Nonprofit

Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer Painting at Pilgrim's Rest House St. Mary's Soup Kitchen

Feature StoryAster Demekech, 27, is the director of Juice Almighty, a juice bar and café inside of the Memphis Rox climbing facility in South Memphis. (Kim Coleman)

Pay-what-you-can juice bar fuels South Memphis


Feature StoryHighland Row is one of the many new mixed-use, high density developments to be built on or near the Highland Strip in the last few years. (Ziggy Mack)

High-rises on Highland are a test for Memphis 3.0


Feature StoryGuests discuss a set of photographs at The CMPLX grand opening. (Shelda Edwards)

The CMPLX opens to packed house in Orange Mound


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The impact and strength of the rich collection of active and creative non-profit organizations in Memphis cannot be underestimated. Foundations, non-profit organizations and hospitals make up a large percentage of the business community, and are thus significant employers. And in a town that is steeped in a history of grassroots movement and social activism, it was an easy lesson: when you invest in non-profits you invest in building a stronger community.

Our city can boast being a part of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's sweeping goal to advance cures and prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment (without denying treatment because of a family's ability to pay). Ducks Unlimited, headquartered here, is the world's largest waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. From one-woman start-ups like Project Greenfork to the revolutionary new strategies in healthcare at the Church Health Center, our non-profits – large and small – are making big waves. Whether the groups are enriching lives with art and culture, or saving lives with critical research, Memphis has become a hospitable home for those who want to make a difference.