One of the priorities of the family foundation is to provide opportunities for philanthropy education in an effort to remain responsive to our community and to ensure the grant partners selected have the necessary support to accomplish their mission. Our staff builds trusted relationships with grant partners and actively engages in conversation around each organization’s needs so our grant process remains relevant.
LATINO MEMPHIS Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors)
Abriendo Puertas, Latino Memphis' college access and success program, represents the first and only initiative in the region focused specifically on Latino students. Like our friends at Latino Memphis, we know that education is one of the most critical elements in overcoming generational poverty, and as such, we believe that the future viability of Memphis and Shelby County depends on our ability to proactively and collectively address the educational needs of our city's residents. The goal of Abriendo Puertas is to increase college access for Latinos in the Mid South through culturally relevant mentoring, academic advising and leadership opportunities to ensure that students graduate on time and pursue a postsecondary degree or certificate. Latino Memphis reported 132 students were enrolled in the Abriendo Puertas program. Over the course of the year, they also reached an additional 500+ students and families through community events like ACT Prep workshops, College Application Nights, DACA Clinics, and other workshops.
Impact #’s celebrated by the organization:
90% Program Retention; 95% Graduation Rate for Program Participants; Average ACT score of 19 (three points higher than that of Latino students in Shelby County and two points higher than the overall Shelby County average); 100% post-secondary acceptance for program participants; 90% rate of enrollment in a post-secondary institution; A total of $1.8 million awarded in scholarships; and a 97% retention rate going into the second semester of Latino Memphis' college program.
Testimonies from individuals impacted through this partnership: “ Abriendo Puertas has changed my perspective on how important education is by always helping andguiding me through the college access process.” - Chantel Barcenas
“Not only has Abriendo Puertas helped me open doors to attend college, but it has also given me support to never give up on what I want to become in life.” - Josue Rivera
VOLUNTEER ODYSSEY'S Volunteer Compass
The purpose of our partnership with Volunteer Odyssey was to help the organization improve volunteerism in Memphis. Many of our local, non-profit organizations report they don’t have enough volunteers to effectively achieve their missions. By matching individuals with organizations they are passionate about, Volunteer Odyssey is creating a group of people who can help the organizations reach their full potential. To accomplish this goal, they needed a platform that would allow volunteers to explore and register for opportunities, while also allowing nonprofits to recruit, track, and manage those volunteers. The organization officially launched VolunteerCompass in April 2017.
Impact #'s celebrated by the organization: They have added 60 nonprofit partners to their platform and volunteers have logged more than 27,00 hours of volunteer time, worth more than $620,000 for our community.
Testimonies from individuals impacted through this partnership:
“The successful delivery of MIFA's services depends on our volunteers. Volunteer Odyssey's new platform helps us recruit and communicate with volunteers more effectively thus benefitting both our clients and our volunteers.” - Sally Heinz, Executive Director of MIFA.
“We consider ourselves the University of and for Memphis. This partnership [with Volunteer Odyssey] is an outstanding example of our university’s commitment to helping the city of Memphis thrive.” – Dr. M. David Rudd, University of Memphis President
BIG GREEN (formerly The Kitchen Community) GardenBites Health & Nutrition Curriculum
Big Green (TKC) builds Learning Gardens in schools across the country. Learning Gardens are engaging outdoor classrooms that connect kids to real food, increase academic achievement, and drive community engagement. Through the organization's school-based Learning Gardens and associated programming they increase food literacy and knowledge of and preference for vegetables in low-income students, improving school food environments and setting children up for a healthier future. Garden Bites is the Learning Garden-based 15 lesson nutrition curriculum available for elementary and middle school students. The curriculum pairs classroom-based nutrition education and cooking lessons with the Learning Garden for a deep dive into what healthy food choices are and how to make them. Students experience food in its natural state, learning where it comes from, how to grow it, and most importantly, how to consume it in a way that improves and sustains their personal health. Through a per student stipend, teachers were able to supplement the produce grown in their garden with fresh produce, supported professional development workshops for teachers to familiarize themselves with the Garden Bites curriculum, and assisted with funding staff support to teachers administering Garden Bites. BIG GREEN celebrated the installation of their 100th Learning Garden at Hamilton Middle School on March 21, 2018.
Impact #'s celebrated by the organization:
Overall, 11 teachers were trained in delivering the Garden Bites curriculum to their students; 373 students participated in the Garden Bites curriculum
Kingsbury Elementary School: 6 Teachers Trained; 82 Students impacted
Kingsbury teachers incorporated Garden Bites Snack Prep lessons into their Special Education Cooking and Life Skills curriculum. Students were able to use produce from the garden to create healthy snacks.
Coleman Elementary School: 3 Teachers Trained; 36 Students impacted
Functional skills teachers cook with students every Friday, and incorporated the Garden Bites curriculum and snack into their Friday lessons plans. In the classroom when the students prepared the snacks, they had to go to their "classroom store" that the teachers had set with materials, and students had to find the ingredients they needed for each recipe!
Keystone Elementary School: 1 teacher trained; 75 students impacted
The Garden Bites curriculum was delivered by a teacher to all of her 3rd grade classes.
Maxine Smith STEAM Middle School: 1 teacher trained; 180 students impacted
The Physical Education teacher at Maxine Smith taught Garden Bites during his physical education classes to meet Health Nutrition Education Standards. Maxine Smith was one of only 10 schools in the country to receive the National Healthy Schools Gold Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, due to their focus on health and nutrition. Their Learning Garden and the Garden Bites curriculum has been a welcome addition to the programs they offer students.
At the conclusion of the school year, Garden Bites teachers completed a satisfaction survey. On a scale of 1 to 4, where 1 means strongly agree and 4 means strongly disagree, teachers reported:
- During Garden Bites, students readily paid attention during the cook and nutrition lessons- 1.3
- Students’ knowledge of healthy eating and food origins increased because of the Garden Bites curriculum- 1.3
- Students appeared to understand the concepts that I presented in the Garden Bites lessons- 1.7
- Students are eager to participate in more Garden Bites lessons- 1
Testimony from school impacted through this partnership:
"Our work with The Kitchen Community was instrumental in becoming one of America’s Healthiest Schools. From planning and installing our Learning Garden to working with our local liaison Marie Dennan to plan and maintain year-round gardens, we’ve learned so much about how to bring this valuable educational opportunity to our students and staff. The results of these efforts have been nothing short of amazing. We utilize the Garden Bites curriculum to teach students how to make healthy, nutritious food with our harvests. We take advantage of the serenity of the garden to host mindfulness, yoga and meditation exercises that relax our students. Academically, students are learning the science of gardening and gaining a deeper sense of how ecosystems affect us as a community.
-Kyle Kuusisto, Physical Education teacher, Maxine Smith STEAM Academy
FAMILIES MATTER Principles of Manhood and Connections Curricula
KWFF has been in a funding relationship with Familes Matter since 2010. Recognizing the breakdown of the family has a negative effect on our community and society as a whole, Carol and Herman Jackson have focused their programming on men and boys. Their curriculum empowers, supports, and educates men inside and outside public schools on how to build and sustain the biblically based Christian relationships that are critical to personal and familial success.
Impact #’s celebrated by the organization: At the beginning of the school year in 2017, five (5) schools were involved in the program with 4 men teaching the curriculum. At the end of the year they had 13 schools involved in the program with additional schools requesting the partnership. To date, there are 16 men serving in a mentoring role to the males in the program. In spite of changes in Shelby County Schools Administration, the Connections program continued to work with 22 teachers who incorporated Connections with their students' curriculum. Momentum and demand has increased with success of this programming in our public schools. Our partnership has helped promote awareness of the need for this programming as well as expand the organization's footprint in Memphis and Shelby County.
SERVICE OVER SELF Urban Youth Empowerment Initiatives
SOS exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development. The purpose of our partnership was to fund programs designed to provide training and experience for low income urban youth to prepare them for viable careers as adults. Through these programs the organization used hands on construction training, meaningful jobexperience, mentoring, and discipleship to develop low income urban youth from some target neighborhoods (Binghampton, The Heights, and Orange Mound) into the next generation of community development leaders in Memphis. These youth are literally helping rebuild their own communities through home repair and special construction projects in the neighborhood. This is increasing the overall health of the communities we serve by developing leaders from within those communities while those young leaders are making tangible, physical improvements to their neighborhoods.
SOS Builds (an after school program providing educational, character, and leadership development through hands-on construction training and discipleship); Urban Youth Summer Jobs Program , and UrbanYouth Home Repair Camp Scholarship Program.
Impact #'s celebrated by the organization:
Overall, the organization was able to engage nearly 100 low income urban youth in their Urban Youth Empowerment Initiatives in 2017.
SOS Builds - In the program’s third year they had 100% retention of available students from year two. Two students have participated all three program years. The organization launched a High School cohort. All FY17 Builds participants showed measurable growth in both understanding of the gospel and skills assessment (in construction skill and tool use ability).
Urban Youth Home Repair Camper Scholarship Program partnered with six different urban youth ministries / Schools (Streets Ministries, Oasis of Hope, Carpenter Art Garden, SOS Builds, Excell Scholarship Program, and Collegiate School of Memphis) to recruit 58 low-income urban youth to participate in one week of home repair camps. All of these students were scholarshipped through our urban youth empowerment initiatives.
Urban Youth Summer Jobs Program hired eight low income urban youth for their summer jobs program. They had 50% retention rate from the previous year.
In 2017 eight (8) of our (50) college summer staff were first introduced to SOS through one of our urban youth empowerment initiatives. These are college students who grew up in a low income neighborhood in Memphis. This is a huge achievement for us in terms of developing urban youth to the level needed to serve on our college summer staff and in terms of retention of these students. A large percentage of our college summer staff go on to work in urban development work upon graduating college. This is an indicator that our programs are working in developing low income urban youth into leaders who are prepared for viable careers.
Testimony from individuals impacted through this partnership:
A quote from Mya, who has participated in SOS Builds since its inaugural year: “ We hope that the picnic tables help people feel more safe to come out in their communities and spend time or get to know new neighbors and welcome them into safe arms. And we hope that younger people in the community see the picnic tables and want to come and join Builds and become leaders in making their community a better place to live.” - Mya 2017
Kieraney’s story: Kieraney first came to SOS as a camper with Collegiate School of Memphis through our Urban Youth Home Repair Camper Scholarship Program in high school. Last summer she served on our college summer staff and was an incredible leader making an impact in Binghampton. "My summer at SOS was honestly my best one yet. Service Over Self is a place where you meet the Lord and find that you could never leave the same once you have experienced all that this place has to offer. My days were always jam packed with roofing, chapel, being poured into, and pouring out my all to middle schoolers and high schoolers from all over. With such a demanding schedule, I learned how important it is to be intentional with every second of every day that you are blessed with. You never know how much an encouraging word or kind gesture could drastically change the trajectory of someone's day, so I learned that it is important to approach each day with the intentionality that Christ did when He walked this Earth. I also started to internalize how radical the Gospel truly is. Jesus came here to this Earth, lived the most perfect life to die the death that I deserve, so that I could be one with Him and experience him everyday. Wait, What?! Similar to the gospel, Service Over Self leaves you feeling the exact same way. How radical is it that college students and teenagers from all over the United States come to Memphis, many without any construction background what so ever, to help repair homes and spread the gospel. Nothing else could explain this but Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus is present with us everyday throughout our every encounter, and it is very important that we learn to value and enjoy His presence in our everyday lives."
Our 2017 Grant Partners
KWFF is proud to continue help make Memphis great by granting $1,723,223 this year. Our grant partners include:
- ADVANCE MEMPHIS
- AMERICAN RED CROSS
- ARTS MEMPHIS
- AVE MARIA
- AVIATION HALL OF FAME
- BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
- BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES
- BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
- BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART
- CATHOLIC CHARITIES
- CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS
- CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
- CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
- COLLEGE INITIATIVE
- COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE HOMELESS
- CROSSTOWN ARTS
- DENVER ZOO
- DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS
- EAA AVIATION CENTER
- EMMANUEL CENTER
- EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
- FAMILIES MATTER
- FOR THE KINGDOM
- HUTCHISON SCHOOL
- IMPACT TENNESSEE
- KEMMONS WILSON SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY AND RESORT MANAGEMENT
- KEMMONS WILSON FAMILY CENTER FOR GOOD GRIEF
- LATINO MEMPHIS
- L.I.T.E. MEMPHIS (Let's Innovate Through Education)
- MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN
- MEMPHIS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
- MEMPHIS DELTA PREP
- MEMPHIS DENTAL SOCIETY
- MEMPHIS GRANTMAKERS FORUM
- MEMPHIS TEACHER RESIDENCY
- MEMPHIS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
- MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL
- MEMPHIS ZOO, INC.
- METHODIST HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
- NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
- NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTIAN CENTER
- NEXUS LEADERS INC
- PINK PALACE FAMILY OF MUSEUMS
- PORTER LEATH
- PRESTON TAYLOR MINISTRIES
- RHODES COLLEGE
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
- SALVATION ARMY
- SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
- SEEDING SUCCESS
- SERVICE OVER SELF
- SHELBY FARMS
- SOULSVILLE CHARTER SCHOOL
- SRVS-SHELBY RESIDENTIAL VOCATIONAL SERVICES
- ST GEORGE'S INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
- TEACH FOR AMERICA
- TRUTHSEEKERS FELLOWSHIP
- UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS FOUNDATION
- VOLUNTEER ODYSSEY
- WEST INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH
- WOLF RIVER CONSERVANCY