A look back at Hope for Memphis in 2023

Did you know by having a fund at the Christian Community Foundation, you’re giving back to your community beyond what you grant individually? We value our city and want to see it succeed, which is why we created the Hope for Memphis Fund. This grant utilizes surplus funds from operations and fees from all donor-advised funds to create more sustainable, effective Christian ministries and leaders who are seeking city-wide transformation. Keep reading to learn how you gave back to your neighbors this year!

Children and Youth Services – $277,000

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

– Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

These organizations focus on the future of our city – children. They inspire, motivate and educate the young people of Memphis in hopes of them growing into leaders, world-changers and Christ-minded individuals.

Community Development – $60,000

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

– Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

These organizations meet people where they need them – at home. They focus on development, growth and building thriving communities throughout Memphis.

Refugee Services – $45,000

“The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

– Psalm 146:9 (ESV)

The Lord makes it clear we must watch over newcomers to our community. These organizations provide essential services to people who are acclimating to America, providing English language and cultural support, legal services and housing aid, which can be difficult to navigate in a new home.

Housing Services – $50,000

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

– Matthew 25:35 (ESV)

Housing is a basic necessity, like food or water. These organizations help unhoused people find shelter and assist in rebuilding dwellings.

Community Mental Health – $40,000

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

These organizations help Memphians with the psychological components of health.

Family Services – $65,000

“We love because He first loved us.”

– 1 John 4:19 (ESV)

These organizations focus on the family as a whole and provide all-encompassing care, like food and housing assistance, educational services and much more.

Human Services – $45,000

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

– Mark 12:30-31 (ESV)

Helping your neighbor is one of our greatest charges as Christians. These organizations assist people within our communities by providing a number of common-grace services.

Ministry Leadership Development – $47,500

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

– Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Strong, Christ-focused leaders are the key to developing a Christ-minded world. These organizations help develop other organizations and leaders to grow our city in His image.