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Compete for Grant Funding to Make Memphis Better in 2020: Give 365

GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day philanthropy initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofits. The theme for this year’s grant cycle, as voted on by the GiVE 365 membership, is Memphis 2020: programs that will have a tangible impact on Memphis in the next five years. All grant applications must respond to this theme. Grant application details are available at

Key dates in this year’s grant cycle:

  • February 8, 2016 – Applications due online at
  • April 14, 2016 – The Finals event. Members hear pitches from the finalist applicants.
  • April 22, 2016 – Member voting closes
  • May 10, 2016 – Grant awards announced

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Formed in 2010, GiVE 365 unites and informs emerging philanthropists to make a collective impact on Greater Memphis. Members donate $365 a year, pool their money with others, and vote on both an annual grant making theme and grant recipients. GiVE 365 hosts social and educational events and gives members the chance to actively participate in the grant making process. Volunteer grant review teams read applications and narrow down the list to finalists.

In 2015, 42 organizations applied for $40,000; 10 groups were selected as finalists. Of those, the following received funding: A Step Ahead Foundation, The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, HARC, Knowledge Quest, Memphis Library Foundation, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services, and St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center.

GiVE 365 members have distributed more than $325,000 in five years. In addition to the grant pool, GiVE 365 has grown its endowment to more than $440,000. Membership currently stands at more than 250 individuals, couples, families, and businesses.

About The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis:The mission of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is to strengthen the community through philanthropy.  Founded in 1969, the Foundation last year awarded $114 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. The Community Foundation has more than 900 charitable funds, with assets of $410 million. For more information, visit

Contact: Julia McDonald, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 901/722-0056,


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