Our Model - GiVE 365 Memphis

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The idea is simple. You give $365—a dollar a day—to make our community better. You pool those daily dollars with others. Then, once a year, you decide together which organizations you want to receive grants.  

GiVE 365 is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Formed in 2010, GiVE 365 was created by a group of community leaders and the Community Foundation to encourage philanthropy in a new group of donors.

Our Mission

GiVE 365 unites and informs emerging philanthropists to make a collective impact on the Greater Memphis area.

Our Values

GiVE 365 advances the well-being of the Greater Memphis area by:

  • Equipping members with experiences and knowledge for making meaningful contributions to the community;
  • Exposing members to a diverse range of social issues and to the community-based efforts being made to address them;
  • Supporting a wide range of nonprofit and community based projects in the Greater Memphis area; 
  • Leveraging financial, social, and human capital for collective philanthropic impact; and
  • Building and growing a fellowship of informed and engaged donors.

Our Model

Half of your GiVE 365 donation supports grantmaking in the upcoming year and the other half goes in an endowment. Because GiVE 365’s programming and administration are fully supported by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, you can be assured that the entirety of your donation will go towards grantmaking to nonprofits, now and in the future.

An endowment is a way of investing that ensures a permanent source of funds for GiVE 365. The principal of the endowment fund is never spent, and it can grow over time to generate an increasing stream of funding devoted to fulfilling the mission of GiVE 365. Your gift—and all future income from your gift—is a permanent source of community funding that makes good works possible, forever.

Gifts are treated as follows: 

  • Annual membership gifts, matches, and general donations from $365 to $3,649 may be paid as one-time gifts or installments. These are allocated 50/50 between the GiVE 365 annual grant fund and the GiVE 365 endowment fund.
  • Some GiVErs have chosen to become Lifetime Members, contributing $3,650 or more. Lifetime Membership gifts are allocated at 5% to the GiVE 365 annual grant fund in the year received, and 95% to the GiVE 365 endowment fund. Exceptions to this treatment may be made for gifts with restrictions, such as foundation grants.