 for Read Memphis Project to create and strengthen community-based literacy and adult basic education centers.
2011: $5,000 to help adults reading below a fifth-grade level improve their basic literacy skills.
2012: $5,000 for Education that Works, a program in which students are paired with a corporate sponsor for a work-study internship that teaches them valuable skills and helps them make a connection between their education and future job opportunities.
2015: $3,976.50 for the Teen Mobile Info Hub (TMIH), a mobile extension of Cloud901, a digital media-based teen learning lab at the main library. TMIH will feature a custom display unit that can "pop-up" in different Memphis Public Library and Information Center branches.
2012: $7,500 for supplemental tutoring to help MOST Scholars in middle and high school graduate college-ready. MOST provides low-income, Memphis-area families partial scholarships for children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade to attend local schools chosen by the parents.
2017: $4,100 for the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Preschool, which helps students enter kindergarten with their hearing peers, setting them on a path of independence and success in school and in life.
2014: $8,830 for Immigrant Rights Project to education Memphis’ immigrant population on its legal rights and responsibilities, while combating civil rights abuse and fraud
2014: $3,976.50 to provide Zeuterin to low-income pet owners. Zeuterin is a non-surgical sterilization injection that keeps a dog's "manhood" in place, but stops him from reproducing.
2013: $8,500 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for animals in The Heights Neighborhood.
2017: $5,000 to host, in partnership with Knowledge Quest, the Metal Museum Youth Initiative. This program is comprised of an after-school program, the Soulsville Metals Collaborative, and a six-week summer day camp, Cu in Summer.
2015: $5,000 to support Camp Able for campers with physical and mental challenges from the Mid-South. The camp experience will help them discover all that they are "able" to do in a fun, adventurous, outdoor setting.
2014: $4,940 for Porter-Leath’s Parents as Teachers Project, distributing age-appropriate books to families through home visitation
2012: $5,484 for Frayser First Steps for School Success, providing a book each month, at no cost, to all children enrolled in the program in Frayser in order to help increase family bonds and ensure success in kindergarten and beyond.
2013: $5,000 for operating expenses for the Laundromat/Resource Center which uses the unconventional setting of a Laundromat to offer South Memphis residents services including HIV testing, literacy, financial literacy, and eye exams.
2014: $2,530 for Reciprocal Service Learning Experience to provide free eye and vision care to uninsured clients
2013: $10,000 to provide comprehensive eye exams to about 180 preschoolers, kindergartners and 2nd- and 5th-graders at Nat Buring Orange Mound Learning Center and the Frayser Achievement Elementary School.
Splinter Youth, Inc.
2010: $7,000 to build mobile skateboard ramps for inner city Memphis neighborhoods where skate facilities are not available.
2017: $4,100 for the Esperanza Early Childhood Center, providing bilingual, early childhood education to children from a Spanish language background.
2011: $3,000 to add a computer lab to the successful English as a Second Language program now offered to the Hispanic community in the Berclair and Kingsbury neighborhoods.
2010: $1,325 to assist Hispanic immigrant families assimilate into everyday life.
2012: $3,600 for an after-school creative writing program that uses the power of telling one’s own story to help students ages 13-18 develop creative confidence and communication skills such as improved writing, listening, and speaking.