Christian Community Foundation Impact Report

Annually, we reflect on the state of the foundation to paint a picture of the last year’s events. And every year, we are amazed by the impact you, our donors, make on our community and our world through your intentional giving. Fiscal year 2019-20 is no exception.

  • $84 million in grants given in fiscal year 2019-20.
  • $42 million given to Memphis nonprofits in fiscal year 2019-20.
  • $46 million given to faith-based nonprofits in fiscal year 2019-20.
  • $500,000 given to Christian nonprofits in response to COVID-19 in 2020.
  • $624 million in grants given since inception.

The Hope for Memphis Fund

In March 2020, our board convened to discuss the urgent need arising around us. COVID-19 affected us all but had a devastating effect on many of our neighbors and the nonprofits that meet critical community needs. To respond to urgent calls for funding, the Christian Community Foundation adapted its granting process to provide aid to Christian nonprofit organizations in Memphis meeting COVID-19 related needs. 

As a donor-advised fund holder at CCF, you power this fund. Without your generosity and willingness to give, our ability to provide this critical aid would not have been possible. We are grateful that you choose to invest with us – your commitment allows us to invest even more of our resources in organizations spreading the love of Christ through critical services in Memphis.

Who gives through CCF?

We are a family of givers, and just like any family, each member is unique. Our givers come to CCF with unique financial circumstances, giving goals, investment strategies and financial literacy. No matter where you are in your philanthropic journey, the desire to give is all you need to work with CCF. 

To help paint the picture of our giving body, we created several fictitious giver stories to help people understand the ways that CCF meets the varied needs of different givers. It is our hope that one of these stories will connect with you or remind you of a loved one who might be a perfect candidate for a donor-advised fund. We encourage you to explore the example below, as well as the other stories we created. 

Meet Bill and Anna – empty nesters who are not quite ready to retire.

With two children off the payroll and stable careers, Bill and Anna have started thinking about how they’ll make an impact through philanthropy into retirement. They want to continue to live comfortably and continue making donations to the nonprofits they love, but recognize that their income will be reduced once they stop working. With a goal of retiring in 10 years, Bill and Anna open a donor-advised fund through CCF and start investing funds that they can use to continue their giving well into retirement.

Save the Date – CCF’s Annual Power of Giving is set for April 22

This year, we will fellowship, share updates about the state of the foundation, and conclude with a message from Scott Harrison of charity: water. In preparation for the event, we strongly encourage you to read “Thirst,” his New York Times bestselling book.

About Scott Harrison and charity: water

Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist.

Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the nonprofit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 785 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.

In 13 years, with the help of more than 1 million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised $450 million and funded 51,400 water projects in 28 countries. When completed, those projects will provide over 11 million people with clean, safe drinking water.

Scott has been recognized on Fortune magazine’s list of 40 Under 40, Forbes’ Impact 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, where he earned the #10 spot. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and author of the New York Times Bestselling book Thirst.

Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria, son Jackson and daughter Emma.