Get informed, stay engaged -
the latest on your grant dollars at work
Together with your fellow GiVErs, you chose eight nonprofits to receive grants totaling $57,000 last April. Read the second of three updates on the progress of 2018 grants and explore some awesome ways you can stay engaged.

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Bridge Builders Interfaith Community Action Program
BRIDGES · $4,800
BRIDGES held two Interfaith Action events in the fall, one with 901 Ummah and the other with Multinational Ministries . Bridge Builder students were paired with students from the partner organizations to complete a service project and to have facilitated conversations around Islam and refugee families. Six more events will be scheduled for this spring.
Looking for a fun way to involve the youth in your life in important dialogue? Click here to learn more about Youth Ignite Memphis at BRIDGES on February 2.
Global Pathways to Success
One Step Initiative · $5,000
One Step pushed back the departure of its fourth cohort of Youth Global Ambassadors traveling abroad until Fall 2019. Fifteen to 25 students are expected to be part of the cohort, and staff are busy recruiting students to apply to the program. Pre-departure training will begin soon for accepted students.
Do you have professional expertise that you're willing to share? One Step needs volunteer presenters for its student trainings. Please email if you can help.
Kaleidoscope Kitchen
Binghampton Development Corporation · $10,000
Kaleidoscope's food entrepreneur training curriculum has now been translated into Spanish, paving the way to offer trainings for Spanish-speaking Memphians beginning this year. A new iPad was also purchased to be used for shared-kitchen management and food sales. Due to a few setbacks, the trailer-based mobile kitchen, also covered by this grant, is not yet complete but should be ready in time for Kaleidoscope Food Festival this April.
The date is set for the 3rd annual Kaleidoscope Food Festival on Saturday, April 13! It's never too early to mark yourself as Going or Interested on the Facebook event .
Photo credit: The Commercial Appeal
Memphis Music Series
Levitt Shell · $10,000
Long-time GiVEr Anne Pitts led the Shell to its current place as a Memphis institution. After 10 years and 500 shows, Anne stepped down as Executive Director in December. Thanks, Anne, for your commitment to connecting our communities through free music! GiVE 365's grant recently helped sponsor 10 local/regional musicians for free shows. Each artist was chosen because their music reflects the diverse tastes, interests, and cultural experiences of surrounding neighborhoods. Approximately 26,000 people attended these concerts and helped the Shell continue to be a place of shared community.
Learn about the Levitt Shell's new Executive Director, Natalie Wilson, in this Daily Memphian article .
Performing the Peace
Playback Memphis · $10,000
Seven Memphis Police Department officers and seven individuals from Benjamin Hooks Job Corps Center's Rite of Passage program participated in numerous "Setting the Stage" sessions and other discovery meetings this fall. These culminated in a public Playback performance in December focused on community-police relations and the stories of the programs' graduates.
GiVErs are invited to a Playback Open House on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 PM. Come hear from recent Performing the Peace participants and celebrate the impact YOU are making! Click here if you would like to attend.
Q&A Queer Youth Theatre
Circuit Playhouse · $5,000
Over recent months the theatre troupe, made up of 27 LGBTQ or Allied teens from the Memphis area, developed the Meet You There project. This outreach initiative explores and presents participants' perspectives to churches, businesses, and organizations throughout the city. After much preparation, the troupe has confirmed performances and moderated discussions with five area organizations. We look forward to hearing the results!
Are you part of a Mid-South organization that will welcome Q&A participants to your space for a conversation about the troupe and the greater LGBTQIA community? Check out more details here .
Safe Families for Children
Bethany Christian Services · $9,100
Since receiving the grant, Safe Families has facilitated the temporary placement of 28 children whose families were in crisis. To help families become stable, it partners with many organizations in town, and staff is actively working to expand this partner network. Click below to read how Safe Families has worked with partners to help one resilient mother move from homeless to earning her associate's degree, while her daughter is in the loving care of a host family.
Did you know that your recent holiday donations (pictured) are helping provide a backpack full of comfort items for hosted children as they transition to their temporary home? As Safe Families puts it: " We hope these backpacks will be a small, friendly gesture to say [to our kids], 'You’re important'...and 'It’s going to be okay' in the midst of a sometimes confusing time." Extra thanks to those who donated!
A Step Ahead Youth Council
A Step Ahead Foundation · $3,100
A Step Ahead Youth Council, made up of 23 students from 16 different high schools, met three times throughout the fall. Activities ranged from goal-setting to volunteer projects to public health discussions. The topic of their next meeting is scheduled to be a group brainstorm regarding parent-child communication, in addition to a review of a ‘How to talk about birth control’ worksheet. These activities will lay the groundwork for the development of a parent toolkit.
Interested in learning more about A Step Ahead or haven't had a chance to visit their new offices in Crosstown? Register to attend the organization's next Lunch and Learn on January 23.
Want to be a part of reviewing applications for the 2019 GiVE 365 grant cycle? Sign up to be on a grant review team today until February 1, and join the 36 GiVErs who have already chosen to participate.