Your grant dollars at work: 3-month update
Together with your fellow GiVErs, you chose eight nonprofits to receive grants totaling $57,000 earlier this year. A few months in, 2018 grantees have shared the latest with their projects/programs and how GiVErs can continue to be involved.
Bridge Builders Interfaith Community Action Program
BRIDGES · $4,800
BRIDGES is preparing for its first Interfaith Action workshop on September 30, in partnership with MIFA and 901 Ummah . Students will learn about the basic tenets of Islam, including breaking down Muslim stereotypes, and then work in pairs with members of 901 Ummah to package shelf-stable meals for MIFA's Meals on Wheels recipients. 
Global Pathways to Success
One Step Initiative · $5,000
One Step Initiative is building partnerships with local youth organizations and schools to recruit for its fourth cohort of Youth Global Ambassadors that will be traveling abroad in Spring 2019. 15-25 students are expected to be part of the cohort, and pre-departure training will begin later this year.

Are you interested in presenting or volunteering at a pre-departure training or business mixer this fall? Email
Video credit: Choose901
Kaleidoscope Kitchen
Binghampton Development Corporation · $10,000
Kaleidoscope Kitchen has been purchasing equipment and planning for its trailer-based, mobile kitchen build, scheduled for the week of September 17. Staff is also sending a version of its food entrepreneur training program curriculum to a translation service to be translated into Spanish and Arabic for its immigrant trainees.

Do you have impeccable organizational skills to help Kaleidoscope with kitchen storage solutions? Or are you willing to donate Kroger or Amazon gift cards for basic culinary supplies? Email or drop them by the Community Foundation.
Photo credit: Andrea Zucker Photography
Memphis Music Series
Levitt Shell · $10,000
As of mid-September, the Levitt Shell presented six of the 10 concerts that make up the Memphis Music Series. Approximately 26,000 people attended these concerts, which included partnerships with Refuge Memphis , Stax/Soulsville , Memphis Athletic Ministries, and the Memphis Public Library . The partnerships were strategically developed to help reach target audiences. Collected information indicates that the Shell is increasing its ability to foster more diverse audiences that are interacting in positive ways with one another.

Haven't had a chance to make it to a fall concert? Don't miss these between now and October 21.
Performing the Peace
Playback Memphis · $10,000
Playback has been recruiting new participants for the upcoming cycle of its Performing the Peace program. Seven Memphis Police Department officers and seven individuals who have had experience with the criminal justice system are slated to participate. To find participants in the latter group, Playback added a new partner, Benjamin Hooks Job Corps Center's Rite of Passage program, in addition to its existing partnership with Lifeline to Success . After pre-program evaluations, the first sessions will begin in mid-October.

Want to attend the Performing the Peace mid-point performance, where the officers and Job Corps members will meet for the first time? Email Elizabeth Warren if you are interested. The performance is tentatively scheduled for October 19.
Q&A Queer Youth Theatre
Circuit Playhouse · $5,000
27 students, ages 14-21, are participating in the theatre troupe to explore and express what life is like as an LGBTQ or Allied teen in the Memphis area. Over the summer, the group developed the Meet You There project, an outreach initiative in which the participants explore and present their perspectives to churches, businesses, and organizations throughout the city. Congrats to the troupe for recently being recognized at the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance conference in Boston as "Outstanding New Troupe"!

Know of an organization that is interested in a visit from Q&A? Email .
Safe Families for Children
Bethany Christian Services · $9,100
Over the summer, Safe Families for Children helped parents in crisis by facilitating the placement of 19 children with host families. The placements enabled these parents to secure stable housing, gain employment, pursue educational opportunities, receive counseling services, and expand their support system. With the exception of one child who tragically died from bacterial meningitis, all children have returned home at the completion of the hosting arrangement to a more stable environment, setting families up for greater success.

You're invited to join Bethany for an inspiring evening of food and fellowship at its Love and Justice Banquet on September 27. Learn more and register here.
A Step Ahead Youth Council
A Step Ahead Foundation · $3,100
After spending the summer recruiting, A Step Ahead successfully formed its Youth Council of 23 students from 16 different high schools. All grade levels are represented, the racial makeup of the group closely reflects that of the city of Memphis, and there is a varied mix of talented students. The Youth Council's first meeting was on August 30, at which students established short- and long-term goals for the group focused on teen health in Memphis.

Want to learn more about A Step Ahead's programming? Register here for a Lunch & Learn on September 26. 
Want to help us spread the word about the impact you and fellow GiVErs are making in Memphis? Invite a friend to join you at GiVE 365's Fall Kickoff at Loflin Yard!