Women’s Foundation focuses funds on economic security for local families

Families in need across the Mid-South will be able to receive the services they need thanks to a new round of grants totaling more than $500,000 from The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM). The funds will be dispersed across 29 local organizations, helping to support vital jobs and services at non-profits across the area.
“The funds we invest with grantee partners provide programs and services to help families achieve economic security,” says Shante K. Avant, WFCM Deputy Director.  “The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is proud to partner with committed and effective agencies who are working on behalf of our most disadvantaged families.”
Over the past 18 years, WFGM has awarded $6 million in grants to 362 programs and raised $7.7 million for special initiatives totaling $13.7 million in community investments.  The money has been distributed throughout Memphis and Shelby County to more than 100 non-profit and educational organizations providing support to nearly 16,000 women and children through education, training, empowerment and hope.
The 2014-2015 grantees are Advance Memphis; Booker T. Washington High School; Citizens for Community Values; Community Legal Center; DeNeuville Learning Center for Women; Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County; Girl Scouts Heart of the South; Girls Incorporated of Memphis; Hope House Daycare Center, Inc.; HopeWorks; Karat Place, Inc.; Latino Memphis; Lighthouse Mission Ministries; Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.; Memphis Urban League; Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.; New Ballet Ensemble and School; New Memphis Institute; RISE Foundation, Inc.; Shelby Debate Commission; Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation; The Exchange Club Family Center; The Salvation Army; United Housing; University of Memphis Research Foundation – Herff CE; Urban Strategies/Memphis HOPE; W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Catalyzing Community Giving; and Youth Striving for Excellence.

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