Faithful Stewardship


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.



Let's Innovate Through Education

Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE) equips African American/Latinx students with 21st-century skills to create wealth. LITE provides an 8-year pipeline of support for minority students from ages 17-25. The organization provides 1-on-1 coaching and seed funding to students as they launch businesses through an intensive 4-month incubator and develop critical 21st-century skills like creativity, design thinking, technological literacy, and financial literacy. In college, LITE trains Innovation Fellows (alumni of the incubator) through a prototyping curriculum and matches students with paid internships so they can further develop their essential 21st century skills and broaden their professional networks. After college, LITE matches alumni with mentoring, coaching, and access to capital networks so they have the resources to stimulate economic progress in their communities.

In 2019, LITE:

  • Grew the number of students served over 20%.
  • Over 1/3 of their students created products in 2019 that they were able to sell at Pitch Night and students generated an average of $2,000 in revenue per idea.
  • Helped launch 82 student-run ventures.
  • Collectively, students have generated $200,000 in revenue.
  • Helped 39 students secured summer internships

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RISE Foundation

RISE (Responsibility. Initiative. Solution. Empowerment.) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to improve the community by providing financial literacy tools and incentives to help families build assets and make strong financial choices. Most recently, RISE collaborated with the Shelby County Trustee Office to develop the Greater Memphis Financial Empowerment Center. The GMFEC provides no-cost, one-on-one financial counseling to the Memphis community, without income restrictions and with the ability for individuals to utilize the services for up to 24 months.

Program services provided by RISE:

  • The Save Up Program. An Individual Development Account (IDA) initiative which matches participants $2 for every $1 saved.
  • The Goal Card Program. An incentive-based program focused on goal setting and improvement in grades, conduct and attendance for students in grades 5-12.
  • The Common Cents Program. A workplace initiative that offers area employers the opportunity to give hourly workers the gift of financial literacy through a 4-week workshop.
  • The Silver Neighbors Program. Empowers senior citizens through the establishment of financial learning circles led by their peers. 

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P.U.R.E. Youth Athletic Alliance 

Founded in 2011 by Melvin Cole, Progressing Under Restraints and Extremes (PURE) Youth Athletics Alliance was designed to draw young African American fatherless youth away from violence and gangs. PURE’s mission is to provide a residential homeschool program for young men that focuses on personal accountability, mentoring and sports. The goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty for at-risk male youth. The Methodology for achieving success is:

  • RELOCATE at-risk youth to supportive, nurturing housing with family agreement.
  • RESTORE opportunity to reach their full potential through individualized support.
  • REINFORCE the importance of education and offer continuous resources to support their educational needs. Program Alumnus have a 100% college graduation rate.
  • REALIZE a future for the youth in becoming community-minded productive adults.

Academic: Recent diagnostic testing of our students showed an average student grade level gain of 3.6 years for the time period of 2016-2018. Even though PURE students attend 36% more school days than public school youth, the homeschooling program has resulted in near 100% school attendance.

2019 Graduate: P.U.R.E.’s 2019 graduate entered the program as a high school freshman, heavily involved in gang activity and reading at a 4th grade level. He graduated ahead of schedule in December 2019 with an ACT composite score of 20 and multiple football college scholarship offers.

Early college scholarship offers: Football camp participation has generated college scholarship offers for all 5 of the youth; collectively, they have over 40 offers. While less than 1% of high school players get Division I scholarship offers, all PURE youth have received offers.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc.’s (ADS) mission is to help persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders live their lives with dignity and respect while providing relief to their caregivers and support for their families. ADS provides affordable, quality activity programming for persons with a diagnosis of some form of dementia. Caregivers are able to maintain employment knowing that their loved one is in a safe and engaging environment.

ADS strives to keep the therapeutic day program affordable for all caregivers while not turning a family away due to the inability to pay. The ultimate goal is to keep the loved ones at home longer with their families.  

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KWFF is proud to continue help make Memphis great by granting $1,823,417 this year. Our grant partners include:

It is not how much you have but how much you enjoy that makes happiness.

Kemmons Wilson