October 2016


In one of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis' (WFGM) largest volunteer efforts, over 100 people supported The 2016 Zip Code 38126 Back to School Drive. Volunteers logged  305 hours to assemble and sort 37,000 total items and distribute  1,000 backpacks to students in two schools located in the heart of 38126. 

Friday, September 23  at 8:30 a.m. volunteers reported to the Booker T. Washington High School Gym. They were greeted by WFGM staff, coffee, donuts, and the sight of hundreds of notebooks, crayons, pens, pencils, cookies, and more sitting neatly in a large stack of boxes. There was also information and opportunities for parents and guardians. Supporting the entire family is a critical component of WFGM's two-generation approach.  With excitement and commitment, they moved swiftly to the tables and started an assembly line to stuff the backpacks, which were a surprise for students at  Booker T. Washington High School  and LaRose Elementary School In a matter of hours and after a short program, students lined up to receive their gifts. Volunteers celebrated, laughed, and gave the students high-fives and words of encouragement as they placed the backpacks into their hands. Students posed for pictures, and stopped to open the bags to discuss the contents with friends. All smiled at the labor of love for the community and a few came back after class, asking if they could take one or two extra home for siblings. 
Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO
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Women's Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

Lisa Geater
Chief of Staff
City of Memphis

Leslie Lynn Smith
President,  EPI Center

Click here for a full list of The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis 2016-2017 Board of Directors, Trustees and Staff.  

City Hall Hosts 2015 and 2016 Legends Art Work
The Legends Award Art Exhibition is on public display September 30-October 30 at Memphis City Hall in the Hall of Mayors, 125 N. Main Street. Legends Award Artists and Writers create works of art and prose that personify the Legends Award Honorees' accomplishments and contributions to this community. 
WFGM Receives $50,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation
Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) recently received a $50,000 grant from the  Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program to assist with Partnership for Women's Prosperity at Memphis. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by preparing 300 local, low-income women to pass workforce and skills assessment tests.  The grant will enable WFGM to launch the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Preparation Project and Beyond. The project aims to increase one-on-one services and provide more concentrated assistance with remedial education skills, job readiness and life skills. WFGM's vision is to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in zip code 38126, the poorest zip code in the city of Memphis.

Bank of America Announces $50,000 in Funding to Enhance 
Community Revitalization
The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is one of four non-profits to receive a grant from Bank of America to increase access to affordable housing and support neighborhood revitalization in the Memphis community. WFGM will use the funding to support a financial literacy training program to help increase budgeting skills, increased understanding of banking services, and debt management education. 
Grantee Partner Spotlight
The Juice Plus Technical Training Center's Job Seekers Program for students age 16-24 hosted by WFGM Grantee Partner the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis  prepares students for successful careers after high school graduation. The program offers paid job training, placement services, and workforce development resulting in a pipeline to economic self-sufficiency and prosperity.  Each year 350-400 students enroll, with a 100% of graduates going directly into jobs, college, or the military.
Success Story, Geraldine Gives Back With Her Girls
How can you measure a return of investment on your time? It is measured with women like Geraldine a nd her daughters. Geraldine is a former resident of Dixie Homes and a US Memphis HOPE participant. When she suddenly lost her job over 8 years ago , Geraldine searched for another one for months, always pushing forward despite numerous setbacks. After being connected through Memphis HOPE with Methodist Le Bonheur, she was hired at the hospital as a receptionist and continues to do well. She is looking to advance in her career and giving back is important to her.  Geraldine and her girls joined WFGM during the Zip Code 38126 Back to School Drive. Geraldine returned, remembering how years ago she needed the very resources that she and her daughters helped to gather for backpacks given to the women and children of 38126. A proud moment for all!
Vision 2020 in the News
The five goals of WFGM's Vision 2020 Strategic Plan includes a focus on case management, employment training, early childhood education, youth development, and financial literacy. In a September column titled Where will all the workers come from? Commercial Appeal columnist Ted Evanoff speaks with Executive Director and CAO of WFGM, Ruby Bright about important issues that prevent people from coming out of poverty. WFGM's pivotal role in the development and revitalization of South City is further highlighted in a  September article titled  New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes , by Memphis Daily News Reporter Madeline Faber.  Advancing Women's Economic Security in the Philanthropy News Digest highlights Vision 2020 as a feature of the Women's Funding Network new Online Story-Telling Platform

Memphis Poverty Rate on the Decline
The City of Memphis' poverty rate fell from 29.8 percent in 2014 to 26.2 percent in 2015. The 2016 Update of the Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet  produced annually by Dr. Elena Delavega of the Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis details specifics of the change in poverty. 

Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act Introduced by US Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Susan Collins (R-ME)
In September, US Senators  Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan  Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act  in the Senate. The Act aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to support children and their parents to increase their economic security, educational success, social capital, and health and well-being.
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Voter Registration!
Tuesday, October 11 is the Voter Registration deadline in Tennessee. Learn more about the voter registration process  here. This season, there's a way to have reminders texted straight to your phone about the most important appointment you have in November - with the voting booth! Text VOTE to 74534 for reminders and tools to create your own custom voting plan based on where you live.
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The Women's Foundation needs people like YOU who are passionate about giving back to the community.   If you would
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Early Childhood Education
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Financial Literacy
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Founded in 1995, The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is a non-profit organization of women helping women break the cycle of poverty in Memphis though philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.

Mission- To encourage philanthropy, foster leadership among women and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

Vision- To be an agent of change committed to a community of  well-being 
   and prosperity, where women live in sufficiency, strength, and safety, sharing their leadership and empowering their children .

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The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage

philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable

women and children to reach their full potential.