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    2022 Grant Reviewers

    (May 3, 2022) THANK YOU to the 20 GiVE 365 members who served on grant review teams this year. They volunteered their time and gave valuable input to recommend 12 grant finalists.

    The Finals | April 12

    (Apr. 13, 2022) Watch the Finalist videos and learn more about the 12 organizations vying for $60,800 in grant funding following the theme Protecting Communities.

    At-Home Service Opportunity

    You and your family can brighten the holiday season for local seniors! If you’d like to decorate cards created by grantee Creative Aging in collaboration with GiVE 365, click the button below. We’ll mail you a pack of 10 Memphis-centric holiday cards for you to color. Simply mail them back to us in the enclosed envelope by Wednesday, December 1, and we’ll get them to Creative Aging to distribute to the seniors in their network.

    Racial Wealth Gap Simulator

    (Nov. 1, 2021) Join us virtually at noon on Tuesday, November 16, to participate in a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation facilitated by Metro United Way in Louisville, KY. This compelling and eye-opening tool helps people understand the connections among racial equity, poverty, and wealth.

    Generosity Coaching: Raising a New Generation of Givers

    (Nov. 1, 2021) Join us virtually at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, for an interactive session featuring nationally-recognized family philanthropy expert Susan Crites Price, author of Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age.

    Equity Through Access Panel Conversation

    (Jul. 27, 2021) Join us virtually on Tuesday, Aug. 17, for a closer look at this year's theme. Hear what access looks like for people of color in Memphis, what work has been done to address the issue, and what needs to happen to ensure we create sustainable change.

    2021 Grant Reviewers

    (May 4, 2021) THANK YOU to the 37 GiVE 365 members who served on grant review teams this year. They got together virtually and recommended 15 grant finalists.

    The Finals

    Watch this fast-paced and fun evening to hear grant finalists present their proposals with the theme Equity Through Access: projects/programs that increase access and/or elevate the quality of life for communities of color. GiVErs can vote through Monday, April 26.


    Connect online on Tuesday, Mar. 23, to enjoy multi-disciplinary performances from artists across our community and learn about recovery & resilience efforts for the arts sector—an opportunity to bring relief now and radically transform the future of the arts in Memphis.

    Year-End Message & Grant Theme Reveal

    (Dec. 8, 2020) Watch this important year-end message, featuring the reveal of the 2021 grant theme! Fellow GiVErs recap our unusual year and prep us for an exciting new decade in GiVE 365.

    Creating Change Out of Challenge

    (Oct. 20, 2020) Allison Vance, Chief of Staff at Regional One Health, shares in the Memphis Business Journal how an introduction to nonprofit CodeCrew through GiVE 365 grant review led to an innovative partnership for hiring Code School graduates as developers at Regional One.


    (Oct. 15, 2020) It's GiVE 365's 10th anniversary! Be part of the 10 Ways · 10 Days celebration to mark this milestone, support grantees, and encourage friends to be part of collective giving. You're invited to join the fun with 10 easy and fun activities you can do at home Oct. 19-30.

    2020 Fall Virtual Event Series

    (Aug. 31, 2020) Save the dates and join us online as we explore how all of us can create a community where people can easily access opportunities to contribute and thrive. Click below for more event information and to register.

    Writing the script for Indie Memphis' youth program

    (Aug. 28, 2020) Indie Memphis used a 2016 GiVE 365 grant to launch their Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest, giving a new generation of budding filmmakers a remarkable platform to share their gifts and hone their abilities. Indie Memphis executive director and GiVEr Ryan Watt explores our shared history in the Memphis Business Journal.

    You don't have to join a protest to be an ally in a cause

    (Aug. 12, 2020) "Just take these three steps: find your 'why'; determine your 'who'; and decide the 'how' that makes sense for you." The Daily Memphian features practical advice from GiVEr Renee Bailey (pictured, left) on meaningfully and authentically becoming an ally.

    "I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem"

    (June 18, 2020) Community Foundation donor and GiVE 365 Memphis member Teresa Leary Jenkins shares thoughts on a multi-generational tradition of giving and the value of GiVE 365 in the Memphis Business Journal.

    The secret garden that changes lives through art

    (May 22, 2020) Erin Harris of Carpenter Art Garden shares in the Memphis Business Journal how the nonprofit planted roots and GiVE 365 has helped it grow. Carpenter Art Garden received its very first grant from GiVE 365, which put it on a path to long-term success. Investments in fledgling community groups are sometimes considered "risky" by donors—but is one of the hallmarks of GiVE 365.

    2020 Grant Reviewers

    (Apr. 30, 2020) THANK YOU to the 40 GiVE 365 members who served on grant review teams this year. They got together virtually and recommended 10 grant finalists. Because of GiVErs' generosity, we had enough money to fully fund all of them.

    You don't have to be Bill Gates to make an impact

    (Mar. 20, 2020) GiVE 365 A-Team member Serrie Fung shares her perspective in the Memphis Business Journal on being a community-minded giver. Serrie is from Hong Kong, but now calls Memphis home. Groups like GiVE 365 helped her find her community.

    Housing is Foundational

    (Feb. 28, 2020) GiVE 365 A-Team chair Alex Willis shares her perspective in the Memphis Business Journal on the role of housing stability in building a thriving Memphis. She spotlights GiVE 365's exploration of the issue with this year's grant theme, Stable, Safe & Thriving: programs that address housing security for Memphians.

    Like Trying to End Rain

    (Feb. 21, 2020) The Memphis Flyer's eye-opening cover story on homelessness takes a look at some of the organizations addressing the issue locally. Take a few minutes to give it a read, as together this year we are exploring the theme Stable, Safe & Thriving: programs that address housing security for Memphians.

    Making Meaningful Philanthropy More Accessible

    (Nov. 22, 2019) Our own Elizabeth Morrison Warren is spotlighted by her alma mater Rhodes College, sharing just how special the GiVE 365 experience is.

    Dec. 3: Holiday Happy Hour

    (Dec. 3, 2019) Members kicked off GiVE 365's 10th anniversary year at an evening of holiday cheer with drinks and bites at Memphis's only car museum. We also announced the 2020 grant theme and recognized volunteer service.

    2019 Fall Welcome Party

    (Oct. 24, 2019) GiVE 365 celebrated the power of collective giving and welcomed new members. GiVERs and guests joined us at a beautifully restored Downtown venue for complimentary bites and drinks and used their wits to win prizes at interactive stations throughout the evening.

    Stronger Together

    Shelby County Books from Birth partnered for the first time with Porter-Leath as part of the 2014 GiVE 365 grant round, "Collaboration for Change." The nonprofits realized that together, they could do more to get books in the hands of children, and the two agencies formally merged in 2017.

    Artistic Fuel

    (Jul. 23, 2019) In GiVE 365's 2016 grant round, Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years, Indie Memphis received a grant to launch its Youth Film Fest. A grantee again in 2019, the nonprofit continues to grow and offer hands-on filmmaking opportunities, mentorship, and creative career development.

    Workforce now, workforce next

    (Aug. 19, 2019) GiVErs gathered to take a closer look at this year's grant theme and learn about the state of workforce development in Greater Memphis from an outstanding panel.

    GiVEr Spotlight: Serrie Fung

    New to town, member Serrie Fung sought out GiVE 365 as a way to dive into the Memphis scene and meet other community-minded individuals.

    ARK Farms Serve Day

    (Jul. 20, 2019) In May, members awarded an $8,000 grant to ARK Farms for its Youth Empowerment Internship. For a July member event, GiVErs experienced their grant firsthand at a fun and informative Serve Day with the ARK Farms youth interns.


    (Jun. 6, 2019) Five years after Indie Memphis nearly died, new leadership rewrote the script and staged a comeback straight out of Hollywood. Memphis Business Journal explores how the three-time grantee has found financial and artistic success, citing the inspired leadership of GiVErs Ryan Watt and Molly Jalenak Wexler.

    2019 Community Foundation Annual Meeting

    (May 14, 2019) GiVErs and donors gathered to kick off the celebration of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis's 50th anniversary year. The evening included the announcement of $63,400 in GiVE 365 grants and this year's cumulative grantmaking total from the Foundation—$147.6 million.

    Among NBA front offices, Grizzlies deliver on diversity

    We are proud of the all-star GiVErs who help make our hometown team run. Take a minute to read this Memphis Business Journal article about the Memphis Grizzlies, spotlighting our members Kandace Stewart and Chantal Hassard, with comments from member Jason Wexler. Go Grizz!

    University of Memphis Black Alumni Chapter honors Renee Wills

    A big congratulations to GiVEr Renee Wills, the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Young Alumna award from the University of Memphis Black Alumni Chapter. We can agree that she is pretty outstanding. Way to go, Renee!

    2019 Finals

    (Apr. 8, 2019) GiVErs gathered to hear 12 grant finalists present their proposals with the theme Pathways to Success: programs that provide workforce training and career development.

    GiVEr Spotlight: Nathan Tipton

    (Mar. 1, 2019) A-Team member Nathan Tipton brings Louisiana flair to his community contributions.

    GiVEr Spotlight: Bevan Lee

    (Jan. 18, 2019) A-Team member Bevan Lee finds grant review a rewarding way to engage with our community and fellow GiVErs.

    Sharing the power of informed giving

    Elizabeth Warren, Director of Grants & Initiatives, and Community Foundation Board member and GiVE 365member Chris Kelley appeared on the November 6 episode of WMC Action News 5's "Bluff City Life" program.

    Kaleidoscope Kitchen: Empowering Memphis One Dish at a Time

    (Jul. 11, 2018) Opened just last year, Kaleidoscope Kitchen is already making waves within the Binghampton community, and the city at large. Choose901 takes a look at the minority food business incubator and cites GiVE 365's role in its success.

    GiVEr Spotlight: Sonya Fleck

    (Jun. 25, 2018) A-Team member Sonya Fleck was introduced to GiVE 365 as a grantseeker and has remained involved, including her family in the grant review process.

    GiVEr Spotlight: Anna Mullins Ellis

    (Feb. 1. 2018) Anna Mullins wears a lot of hats—all in service of elevating the people, organizations, and initiatives that are propelling our city forward. Meet the new A-Team chair.