July 2014

WFGM, Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE's Technology, Community, Youth and Employment Program visited Tennessee State University during their summer experience.

This month we highlight two unique programs, Technology, Community, Youth, and Employment Program (TCYEP) and Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE)As part of WFGM's holistic two-generation approach of lifting women and children together, we support programs that introduce youth to new educational and leadership opportunities.


TCYEP provides teens from inner-city, economically deprived neighborhoods the opportunity to gain greater exposure to technology, develop a stronger sense of community through public service projects, and work to meet daily and weekly goals in a structured environment.


GEE is an interactive, fast-paced summer program involving a number of activities designed to motivate and challenge middle and high school girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers that are traditionally underrepresented by women.  GEE has engaged thousands of young women, and hundreds of teachers and peer mentors.


We encourage you to learn more about the impact these programs are making in our Grantee Partner Spotlight and to make a gift that shows your support for the future of Memphis.  


The Women's Foundation's commitment to women and children is demonstrated through our grant making to more than 100 non-profits programs across Memphis. 


Last year, we invested $625,000 into 29 programs that create hope and opportunity for thousands of families.   


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2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to each of our individual and corporate donors, along with local and national foundations who are investing in the growth, development and economic security of women and children in Memphis. 

The 2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign was another fundraising success, totaling more than $1,500,000.  Under the leadership of our board of directors and the investment of more than 2,000 donors with gifts ranging from $2 to $200,000, we are proud of our collective strength and giving spirit. By working together to achieve a new level of catalytic philanthropy, we are raising more resources, and supporting innovative programming.  


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WFGM Announces Installment of New Officers and Board Members


The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members:


Officers and Executive Committee: Andrea Bienstock, Chair; Jennifer Oswalt, Secretary; Mary Wolff, Treasurer and Finance Chair; Marcia Bowden, M.D., Education and Training Chair; Beverly Cross, Ph.D., Grants and Research Chair; Mary H. McDaniel, Development Chair; Susan Stephenson, Memphis HOPE Development Chair; Anita S. Vaughn, Human Resources Chair; and Becky Jones West, Trustees Chair.


New Officers: Gale Jones Carson, Marketing and Communications Chair; Sharon R. Ryan, Policies and Procedures Chair; and Gretchen Wollert McLennon, Board Development and Nominations Chair.


New Board Members


Kim Alexander, Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx Express and Gina Myers, Senior Wealth Advisor, United Capital Private Wealth Counseling.


See complete list of 2014-15 Board of Directors


Salute to Outgoing Board Members

It is an honor and pleasure to offer our gratitude and enormous appreciation to our outgoing board members for their commitment and service to the Foundation.  


Pamela Clary, Executive Vice President, Community Capital and ComCap Advisors; Lauryce Graves-McIver, Director of Regional Resource Development, The Salvation Army; Elise L. Jordan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis, FedEx Express; and Dr. Linda Lazar, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee at Memphis.



WFGM invests in several youth development programs that impact the futures of youth in Memphis. Among them are two programs with an emphasis on non-traditional careers for women and technology.


Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE)
(L) Girls get hands on experience in STEM. (R) GEE past participants Patrice Thomas and Tierra Hill.

GEE is facilitated by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis and highlights career opportunities in engineering fields. Over the past 10 years, GEE has engaged more than 1,200 girls, with 100% of the girls graduating high school and enroll in college and 37% of them are enrolled in STEM majors. 

Patrice Thomas and Tierra Hill  are two past GEE participants who excelled and are pursuing STEM careers. Thomas recently graduated from the University of Memphis, with a degree in civil engineering. As a long-time participant in GEE, Thomas became a leader and mentor to many girls in the program, including Hill. Because of GEE, Hill is now a freshman at the University of Memphis, also majoring in civil engineering.  Read more...
Technology and Community Youth Education Program (TCYEP) 


TCYEP  focuses on leadership, career development, college readiness, mentoring, computer technology, life skills and financial literacy. The reinforcement of math skills, utilizing the Summer Online Learning Experience (S.O.L.E.) program, has also been incorporated. Since 2009, over 200 students have graduated from the TCYEP program, earning more than $170,000 in summer stipends.
This summer students worked together to build trust, visited college campuses across Tennessee, and performed community cleanups. TCYEP students recently graduated from the program on July 10. The class created a blog to celebrate each participant's creative expression and self-reflection. Read more... 



WFGM Attends White House Summit on Working Families 

Women's Funding Network President Michele Ozumba and WFGM Executive Director/CAO Ruby Bright

On June 24, Executive Director and CAO Ruby Bright was invited to the White House's Summit on Working Families, which focused on key issues affecting families,how we can strengthen our nation's workplaces to better support working families, boost businesses' bottom lines, and ensure America's global economic competitiveness in the coming decades. Read more...



WFN and TWFA Present Webinar on Advocacy Best Practices


The Women's Funding Network and the Tennessee Women's Fund Alliance are hosting a webinar on August 14 at 12 p.m. about the benefits of women's funds collectively working together on an advocacy issue. Join the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, The Women's Fund of Greater Tennessee and The Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga as they share the crucial lessons learned and knowledge gained from their experience with a successful campaign to fight commercial sexual exploitation of children in Tennessee. Register for the webinar - Human Trafficking and the Tennessee Women's Funds Alliance: A Partnership of Sister Funds resulting in Statewide Social Change. 


 WFGM Weighs in on the Power of Women's Funds for Two-Generation Change 


The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis was one of three women's funds to participate in a webinar panel discussion hosted by Ascend at the Aspen Institute on July 10.

WFGM, along with The Women's Foundation of Mississippi and the The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham shared ideas and information a
bout their leading edge programs and initiatives for social change using two-generation solutions to improve women's economic security. Read more... 
In This Issue
Leadership and Recognition
Grantee Partner Spotlight
Advocacy In Action

WFGM Annual Report

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Parenting with Hope

Monday, August 11, 2014

Church Health Center

1115 Union Ave.

Memphis, TN  38104

Community Room A & B 

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

RSVP by August 4 to Timishia Ortiz

or call 901-701-2301


WEBINAR: Human Trafficking and the Tennessee Women's Funds Alliance: 
A Partnership of Sister Funds Resulting in Statewide Social Change 

Hosted by the Women's Funding Network

Monday, August 14, 2014

12:00 p.m.
Register Today


Hall of Legends Grand Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women

6225 Humphreys Blvd.

Memphis, TN  38120

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Power of the Purse Auction

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chickasaw Country Club

3395 Galloway Avenue

Memphis, TN  38112
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.



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Keeping Memphis Cool

Electrolux is generously donating room air conditioning units to Neighborhood Christian Centers to be distributed to Memphis neighbors! Priority will be given to seniors 60 or older, the disabled, those who have been laid off from work, or those on medical leave.


$1000 Scholarships available from TECW

The TN Economic Council on Women offers six $1,000 scholarships to Tennessee women and girls each year, three graduating high school females and three non-traditional female students returning to college after a break in education of five or more years. 


The deadline is Monday, September 1, 2014.



Community Legal Center

on its 20th Anniversary of 
providing access to justice for 
working people of modest means




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