December 2016


Happy Holidays!

Yesterday I visited the office of a new donor and on the wall was a wooden plaque with the words, "Speak Kind Words, Hear Kind Echoes." 
Words have just as much power and impact as action. Every kind word spoken about the Women's Foundation this year was received and helped to inspire and fuel our board of directors, trustees, staff, donors, and volunteers as we push towards fulfilling our mission and vision. 
Your investment in kindness touched the lives of thousands of women and children. We cannot express their immense gratitude.  We asked for your support and you gave it in leaps and bounds.  We look to the future with hope to be working with you again next year. 
Thank you. 

It's not too late to make a gift to the Women's Foundation in 2016. Click  here to spread kindness today. 

We wish you peace, love and joy,
Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO
THANK YOU to everyone that supported The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) on November 29 for #GivingTuesday.  This year, WFGM set a goal of raising $2,020 in support of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in the 38126 zip code, one of the poorest areas in the City of Memphis. You helped us meet more than DOUBLE the challenge!
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) to kick-off the holiday giving season.  Join WFGM for next year's Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2017 and continue to make an impact on the lives of women and children in the City of Memphis.

Honor Her this Holiday Season and in the New Year

This holiday season, honor the women in your life by making a gift to the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. With a donation of $25 or more, we will create an individualized honorarium card that can be sent the recipient. 

A Special Holiday Screening of the Movie Hidden Figures 
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. 

Proceeds  benefit WFGM's  Young Women's Initiative. Purchase a ticket TODAY! 

WFGM Partners with United Way Mid-South
WFGM is partnering with United Way of the Mid-South for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) awareness from January 17, 2017 through April 18, 2017. EITC can increase a federal tax refund from $1 to $6,269 for qualified tax payers. Families earning less than $54,000 can visit over 20 free tax preparation sites courtesy of United Way Mid-South. Volunteers are needed to help with the tax prep. Training is available. For more information contact Yvonne Howard 901-433-4334 or email
WFGM Joins Christmas Brunch at Crenshaw 
The Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library in 38126 hosted its 29th Annual Christmas Party this month. More than 62 children and teens and 23 adults came to together to enjoy a delicious holiday brunch, receive Christmas gifts and take photos with Santa. Hattiloo Theatre presented a special performance of "The Magic Tree." The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis was a proud sponsor for the holiday festivities.

South City Christmas Open House
WFGM joined Foote Homes residents for the South City Christmas Open House this month. The holiday party, sponsored by WFGM, the Memphis Housing Authority, and Urban Strategies Memphis Hope, was hosted in the Emmanuel Center Gymnasium. More than 200 women and children attended and enjoyed food, a DJ, and door prizes ranging from TVs and microwaves to household items and toys.
2017 Legends Award Nominations Deadline January 13, 2017
The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 13, 2017. The Legends Award pays tribute to women whose work embodies the mission of the Women's Foundation. The purpose of the award is to applaud these Honorees, whose visionary and innovative work is of paramount significance in their specialized areas of outreach.  Criteria for each award category is located at   and on the nomination form .

Memphis Women and WFGM Board Members Recognized for Community Leadership 

Leslie Lynn Smith

S usan Springfield, former WFGM Board Member, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of First Horizon National Corp.; Daphene McFerren, Executive Director of the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis; and Gretchen Stroud, Vice President of Global Learning and Talent for Hilton Worldwide, was recognized in  The Memphis Business Journal  as inaugural members of  Biz Women's 100 Women to Watch in the U.S.   Leslie Lynn Smith, newly elected WFGM Board Member and President of EPIcenter, was recognized in  The Commercial Appeal among the  Top 10 Memphians   to watch in 2017
Women's Foundations Committed Over $29 Million to
Economic Security in 2016
WFGM was represented by board members, grantee partners, and community partners at the Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: Continuing Progress and Building Change seminar this month as a member of Prosperity Together to discuss 2016 progress. Partners of Prosperity Together, a collective effort of U.S. women's foundations, including WFGM committed more than $29 million in 2016 to help women in their communities and states acquire living-wage jobs, educational training and support, and affordable and high-quality childcare. Part of  the Women's Foundation's contribution is the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in zip code 38126, one the poorest areas in the City of Memphis.  Learn more here.
(Left to Right) Lisa Moore, Ruby Bright, Claire Hyde, Dr. Rosie Bingham,  Panelist, Dr. Marcia Bowden, Barbara Hyde, Shante K. Avant, Rychetta Watkins,  State Representative Karen Camper, State Representative Ramesh Akbari
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Hidden Figures Movie Screening
Thursday, December 29
Tickets: $25 for Adults
$10 for Children 12 and Younger
Purchase Tickets: Here
Proceeds benefit WFGM'S 
Young Women's Initiative
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Movie: 6:00 p.m.
Malco Paradiso 
584 S Mendenhall Rd
Memphis, TN 38117

Nominate a Legend!
Friday, January 13, 2017 

The  2017 Legends Award will recognize women in the  following areas/categories:

Philanthropy and Leadership Award
Catalyst Award
Innovation Award

Legends Award Art Exhibition
Friday, January 7, 2017-
Friday, February 3, 2017 
Buckman International
1256 N. McLean Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38108  

Vintage 901 Festival
Friday, March 10, 2017-
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Various Location in Memphis
Tickets Available Individually or 
for all Three Days
Proceeds Benefit WFGM 

Legends Award Reception 
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
The Columns at 
One Commerce Square
40 S. Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:30 AM-1:15 PM
Memphis Cook Convention Center
255 N Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Women's Funding Network 2017 Conference: Women Funded 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017-Friday, September 8, 2017
San Francisco, CA


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Join us as a volunteer with Vision 2020. We have several areas of focus within this strategic plan, including:
Early Childhood Education
Job Readiness
Financial Literacy
Volunteers are also needed for:
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Clerical Work
Communications & Marketing
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If you would like to volunteer, contact Mimi Duru at 
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For more than 20 years, The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis 
has been uniting women and helping to break the cycle of poverty through 
philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.

Our mission is to encourage philanthropy, foster leadership among women  and support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential. 

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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.