End-of-year giving – stop what you’re doing and plan ahead!

As the year-end approaches, gift giving is often at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Time and money is spent shopping for the perfect Christmas gifts for friends, family and loved ones. If you’re like many of us, mixed in with the holiday shopping deals are requests for support and donations from nonprofit partners in the community. End-of-year giving requests are an important piece of the nonprofit giving cycle as nonprofits hope to capitalize on last-minute efforts by donors to alleviate tax burdens. But strategic givers know that giving doesn’t have to happen at the end of the year – in fact, with a donor-advised fund, you can plan your giving strategically so end-of-year requests don’t have to break the bank.

So, why should a donor-advised fund be the answer to your end-of-year giving needs?

You can more easily field unexpected requests.
All of our resources are limited, and we know that money can be tight at the end of the year. While you may want to donate to a number of organizations, you might have already exceeded the amount you can donate for the year. A donor-advised fund allows you to earmark and budget funds specifically for philanthropy. This way, when end-of-year requests pour in, you have a pool of money in your fund that you can donate without impacting your cash flow. This gives you the freedom to plan and give more easily!

For tax purposes, you receive a tax benefit in the year you contribute to your donor-advised fund.
If you’re giving at the end of the year in a mad rush to alleviate your tax burdens – stop! Meet with a trusted financial advisor earlier in the year and create a giving plan that includes a donor-advised fund. You’ll receive a tax credit in the year that you contribute to your fund, and you won’t have to rush to find places to donate money at year-end. Trust us – strategic giving pays off!

We are called to give – and donor-advised funds help you give more freely.
God’s Word is clear that we are intended to give what we have to those who have less. As Christians, it’s a part of our calling!

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

– 1 John 3:16-18

As we enter into the giving season, search your heart for those organizations and missions that mean the most to you and your family. Letting children become involved in the giving process is a great way to encourage family bonding and instill the importance of giving at a young age.

If you have any questions about giving back or would like to create your own donor-advised fund to begin your own giving journey, feel free to give us a call at 901-682-6201.

Where to give in Memphis?

Memphis has a heart for giving – and we also have causes worth supporting. With so many asks coming in on a daily basis, and with a number of worthy organizations tugging at our heartstrings, it can be hard to land on which organization you want to support through your Christian giving. But if you know how much you want to give in a year, then there is an easy solution – create a donor-advised fund.

Creating a donor-advised fund through the Christian Community Foundation affords you time and the opportunity to give strategically. Donor-advised funds allow you to budget, plan and execute your giving in one move without designating a nonprofit. So, when a need arises or your heart is touched, you can immediately make a grant to the nonprofit of your choice from the pool of money you’ve set aside for giving.

Donor-advised funds are a flexible, convenient way for you to donate money when you aren’t sure of where to give. With a donor-advised fund, you receive an income tax deduction in the year that a contribution was made to the account – and you no longer have to keep up with donation receipts for every nonprofit or charitable contribution you make. You also can easily make a grant request online, and we’ll write, mail and confirm donation for you. We do all the leg work! Through CCF, you can also donate assets including cash, stocks, bonds or even real estate. This flexibility allows you to contribute what you want when you want with no extra stress or inconvenience! 

In our city, the opportunities to donate seem endless. And it’s amazing that we have a nonprofit landscape so committed to tackling our community’s most challenging issues. We want to empower you to use the gifts you’ve been entrusted with to impact the community. You can do this most effectively with a donor-advised fund.

We know that the giving process can be overwhelming at times, which is why we are here to help every step of the way. If you need assistance in setting up a donor-advised fund or with any donating needs, feel free to contact us at (901) 682-6201.

Non-Profit Spotlight: Memphis New Leaders

Memphis New Leaders
Transforming public education through outstanding leadership

Every day Memphis New Leaders inspire teachers, motivate students, engage parents, and involve the community as they seek “to ensure high academic achievement for all children,

especially students in poverty and students of color.”  Memphis New Leaders serve as principals and assistant principals in Memphis’s most challenging, impoverished schools.  The work is both a professional and personal calling, because they believe every child deserves a chance to succeed.

These highly skilled, dedicated, and compassionate educators seek to turn around our city’s under-performing schools and transform the lives of the students who attend them.  Participants make a solid, six-year commitment to serve our community upon entering the New Leaders program.

New Leaders’ work is grounded on clear evidence that effective principals are fundamental to school improvement and student achievement, and the belief that all children, regardless of circumstance, can achieve academic success. Demography is not destiny for children in New Leaders-led schools.

This school year, over 45,000 Memphis area students will be directly impacted by a New Leader’s leadership in Memphis City Schools (39); Shelby County Schools (1); Achievement School District (5); Charter Schools (8); as well as in other educational leadership roles (22).  Since 2004 when New Leaders began serving the children of Memphis, New Leader-led schools https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-en-france/ have consistently outperformed other Memphis City Schools academically.

New Leaders is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that receives public and private financial support individuals, foundations, corporations, and government.  In this time of school transition, New Leaders is seeking to broaden its base of supporters, and respectfully asks that you become involved with New Leaders’ mission.

We invite you to see the difference first-hand by taking part in a Leadership Matters Tour in a New Leader-led school.  To participate, simply call Liz Conway at 901-881-5119.

New Leaders works because it’s founded on the premise that leadership matters. We know that it matters in business and in government.  So of course, it matters in schools.  We know that a great teacher can change a classroom.  But you need great leaders if https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-ordonnance/ you want to change whole schools and transform an entire city. If you care about Memphis, about our

kids and our future, I can’t think of a better, more high-impact investment than New Leaders.”

Barbara Hyde
President, Hyde Family Foundations
Advisory Board Chair, Memphis New Leaders
National Board Member, New Leaders

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[The above article was published in the 2012 Fall Hope Newsletter and was submitted by Memphis New Leaders Senior Manager of Development Liz Conway]

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, https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/prix-viagra-pharmacie/ 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

Ave.

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: http://theurbansummit.org/

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 sistersinmotionmemphis.org. For more information about Christ Community Health Services and/or Centering Pregnancy, visit christcommunityhealth.org.

Run The 4th Annual Forrest Spence 5K

Grab your running shoes, the race is about to start.

The Hope Christian Community Foundation is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Forrest Spence 5K coming to Memphis this August.

The 4th Annual Forrest Spence 5K is August 27, 2011 at Overton Park. This is a wonderful event for all ages. There will be a 5K, 1 mile fun run, 100 yard dash for younger kids, music, food, tons of kid activities like bouncy houses, huge slides, face painting, games, and more. Register now at racesonline for the best race of the year. Click here to register.

The Forrest Spence fund is designed to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. God continues to use David and Brittany’s story as the legacy of little Forrest continues to share love with others as support for families experiencing with similar situations that they faced with the birth of their first child Forrest in the fall of 2007.

Find out more here about the race or dig deeper in to how God continues to use the cause to make Memphis better by visiting http://www.forrestspencefund.com/.

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

Ministry Spotlight: Visible School

The Visible School was recently featured in our Spring 2011 Hope Newsletter.

While touring worldwide as a performer with the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Skillet, Ken Steorts observed a disturbing number of young musicians with great promise yet seemingly little guidance, instruction, or purpose. In response, Ken founded the only independent, accredited music and worship arts college in the world, Visible Music College, whose name was inspired by the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his challenge for Christians to be the “visible community” in Nazi Germany.

Beginning with 21 students in 2000, Visible Music College has carried out its mission to train and equip recording artists, technicians, music ministers, and music business professionals in skill and character development for effective service in the music industry and in the church. Visible Music College students can earn a Bachelor of Ministry degree or a one-year certificate in one of three concentrations: music, music production or music business. Enrollment, which is currently at 120 students, is limited to ensure a supportive, experiential education that fosters a seamless transition both from high school to college and from student to professional. Drawing from both traditional and vocational educational models, as well as Christian ministry training, this non-denominational Christian college has pioneered a holistic program that is equally academically challenging, vocationally practical, and spiritually empowering.

Visible Music College has already purchased the iconic glass-front building at 200 Madison and plans to renovate the facility to include a concert hall, library, recording studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and an atrium performance space. This 44,000-square foot “green” complex, which will be accessible by bus, car, or trolley, will support enrollment up to 180 full and part-time students. Visible Music College will also secure a nearby eco-friendly condo project at 670 Madison Avenue in The Edge district with a trolley stop literally at the front door. In addition to housing 72 students, this residence will also include rehearsal and recording facilities.

Visible Music College’s presence in the heart of downtown Memphis will provide accessibility to key partners including STAX Academy, Memphis Music Foundation, Neighborhood Christian Center, KIPP Academy, and many others. Their new urban campus will allow them to offer enhanced educational and community service programs for both children and adults including music worship workshops, summer youth programs, a public concert series, and Visible Community Music School, which will provide affordable lessons to 150 children per week. Visible Music College is more than a college campus–it is a community of artists, technicians, ministers, and business people serving the church and society with their collective energy and talents through worship and innovation in all artistic endeavors for the glory of God and for the benefit of all people.

Find out more at visible.edu or call 901.381.3939. If you are a local ministry interested in being in the Hope Ministry Spotlight, please contact Hope.

Hope Tops List of Memphis Granting Agencies in 2010

The Commercial Appeal spotlight shined on Hope this morning with the following article from Toby Sells.

Hope Christian Community Foundation gave $30 million to 200 nonprofit organizations in 2010, and while it wasn’t an annual record for the foundation, the figure made Hope the largest granting agency in Memphis.

Mike Harris, Hope’s executive director, noted that the foundation’s giving in 2010 was down from the $32million mark set in 2009. But, he said, “Our donors were very generous and our giving held up.”

Still, the donor pool remained a “mixed bag,” he said, in a recovering economy.

“A couple of our larger donors are companies that are still feeling the impact of the recession,” Harris said. “But individuals — the doctors, lawyers and professional people — their business must have picked up over last year, which put them in a better position to give.”

Hope gave more in grants in 2010 than did the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, normally the largest donor-advised foundation in town. CFGM gave $26.3 million in grants in 2010.

Harris said Hope was not being “prideful” about being the largest grantor, and CFGM president Robert Fockler said there was no competition among Memphis foundations and was “thrilled” Hope did well last year.

He said CFGM gifts and grants are down nearly one-third from prerecession levels. That figure, he said, can almost be directly tied to the slumping stock market as gifts are typically from assets, not income.

“So, when (donors’) assets got hit — like they did in the stock market in 2008 — it takes awhile for that shock to wear off and takes awhile for their assets’ value to rebound,” Fockler said.

But Fockler and Harris agreed that things are looking up for 2011, both citing strong giving in December as a bellwether.

Individuals tend to delay giving until December, Harris said, as they begin to close the financial books on the year. He said giving in December 2010 was higher than the Decembers of 2009 or 2008.

Hope’s donors mainly direct their funds to Christian organizations working to serve the poor in Memphis or working to spread the Christian gospel in foreign countries.

Advance Memphis is one of those organizations. It provides job training and resources to the residents around the Cleaborn/Foote public housing development in Memphis’ 38126 ZIP code, once one of the nation’s poorest postal codes.

A Hope grant was directly responsible for a program that finds work and hires some of Advance’s toughest-to-place students, those with felonies, for example. But it’s not all about the money, said Advance’s executive director, Steve Nash.

“It’s also the network and introductions we get (from Hope) that are valuable as well,” Nash said. “We get introductions to business men and women and leaders in the city that become volunteers and connect us to resources that become jobs (for Advance students).”

— Toby Sells: 529-2742

Hope Christian Community Foundation
Founded: 1998
Total grants: $175 million
Current assets: More than $100 million
Current funds: 300, ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million
Online: hopeccf.org

Find out more about Advance Memphis at http://www.advancememphis.org/

Memphis Teaching Residency

The Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) was founded in 2009 to positively impact student achievement in Memphis’ urban schools by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding teachers, all within a Christian context.

MTR recruits both elementary and secondary teachers from both education and non-education majors.  The 09-10 initial class has 23 residents (13 secondary and 10 elementary). MTR anticipates a class of 32 residents (out of 159 applicants) for the June 2010 – May 2011 residency year.  One mid-term goal is to grow to staffing 20% of all Memphis City Schools’ 700 annual teacher openings with MTR graduates.

The MTR believes urban education is the single greatest social justice issue in America today.  It also believes that great teachers can absolutely make the difference in a child’s life.  So, it is their vision to call the most capable young leaders of this generation into urban education.  Christ, as the example, willingly left comfort and security for the sake of those (us) in need and as His followers, we are called to do the same. And they are asking the next wave of leaders to consider the places of greatest need for their vocation, and not to simply consider the places of greatest opportunity.  Or, as they like to say around MTR, need is the new opportunity.

As a window into this vocation, Director David Montague received a recent email from a MTR Resident:

I have a student named Andrea (name changed).  I’m cleaning out her seat sack today when I come across a few notes written about her.  At first I assume that an older cousin or bully could have written them…  One said, ‘Andrea House is ugly.  She is so domb.’  It broke my heart so I placed it on my mentor’s table….  My mentor later came back with a sampling of handwriting from the mother’s previous notes to the school.  It was a dead on match.  My heart was broken for this little girl.  Her own mother doesn’t believe in her or encourage her.   I was overwhelmed with grace for this child… we’ve had so many behavior issues with this girl…. kicking at teachers, running out of the room, hollering and screaming on a daily basis…. She has improved… but it’s been a daily battle. Today I finally saw past all her behavior outbursts… and saw this beautiful child of God.  It would be so easy to lower my expectations of her- knowing what she probably hears on a day- to-day basis.  However, I need to be professional and effective in the classroom.  I cannot lower my standards because I feel sorry for Andrea’s situation.  If I do that – I will ultimately fail her.

This is the big idea…  MTR is sending leaders into these places of high need equipped to be effective teachers and filled with high expectations for their students.  Their strategy is to send these teachers out en masse, in clusters, within strategic sets of feeder patterns (elementary, middle and high school networks) year after year after year. Over time, they hope to grow a majority number of MTR graduate-teachers within these schools and feeder patterns.  As they do, they hope to substantially impact not only classrooms but also entire school and feeder pattern cultures of learning.  Imagine the day when an “Andrea” might have a MTR graduate each year from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The article above was submitted by David Montague, director for Memphis Teaching Residency. For more information on the MTR, please visit www.memphistr.org.

HOPE welcomes unique Christian initiatives that will change Memphis for the better.  If your non-profit is interested in being highlighted, please submit articles to chris@hopeccf.org.