March 2016


As we celebrate Women's History Month, we're all thinking about the women in our lives who have impacted us in the biggest way. These women can be
a favorite author,
your mother or a historical figure.
Either way, long held conversations about women continue to sweep through the past, present and upcoming generations. As WFGM celebrates our 21st year, we move forward to not only address the issues in these conversations, but to do something
about them.

In this edition of Reaching Out, you will read about Vision 2020, some of our key annual events and fundraisers, changes within the foundation and ways you can help us make a difference. 

Whether to donate, volunteer or learn more about the Women's Foundation, visit  today to learn how you can impact your community. 
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Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO

Annual Modern Day Woman's Conference

Join Young Women Philanthropists and the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis for the Modern Day Woman's Conference, "Road to 2020: Creating Pathways to Ensure Success over the Next Four Years," Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19. Topics include Connecting the Dots (Improving Your Resume), Becoming a Social Media Maven, She's the Boss (Entrepreneurship), Releasing Your Fear, Focusing on Self, Managing Your Finances Like A Pro and Memphis 101. To learn more about the sessions and diverse panels of speakers, visit  

You'll also have the chance to hear from Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Read more about MDWC's keynote speaker...

"It is very important for women to connect with other professionals at every point in their careers," said Tiffany Futch, chair of Young Women Philanthropists. "Modern Day Woman's Conference provides that opportunity. We can all help each other and in turn help our communities." 

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WFGM Announces the 2016 Legends Award Honorees

Join us in honoring these legendary women at the 2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium. The Legends Award Reception takes place on Thursday, April 21, and the
Annual Tribute Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 29. Reserve your seats for both
events today.

Learn more about the Legends Award and the  2016 Honorees ...

Legends Award
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Columns at One Commerce Square

Annual Tribute Luncheon
and Symposium
Friday, April 29, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Memphis Cook Convention Center

2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium Leadership Roundtable

Women's Foundation Board Members Recognized for Excellence
Marcia Bowden was named one of the 2016 Faces of the Mid-South by 
Memphis Magazine.

Roquita Coleman-Williams was highlighted in Inside Memphis for her new position as the official community ambassador for Canadian National Railroad. Read the article ...

Nisha Powers, president of Powers Hill Design, LLC,  was featured in Memphis Business Journal. Read the story ...

Baptist Women's Hospital CEO Anita Vaughn was recognized in the Commercial Appeal's Good Health insert. Read the feature ...

Choice Neighborhood Implementation
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Memphis Housing Authority and the City of Memphis a 2015 Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant for $30 million. Memphis was one of five cities to receive the award. 

The initiative, Memphis South City, will focus on developing three components in zip code 38126 - neighborhood, people and infrastructure. The Memphis South City initiative aligns with WFGM's Vision 2020 Strategic Plan that focuses on reducing poverty in zip code 38126 by one percent per year over the next five years.

Booker T. Washington High School Girls Basketball/Track Teams Educational/Cultural Experience

The Booker T. Washington Educational/Cultural Experience motivates students using athletics as a tool for achieving their goals. The main objectives of the program include: increasing the number of student-athletes who successfully graduate from high school; improving ACT scores four to six points; and increasing the number of students who attend post-secondary institutions. As part of the program's efforts, members of basketball team recently had the opportunity to play in front of college recruiters from across the state of Tennessee.

Says head coach Steven McKinney, "It is my strong belief that we are changing the lives of a special group of young ladies. It is a known fact that we cannot do this work without great partners and supporters like you and the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis."

Advance Memphis

Advance Memphis provides tools for financial independence, helping residents of this community overcome roadblocks to employment, find jobs, succeed in the workplace, save money and move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Advance Memphis was recently featured in the March 4th edition of the Memphis Business Journal

WFGM welcomes the newest members of our team.
Patria Johnson, Grants and Programs Manager
Patria i s working closely with our Grants committee and grantee partners to measure outcomes and impact.

"I am so excited about my role to ensure that the programs we fund have the capacity to help WFGM deliver the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan." 

Marlon Peace, Development Associate
Marlon Peace will help shape future development strategies and processes at the foundation.

"As a native of Memphis, I am excited to be a part of the innovative and creative team at the Women's Foundation. This position has allowed me to contribute daily to make a positive impact on my city." 

Lindsey Stanfill, Development Manager
Lindsey will be a key player in fundraising, donor relations and special events.

"I have worked for organizations supported by WFGM in the past,
and I am excited to be a part of the larger picture. Instead of working with one organization, I am now working with amazing non-profits all over the city." 

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Modern Day Woman's Conference
Kroger - Presenting Sponsor

Friday, March 18 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Joseph in Laurelwood
418 S. Grove Park Rd.
Memphis, TN 38117

Saturday, March 19, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Baptist Memphis Education Center
6027 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Women's Funding Network
"Advancing Women's Economic Security"
Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29, 2016
New Orleans

2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium
"Moving the Vision Forward"
FedEx - Presenting Sponsor

Legends Award Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Columns at
One Commerce Square
2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon
Friday, April 29, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Memphis Cook Convention Center

Memphis Mother's Day 5K
Sunday, May 8, 2016
7:00 a.m.
Shelby Farms
Use the WFGM  Discount code: WFGM572483

The United State of Women White House Summit
"Today, We'll Change Tomorrow"
Monday, May 23, 2016
Washington, D.C.




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The Institute for Women's Policy Research's The Status of Women in the South is the first report to provide a comprehensive portrait of the status of women, particularly the status of women of color, in the southern states, grading each state on six different topic areas related to women's economic, political, health and social status.


WFGM is a proud partner of 

directory of nonprofit organizations
in the greater Memphis area.
Discover organizations working on issues important to you. Find information about their mission, staff and board, major programs, and finances, and
donate to support their work.

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:
Administrative Support
Clerical Work
Communications & Marketing
Data Entry

Upcoming events:
Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium
Memphis Mother's Day 5K
To volunteer, complete the online form 
or call 901.578.9346

Each month we receive information about incredible women doing
incredible things. 
If you have a story about a  phenomenal woman who is impacting the community, transforming women's lives and the face of poverty and supporting the work of the 
Women's Foundation, we want to
hear from you.
Please make suggestions or submit information regarding potential
e-news stories to 
Brittany Tuggle
or call 901-969-2399.

Established in 1995, WFGM is one of the fastest growing women's foundations in the country that is dedicated to securing and granting funds to programs that enable women and their families to become economically stable.
We are considered to be on the leading edge of economic and community development focused on moving families living at or below the poverty level above the lines toward economic security. Building on what we have learned over the past 20 years, we collaborate with stakeholders from across the city to coordinate strategies to reduce poverty in Memphis. Our vision is for Memphis to become a city of choice, where poverty decreases as educational attainment, wages, business partnerships and inclusion increase.

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Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis
One Commerce Square

40 South Main Street, Suite 2380 | Memphis, Tennessee 38103

901.578.9346 (office)
901.578.9446 (fax) 


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.