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Greater Giving Moment

Greater Giving Moment

Thursdays at 7:31 AM and 8:31 AM
Julia McDonald from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis shares how to give smarter and do more good for your causes and your community.
  • This is an exciting time of year at the Community Foundation, as we have 30 different scholarship funds open for Mid-South students to explore and apply for. One special opportunity this year is the Memphis City Council HBCU Scholarship.
  • Presidents Day, initially established to honor George Washington's birthday, is celebrated on the third Monday of February every year. Today it is often associated with shopping sales and a long weekend. As we commemorate Presidents Day, let's reflect on more than just a day off. This occasion is not just about past leaders; it is a celebration of democracy.
  • Nearly four years after the onset of COVID, you—like many Americans—may remain deeply concerned about our mental health crisis. During the pandemic, symptoms of anxiety and depression rose 25 percent, according to the World Health Organization. They remain significant—especially for people experiencing household job loss, young adults, and women.
  • We remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on the enduring legacy of the civil rights icon. it’s a great time to ask: How can I give to promote change in the same areas Dr. King gave his life for?
  • Enter the new year with a resolution that truly matters – create your will.
  • One of the last and most significant grants from the Community Foundation’s Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund was a million-dollar investment in creating a palliative care program at Regional One Health.
  • The holiday season can be a rollercoaster, impacting both our physical and mental well-being. Statistics reveal a spike in depression, anxiety, and substance misuse during this time. If you or someone you care about is navigating a mental health crisis or dealing with substance issues during the winter holidays, you're not alone.
  • Tis the season for giving and we are all on the hunt for great holiday gift ideas! Many local nonprofits offer ways to shop for good.
  • As we approach year-end, the Community Foundation is often asked about making charitable gifts with QCDs, or qualified charitable distributions.
  • December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to reflect on the ongoing fight against HIV and AIDS. In Memphis, local statistics underscore the need for essential services and care. Our city has one of the highest rates of HIV transmission in the country, with a disproportionate impact on minority communities.
  • One of my most enjoyable moments at the Community Foundation was watching a Sotheby's auction featuring a flawless 10-carat diamond. As bids soared past half a million dollars, we eagerly anticipated the outcome. The proceeds from this sale were directed into a fund at the Community Foundation for the donor to allocate to their chosen nonprofits, benefiting local youth development and social justice initiatives.
  • As we approach year-end, it’s a good time to consider charitable giving and estate planning action steps that may maximize your charitable impact while minimizing your tax burden for 2023.