Do donations through CCF make a difference in Memphis?

Local nonprofit organizations are a driving force in improving the quality of life within our community. It is our duty as citizens to support these organizations, as they are bettering the very place we call home.

Nonprofit organizations assist other businesses in the community to drive economic development, provide greater access to the arts, amplify cultural awareness, ensure citizens receive a quality education, confront our city’s greatest health care challenges, and foster spiritual growth and revival for people in need — they virtually lend a hand to every sector of the community.

Nonprofits act as the arms and legs to our community’s boldest dreams – they turn the belief that our city can be a better place for everyone into action. Supporting local organizations provides us the opportunity to see our communities turn into the place we’ve always envisioned it to be. Last year, our donors gave more than $40 million in grants to local nonprofits through their donor-advised funds. These donations undoubtedly allowed nonprofits to expand their operations and make a bigger impact on their clients and community.

Even if our donors choose to give to worthy nonprofits around the globe (that also need our support), they’re still inadvertently supporting local nonprofits through our Hope for Memphis Fund! The Hope for Memphis Fund is a grant program sponsored by CCF that pours money directly into Christian nonprofits in the Greater Memphis Area.

To support our organization’s operations, CCF charges a small administration fee on each donor-advised fund we manage. These fees cover our operational costs, which we responsibly manage. At the end of each fiscal year, we determine what our surplus funds are, and all of those funds are made available to nonprofits through the Hope For Memphis Fund grant process. The surplus funds have grown year over year, exponentially expanding the impact we can make through Hope for Memphis Fund grants.

The Hope for Memphis Fund is dear to CCF, as it’s a simple way to live our mission. These grants serve as the arms and legs of our efforts to transform our city.

Help us continue to keep the hope alive on this journey to advance our community! Together, we can support development in the city of Memphis and its surrounding areas. Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” So, let’s do our part to turn the ripples into waves by supporting local nonprofits with CCF!

How to be more generous

Memphis is no stranger to generosity and giving. In 2017, Business Insider named Memphis the most generous city in the United States, with citizens reportedly giving an average of 5.6 percent of their incomes to charity.

We encourage you to strive to be more generous: with your friends and family, with others, with your community, with yourself. But how?

Committing to monetary donations is an easy way to grow your generosity this year. When finding time to serve is challenging, and deciding where to give seems daunting, Christian Community Foundation is here to facilitate your desire to practice gratitude through generous giving. Creating a donor-advised fund through CCF affords you the opportunity to donate now and determine where you’d like to recommend grant disbursement later. In the meantime, we’ll grow your funds tax-free through wise investments.

If you don’t know where you’d like to give, that’s OK. The beauty of creating and contributing to a donor-advised fund is that your donation counts today as a charitable gift (a tax benefit), but doesn’t have to be distributed until you feel called to grant the funds. This process is perfect if you want to begin a new habit of giving but don’t feel called to support any one organization.

With that being said, if you’re looking for an organization to support now, we can help there as well. Our donors contribute to thousands of 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit organizations annually, each with unique and valuable missions that make our world a better place to live. At CCF, we divide them into three categories:

  • Giving for the Kingdom – giving to organizations whose mission facilitates the building of God’s kingdom.
  • Giving for Common Grace – giving to an organization whose mission provides essential services that positively impact lives and communities.
  • Giving Hope for Memphis – giving to organizations whose work is changing the landscape in Memphis.

Making the decision to give generously is challenging for many, and we recognize that giving requires sacrifice. But as a facilitator of generosity, we know that giving radically changes the lives of those who receive and those who give. We want you to experience the power of giving.

2019 is the perfect time to begin giving back to our city. Interested in learning more about what we do and how you can start giving back? Give us a call at 901-682-6201!

Celebrate Generosity In Memphis 2013

The Hope Foundation is proud to announce our annual luncheon with a focus on generosity in Memphis.

Celebrate Generosity In Memphis 2013
Tuesday, March 5th, 11:30 – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Ballroom, University of Memphis Campus [map]

Last year’s event welcomed Shane Stanford from Christ Methodist Church as our keynote speaker to inspire over 400 of Memphis’s most generous givers and influencers. On Tuesday, March 5th we welcome Barrett Jones from Germantown, TN. Barrett is a Christian and happens to be the starting center for the 12-1 University of Alabama football team. Barrett’s young story is continuing to unfold through his excellent work on the football field and beyond.

A preview of Barrett’s testimony can be seen below:

This will be a great event to celebrate how God is moving through generosity. Memphis is unique in national giving statistics and Hope is proud to highlight stories from our donors and others involved

with Hope in Memphis.

Celebrate Generosity In Memphis 2013
Tuesday, March 5th, 11:30 – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Ballroom, University of Memphis Campus

When Helping Hurts Seminar

Please join us on Saturday, October 27th for a Helping Without Hurting Seminar! This seminar is based on the paradigm-shifting book When Helping Hurts and will be presented by co-author of the book Dr. Brian Fikkert. This seminar is hosted by the Hope Foundation and Second Presbyterian Church – Mission Memphis.

Location: Fellowship Hall at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue [google map]

What to Expect
Engage with the core principles of When Helping Hurts along with its author. The morning session of the day gives an overview of the core ideas of the book and the afternoon viagra sans ordonnance sessions dig deeper into practical steps for helping the poor whether ministering in North America or the Majority World. Reconsider how you help the poor and be encouraged in how your church or ministry can practically move forward in empowering those whom you help.

Who Should Attend

  • Pastors, elders, and deacons
  • Church ministry leaders and volunteers: mercy ministry, benevolence committee leaders, food pantry volunteers
  • Missions committee members
  • Missionaries and short-term missions teams
  • Relief and development agency staff
  • Christian donors thinking strategically about their generosity toward agencies helping the poor internationally and locally

Learn More: View a 3 minute video about the seminar by Brian and his co-author, Steve Corbett.

For more information please visit the Helping Without Hurting Seminar webpage.

We hope to see you at Second Pres on Saturday, October 27th.


Announcing: Urban Summit 2012

The Urban Summit is the Mid-South’s premiere experience for Urban Ministry Training from some of the nation’s most proven leaders in the field.

Hosted in Memphis by Hope Christian Community Foundation,

the Memphis Leadership Foundation, MCUTS, & City Leadership, this one-day event features training and conversations in the areas of Biblical Justice, Community Development, and Education Reform.

Saturday March 17th – 8:30am to 2:00pm

The Summit will be held at Christ United Methodist Church. Centrally located in Memphis on Poplar


The $49 registration fee is currently only $29 for guests of achat cialis france 24 the Hope Christian Community Foundation if you use the code HCCF29. Take advantage of this savings for your entire group.

For more information on the event, please visit:

Review: 2011 Celebrate Generosity in Memphis Lunch

Hope was pleased to celebrate another strong year with our 2011 Celebrate Generosity in Memphis event held at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis campus.  Nearly 350 people met to gather and hear messages of hope around the theme of giving.  Memphis has always had a strong history with giving and 2011 proved to be another landmark year for the largest grantmaker in Memphis.
If you missed the event or are interested in sharing the media, please share this post generic viagra reviews with others and continue to pray God will bless Memphis through the movement of generosity.

Hope donor and strategic financial advisor Chris Williams shared his story. If you are interested in learning more of Chris’s story, watch his full testimony.

Hope Executive Director Mike Harris shared his State of Foundation 2011 report.

Shane Stanford, Senior Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, shared the keynote message, “Draw Closely Friends.”

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Shane Stanford – Draw Closely Friends

Another short video set to inspire others in their path of giving was shared and invited others to join the movement.

Hope Board member and financial advisor Nancy Coe invited others to join Hope and open a donor advised fund to begin their giving journey today.

Nancy Coe

Nancy Coe – Invitation to Hope

David Waters published a followup and related article in Wednesday, Nov. 2nd Commercial Appeal: Faith Matters: Generous Memphis Belies Its Impoverished Image

View images taken from the 2011 Celebrate Generosity in Memphis Event

Celebrate Generosity In Memphis 2011

Is generosity in Memphis contagious?  From where we are sitting, we know it is.

The Hope Foundation is excited to announce its annual luncheon with a focus on Generosity in Memphis.  Last year’s event brought together over 400 of the city’s greatest influencers. On Tuesday, November 1st we say “thanks” for Jesus’ example of giving as we celebrate the impact our donors’ generosity has on the city.  Shane Stanford from Christ United Methodist Church will be our keynote speaker.  We are also proud to highlight giving testimonies from Hope donors.

What:  Celebration of Generosity in Memphis
When:  Tuesday, November 1, 2011; 11:30 – 1:00 PM
Where:  Holiday Inn, University of Memphis Campus, 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN‎ 38111
Keynote:  Shane Stanford speaking on the topic of Generosity
Cost:  $25 Per Person or $250 Per Table

This will be a great event to celebrate how God is moving through generosity. Memphis is unique in national giving statistics and Hope is proud to highlight all that is happening around us.

Ministry Spotlight: Walk to Fight Infant Mortality on Sept. 24

Memphis and Shelby County have been consistently named as having one of the highest – if not the highest – infant mortality rate in the United States. In order to combat the infant mortality crisis, Christ Community Health Services, a local Christian-based not-for-profit that seeks to meet the medical and health needs of Memphis’ underserved population, offers the Centering Pregnancy program.

Centering Pregnancy takes a unique approach to prenatal care, which encompasses self-care techniques, group prenatal care and facilitated meetings, which industry studies have shown to contribute to reduced risk of preterm birth in participants. Mothers in the program attend regular facilitated meetings with Christ Community staff and other mothers with similar due dates, where they are able to learn not only from the medical professionals at Christ Community, but also bond with and learn from other expectant mothers. They feel more involved and in control of their care and empowered to ensure they deliver a healthy, full-term baby.

Sisters in Motion Memphis, a group of African-American women with a shared interest in fitness and fellowship, will host its Second Annual 5K to benefit Centering Pregnancy on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at Overton Park. Your support as a walker, runner or sponsor will help the organization make a difference in infant mortality by assisting with education and prenatal care through Centering Pregnancy. For more information about SIMM or to register, visit For more information about Christ Community Health Services and/or Centering Pregnancy, visit

God’s People Working Together

The following article was submitted by Eleanor Jacobs from The Neighborhood School and is a part of our Ministry Spotlight Series.  If you would like to share an article in our series, please contact Hope.

God’s People Working Together in The Neighborhood School’s Residential Program

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Eph 4:16

Rogelio Duarte was recently praying with our dorm parent and his prayer was for his mother and that all those helping would be used by God to continue to work together to support his mom and his family.  Rogelio came to The Neighborhood School (TNS) almost two years ago by the way of Second Presbyterian Church Members.

As a church, Second Presbyterian was helping the Duarte family.  Their father had been deported to Mexico.  Their mother was not able to continue rent payments on their home and was evicted by the landlord.  She desperately  needed a place for her 3 sons to live and attend school.  2PC reached out to The Neighborhood School because of our Residential Program, and we welcomed Rogelio and his brothers Jonathan and David with open arms.  They began 8th, 7th, and 4th grade with us and their mother participated in residential program activities and came along side us in bible study. Their mother was very committed to her sons, but was going through a hard time.

We had no idea what blessings these boys would bring us. Nor did we know how many lives they would impact.  When the boys arrived at TNS they were very quiet and introverted.  They also were afraid and wanted to sleep together in the same room (in the photo you see their 3 beds pushed together).  Just after a month in school they began raising their hands in class, laughing with friends on the playground, standing taller with more confidence, and soon they decided their oldest brother could move into another room so they’d have more space.

About one year after the boys came to TNS, their mother, Martha, began feeling weak and was taken to a doctor.  She learned that she had stage 4 breast cancer.  Immediately, the TNS staff contacted people who had become involved with the boys, and efforts were begun to develop a plan of care for Martha and longer term plans for the boys.  As a result, arrangements have been made for a home and for hospice care for Martha.

Rogelio had just graduated 8th grade, but we made an exception to let him continue to live on campus and he is now a freshman at Kingsbury High School. Families from 2nd Presbyterian coordinate taking him to school and our dorm staff pick him up, as he lives in the dorm and participates in our Residential Program activities.   Rogelio is doing really well, he just  represented his high school in a robotics competition in Knoxville, and as an honors student, was  selected to go to Nashville for a week of class off-site. He placed in a swim meet last Saturday and will become a member at 2PC this Spring.

Jonathan (an 8th grader at TNS) is active in the youth choir at 2nd, participates in 3 degrees, and goes on missions trip. He’s doing very well in school, won 2nd prize in the Science Fair, recently came in 2nd for his age group in a 5k race, and placed as well in the swim meet. He will become a member at 2PC this Spring.

David’s 4th grade teacher recently said that David had improved so much since first arriving at The Neighborhood School. Having the support of a church community, the dorm parents, dorm staff, other dorm students, and still being close enough to his mom to be near her as she battles cancer has been a huge help for him. David is very involved with Boy Scouts, loves to play soccer and basketball, likes computer games, and is well-liked by his teacher and friends. He’s one of the first to volunteer whenever something needs to be taken care of.. He’s also a great listener. He has a great sense of character, and almost all of the new boys that come into the dorm ask to be his roommate.

The Duarte brothers go home on the weekends so they can visit with their mother. She has been in hospice care and battles a lot of pain. She needs a lot of prayer!! Her mother, Maria, who is a very godly woman, came from Oklahoma to care for her and does a phenomenal job of caring for her 24-7. However, they also spend a good portion of their weekends at church members’ homes, farms or at Boy Scouts campouts.

The leaders of the Scout troop in which the boys in the TNS residential program are members have become increasingly involved in the boys’ lives. Several people who have developed connections with the boys are helping the family with living expenses.  Two women from 2PC visit Mrs. Duarte several times each week to pray with her and minister to her needs.  Three families have become legal guardians of the boys.  The families know the boys from Boy Scouts, church at 2PC, and the school.  One family alone didn’t feel they were able to support all 3 boys, however they are all working together to support these wonderful kids

What makes the The Neighborhood School so special is the people behind it–the volunteers, staff and donors.  Strong connections are made between our students and their families and the people who support us.  It is not unheard of for volunteers and prayer partners to take in students after they graduate TNS and make them a part of their family while they attend high school.

At TNS, we are not only teaching academics and the love of Christ, but we are connecting these children to community members who will love and support them forever.  We are building trusting relationships between our students and our volunteers and staff to help guide these children to live productive and happy lives. None of this would be possible without our donors and supporters.

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Eleanor Jacobs eleanorjacobs12[at]yahoo[dot]com